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Planner in Aptos, CA,
(831) 688-0355
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 33 Reviews


    Reagan Crossley

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    5 out of 5
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  • We started planning our wedding last fall and reached out Denise and team with interest in one of the venues they represent. Fast forward to the pandemic and the era of the microwedding. Our plans drastically changed to about a quarter of the original guest list. Denise became our advocate with grace, good humor, flexibility and responsiveness along the way. We had a memorable reception loved by our friends and family. Denise and her network of vendors were professional and a pleasure to work with - thanks Denise!

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    Thank you Reagan and Jennifer for the kind words. This has been a challenging year for couples and the two of you took the changes with an amazingly positive attitude which made it easy to do my job. And don't forget that you were living in different cities during the whole planning process! Loved working with you and your micro wedding was a blast!

    Jennifer Reitz

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  • Denise and Elyse are amazing. They worked so hard to make my day stress free! I highly recommend The Wedding Connection!

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    Thank you for the kind words. That's quite a compliment given what 2020 has put couples through! It was a pleasure working with you to make this happen.

    Noreen Huey

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    5 out of 5
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  • Denise and staff were friendly, responsive and supportive from the start. They toured us at two venues of interest, with knowledgeable insight, great suggestions and enthusiasm. Once we selected and signed for the wedding venue (River House), Denise provided preferred vendor referrals and expert guidance every step of the way. As the mother of the bride and a calligrapher and designer, I chose to take on some of the invitation and decorative details and advance planning. However, when it came to the big day, I knew that I could relax and fully enjoy the wedding day celebration without a worry. With Denise and staff overseeing the day, along with the amazing staff of Feast for a King catering, Kaemmerling Photography, and all the vendors; every detail was well taken care of. From the pre-wedding preparations and photo sessions to welcoming of guests, the ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing everything flowed seamlessly. It was truly a joyful celebration all around ... Read more

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    Thank you Noreen. You were all such fun to work with and your calligraphy touches in every area of the wedding were fantastic!

    Lisa Garrity

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was great working with Denise and Elyse at The Wedding Connection! They made our wedding planning process smooth and easy, and they were always an email or phone call away. Elyse was calm and attentive day of, which made our wedding day seamless. Thank you both! We are so happy and grateful that we had such an amazing wedding, and we couldn't have done it without you!

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    Thank you for your kind words, Lisa. You were a dream to work with-so organized and you knew just what you wanted. It was a pleasure.

    Julie Marsalisi

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    5 out of 5
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  • As the mother of the bride, I have to say working with Denise was wonderful! We tasked her with a very large wedding and wedding party. We had 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 4 ring bearers and 3 flower girls and 220 guests. She kept everyone on track throughout the entire process in a very professional way. Her recommendations and information she gave us were spot on and very helpful. The day of the wedding we didn't have to worry about a thing and everything went very smoothing. I cannot thank Denise enough for all she did. I would highly recommend The Wedding Connection!

    Taylor

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wedding Connection was absolutely amazing with helping me plan my wedding at Rancho Soquel. I worked directly with Elyse and she was incredible - very responsive to all of my emails and planning questions and was truly fantastic during the actual day of. I could not have asked for anything better in terms of helping me coordinate my wedding. I trusted her and Michele from Feast for a King for in their expertise. The two of them worked really well together and I felt not only comfortable, but completely taken care of in their hands. I would highly recommend!!

    Courtney

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    5 out of 5
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  • My experience was AMAZING. As a bride who decided to have a short engagement(6 months) Densie and Elyse were outstanding. Elyse did most of the coordinating and was with us the day of rehearsal and day of the wedding. She was so calm, exceptional at managing people and very reassuring. My bridal party loved her and well after the wedding ended were mentioning how fun and helpful she was! They have great preffered vendor list that works with a wide range of budgets. I am so glad to have had them on one of the most special days.

    Mark

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  • Denise and Elyse at The Wedding Connection are absolute rockstars. Throughout the planning process they helped guide us of when we needed help, and reminded us of any things we may have been forgetting. They have decades of experience between them, and have truly seen everything at this point! On our wedding day everything went perfectly, with a couple minor details we missed that they were able to quickly remedy. We have so much appreciation for everything they've done throughout this journey, and will forever have so many great memories because of them! Thank you both! :D

    Amy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rancho Soquel is AMAZING. I can't believe more people don't know about it, as it's easily the most beautiful wedding venue in the Santa Cruz area, and reasonably-priced compared to some other similar venues in the bay area. It's laid out beautifully and can accommodate a large wedding, but is broken out into individual spaces in a way that a smaller group doesn't feel out of place. My guests are still sending messages about how it was the most beautiful wedding they've ever been to - I'd love to take credit, but it's all Rancho Soquel. Denise Addesso was the coordinator for our April 2018 Rancho Soquel wedding, and I'm so thankful to have her involved in the process. Denise kept all my wedding "ducks" in a row, and always had a sense of humor that was appreciated when things were a little stressful. She's obviously seen it all, and has a plan for whatever comes up. A car crash took out a power pole next to the venue down the day before my wedding, and power hadn't been restor... Read more

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    Thank you for the kind words, Amy. You were an absolute delight to work and I'm happy that you two will have tons of fond memories to look back on.

    Zeka

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our #1 goal for our wedding was to be present with our guests and appreciate the special day! Denise & the Wedding Connection helped us achieve that by keeping us on track with our wedding planning, suggesting great vendors, and taking over on the Wedding Day to orchestrate the beautiful event. Thank you Denise!

    Mary Ann

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    5 out of 5
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  • We really could not have asked for a better wedding day! Denise put us in touch with wonderful vendors and everyone brought something unique and special to the table. I'm not aware of any issues from the day of - which as the bride is all I wanted. We had an awesome wedding, and we would not have been able to do it without the wedding connection!

    Emily

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    5 out of 5
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  • Working with Denise and Elise for our wedding was such a pleasure. They helped make the planning process smooth and were very communicative throughout. By the time the wedding was here, we were ready for them to celebrate with us because we had gotten to know them and like them so much! From my perspective the day of the wedding went perfectly. I'm sure there were some issues that popped up, and I'm sure Elise handled them. I'm happy to live in ignorance of the snafus and happy knowing that Elise handled them and kept me in the dark! Finally, Rancho Soquel. Gorgeous. The venue was something out of a fairytale. With the help of Wedding Connection and our caterer (Mickey Phelps) the daunting task of renting and coordinating everything from tables to chairs to dinnerware was simple. I was pretty nervous about having to do all of this, but it wasn't that hard because of all the help I had!

    Michael

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    5 out of 5
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  • Denise was our wedding planner for our wedding at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in October 2016, and we could not have asked for a better planner or planning experience! She is efficient, practical, and explains things straightforwardly. She was always looking out for our interests by telling us when something was unnecessary or simply not cost-effective for our needs. She also has a great, fun personality, which makes working with her an enjoyable experience. One of her best, most important qualities is how prompt and responsive she is with communications. Given all of the moving parts that go into wedding planning, having a planner as attentive as Denise is critical. She also handled our day-of event flawlessly. It was the most special day of our lives, and we never once had to worry about how the wedding was going – thank you Denise! We can’t give her high enough praise.

    Adam K

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  • The Wedding Connection was very helpful throughout our planning process and on our wedding day. Elyse took care of all of the details that we didn't want to worry about on our special day. Definitely worth the money!

    Holly

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • We had a wonderful experience working with Wedding Connection. Denise and Elyse were both extremely responsive and professional throughout the planning experience. Day-of, they made sure that we stayed on track with the timeline and that everything ran smoothly behind the scenes so that we didn't need to think about all the vendor logistics. Our wedding was absolutely perfect!
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