3 featured reviews
Member Since: 3/14/2013
Ellen is amazing! I found her through The Knot's list of recommended vendors in the Bay Area. She also was on my wedding venue's list of recommended vendors. I met with 3 other local florists before deciding that Gingerleaf was the best fit. I met Ellen at her home office in Oakland and she took the time to ask quesitons about our engagement, wedding vision, and personal interests. I personally didn't have a clue about what types of flowers I wanted, but I just had a vision of how I wanted the florals to look. Since we were having a winter wedding, we chose not to have floral centerpieces but Ellen took my vision and created beautiful bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres, and flower girl wands (since we weren't allowed to throw petals at our wedding venue. Ellen was very polite when it came to payment times and would "gently" remind us about our due dates which I very much appreciated. She was definitely understanding when it came down to making payment arrangements so that we could be paid in full before the wedding day. On the day of the wedding, she came to the hotel where we were getting ready and helped pin the boutonnieres on the men. She is responsive, creative, and sweet.
Member Since: 7/28/2012
I cannot say enough great things about Ellen and her work (so be prepared for a long review!). I am a total freak for order and organization and upon her first response to my initial inquiry, Ellen was a dream come true. She responded with a detailed PDF proposal outlining potential blooms, pricing for each centerpiece, bouquet, etc. - whereas the other florists I'd reached out to responded with a rough quote via email. This type of professionalism and organization hit the nail on the head for me. Not to mention Ellen's prices were favorable over the other vendors.
After meeting with Ellen and talking her through our "vision" (which I'll admit was shoddy at best) Ellen was able to help us come up with a cohesive floral theme that made sense for our tastes. Throughout our planning process and over the next 8 months, Ellen kept in constant contact with me -- providing me with examples of arrangements and also to just "check in" to make sure I was holding up while I was planning our wedding sans planner. Ellen always made me feel like I was her number one client and that she genuinely cared about making my wedding exactly what I wanted it to be.
On the day of the wedding I took one look at the bouquets and I nearly cried -- they were PERFECT. I have never seen any more beautiful or more spot on with what I wanted. My bouquet was so stunning I never wanted to put it down - not the mentions the bridesmaids bouquets were the perfect compliment - lush and absolutely gorgeous. The centerpieces were, again, more than I could have ever imagined -- the venue looked spectacular thanks to Ellen's spectacular work. Ellen also set up centerpiece mirrors and votives on each table (free of charge!) that we delivered to her ahead of time, which took a huge load of responsibility off of our shoulders. I took more pictures of the flowers than of anything else combined!
Ellen was also extremely helpful and understanding - the day before the wedding I found out my sister (and maid of honor) would not be able to attend the wedding as her doctors put her on bed rest (she's pregnant with twins) - I told Ellen that we wouldn't need the 6th bridesmaid bouquet, but I understood if it was too late to put that cost toward an additional arrangement. Ellen responded almost immediately (as she always did) letting me know that she would be happy to use the blooms from my sister's bouquet on a separate table arrangement -- the arrangement turned our beautifully. Also, apparently one of our table numbers broke minutes before the ceremony as our friends were helping to set up the venue and Ellen was quick to come to the rescue, and helped our friends patch the number and essentially save "table 7"!
I would recommend Ellen to any and everyone planning a wedding or any other event requiring flowers! She is an absolute genius in her profession and was my favorite vendor to work with, hands down! THANK YOU, ELLEN!!!
Member Since: 8/2/2012
Ellen was fabulous to work with from beginning to end!
It was clear from the first meeting that she was a true artist who really cared about making her clients' visions a beautiful reality. We met twice and emailed many times. Ellen helped me sort through ideas and options and come up with beautiful choices that fit my budget. She was prompt and clear in emails, often providing photographs of various floral designs she had done or from my pinterest board. I appreciated that even when I was indecisive or unsure about something, Ellen cheerfully answered my questions and always had helpful ideas about our floral decisions.
The end product was beautiful! The arrangements absolutely exceeded my expectations. They were all full and beautiful, even prettier than any pictures that we had looked it. The attention to detail was clear from her use of color, texture and gorgeous, fresh flowers. I left town 2 days after my wedding and my bouquet still looked wedding day ready.
Ellen is certainly professional, talented and genuine. We felt lucky to have found her and been able to work with her. I would highly recommend her.
Line. Form. Texture. Color. Fragrance.
Line. Form. Texture. Color. Fragrance. These are the simplest of elements, yet when arranged in unexpected and inspired ways elicit reactions both powerful and subtle. At Gingerleaf Floral, we are in the business of emotion.
- Price Range: $$
- Type: Wedding Day Flowers
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012