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The flowers were gorgeous. We looked over photos of her previous jobs and some photos of flowers I liked. She also looked at the bridal party outfits and my wedding dress along with the venue to come up with awesome bouquets. She added touches of feathers and gems. We loved them.
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.
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!!!
If you're planning a wedding I highly recommend working with Ellen. She will find arrangements that are breath-taking, elegant and distinctly you. She will also make sure she makes it work within your budget. We had her do all the wedding flowers in addition to our Chupah. I wasn't completely sure of my "artistic direction" but I was confident Ellen would help evolve my ideas to get us there. Her flowers made our wedding magical and did it at a reasonable price as well. She's creative, professional and service oriented. I can't say enough great things about this flower artist!
Words cannot describe how satisfied I was with Ellen and Gingerleaf. Unlike many brides I was not able to meet Ellen beforehand because I live in Chicago, so for the first appointment Ellen met with both my Mother and Aunt (whom both are very hard to impress and bring extremely valid concerns to the table). My family later told me about their meeting and I couldn't have been happier. Ellen took my pinterest pics into account, worked with my small budget, my change in colors AND my request a month before if the arrangements could give off a beautiful scent. The day of the event Ellen coordinated with my mother and our Cake Artist (Carolyn Wong) about everything wonderfully. I was even late to the event and Ellen being the wonderful person the she is stayed late to say hello and congrats. I walked into the reception room and honestly wanted to cry the arrangement were so beautiful then I saw our bouquets which were absolutely stunning. The photographer even commented how the whole event smelled wonderful simply walking on site. Looking back at the pictures now (4 months later) it honestly looked as if Ellen could read my dreams and replicated exactly what I wanted and then some. I would honestly recommend Gingerleaf Floral a million times!
Ellen is wonderful to work with; she is patient, intuitive, creative, and professional. I didn't have a clear idea of what I wanted for our reception flowers and as with most brides, I obviously wanted to adhere to a certain budget range. Fortunately for me, after a few phone calls with Ellen, I knew she would be able to help me accomplish both.
In reviewing options and ideas with Ellen, I only gave her a rough outline of what I was looking for in terms of color, style, and overall feel. She asked me a ton of questions to better understand what I was looking for and suggested that I put together a pinterest board of themes and similar flowers that I liked. In less than a week, she had detailed proposals for the bouquets and centerpieces, with photo examples to show us her design intent, along with a cost estimate. I really appreciated her responsiveness and continuous dialogue throughout the whole process.
On the day of the wedding, I briefly got to meet Ellen in person when she dropped off our bouquets. She was even sweeter in person! She definitely arranged and planned for everything with care and detail. Each bouquet had it's own vase and the wrist corsages were on awesome bracelet cuffs! At the reception, my husband and I got a quick sneak peak of the room before the guests entered. I was so happy with how the flowers arrangements, especially the ensemble centerpieces, turned out. The flowers added just the right amount of color to the room and with the setting sun shining in, it was all gorgeous!!
I am so thankful that Inna, our coordinator, referred us to Ellen. She was one of the easiest wedding vendors to work with and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding florist.
From the moment I met Ellen at her studio I knew she was a professional and had a lot of experience with weddings. I had to fill out a questionnaire so she could gain a better understanding of my vision and mood and then about a week later she sent me a whole outline of the type of flowers, colors, designs we could use for our wedding. I was very impressed!
We went back and forth a few times to ensure we were both on the same page and every time I emailed her she was quick to respond. I had absolutely no worries when working with her.
On the day of the wedding I was so impressed at how quick her and her team were to set everything up and the flowers were gorgeous! We used a lot of the flowers the following day at a after party we had and they looked so fresh! The flowers lasted a long time so it was nice to have them around the house.
I would highly recommend Gingerleaf Floral to anyone who wants beautiful flowers at a very reasonably price. Ellen is professional, attentive, easy to work with and overall just knows what she is doing.
Thanks Ellen for making our wedding so gorgeous!
Ellen Kim of Gingerleaf Floral was an absolute dream to work with! My then-fiance and I had come across her well-reviewed business through a quick online search, and she definitely lived up to the hype!
We contracted with Ellen and Gingerleaf Floral for our February 2014 wedding. Ellen was extremely pleasant, professional, and thorough. During our initial consultation, we weren’t entirely sure what we wanted in terms of our floral arrangements and decor — only a few vague concepts. She brought forth a wealth of creative ideas for our floral arrangements and decor, while also keeping both our overall vision and budget in mind. I had mentioned that I wasn’t the type of bride who wanted a lot of flowers, and she had successfully incorporated a lot of non-floral elements into all of her designs.
She constantly checked up on us throughout the wedding planning to see if we had any updates and was very open to any changes to our floral arrangements. The final arrangements did not disappoint! We ultimately decided on a very romantic, old-Hollywood glamour aesthetic, and everything was absolutely perfect! She even incorporated ostrich feathers into my bouquet and into our reception centerpieces.
On the wedding day, we unfortunately weren’t able to see her due to the fast-paced schedule; however, we were not worried at all! According to our wedding planner, Ellen was extremely prompt and helpful to everyone involved in the wedding party and in the set-up — and we weren’t expecting anything less. While her services are at the higher end of the spectrum, Ellen at Gingerleaf Floral is worth every penny. We would definitely recommend her for any of your floral or decor needs!
My daughter's wedding was an absolute dream come true with the flowers and floral touches that Ellen Kim provided. Ellen was a pleasure to work with. Since my daughter lives in San Diego, most of our meetings with her were via conference call and emails. My daughter sent her pictures and colors and ideas and Ellen worked them into beautiful bouquets, centerpieces, church arrangements. The flowers were exquisite and everyone at the wedding and reception commented how beautiful they were and how much they added to the overall beauty and ambiance of the wedding. I highly recommend Gingerleaf Floral and Ellen Kim. She is an absolute delight and professional who knows flowers and how to make everything and everyone beautiful!
I met Ellen for the first time in her home office which was as warm and inviting as she was. We wanted natural, organic arrangements centered around succulents. Ellen was able to add her modern aesthetic to our request and create the most beautiful wedding bouquet, centerpieces, garlands, corsages, and boutonnieres. We received so many compliments!!! She was able to take our vision for a fun family event and create the right vibe for our big day with her amazing work. Throughout the planning process, Ellen was always available and willing to find creative ways to work with both our budget and vision. We’d both highly recommend Ellen & Gingerleaf Floral.
Ellen did a great job in providing my beautiful bouquets and arrangements. She is detailed and thorough and you will feel at ease.
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.
Ellen is absolutely outstanding in every way I could have imagined for a florist to be.
I first met with her in May of 2012, a year in advance of our wedding in Berkeley. She was extremely detail-oriented, taking into account nuances in the color scheme I had envisioned, the motifs/styles of the venue, the style of my dress, what I had envisioned for the bridesmaids, etc. She took note of all of the vendors and also was extremely helpful in giving us tips and feedback during the planning stages.
I planned most of my wedding from Boston, where I was attending law school, and thereafter in Miami, while studying for the bar (don't recommend taking the bar exam before a wedding for most people, but with enough advance planning and the right vendors it worked out for us). Despite this, she worked seamlessly with me, following up about every other month during the early months, and more frequently as the date got closer. We collaborated via pinterest, and she was able to get a sense of what I had envisioned for my bouquet as well as the flowers for all the girls and men in the wedding party. She diligently followed-up with me with anything that wasn't quite clear. She also was fantastic in coordinating with the baker of our cake to make sure they had shared their vision for the design of the cake and how the flowers would adorn it.
Beyond all the foregoing, when the big day came, I was completely stunned with her organization, and the absolute perfection of the flowers. They were perfect. Seriously. Not only that, she had asked for every name of every person who was to have a bouquet, corsage or boutonniere, had all of them conspicuously labeled, and literally pinned all of the men's flowers on herself! My dad has a landscaping business, and I grew up planting flowers with him in our garden, and he named his business after a particular rose that was not easy to find, but she found almost a perfect match that my dad noticed it instantly, making the day that much more special.
Finally, she worked within our budget, and was extremely responsive to any changes we had in the plans leading up. I realize that she probably had clients with much bigger budgets, yet I knew she was giving my wedding just as much care and attention.
I HIGHLY recommend Gingerleaf Floral, because you will get something outstanding within your price-range, and you will have zero stress or worry with regard to the flowers (and trust me, no matter how planned out and organized you are, you will be thankful for it on the big day). Ellen is outstanding.
Ellen has a lovely aesthetic. She did a fantastic job with working with my then-fiance and I to try and pin down our dream, and to turn that into a reality.
We met with her the first time in her home, in Oakland, and spent over an hour walking through a questionnaire of what we were looking for, the sort of feel, any floral preferences, and so on. She was a little under the weather, but that didn't deter her from being a consummate professional.
After meeting with us, there was a slight delay in getting back to me with her proposed 'vision' due to her being hung up on some other weddings, but we corresponded over email and she managed my expectations. Her ideas were great, but almost more importantly, she was willing to adjust when we had some additional ideas. For example, I really liked the idea of incorporating more green, structural flowers into the rose/champagne/burgundy color palate, and she immediately worked with that. We also had talked about wanting to work in our love of California wines, and she used some of our signed/special bottles that we'd saved in one of our arrangements.
Pricewise, Ellen is not the cheapest option, but nor should she be. You get what you pay for in this regard, and she worked with us and within our budget to make the most lovely wedding possible. For example, she suggested that we re-use the flowers we'd put on the end of each chair-row during our ceremony as accents within the reception, which worked our beautifully and also meant we weren't wasting anything.
Ellen also worked with us to pick flowers that were in season which meant the quality of the blooms were top-notch. If you have any doubt, I strongly recommend you take a look at our wedding pictures at http://gingerleaffloral.com/site/2013/09/04/sarah-anthony/, to see for yourself.
Perhaps most importantly, in addition to listening, being calm, and being kind, Ellen genuinely was interested in how our wedding was going, in the planning, and in being supportive where-ever she could. In that regard, it was sort of like having a friend help, in addition to having her professional eye, and left me much less stressed than I inevitably could have been.
I loved working with Ellen. The flowers/arrangements she provided for our wedding were absolutely amazing!
We first met with her at her home in Oakland, and I could immediately tell that she was organized and on top of all her clients. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted my florals to look like. I showed her some examples, and she got it right away, and explained the flowers she would use in my arrangements. In addition, she is so sweet and calm! She was always quick to respond to my emails, and checked in quite a few times before the wedding to make sure we were still on the same page, and to finalize everything.
On the day of the wedding, our guests kept commenting on the flowers, in particular, the aisle mason jar arrangements, and our centerpieces. While I was waiting to walk down the aisle, Ellen made sure my bouquet was still perfect, since I had been walking around with it for a while for pictures. I highly recommend Ellen!
I would highly recommend Ellen to anyone who is looking for a wedding florist. She was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. We filled out a short worksheet for Ellen so that she knew what we wanted. I had an idea in my head in terms of colors and general design, but Ellen blew me away with what she created. Her arrangements are truly stunning. It was exactly what I had hope for, but even better!
Ellen is not only talented but also extremely professional. She regularly checked-in with us during the wedding planning process and was very responsive to any questions that came up. She also has reasonable prices and was very respectful of the budget that we gave her.
If you are looking for a professional, friendly florist who listens to her clients and creates beautiful arrangements, then choose Ellen!
I loved working with Ellen at Gingerleaf Floral from start to finish. Not only is she organized, creative and professional – her arrangements, bouquets and décor are AMAZING! I feel like she perfectly got my “vision” and then made it better. She kept me in the loop with all decisions and very promptly returned any phone calls and emails. She did all my bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, ceremony decoration and a chuppah – that is a lot of flowers and each item was gorgeous! The flowers were fresh and didn’t wilt one bit. I would recommend her without hesitation to any bride!
Ellen was my favorite vendor to work with. I gave her a few concept ideas and images and she was able to completely understand what I wanted. The end product was more than I could have asked for; it was very creative, beautiful and elegant. The reason she was my favorite vendor was not just due to the beautiful flowers but because of how professional she was. Ellen checked in at the appropriate times to see how I was doing and how the wedding plans were going. She was flexible and able to tweak the flower design as the plans progressed. She was very easy to talk to, responded promptly to my emails, and was an excellent listener. I loved that she took notes and sent follow up emails. Working with her was stress free (actually fun!) and I would recommend her to anyone.
My husband and I are absolutely in love with Ellen of Gingerleaf! We loved working with her and cannot express enough how much we love her! She is easy to work with and she clearly knows her flowers. We presented her with ideas about our "dream" flowers, and she turned them into something magical.
When I first saw my bridal bouquet, my mouth dropped open because I was absolutely speechless about how beautiful it was. And not only was I speechless, but I heard from several guests that the flowers were amazing. People were arguing about who could take home the centerpieces!
I plan on keeping in touch with Ellen after my wedding, and will call on her in the future if I need flowers for any occasion. She is worth every penny and then some!
We used Gingerleaf/Ellen for our wedding in July 2012 at the Piedmont Community Center. I was planning the wedding from out of the state and booked Ellen based on a phone consultation. Not only is her work fabulous, as evidenced by all the pictures on her website and yelp), but she is also a top-notch professional who is on top of everything. This was very re-assuring since I was planning my wedding long-distance!
I got a chance to meet Ellen in person about two months before my wedding for an on-site consultation at our wedding venue. Ellen was so easy to talk to and work with and it reaffirmed my decision to go with her.
The flowers all came at the time that Ellen said they would be delivered. She was also quite flexible with a slight change in delivery time for me as I had made some last minute changes as to when I would need my flowers for wedding pictures, which I really appreciated!
I absolutely recommend Ellen!
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