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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!!!
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!
My wife and I visited several other florists before we ment Ellen at Gingerleaf Floral. Most meetings were over in less than 30 minutes. Ellen understood my wife's vision for our wedding right away. They bounced ideas off each other for well over an hour. We wanted to hire Gingerleaf Floral that day, but Ellen told us to shop around because she wanted us to be absolutely sure we made the right decision. None of the other vendors understood our vision the way Ellen did, so we hired her. Of all the vendors we hired, Ellen did the best job. Her floral arrangements were stunning. We would definitely hire her again.
We ended up only meeting with Ellen. She is so wonderful. Great value. Totally worked with us. Plus, the flowers for my wedding were absolutely gorgeous. Beyond my expectations.
Ellen and Gingerleaf Floral were absolutely amazing. Not only were the florals gorgeous, but the service was fantastic and we were very pleased with the overall cost. I highly recommend Gingerleaf Floral for your wedding - don't even consider anyone else!
Ellen is meticulous, thorough, professional, and organized. She's also very cool and has three amazing dogs. I thought her work was exquisite, but my mom, being from Texas, thought that the table arrangements should have been bigger for what we paid. The work is a bit pricey, but it's a very designed look, it's not just flowers in vase.
The one thing missing from the arrangements that we had asked for were green hydrangeas, but I say that with the disclaimer that I removed myself from floral discussions a few months before the wedding because my mom had way more questions and changes and demands than I was willing to be the filter for; so I just connected them directly and took myself out of the equation.
I will also say that she showed me a picture of how she'd decorate the aisle with rose petals, and the execution of that was much thinner than the picture she showed me -- less petals were there than the picture reference suggested would be.
All in all though, I found her easy to work with, fun, and very creative. Ellen's work is beautiful, and I'd use her again if an occasion called for it.
We got married in California but were planning our wedding all the way from the UK, so we had to find a florist that we could trust and we were right to trust Ellen. Having met with her just once, she helped us create beautiful flowers by making up a sample and communicating with us over Skype. She even gave us advice on what would and wouldn't work. I loved the flowers on the day, they captured everything we asked for and wowed our guests. If you are looking for a professional florist who will deliver beautiful flowers then I would definitely recommend Gingerleaf Floral.
This review is long overdue,thanks to a very hectic work schedule these days!Ellen designed all the floral arrangements for our wedding this past August in SF at the Westin St Francis .Both my husband and I were blown away by her professionalism and the unique arrangements she designed that so beautifully tied in our color scheme with the feel of the venue.
With her back ground in graphical design, upon our first consult, she made great suggestions that pulled in elements from our card as well as our venue.
Through out the process she constantly helped us stay within our initial budget. We were utilizing two different rooms with different color schemes for ceremony and reception. She designed our floral arrangements so that we were able to re-utilize all of the arrangements from the ceremony site in the reception ballroom for a more grand look.
Ellen exceeded our expectations with her floral design for our Persian Ceremony spread("Sofreh aghd"). It was amazing to see how with only a few images,and no previous such experience, Ellen was able to come up with a scheme that blended in our cultural elements on the Sofreh with a modern twist.
We were fortunate to have great vendors for our wedding, but Ellen stood apart with her punctuality, professionalism, great personality and artistic vision.
Thank you so much Ellen!!
Ellen is incredibly organized and totally "got" my style.
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