3 featured reviews
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.
Member Since: 9/19/2013
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.
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