3 featured reviews
Member Since: 8/18/2009
Loved this florist. Barbara worked with my budget and helped me come up with great ideas for my bouquets and arrangements. She listened to what I already had going on and noted what I liked to come up with a vision for my wedding flowers. I ended up using hydrangeas in the large and table arrangements, mini calla lilies for my bouquet, a mix of carnations/roses/callas for bridesmaids bouquets, and roses for personal flowers. They were absolutely amazing. Barbara was professional, responsive, and enthusiastic about doing my wedding.
Member Since: 10/8/2012
We hired Barbara as our florist for our August wedding in Arlington, VA. I am a person who knows very little about flowers. When I met with Barbara for an initial consultation, all I had for her was my color palette and a general idea of the overall look I was going for (e.g. elegant, classic). Seeing how Barbara turned those vague ideas into the most beautiful floral decorations of any wedding I’ve been to, I can truly say she is a master at what she does. During the consultation, she asked me many detailed questions that no other florist had asked me, including how tall I am (to determine what size bouquet would be most fitting for me). She listened very well to the things I told her were important to me, and took those all into consideration in creating our floral décor. We had a Persian wedding ceremony, which included a traditional wedding spread (sofreye aghd) – though Barbara had never previously decorated such a spread, she looked at the pictures I sent her and listened to the descriptions I gave her, and enthusiastically created such amazing floral arrangements for our spread that gave such a stunning look to our entire ceremony. For our reception centerpieces, she took the idea I had presented to her and infused it with her creativity and brilliance to make it far more beautiful than I could have imagined. Furthermore, she was very respectful of our budget restrictions and worked with me by using many of the flowers she grows on her farm in order to help us cut costs and remain within our budget. (I met with several other florists and most of them didn’t even ask me what my floral budget was). Finally, on our wedding day, Barbara went above and beyond our expectations, providing me with an extra bouquet to use for our outdoor first-look photos so my actual bouquet didn’t wilt in the summer heat prior to the ceremony. Barbara is not only an amazing florist, but also a wonderful person who truly enjoys what she does. Thank you Barbara for making our wedding such a beautiful day!
Member Since: 12/16/2012
We wanted our event to feel bright, sunny, and festive -- like a true celebration. That's about the only guidance we gave Barbara, and we would have been foolish to have given her more, because she knows how to light up a room better than anyone. Her gorgeous flowers -- grown on her own farm -- made the room feel full of joy and life. The chuppah was stunning -- I've had about 40 people tell me that in the last 24 hours. And man, she works fast.
Barbara has extraordinary vision and great creativity. I imagine, if you have a view of what you want, she's perfect, and if you are like me -- or you just want to trust the expert (which I recommend) -- you will walk out and see arrangements that are absolutely perfect for the space, for the mood you want.... she's just awesome.
Finally, she's also a really cool person. You'll be glad you met her.
Specializing in unique custom-floral designs for weddings and special events. With our "Rent an Arrangement" offering, you can have great-looking arrangements for your reception for considerably less than purchasing them outright (visit our website for more information on prices). Contact Barbara Von Elm to set up an appointment to visit and discuss your plans (there is no charge for this). Evening and weekend consultations are fine.
- Price Range: $$$
- Type: Wedding Day Flowers
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2010