For our wedding, we didn’t have any floral recommendations from friends so we started our search with our local florist, Radebaugh. We had walked by their space many times and been inside once or twice, buying a small orchid for our home. We we...
re connected with Lisa Baker, the wedding department manager, and scheduled a meeting. I am not exaggerating at all when I say Lisa is one of the friendliest and kindest people we have come across during the planning process. She was extremely patient with me through the meeting where I had not really formulated an idea of what I wanted yet. Lisa quickly sent over a detailed proposal with photos, that we tweaked together slightly over time as I learned what I wanted.
As a COVID couple, we changed our wedding date 3 times, moved venues once, and had our event 14 months later than originally planned. I can also say that Lisa was completely supportive and accommodating each time we had to make a change which meant so much to us in such a difficult and painful time. When we moved venues from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore, she made an exception to drive outside of their normal servicing area, which meant everything to us. She also helped me come up with two plans - one if weather allowed us to be outside and one for inside - and allowed me to email her the morning of with my decision! Her flexibility allowed us to make a decision that morning to do the ceremony outside which worked perfectly!
Upon her arrival to the venue, I happened to be in the entry way and she came along with me upstairs to deliver the personal flowers to our ladies space. She met many members of the wedding party along the way as well as some family and guests. After that she went back down to set up the reception flowers and centerpieces. I specifically got texts from a few friends and from our venue coordinator saying how sweet and wonderful to work with Lisa was after she left that day.
In all honesty, at many of the weddings I had been to in the past, the flowers did not stand out to me (maybe its because in the past the tight, structured bouquets and centerpieces were popular). Prior to our wedding day, I had thought that while florals are probably nice to have, they aren’t one of the most important elements. Upon seeing my flowers I discovered that I was totally wrong - and just hadn’t experienced any that I truly LOVED until that day. Our bouquets, centerpieces, and pillar arrangements included white and pink roses, lillies, lisianthus - but also lots of greenery (like eucalyptus) and pampas grass arranged in a beautifully, imperfect manner! They took my breath away. The example photos we had found online that we were using as a reference point were no where near as beautiful as what Lisa brought on our wedding day. I was honestly a little sad to go on our honeymoon right away because I would have loved to be able to continue looking at the bouquets and arrangements in our home for another week.
Lisa is organized, responsive, patient, generous, and amazing at her job - but also incredibly fun and kind. We couldn’t have been happier with our florals and we are Radebaugh customers for life!