My fiance, (now husband) and I were SO very very pleased when we met Lisa. She is very professional and has worked in the business for a long time. She also doesn't just treat it like a job though, you can tell she genuinely enjoys what she does. She was so kind and easy to talk to. She wasn't pushy at all and let us discuss what WE wanted for our wedding. We had met with other florists that wanted to tell you more about what THEY thought your wedding should be like. My husband and I aren't that knowledgeable about types of flowers, and Lisa was really good at understanding what we were envisioning. She also really worked with us to stay in our budget. When we said that we liked peonies and ranunculas, she went over the cost comparison. I really appreciated her honesty.
She was so flexible with us and always kept us in the loop if there were any changes in the season of the flowers we ordered. We had ordered ranunculas for our centerpieces, and she was notified by the farmer (she has established working relationships with growers) that the season was cut short due to the inconsistency in the weather. She offered to do our centerpieces in the peonies, which was more expensive and offered to cover the price difference. I thought this was such a courtesy- to even notify us of this possible change. And of course, it was out of her control, yet she still covered the cost difference.
Also, she is very available- by email and phone. I think I called her the day before the wedding to ask if she could deliver our bouquets to the hotel, in a different location than the wedding- a last minute change in our schedule. Her response was "no problem" and just like that- with less than a day's notice, she had rearranged her schedule. She even made a very sweet comment for me to just enjoy my time and be sure to relax. Not to worry - the details will all come together nicely.
The day of the wedding- oh my goodness! Our bouquets were absolutely beautiful!! So lush and clean looking- they were the prettiest flowers I've ever seen in my life. I just LOVED the way they came out! Even better than I had imagined. Everyone kept complimenting on how beautiful my bouquet was. The centerpieces were just gorgeous! They went beautifully with the venue and the overall look of our wedding. For not being very descriptive people, Lisa knew exactly the look we were going for. The centerpieces were so romantic and clean looking- exactly what we wanted! We still get compliments from our guests about how beautiful everything looked!
If you are getting married at the Brazil Room (where we did), they are very strict, and she is one of their trusted vendors to work with. She knows all their rules and restrictions, so she knows the drill. Very important when working with this venue.
We highly recommend working with Lisa for your wedding. She is so pleasant to work with, very reasonably priced and will work within your budget. She does a beautiful job and you can trust that she will have your day taken care of- one less thing for you to stress about!
You couldn't ask for a better backdrop for your wedding! Beautiful, natural setting with redwood trees and large grass area with flowers and a cherry blossom tree that's in bloom if you're there in April. Later when the fog rolls in over the hills in the distance, it's such a serene sight. We still get compliments from guests talking about how breathtaking the view was during our ceremony. We have a video our family took during the ceremony and you can hear birds singing/chirping in the background. Just heavenly! I was nervous about having guests drive down the windy road ay night, especially after drinking. But I think everyone was careful, and it really wasn't as big of a deal as I was thinking. The Brazil room is owned and run by the East Bay Regional Parks District, so your money is going towards a great cause. However, because it's run by EBRPD, there are also a lot of restrictions and paperwork that come along with it. Quite a few deadlines too. It seemed really daunting when we were first signing up for it, but they are really good about keeping you on task and checking in with you to make sure you are getting the forms turned in on time. I HIGHLY recommend you work with Serves you Right Catering for your caterer. They are pros with the Brazilian Room and know all the restrictions, deadlines, etc. They really helped me stay organized and were there whenever I had questions or needed advice. The restrictions really aren't that big of a deal either. Price is reasonable, especially for the bay area. Definitely one of the more affordable venues I looked at. So like I said, at first the process looks daunting, but really it's not that bad AND it's definitely so worth it. There really is no other venue like it. The inside has a lodge/cabin feel, but in a good way. Full of huge windows so lots of light comes through. It really is just the perfect venue. Just remember to book early! They book up fast so they take reservations way in advance. You'll look back on your wedding or event and LOVE your choice - I promise you!
Courtyard Emeryville offered the best rates for the room block I booked for friends and family coming in from out of town. It's a good location next to shopping, movie theatre, restaurants and right next to the freeway for easy access to your wedding venue. Clean, affordable and comfortable.
Hilton Garden Inn offered reasonable rates, especially during a really busy week for them. They were so great to work with. I booked a room block for our wedding for our friends and family that were coming in from out of town. It's a good location next to shopping, movie theatre, restaurants and right next to the freeway for easy access to your wedding venue. Also, it's right on the bay, so you can get great views of the city and the bay!
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