I hijacked my husband's account so I could write this review. I got married a month ago in mid-September and Celina did my amazing flowers. Here are the reasons why I think Celina is the best and people should hire her. Warning- this is wordy, but lots of helpful info in here. Artistic and creativity at an amazing price point: Obviously, there are many options to choose from, especially in the San Gabriel valley. Flowers are considerably a great deal cheaper here which is great, but what Celina offered that other vendors did not was a styling eye. I felt that while the flowers at other vendors were fine, Celina understood my "vision" even though I myself didn't really know how to articulate it (just showed her my many pins) and worked with me to achieve that design. I wanted loose, airy and romantic designs with variety (different textures and types of flowers)- and she totally got it. The other vendors just asked me what flowers I wanted and didn't seem to have as much flexibility with design or using a ton of different flowers/greenery. Additionally, sometimes what I thought I wanted, I didn't really want (because it is hard to visualize how it fits in with all the rest of the décor at the wedding), and Celina helped guide me through that and gave me suggestions. Personality: Working with Celina was a blast. Do not underestimate how important it is to like your vendors. Having vendors who are excited for you and your wedding, excited to have you as their client, will make the planning process a lot less stressful. She was super friendly but professional at all times, reassuring, and just easy to talk to. Interacting with Celina didn't feel like wedding planning at all! It just felt like talking to a friend. Amazing service: So hands down- I am the type of person who overanalyzes, thinks through everything, changes my mind- only to come back to my original thoughts more often than not. There were email chains that had 16 emails, plus attachments, but Celina was always prompt and courteous in her responses. She also called me right away before purchasing my vases because the original ones she had done for my trial centerpiece weren't available. She also worked with me in modifying my order a day or two before the wedding due to a last minute situation that changed the # of personal flowers I needed (cute side note: my flower girls asked me if they could keep their small bouquets- they loved it so much). Most important reason of them all: The flowers were breathtaking and beautiful. I felt they were an extension of me and the wedding day itself. There are a lot of nice touches she adds also- like wrapping the boutonnieres in satin wrap and giving paper mache buckets so the bouquets lasts throughout hot summer SoCal days.
- Jennifer & Ryan
Celina was referred to me by a friend who had married in September 2013. She had loved working with Celina and lit up when speaking about her. After reaching out to and interviewing several floral artists, I knew Celina was the one. She has style, passion, and raw artistic talent. She even offered to make a paper flower altar I had found on Pinterest. It was so fun to work with Celina and I am a little sad it is over. Our wedding was just a week ago and I cannot stop thinking about her beautiful creations. Several guests complimented our flowers and I was obsessed with my bouquet. The paper flower altar turned out so so so pretty and was highly photographed. I would recommend Celina without reservation. Don't be afraid to tell her your vision, or even to mention new ideas that seem impossible to execute. She is very creative and can probably find a way to make your dream wedding come true.
- Jenny & Neil
I had a mostly DIY wedding, but flowers were one thing I knew better than to attempt myself. This is where Celina of Violette's Flowers comes in and based on my June wedding experience, I definitely made the right decision. I met with Celina for a consultation soon after I found her (about 8 months before the big day). I already had a good idea of what flowers I wanted based on what would be in season and came prepared with sample photos I'd found online. Celina made me feel confident that she understood what I liked and didn't like and it was a relief for me to find such a down-to-earth, responsive, and friendly wedding vendor! Based on the consultation, Celina mocked up a preliminary invoice for me to work with. I bounced some more ideas off of her in regards to table centerpieces, but ultimately accepted that my tiny floral budget would only cover the personal flowers for the bridal party. At a Chinese wedding banquet, any table centerpiece usually ends up on the floor anyway since the 10-course meal takes up every inch of valuable space! So wedding flowers were happily checked off on my long list of to-dos until the last month's flurry of activity. I had to request some adjustments based off of more information and decisions my fiancé and I had made (i.e. decoration of our last-minute cake, addition of a "rose ceremony" for our parents) and Celina readily accommodated these changes. It was so worth it to not have to stress about my wedding flowers or worry at all about the vendor because I trusted Celina to do a great job. On the wedding day, the flowers were beautiful and exactly what I'd hoped for. Now if only all my vendors could have lived up to my expectations as well as Violette's Flowers did...that being said, hire them if you want flowers to be part of the things that *did* go right on your wedding day!
- Jen & Ainsley
We choose Celina to do our wedding flowers. A personal connection is paramount to my husband and I must admit, Celina won him over right away with her gentle spirit, openness and love for flowers! We talked about our ideas and she sent me a reasonable offer. Two weeks before the wedding I started to panic about if she had understood what I wanted, if I was even sure about what I had asked for. She was comforting and calming. She came by 2 days before the wedding to clip some sprigs from a plant my father had given me before he passed away. I had asked her to incorporate them into my bouquet. She did an amazing job. Not only was she right on time, the flowers were displayed beautifully and she went around until she found each of our parents and children to pin. Every one of the arrangements was unique and gorgeous! Thank you so much Celina! We are so glad we found you!
- Jamie & Tim
I found Violette's through Yelp and based on the great reviews, decided to meet with Celina. From the first contact, she has been wonderful to work with. She has excellent communication skills and will reply promptly to your emails. She designed a beautiful flower arch, sweetheart table flowers, the bridal party bouquets, flower girl baskets, and boutonnieres. I had only described the colors and tossed out some ideas when I met with her, and she designed fabulous arrangements with creative flair! I had made several changes to the order throughout the process, but Celina was gracious to accommodate them all. Her choice of flowers were perfect. The groomsmen had spiffy boutonnieres! My wedding was in June and all the flowers had a bright, cheerful, summer feel to them. My guests have been telling me that they loved the arrangements! Flowers make a huge difference in pictures and decoration - go with Violette's. You'll be glad you did.
- Lisa & Doug
Celina is the sweetest person & was more than amazing to work with! From our first meeting, I instantly knew that I was going to hire her. I explained the concept & color scheme of my wedding & she completely understood what I wanted. She pointed out to me which flowers would work best for my budget (she really knows her florals!!) & even gave me a breakdown of the prices so I knew exactly where my money was going. Her prices were more than fair in my opinion. I've been recommending her to all of my engaged friends & telling them that Celina is the go to girl for floral design!
- Shayna & Bryan
Violette's was the floral designer for our wedding this past September, and we are so incredibly happy with our choice. Working with Celina was wonderful - she was responsive, enthusiastic, and flexible (and sweet and hilarious) throughout the entire planning process, and we felt like she genuinely understood and cared about what we wanted. The day of the wedding, we were totally blown away by Celina's work - our bouquets were gorgeous (and smelled so good! I couldn't stop obsessively sniffing each flower), and our terrarium centerpieces were even better than we'd imagined (they were set up beautifully too, with wooden slabs and candles. Ugh, I loved it so much). My husband and I selfishly wished we could keep every single centerpiece for ourselves, and our guests were fighting over who got to take one home at the end of the night. We're still hearing compliments about our flowers to this day, and a few of our friends have asked for Violette's contact info for their own upcoming weddings. =) Celina is truly talented and a pleasure to work with. She has a great eye for detail and will bring your vision to life, only better. Wholeheartedly recommend Violette's!
- Eileena & Puneet
For our wedding on 8/31/14, Celina was our floral designer. Her style is so cute and trendy. She is always thinking of creative ways to make sure her flower designs suites our wedding theme. Our theme was outdoor/rustic, and Celina created beautiful bird cages for our centerpiece which was one of a kind! We love her design and her flexibility in making sure we got exactly what we wanted. She is an amazing designer and is one of the nicest vendor we've worked with. I would definitely use her again for future parties, perhaps our baby shower =)- Linda & Steve
Celina is an amazing floral designer who is sweet and wonderful to work with. She worked on the floral designs for my Sept. 2013 wedding, and I was beyond thrilled with how everything turned out from the altar and aisle arrangements to the centerpieces and bouquets to the dessert table and sweetheart table florals. She was able to capture my vision perfectly but helped guide me through the process as well. I really appreciated how she was genuinely excited about working on my wedding and open with her communication. I truly loved how stunning my bouquet was and my bridesmaids loved theirs too. We got so many compliments on our flowers! I highly recommend Celina because she's really dedicated to her work and making her clients happy.
- Connie & Ron