Recommended by 99%
Kristen · Married on 09/09/2017
Deborah made decorating our wedding at the Mystic Aquarium fun and stress-free! All of our planning was done from out of state, so it was great to not have to worry about a thing, and to have someone from the area to help us. We told her that we wanted to bring everything to the next level, and she definitely did that! We started by meeting with Deborah so that we could start working out a vision. I am not the best at visualizing designs, but Deborah was amazing at taking the bits and pieces that I came up with, and turned it into a truly beautiful design. She gave multiple options for everything, and gave suggestions when asked. She was very flexible if we changed our minds, or came up with a new idea. Prior to the wedding, we met with her for a mock floral arrangement. She listened to every thought I had, and adjusted a couple things for the day-of. Since she was making everything so stress-free, we decided to do our welcome bags through A Gala Affair. Everything in the bag was local (Deborah picked everything up the day-of so that it was fresh!), and she delivered everything to the hotels so that we wouldn't have to deal with anything that weekend. She texted me throughout the weekend so that I knew all bags were delivered. Deborah truly transformed the Mystic Aquarium for our wedding. She went above and beyond for us, and was able to assess situations during setup and change things so that it would look the best possible. The flowers at the wedding were extremely high quality, and the arrangements were beautiful. All of our guests commented on how amazing the flowers were, and could not believe the attention to detail throughout the entire venue. The decor and flowers made it look so elegant, however, did not take away from the Aquarium itself. I would highly recommend working with A Gala Affair! I wish she would come to New Jersey to decorate any future events that we have!
Jenna · Married on 09/22/2018
Deb and her team really outdid themselves for our wedding. From the very beginning, going back and forth with her about the details, she was able to take our vision and absolutely blow it out of the water. Her creativity and ideas exceeded all of our expectations and made our wedding the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen. We are so fortunate that we have been able to get to know Deb and very lucky to have met such a warm, caring, and funny lady! Thank you so much Deb!
Sara · Married on 07/14/2018
Me and my husband couldn’t be happier with Deborah and her work!!! She made our wedding magical from the bouquets, to the unique centerpieces, and little details for cocktail hour. A Gala Affair will not disappoint!!!! Very professional- no complaints here! Thank you so much!!
Jessica · Married on 06/16/2018
Deb was so wonderful to work with; her creativity and skill is unparalleled. She worked with us on design plans for the ceremony and reception for such a beautiful outcome. The flowers and all the décor that she had envisioned were perfectly executed and her team even set up some items that my family had contributed as well. Everything was so beautiful and we would absolutely recommend A Gala Affair for any special event you’re planning.
Kimberly · Married on 05/12/2018
I had a hard time finding a florist for my wedding and luckily someone suggested Debra with A Gala Affair. With only weeks before my wedding she was able to create the perfect Boquets for my wedding. She was very accomadating to my situation and communicative. Once i recieved pictures of my boquets and then seen them in person i was thrilled. They were perfect for my dream day!!!
Stephanie · Married on 05/05/2018
I can't say enough about Deb & team at A Gala Affair! Deb did all of our decor, including bouquets and bouts, for our May 2018 wedding at the Mystic Yachting Center. Every aspect of her work was perfection. I can't say enough great things about Deb and her work. She was beyond easy to work with and such an artist. I am so happy we chose A Gala Affair for our wedding!
Tara · Married on 02/17/2018
Debby made our wedding the most beautiful night of our lives! She took a collection of photos and ideas and created an absolutely stunning bohemian vibe for us.
The flowers were hand designed and included little accents of thistles, a personal touch that meant the world to us. She also made the bouts, bouquets, and wristlets for the bridal party and family and presented them on beautiful trays. She put together an incredible center piece for our ceremony with a flower garland over an arbor, macrame pieces, and coordinating aisle decorations. The tables were designed with high and low flower arrangements in glass vases and surrounded by votives and candles. The whole room looked like a lush green magical garden, which is an accomplishment for a February wedding!
Debby took just a few thoughts we had and was able to create a look for the whole evening. She made the day of so easy on us by handling the set up and break down. By the time we arrived to the venue the place had been transformed.
Everything she did felt like it was made especially for us, we could not have imagined a better event design. Amazing job!
Alyssa · Married on 10/28/2017
Deborah did an incredible job decorating our wedding! everything looked absolutely fantastic!
Natasha · Married on 07/29/2017
Deb was such a pleasure to work with for our summer wedding! She went above and beyond with bringing my eucalyptus and succulent vision to life. It was an incredibly windy day, but everything held up and looked fabulous! She had fantastic ideas and knew how to execute them perfectly. Thank you so much for making the process easy and fun!
Joanne · Married on 06/17/2017
A Gala Affair is a sensational wedding decor and floral
company that completely transforms a space
and gives their clients the vision and theme that they've
envisioned. The owner is on site to ensure client
satisfaction- Deborah is available by phone, e mail
and in person to assure that your event is spectacular ! She's
jody · Married on 05/21/2017
We used Deborah at A Gala Affair for my daughters wedding at the mansion in Harkness Memorial Park in May...She created a fairytale for my daughter. The flowers, the lighting, the candles, the decorations...everything was just incredibly beautiful...we could not have been more pleased....just wonderful
Cori · Married on 11/12/2016
We hired Deb and her team to decorate and provide all the floral arrangements for our daughter's wedding at The Branford House. After much planning and communication, our vision came alive! Deb's work is beautiful! My daughter was in love with the way everything looked. Deb and her team are very talented and creative. The quality of work and flowers were outstanding! I would highly recommend A Gala Affair. They exceeded our expectations!
Sara-Lyn · Married on 11/11/2016
If anyone is getting married in the CT area, I HIGHLY recommend Deb. Not only is she extremely talented but she also cares about her clients. Deb went above and beyond to make my vision come to life on my special day! If you go on her FB site, you can see the quality of work and how amazing each floral arrangement is. Thank you Deb so so much for making our wedding look like it came out of a magazine!
Ben · Married on 09/04/2016
The owner and her team did a great job making our wedding special. We also had a possible hurricane on the way and she was ready with a contingency plan: this meant our day was going to be special either way. The team was very professional and did a great job. The cost was very reasonable for great job they did!
Kayleigh · Married on 08/19/2016
An overall joy to work with!!
Irma · Married on 05/15/2015
I couldn’t thank Deborah enough for the beautiful work she did on my wedding day. Her attention to detail was absolutely impeccable and better than I could have ever imagined. She was able to take my vision and turn it into a reality! She gives her customers her full attention and takes pride in doing a job well done. She was always available and made the process so easy. Even on short notice! I hired her a few weeks before my wedding day and she was able to give me the magical, glamourous and perfect day I had dreamt of since I was a young girl. My heart literally skipped a beat when I walked into the reception. The flowers, candelabras’, mercury vases and tea lights created an amazing ambiance. Of course I cried and she also shed a tear with me. She is very sweet and takes pride in every detail.
As my guest were ushered from the cocktail room to the ballroom every single one of them stopped in their tracks and gasp at the beauty they were coming into. We received many compliments from them. Everyone kept saying “This is beautiful” and “It looks like something out of a movie”. I couldn’t have been happier.
Deborah’s ideas and creativity are something that EVERYONE should experience at their event! I will continue to recommend her in the future.
Irma & Moneek
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
User3855981 · 2+ years ago
Deborah Dempsey did a fantastic job with our wedding flowers and venue decor at the Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park. In the planning stages she was extremely flexible working within our schedules and our budget. Overall, she understood and executed on our vision flawlessly. The flowers were fresh, beautiful and arranged perfectly, and she definitely exceeded expectations in terms of the size and number of bouquets/arrangements. She has beautiful vessels which were included in the cost, and we were also able to use some of ours to really make the decor personal. The mansion itself is beautiful but the flowers really dressed it up and brought it to a whole new level- Deborah did a great job at making the mansion look as beautiful as it could have, decorating each mantle, nook and cranny within it. For the tent she did swags, bistro lighting and a chandelier which really dressed up an otherwise plain tent. On the day of, her staff set up, arranged and rearranged flowers, and teared down promptly.
Bottom line- All of our guests raved that they actually noticed and admired the flowers at our wedding, where at others they get lost (at how many weddings can you say you actually remember the flowers?). If flowers are a priority and you want your wedding be decorated flawlessly and have piece of mind, Deborah is definitely the way to go.
Caitlin · Married on 09/28/2013
Deb from A Gala Affair is simply amazing! She made my wedding day absolutely beautiful. Her and her team are reliable and so much fun to work with.
Sandy · Married on 09/15/2013
I had a vision and Deborah gave it life. My bouquet was uniquely beautiful, as were the floral centerpieces. All the floral arrangements were breathtaking and elegant.
Deborah was always open to my ideas and we appreciated her offering up creative options. With her talent and flair, she turned the tent at Eolia Mansion into a magical setting. She added decorative elements throughout the mansion that personalized the venue for us, made it ours for that snapshot in time.
We feel lucky to have found A Gala Affair and thank Deborah and her team.
User2598362 · 2+ years ago
Deborah and her team were great to work with and helped make our reception space look magical!
Jessica · Married on 06/23/2012
Deborah was extremely pleasant and amazing to work with. I knew from the moment we stepped foot in her studio that she was going to be great. She truly understood my vision and made it come to life! Everything was just beautiful – the flowers were better than I could have imagined. She is extremely creative, professional and motivated to make your day as special as it could be. It was so nice to have her "take over" the day of - i felt so comfortable she would do an amazing job. I received so many compliments from my guests which means the flowers and the design she created really stood out. I would highly recommend A Gala Affair!
User2551356 · 2+ years ago
We came to Deborah 4 weeks before our wedding after realizing out other florist would not be able to carry out our vision. Deborah was completely happy to take us on and after a short conversation immediately understood my vision. More so she gave lots of ideas and came up with beautiful possibilities that we loved. The flowers and decor she provided pulled all of the other small details together that I had worked on for months. The event was everything I had ever imagined it to be and deborah and her team were a big reason why. I would recommend her to anyone I know and hope to have an opportunity to work with her again!! Thank you so much!
Cara · Married on 12/03/2011
We were on a very tight budget and Deborah was VERY flexible and offered creative and beautiful alternatives. We were from out of state were only able to meet briefly with her to plan the flowers/decorations. I instantly felt very comfortable with her and confident in her abilities to take care of all our decorating needs from a distance. Due to the location of our venue (Mystic Aquarium) Deborah and her team had only an hour to set everything up from the time the aquarium closed until the time I walked down the aisle. She worked wonders! Everything was in place and perfect!!
Tricia · Married on 10/08/2011
Deborah is fabulous! People are still raving about the decor of the wedding. Not only did she do a wonderful job with all of the decor, Deborah also served as a much needed "pre-wedding counselor" by being a voice of reason among a lot of wedding preparation craziness- and she didn't bill for that!
Lindsay · Married on 09/09/2017
Deb is wonderful. I am more of a hands-off planning type of bride, as in, I want someone else to worry about the details. Deb did this perfectly. I gave her styles, colors, pictures of things that I liked, and she was able to take my fairly limited input/knowledge of florals and come up with exactly what I didn't even know I wanted, like a mind reader. She was very flexible working with our budget to come up with some really beautiful touches that really pulled the event together, texted me images of bouquets and arrangements as she was making them to get last minute approval/input from me, and as I was getting into my wedding dress at the venue and decided I wanted flowers for my hair, she came up with the perfect arrangement from flowers she had left over from all the other arrangements. She was a pleasure to work with through the whole process and pulled together the perfect floral touches for ME (and for real, florals were the LAST thing I was interested in this whole planning process). So if you are like me and have no idea what you want and need somebody to figure it out for you, Deb is the best. Highly recommended!