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Mary McCabe · Married on 01/04/2020
Thank you, Lori and Team!!!
Our wedding would not be what it was without Lori and her team at Cress Floral Decorators.
From the very first call, Lori was professional, insightful, patient, and incredibly kind. I had a vision of what I wanted and she was able to hear it over the phone and bring it to life. I only had to meet with Lori one time in person, which was really helpful since I was planning the wedding from another state. At our in-person meeting she created the exact arrangement and bouquet we had discussed on the phone. I felt so at ease leaving the meeting that day knowing that I did not have to worry about our floral decorations, because I knew they would be perfect.
On the day of the wedding, Lori hand delivered my bouquet and my bridesmaids' bouquets to our apartment. She then HAND delivered my groom's boutonniere all the way uptown. She came to our venue for the ceremony to check on the decorations and make sure everything was running smoothly. I'm not sure how she was able to be everywhere at once, but I was so thankful that she was! Since the wedding, we have heard nothing but especially positive feedback from our guests about the decor.
I really cannot say anything other than THANK YOU to Lori and her team for making my day exponentially more beautiful. You are the best of the best!!!!!
xoxo The SmithsSent on 02/13/2020
Jamie Greenhouse · Married on 10/08/2019
Amazing in every way!
Lori and Tommy made my wedding dreams come true! I did not have simple and standard florals so therefore needed a team who could get creative, think out of the box and meet my vision. They exceeded my expectations in every way! I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome!Sent on 11/20/2019
Manushka Luc · Married on 08/24/2019
Tom and Lori were a pleasure to work with. They were patient and worked with me through the entire process. They executed my vision very well and my ballroom and all of the bouquets were absolutely stunning.Sent on 08/27/2019
Clare Buse · Married on 08/17/2019
Lori is fantastic! Flowers were beautiful.
I had the pleasure of working with Lori for my August wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. From the initial conversation with Lori, my mom and I could tell she has a true passion for making sure every wedding is done to perfection with florals and had a very warm personality. Throughout the entire process leading up to the wedding, Lori was fantastic in answering our questions, making little tweaks to the florals we wanted to incorporate, etc. When the day of rolled around, the flowers were fantastic and looked amazing throughout the space and I LOVED my bridal bouquet. Lori even took time to put real flowers on our cake because we envisioned the cake having flowers. Thank you Lori and team! I highly recommend you hire Cress Floral for your wedding.Sent on 09/04/2019
Mike Martelli · Married on 06/29/2019
The Best Florist In New York!!
Words cannot describe what a pleasure it was to plan our wedding with Tom and his staff at Cress. Every visit to their lovely store, we were greeted with smiles, refreshments and good spirits. While my wife did most of the floral planning with Tom, I could tell that he made things super easy for her. Two days before the wedding, we had to add another table to the reception and Cress was able to have an additional centerpiece ready with no trouble at all. The flowers were beautiful and they arrived on time just as Tom predicted.Sent on 07/14/2019
@Tom, thank you again for all of the accommodations you made for us. Our day just wouldn't have been the same without you! We will definitely recommend our friends to you.
Susie Choi · Married on 06/22/2019
As every bride knows, flowers/the decor are extremely important for your wedding day. I was struggling to find a florist when I stumbled across Lori and her team, and they were amazing. I spoke with Lori numerous times in the leadup to my wedding, and she patiently listened to all my ideas and offered suggestions to help me create the most beautiful day. Lori even created samples of numerous pieces of my decor (not just the centerpieces and bouquet) to ensure that I could execute my wedding vision and to make me feel comfortable and confident on my wedding day. Would highly recommend Lori and her team!Sent on 07/08/2019
Victoria · Married on 06/22/2019
An Extraordinary Team!
Lori and Tom Cress are the incredible duo behind Cress Floral that poured so much love, attention to detail, and patience into our wedding arrangements. We were truly blown away once we saw all of our wedding centerpieces, entry arrangements, etc. We received countless compliments on the flowers on our wedding day. Multiple guests told us that our flowers were ‘the most beautiful centerpieces’ they had ever seen. We met with them both several times before our big day and they were incredibly patient, kind, and resourceful. Lori even hand delivered the centerpieces for our rehearsal dinner, AND her and Tom were both there on our wedding day as well. We were blessed to have some amazing vendors at our wedding (band, photographer, etc.), but we received the most compliments on the flower arrangements. Credit to Lori and Tom on going the extra mile beyond our lofty expectations. They executed on more than we could have even asked for. We cannot recommend Cress Floral enough - a truly extraordinary team.Sent on 08/20/2019
Rachael M · Married on 04/06/2019
Every part of our experience working with Cress Floral was so enjoyable and fun! Planning a wedding can obviously be a very stressful time but Lori and Tom made the process seamless and from our first meeting I knew they had a feeling for what we wanted on our day. We met months and weeks before the date to look at options for my bouquet and our table arrangements - but I couldn't imagine how beautiful everything turned out the day of! They nailed it and some of my favorite wedding photos are the ones that feature my bouquet :) Highly highly recommend!!Sent on 04/17/2019
Samantha Thomas · Married on 12/07/2018
Full of Heart
The first time I called Lori, was from a grocery store wandering up and down the aisle in tears because I couldn’t find a florist that wasn’t trying to price gauge me because of where my wedding was being held. She didn’t know me, it was 7pm, and she talked to me until I was calm and told me flat out what pricing for specific flowers were. I felt so confident working with her, I would text her photos and she knew every flower just by looking at them for 2 seconds. She worked with me to build an environment for romance, she didn’t tell me what I had to spend “for a wedding at the garden city hotel” like other vendors. Instead she worked with me to create the atmosphere “I” wanted. She made me a sample centerpiece before I committed to ensure it was exactly what I wanted. I felt so confident signing with her, which is more than I could say for any other vendor. My mom even used her for my bridal shower Bc no florist could recreate the intricate French centerpieces that they wanted- but LORI did! The day of my wedding I was terrified. Not to marry my husband- that was the only part I wasn’t nervous for. But let’s be real these Long Island weddings are intense! So much money for one Day, and it’s all worth it if it all goes RIGHT. But what if it goes wrong? Is it wasted? That’s all I could think about and I hated that. I still remember getting my hair done, so nervous, and all of a sudden LORI walked in with this giant smile, this gorgeous bouquet filled with spray roses and ranunculus and anemone. I was so blown away and realized how everything had come together, I was holding in my hands the first real evidence of my wedding, and proof that something had gone right if not better than I imagined! I had entrusted role of florist to a real artist and a responsible woman, and I am so relieved and happy that I did. All my worries went out the window and I started to enjoy my day. I got my giant dress on, and in my hand was the most amazing bouquet. Holding it felt like an Olympic trophy and completed the picture. My wedding would not have been the same without her flowers. My favorite photo would not be the same without that perfect bouquet. When I went down for pictures lori had done exactly as I asked. A few centerpieces were ready and set for pictures by the couch. They were all set on time! When I saw my husbands boutonnière I was so thrilled. It was the cutest double ranunculus in the most beautiful burgundy which I told her how much I wanted. When it was time to walk down the aisle, I saw Lori, crying and taking photos behind the scenes. Everyone thought she was my aunt! I can’t tell you how much it meant to work with someone with so much heart. This is a business, but it is also important to remember this is a business that deals with love and she is the only vendor I worked with out of the (20+) that remembered that. Working with her made me feel like a BRIDE. The moment I saw my arch to get married under and then the centerpieces on my tables- was just the most amazing and reassuring moment for a high anxiety working woman like me. Speaking bride to bride, I’m telling you this is the florist YOU WANT. I had the most gorgeous flowers. They were fresh, fabulous and romantic. Lori and her team were so fluid and on time. The flowers were the only thing I didn’t have to worry about. I will keep using Lori as she and her busniess are a treasure.Sent on 03/11/2019
Stephanie Manning · Married on 11/17/2018
Amazing Florist for Loeb Boathouse
Lori and Tom were so great to work with for my November wedding at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. The Boathouse requires you work with one of their four florist vendors; I met with three and Cress was the most competitive on pricing. Plus, it feels like Lori is an extension if your family throughout the process and she cares so much about working with each couple to bring their floral dreams to life. We settled on florals early and I changed my mind after the first meeting. Lori was beyond accommodating and helped create samples of everything so I knew exactly what the florals were going to look like on my wedding day. I must say, the flowers were even better in person. I can't recommend Lori and Cress enough!Sent on 04/30/2019
Raul · Married on 09/30/2018
Raul & Ruben, Giando on the Water
Working with Cress Florist was by far one the most memorable experiences we had during the wedding planning process, and here's why--they managed to create an experience that assured us we were working with quality people and professionals completely deserving of all their accolades while simultaneously making us feel as if we were talking to lifelong friends hanging out in our living room having a laid-back chat over coffee. There was a casual-exceptionalism about them that instilled confidence in us and we just knew the flowers were going to be exactly what we hoped for. Except we were wrong. They were much better than we hoped for. In fact, one guest was sure we paid a fortune for our flowers, citing an amount that was more than double what we actually paid. Needless to say, we were beyond grateful for Cress and their team. They truly delivered and contributed to us celebrating the best day ever--with the best flowers ever.
If you want to know a bit more about the specifics of the process, here it is:
1. We found and met with other florists. We really liked some of them but wanted to do our due diligence.
2. We went on The Knot and searched "Best Florist in New York" and found Cress Floral Decorators.
3. We called and talked with Lori and scheduled a consultation with her and her team.
4. We arrived at Cress and were greeted by Lori and her husband where she set-up coffee, pastries, and tea in front of a flatscreen with different floral arrangements displayed for us to enjoy.
5. We land on our colors, inspiration, and examples.
6. A few weeks pass, as we're emailing back and forth with pictures of flowers over Pinterest.
7. A few more weeks pass, we head to Cress for a sample viewing and leave a deposit.
8. Two weeks before the wedding, we emailed/called with final changes and Lori responded that day confirming the changes.
9. The wedding day arrives and we show up to truly spectacular floral arrangements.
We highly recommend Cress Floral Decorators! You will not be disappointed!
Sent on 11/04/2018
Susan · Married on 09/29/2018
We were recommended to several florists but after having met with Lori it was obvious that she would be our choice. Her attention to detail, willingness to work within our budget, creativity and enthusiasm made myself and my daughter feel as we were the absolute most important event on their calendar ! Which of course is not true but its great to feel that way. The most fun was the trial appointment where they painstakingly went thru each item and made sure we were 100% pleased.Sent on 10/07/2018
Kaitlyn · Married on 08/10/2018
Cress Floral was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding. Lori was the most enjoyable vendor to work with and immediately when I met her I knew I was in good hands. She truly cares about each of her brides, listens and gives great advice, pays attention to detail and is so sweet and kind. I was very particular about my bouquet and Lori took a lot of time mocking up different options and was very patient in the process which I appreciated. On the day of our wedding I couldn't believe how beautiful everything turned out. Lori and her team exceeded my expectations and every floral arrangement and bouquet was beyond stunning! I'm still obsessing over our head table garland and decor - Cress truly went above and beyond. So many guests commented on our arrangements. I couldn't have asked for a better florist and would recommend Cress to all brides and couples - you will not be disappointed!Sent on 08/30/2018
Wendy · Married on 06/23/2018
Wonderful people, receptive to requests, work within budget, professional, remains focused and follows timeline.Sent on 10/12/2018
Who could ask for more??
Love working with them, and totally recommend them!!!
Thanks Tom and Lori!!!
Abby · Married on 06/23/2018
Excellent florist - fabulous flowers...easy to work with.....Sent on 10/13/2018
Lauren · Married on 06/23/2018
Highly recommend lori and tom for stunning, affordable floral arrangements - weddings and events
First, I just wanted to THANK Lori and Tom so much for the absolutely stunning flowers they provided for our wedding on June 23, 2018. We absolutely loved every detail, it truly helped make our day!!
They have such an amazingly talented team, and we are forever grateful we had them as our wedding florists!
I will 100% refer Tom and Lori Cress to any of my local NYC friends who need a wedding florist in the future.
Trustworthy, Affordable, Professional and Creative.
They listened to what I was looking for, and exceeded my expectations! From the first meeting with them, you'll discuss your vision and budget, and they make your vision come to life (LITERALLY) my second visit with them, Tom pulled together a mock bouquet, and on third visit they had my large centerpiece pulled together for me to see.
Our guests just raved about my bouquet and the centerpieces - they were absolutely gorgeous!Sent on 10/31/2018
Karyn · Married on 05/04/2018
Lori and Tom of Cress Florist are fabulous!!! Their kindness, responsiveness, professionalism and creativity blew my mind. Every aspect of working with them was a 10! There's no other florist going who can give such an all around wonderful experience. My table arrangements were meticulous. They supplied all the additional decorations I needed and everything came out with perfection. Anything I wanted, Lori and Tom made happen and with such ease. Beyond a pleasure to work with. I can't say enough... look no further and use Cress. You will not be disappointed.Sent on 05/09/2018
amanda · Married on 04/13/2018
Your Family Decorators
Wedding vendors, whether it be DJ, Flowers, Photo, Video, they are all so crucial to your day and you work closely with these vendors beginning to end, so its VERY IMPORTANT that these vendors are easy to work with and very respectful. Well, Lori and Tom were hands down the best to work with. From the very first meeting, I felt like Lori and Tom were family. They were responsive to every email, phone call, or question I had. When I had meetings with them, they were easy to talk to, showed me so many different floral designs and options. They picked flowers and let me smell them. They shared the pros and cons of every idea I had and I felt SO informed! Tom and Lori truly know their flowers! As far as their work! I WAS SPEECHLESS when I saw the final product the day of the wedding. Their work is truly incredible. My bouquet was EXACTLY what I ever imagined. I had 13 bridesmaids and every bouquet remained vibrant and alive from 10 am to 1 am the next day. The centerpieces thrived for days after the wedding! Everyone was complimenting my flowers. The Card Table Centerpiece took peoples breaths away! It was incredible. They truly add beauty to your day. I 10000000% recommendSent on 03/11/2019
Daniel · Married on 03/10/2018
Wedding venues you can look at, cakes you can sample and caterer's you can taste but a wedding florist you need to take on trust that they will put together a beautiful wedding for you. We went through two wedding venues with Lori and Tommy and they planned out every little detail of our special evening. Honestly as the groom I think flowers are something we underestimate quite a bit.Sent on 03/12/2018
When the big night finally came I was absolutely stunned. The table pieces they arranged really made the evening. The Chuppah was the most spectacularly beautiful ornament I have ever seen at a wedding. They took an admittedly blank canvas of a wedding venue and painted us a masterpiece.
Heather · Married on 02/03/2018
The flowers for my wedding were absolutely stunning! Tommy, Lori and the rest of their team went above and beyond to make my wedding day beautiful! Book them!!Sent on 07/06/2019
mike · Married on 01/14/2018
I was recently married at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, NY. The Boathouse provided us with a list of florists we could contact and we interviewed a few before selecting Lori & Tom at Cress Floral Decorators. Hands down it was one of the best decisions we made because they were amazing. Lori and Tom are both pleasures to work with and they truly captured our vision for the look and feel of our wedding, all within the stated budget. From the gorgeous bridal and bridesmaid bouquets to the floral crowns they made for my parents as a last minute request, their personal attention to every detail both large and small really made such a difference. I cried when I first saw the beautiful chuppa they had created for us because it was so special and exceeded all expectations. The floral and candle arrangements were all exquisite and gave the room a warm feel and glow- exactly what we wanted for our winter wedding. On the day of our wedding, Lori was there throughout to make sure every last detail was perfect. It was. I cannot thank them enough for making our day so special.Sent on 01/24/2018
Danielle Gorman · Married on 12/30/2017
Incredible Wedding Vendor
Lori and her team are incredible! They brought my vision to life and were pleasant and accommodating along the way! They were one of my favorite wedding vendors that we chose and really went above and beyond to make the process and the day special for us.Sent on 04/03/2019
Patricia · Married on 11/19/2017
We had the pleasure of working with Lori & Tom for our wedding and they have been fantastic partners from the very beginning! Lori has become our absolute favorite vendor and she was meticulous in detail and responsive throughout our planning process. With her creativity, and thoughtful suggestions, she helped to create beautiful pieces while respecting our budget. We loved every piece crafted by Cress and would love to work with them again! Thank you again to the entire Cress team for your hard work and effort on our big day!Sent on 12/19/2017
mandy · Married on 09/09/2017
Where do I even begin? Lori and Tom were absolutely amazing to work with and provided the most gorgeous arrangements. It was important to us to have lovely flowers that complemented our venue, but I don't know much about different types of flowers/greenery and Lori provided really wonderful guidance throughout the process. They are so talented and so kind; you can tell they really love what they do! Lori personally delivered the personal florals to me on my wedding day and it was so nice -- just like seeing a friend. I should also mention that there was a pretty tight setup window at my venue and Cress executed perfectly. I wasn't there to oversee so I don't know how they managed to do it, but everything looked just perfect when I arrived. I am so glad we were able to work with Cress and can't recommend them enough!Sent on 09/10/2017
Eloise · Married on 09/03/2017
Cress did the flowers or our wedding at the Central Park Boathouse and it was by far the most beautiful part of the day, not to mention the most enjoyable!!! Everyone at Cress makes you feel so welcomed when you come in, especially Lori- they do not pressure you into anything, they show you all your options, they listen to everything you want (even when you change your mind three different times)- they are absolutely amazing. We wanted a flower wall to be the backdrop for our photo booth, and they made the most EXQUISITE flower wall we had ever seen- the guests are still commenting on it- so many people didn't even believe it was real it was so perfect! The centerpieces were exactly what I had requested, and my cascading bouquet was flawless- Lori even brought extra ruscus to the hotel room the morning of the wedding incase I wanted it to be longer, and I did! They let us know what would/wouldn't or might not be possible, but would do everything they could to make it happen (as opposed to other florists who just flat out said NO to anenomes). They were forthcoming about all costs, and when on the day-of the tapered candles they had bought didn't fit in the holders, Lori rushed over to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy new ones to make it work. I didn't even know this until a month later- she wanted everything to just go smoothly and wonderfully. We can't say enough about this phenomenal team, and if I ever get to throw another party again (or can handle it)- they will be my go-to!!!Sent on 10/09/2017