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Elegant Garden

Monterey Park , CA

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Monterey park, CA US
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Wedding:
9/7/2009
3.0/5.0
Michael was referred to us by a friend. He was very easy to work with and provided a lot of suggestions. Michael was also very affordable. He was also very accommodating. I called him days before and asked him to provide flowers for our cake - he did, it was gorgeous, and he was easy to get a hold of. On the day of the wedding, there were some unexpected hiccups. I had asked for the bouquets to be wrapped in crepe paper - but none of them were. My bouquet looked great, but the other flowers looked a bit wilted. The boutonnieres for the groomsmen and family were not what I expected. It was one large rose, instead of 3 small ones as we discussed. I felt that some of the items we discussed got lost over the months before the wedding. Its so important to have pictures of everything! But even though I did - things still looked different. =( The ringbearer box looked very good, the flower girl baskets were okay, and the ribbon I gave him for the baskets were used for the corsages instead. I specifically asked for the handles to be ribbon, but they were not. The craftsmenship of the baskets were a little on the sloppy side, but if you don't pay too much attention, it works! Also we were short on boutonnieres...which was very embarrassing. The corsages were gorgeous, though. If it was orchid, it looked nice. The roses were a bit wilted. We called to tell him about the missing boutonnieres - he disagreed that we were short, but still made us more, which was a relief. The votives he said would be much like the ones in the example picture I showed him. They weren't really - and they were not the hanging ones I wanted - they were self made hanging, which gave a different look than I wanted. Also, he stuck around during the ceremony and reception. I actually saw a picture of him during the cocktail hour fixing the centerpieces - which is fine, but he could have dressed more appropriately - he stuck out like a sore thumb. Another embarrassing moment.. I also saw a glimpse of him chillin in his van - I hope no one else saw, since it was a little tacky. In all - we got what we paid for. His services was not expensive. He was timely and everything looked nice - it just wasn't perfect. He could have been more professional. He was too visible, I thought, and for weddings and big events, you want the vendors as least visible as possible - black attire and hidden (no offense). The previous post about his inappropriate behavior is actually not the first time I heard about it. I know someone else who has used him and commented about his inappropriate behavior before, during, and after their wedding. Its definitely something to consider.
Michael was referred to us by a friend. He was very easy to work with and provided a lot of suggestions. Michael was also Read more...
Michael was referred to us by a friend. He was very easy to work with and provided a lot of suggestions. Michael was also very affordable. He was also very accommodating. I called him days before and asked him to provide flowers for our cake - he did, it was gorgeous, and he was easy to get a hold of. On the day of the wedding, there were some unexpected hiccups. I had asked for the bouquets to be wrapped in crepe paper - but none of them were. My bouquet looked great, but the other flowers looked a bit wilted. The boutonnieres for the groomsmen and family were not what I expected. It was one large rose, instead of 3 small ones as we discussed. I felt that some of the items we discussed got lost over the months before the wedding. Its so important to have pictures of everything! But even though I did - things still looked different. =( The ringbearer box looked very good, the flower girl baskets were okay, and the ribbon I gave him for the baskets were used for the corsages instead. I specifically asked for the handles to be ribbon, but they were not. The craftsmenship of the baskets were a little on the sloppy side, but if you don't pay too much attention, it works! Also we were short on boutonnieres...which was very embarrassing. The corsages were gorgeous, though. If it was orchid, it looked nice. The roses were a bit wilted. We called to tell him about the missing boutonnieres - he disagreed that we were short, but still made us more, which was a relief. The votives he said would be much like the ones in the example picture I showed him. They weren't really - and they were not the hanging ones I wanted - they were self made hanging, which gave a different look than I wanted. Also, he stuck around during the ceremony and reception. I actually saw a picture of him during the cocktail hour fixing the centerpieces - which is fine, but he could have dressed more appropriately - he stuck out like a sore thumb. Another embarrassing moment.. I also saw a glimpse of him chillin in his van - I hope no one else saw, since it was a little tacky. In all - we got what we paid for. His services was not expensive. He was timely and everything looked nice - it just wasn't perfect. He could have been more professional. He was too visible, I thought, and for weddings and big events, you want the vendors as least visible as possible - black attire and hidden (no offense). The previous post about his inappropriate behavior is actually not the first time I heard about it. I know someone else who has used him and commented about his inappropriate behavior before, during, and after their wedding. Its definitely something to consider. Read less
Services Used: Unique Services
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Wedding:
7/3/2009
1.0/5.0
For those that are considering hiring Michael Baldenebro as their florist, here are 12 reasons why you should reconsider. Our Ceremony 1. We requested for only pink roses on our gazebo and to make it look like the gazebo was covered in roses (e.g. the roofline, the columns, etc.). Instead, Michael Baldenebro used an assortment of flowers instead (e.g. carnations, lilies, etc.) and only bordered the top roofline with flowers. Imagine how the bride felt, while walking down the aisle, when she saw that the gazebo decorations were not what she requested. 2. We requested for the sides of the ceremony aisle to be covered in various shades of pink rose petals. We specifically requested that the rose petals should not be white or light pink because those colors would not photograph well in an outdoor setting. Michael Baldenebro did not take our request into consideration and used white and light pink rose petals. 3. We requested for rose petals to be placed in cone-shaped holders so the guests could toss the petals as we walked down the aisle after the ceremony. We thought it would be easier for guests to grab the rose petals from an open-topped object. Instead, Michael Baldenebro put rose petals in little pouches that were tied on top. This may have led to a little confusion as the guests may have thought that the pouches were just a part of the overall decor. 4. We requested for six (6) pomander balls to include a black bow on top. Michael Baldenebro did not include the black bow. After the wedding, one of our guests mentioned that she saw Styrofoam portions of the pomander balls which were not covered well. 5. We requested for a bouquet of roses and a bouquet of lilies to give to the groom?s mother and grandmother during the ceremony. Michael Baldenebro provided bouquets that were only wrapped with a pink ribbon around the center of the stems. It did not look presentable as the stems were scattered on the bottom. It was even more challenging to hold the bouquet because it would fall apart if you did not hold it with two hands. Also, not all of the thorns on the roses were taken off. It could have been very easy for the bride to prick her finger and stain her wedding dress. 6. We requested to have a boutonniere for the ring bearer (4-year old child). Michael Baldenebro did not provide a boutonniere for our ring bearer. Our Reception 7. We requested to have eleven (11) centerpieces: - Five (5) would be pink roses in a short vase (4 - 5 inches tall); - and six (6) would be three (3) large tube-shaped vases -- each vase is a different height -- filled with white stones, water, pink orchids, and a floating candle. A couple days before the wedding, we tried to contact Michael Baldenebro to change our request from eleven (11) centerpieces to ten (10) because we lost a table of guests. Michael Baldenebro did not follow our specifications of the three (3) tube-shaped vases. Michael Baldenebro provided three (3) large square-shaped vases that were all the same height. Michael Baldenebro charged us to rent the large vases and charged us for the 11th centerpiece because he "did not" receive the message. 8. We requested to have one (1) rose placed on the seats of the bride and groom. Michael Baldenebro did not satisfy this request. Other 9. As a token of our appreciation, we hosted a dinner table for all of our vendors. We were later told that Michael Baldenebro drank a bit too much alcohol from our open bar and requested to have another meal. The groom did allow the vendors to drink; however, it should be to the discretion of the vendors to still act in a professional manner. 10. One of the responsibilities of Michael Baldenebro and our wedding coordinator was to collaborate on decorations. Our wedding coordinator pitched some fantastic ideas; however, Michael Baldenebro would not work with her to bring those ideas out into the event on the day of our wedding. 11. We purchased and requested to have 50 paper lanterns hung from a string of lights provided for by the venue. We also requested to salvage some of the lanterns so that we could decorate our patio area. This was also us being mindful that these paper lanterns cost nearly $300. Michael Baldenebro charged us a separate "setup" fee for this service. This "setup" fee did not include Michael Baldenebro's "take down" fee. As for salvaging the paper lanterns, Michael Baldenebro did not even make an attempt to recover any of them. We watched as he unhooked the lanterns from the string of lights and recklessly dropped them about 10 feet onto the ground. ON OUR WEDDING NIGHT, AT 12:00 AM, OR POSSIBLY MUCH LATER, MICHAEL BALDENEBRO CALLED OUR HOTEL ROOM TO SETTLE THIS FEE? TWICE!! 12. Before this experience, we referred Michael Baldenebro to a friend of ours that will also be hosting a wedding in December 2009. Unfortunately, our friend cancelled their wedding plans. Of all of their other vendors, Michael Baldenebro was the only one that would not return their deposit. Based on our experience with Michael Baldenebro, I would strongly not recommend him as a florist. Michael Baldenebro?s services lacked honesty, heart, professionalism, and cooperation. Michael Baldenebro's actions revealed his selfish, irresponsible, and ill-mannered character. Again, for those that are considering hiring Michael Baldenebro. I would strongly recommend that you find someone else!!
For those that are considering hiring Michael Baldenebro as their florist, here are 12 reasons why you should reconsider. Read more...
For those that are considering hiring Michael Baldenebro as their florist, here are 12 reasons why you should reconsider. Our Ceremony 1. We requested for only pink roses on our gazebo and to make it look like the gazebo was covered in roses (e.g. the roofline, the columns, etc.). Instead, Michael Baldenebro used an assortment of flowers instead (e.g. carnations, lilies, etc.) and only bordered the top roofline with flowers. Imagine how the bride felt, while walking down the aisle, when she saw that the gazebo decorations were not what she requested. 2. We requested for the sides of the ceremony aisle to be covered in various shades of pink rose petals. We specifically requested that the rose petals should not be white or light pink because those colors would not photograph well in an outdoor setting. Michael Baldenebro did not take our request into consideration and used white and light pink rose petals. 3. We requested for rose petals to be placed in cone-shaped holders so the guests could toss the petals as we walked down the aisle after the ceremony. We thought it would be easier for guests to grab the rose petals from an open-topped object. Instead, Michael Baldenebro put rose petals in little pouches that were tied on top. This may have led to a little confusion as the guests may have thought that the pouches were just a part of the overall decor. 4. We requested for six (6) pomander balls to include a black bow on top. Michael Baldenebro did not include the black bow. After the wedding, one of our guests mentioned that she saw Styrofoam portions of the pomander balls which were not covered well. 5. We requested for a bouquet of roses and a bouquet of lilies to give to the groom?s mother and grandmother during the ceremony. Michael Baldenebro provided bouquets that were only wrapped with a pink ribbon around the center of the stems. It did not look presentable as the stems were scattered on the bottom. It was even more challenging to hold the bouquet because it would fall apart if you did not hold it with two hands. Also, not all of the thorns on the roses were taken off. It could have been very easy for the bride to prick her finger and stain her wedding dress. 6. We requested to have a boutonniere for the ring bearer (4-year old child). Michael Baldenebro did not provide a boutonniere for our ring bearer. Our Reception 7. We requested to have eleven (11) centerpieces: - Five (5) would be pink roses in a short vase (4 - 5 inches tall); - and six (6) would be three (3) large tube-shaped vases -- each vase is a different height -- filled with white stones, water, pink orchids, and a floating candle. A couple days before the wedding, we tried to contact Michael Baldenebro to change our request from eleven (11) centerpieces to ten (10) because we lost a table of guests. Michael Baldenebro did not follow our specifications of the three (3) tube-shaped vases. Michael Baldenebro provided three (3) large square-shaped vases that were all the same height. Michael Baldenebro charged us to rent the large vases and charged us for the 11th centerpiece because he "did not" receive the message. 8. We requested to have one (1) rose placed on the seats of the bride and groom. Michael Baldenebro did not satisfy this request. Other 9. As a token of our appreciation, we hosted a dinner table for all of our vendors. We were later told that Michael Baldenebro drank a bit too much alcohol from our open bar and requested to have another meal. The groom did allow the vendors to drink; however, it should be to the discretion of the vendors to still act in a professional manner. 10. One of the responsibilities of Michael Baldenebro and our wedding coordinator was to collaborate on decorations. Our wedding coordinator pitched some fantastic ideas; however, Michael Baldenebro would not work with her to bring those ideas out into the event on the day of our wedding. 11. We purchased and requested to have 50 paper lanterns hung from a string of lights provided for by the venue. We also requested to salvage some of the lanterns so that we could decorate our patio area. This was also us being mindful that these paper lanterns cost nearly $300. Michael Baldenebro charged us a separate "setup" fee for this service. This "setup" fee did not include Michael Baldenebro's "take down" fee. As for salvaging the paper lanterns, Michael Baldenebro did not even make an attempt to recover any of them. We watched as he unhooked the lanterns from the string of lights and recklessly dropped them about 10 feet onto the ground. ON OUR WEDDING NIGHT, AT 12:00 AM, OR POSSIBLY MUCH LATER, MICHAEL BALDENEBRO CALLED OUR HOTEL ROOM TO SETTLE THIS FEE? TWICE!! 12. Before this experience, we referred Michael Baldenebro to a friend of ours that will also be hosting a wedding in December 2009. Unfortunately, our friend cancelled their wedding plans. Of all of their other vendors, Michael Baldenebro was the only one that would not return their deposit. Based on our experience with Michael Baldenebro, I would strongly not recommend him as a florist. Michael Baldenebro?s services lacked honesty, heart, professionalism, and cooperation. Michael Baldenebro's actions revealed his selfish, irresponsible, and ill-mannered character. Again, for those that are considering hiring Michael Baldenebro. I would strongly recommend that you find someone else!! Read less
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