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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist

Occoquan , VA

LOCATION

308-B Poplar Alley
Occoquan, VA 22125 US

PHONE

703-492-9732

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ABOUT US

Welcome to SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist! With over 19 years of experience, Susan Wenger, the owner and designer has built a reputation of great prices, beautiful designs and... Read more
Welcome to SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist! With over 19 years of experience, Susan Wenger, the owner and designer has built a reputation of great prices, beautiful designs and personal attention to each couple she works with.

Located at 308 Poplar Alley in historic Occoquan, Virginia, Accolades has been a part of the community for over 20 years. Relax and browse through the portfolios in our shop and online and visit our website http://www.swfloraldesign.com. Read our great reviews and see why SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist has been a consistent winner (2009-2014) of the Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Award and the 2014 Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award.

Following your complementary consultation, a written estimate outlining each item discussed will be sent via email to the couple within 48 hours of our meeting. To secure your wedding date on our calendar, a 50% nonrefundable payment must be made upon signing the contract. Two weeks before your wedding date, you will come in for your final appointment. At this time we will review and confirm all details, accept the final payment, and finalize your order.

Consultations are by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

To schedule your complementary "meet and greet" appointment, please call 703-492-9732 or send your inquiry to swfloraldesign@gmail.com.



ANNOUNCEMENT: DUE TO RETIREMENT, ACCOLADES AND SW FLORAL DESIGN WILL BE CLOSING OUR DOORS AT THE END OF 2015. THE SHOP IS CURRENTLY LISTED FOR SALE AND DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT pwflorist@gmail.com. IT HAS BEEN OUR PLEASURE TO SERVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THROUGH THE YEARS. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
5/23/2015
1.4/5.0
5 months prior to our wedding, I emailed Susan photos of what I wanted our reception flowers to look like. We met twice in person. The photos I gave her were of pale pink and pale peach flowers with a touch of greenery accent. I was disappointed to find white centerpieces with hot pink roses sticking out on either side. The bridesmaid's bouquets were oddly shaped as floppy hydrangeas were used and roses which were poking out of the top instead of being shaped into a more rounded bouquet. The contract did state hydrangeas would be used, but I assumed the mini version as accents amongst roses, not the other way around. The contract also stated "pink" flowers, but I assumed in the pale pink/peach color family as this is what I had provided photos of. Susan had agreed to bring three tall, cylinder vases for the bridesmaids to place their bouquets at the bar at the reception. She did not follow through. There were no vases. The bouquets quickly wilted into limp heaps on the bar. The boutineers and corsages for our groomsmen, fathers, readers, etc. were nowhere to be found before the ceremony. Susan and I had agreed upon a specific location for them to be delivered and even after a thorough search after the ceremony, the flowers were never found. An outstanding invoice of $38 was cancelled after my father called to discuss the $75 worth of missing flowers. The mother's corsages were fine and my bouqet was ok although some of the edges of the roses were browning. I had every confidence in Susan after my meetings with her and to say I was disappointed in the result is an understatement. To get a birthday bouquet wrong is one thing, but to get wedding day flowers wrong is a big deal. She would do herself and her business a favor to heed the feedback of other customers who have noted that the flowers provided were not what was asked for.
5 months prior to our wedding, I emailed Susan photos of what I wanted our reception flowers to look like. We met twice in Read more...
5 months prior to our wedding, I emailed Susan photos of what I wanted our reception flowers to look like. We met twice in person. The photos I gave her were of pale pink and pale peach flowers with a touch of greenery accent. I was disappointed to find white centerpieces with hot pink roses sticking out on either side. The bridesmaid's bouquets were oddly shaped as floppy hydrangeas were used and roses which were poking out of the top instead of being shaped into a more rounded bouquet. The contract did state hydrangeas would be used, but I assumed the mini version as accents amongst roses, not the other way around. The contract also stated "pink" flowers, but I assumed in the pale pink/peach color family as this is what I had provided photos of. Susan had agreed to bring three tall, cylinder vases for the bridesmaids to place their bouquets at the bar at the reception. She did not follow through. There were no vases. The bouquets quickly wilted into limp heaps on the bar. The boutineers and corsages for our groomsmen, fathers, readers, etc. were nowhere to be found before the ceremony. Susan and I had agreed upon a specific location for them to be delivered and even after a thorough search after the ceremony, the flowers were never found. An outstanding invoice of $38 was cancelled after my father called to discuss the $75 worth of missing flowers. The mother's corsages were fine and my bouqet was ok although some of the edges of the roses were browning. I had every confidence in Susan after my meetings with her and to say I was disappointed in the result is an understatement. To get a birthday bouquet wrong is one thing, but to get wedding day flowers wrong is a big deal. She would do herself and her business a favor to heed the feedback of other customers who have noted that the flowers provided were not what was asked for. Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

You did show me photos of the designs you wanted for your reception centerpieces. As your budget did not allow for the amount and types of flowers, the photos were a guideline only. We agreed on a 4” plastic gold bowl for the centerpieces at $30 each. The contract states that the centerpieces would contain white hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus and roses. The photo samples did show peach along with the pink, but nowhere in the contract are peach flowers mentioned. If you wanted peach flowers included, the contract should have reflected that. The "hot pink" roses you claim were added were the same roses used in your bouquet.
Vases for your bridesmaids' bouquets were given to the caterer setting up the bar prior to the reception who agreed to display them as you requested. I am very sorry that they were not displayed for the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
The situation with the boutonnieres and corsages is very upsetting and unfortunate. The flowers were delivered to the church at the requested time. A man in his early 30's met my husband inside the church and said he get them to the appropriate parties. A review of your May 24 email does say that your fiancé would be meeting with the Priest in the sacristy, but I misunderstood that their meeting was to be interrupted and the flowers taken there. Please accept my assurance that they were delivered to the church and my apology that they were not delivered by this gentleman.
Your father did contact me the week after your wedding to discuss this situation. I proposed cancelling the invoice for the remaining $38 owed for a last minute addition and he seemed agreeable. As I did make all of the requested boutonnieres and corsages, I felt that this was an appropriate solution.

The roses in your bouquet, were approved by you. The particular rose, Esperance, is a pink rose with touches of green on the outer petals. The flowers were not brown; the color you saw was the natural color of the rose.
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Daf
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan was so easy to work with and so flexible with her schedule. She actually kept her shop open a little later for me on a SATURDAY to work with my schedule. My flowers were EXACTLY what I asked for (actually a little more beautiful than I imagined). I wouldn't change a thing. I can't thank Susan/ Accolades enough. They are very affordable. I would absolutely recommend them to everyone!
Susan was so easy to work with and so flexible with her schedule. She actually kept her shop open a little later for me on Read more...
Susan was so easy to work with and so flexible with her schedule. She actually kept her shop open a little later for me on a SATURDAY to work with my schedule. My flowers were EXACTLY what I asked for (actually a little more beautiful than I imagined). I wouldn't change a thing. I can't thank Susan/ Accolades enough. They are very affordable. I would absolutely recommend them to everyone! Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Sadaf, it was a pleasure working with you! I wish you and your new husband every happiness. Thank you for the lovely review!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.7/5.0
The centerpieces were incredible! The boutonnieres and corsages were a bit more simple than I was expecting but they still looked nice. The bridesmaids bouquets were beautiful as was my toss bouquet. The bride's bouquet was not what was expected - asked for a waterfall bouquet but instead got more of a clutch bouquet with a few strands of greenery coming down from it with 3-4 flowers in it. I was expecting (as was the groom) more white flowers creating the waterfall instead. It was still beautiful though. The vendor is not quite able to separate stress from one event and another - if she's stressed about one event she has, it may come out on you inadvertently. Besides that, she is wonderful to work with and very adaptable the day of your event and quick to communicate with you.
The centerpieces were incredible! The boutonnieres and corsages were a bit more simple than I was expecting but they still Read more...
The centerpieces were incredible! The boutonnieres and corsages were a bit more simple than I was expecting but they still looked nice. The bridesmaids bouquets were beautiful as was my toss bouquet. The bride's bouquet was not what was expected - asked for a waterfall bouquet but instead got more of a clutch bouquet with a few strands of greenery coming down from it with 3-4 flowers in it. I was expecting (as was the groom) more white flowers creating the waterfall instead. It was still beautiful though. The vendor is not quite able to separate stress from one event and another - if she's stressed about one event she has, it may come out on you inadvertently. Besides that, she is wonderful to work with and very adaptable the day of your event and quick to communicate with you. Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Dena,

I am sorry that you were not pleased with your bouquet as you expressed exactly the opposite of that on the day of your wedding. Your bouquet was only $95, so you received the size that was appropriate for that price - the average price of a bridal bouquet is between $120 and $180 and many florists charge considerably more. Also, an hour before your wedding you handed me a small Bible from your grandparents and asked me to add it to your bouquet - I gladly did this for you.

Your boutonnieres were also only $5.00 for the bridal party, fathers and grandfathers. The ushers were only $3.00 and were only to contain berries. They were also made to the specifications you requested (single callas for the groom and groomsmen with berries and green accents and double callas and berries for the fathers/grandfathers).

I do apologize if you feel that the stress you were referring to was taken out on you. I believe I know the incident you are referring to and that was long ago settled and apologized for and (in my mind) forgotten. I worked with you and Eric over 9 months and even offered you a monthly payment plan that you could afford - something I do not do for anyone else. To be given a 3.7 rating after everything you praised me for is somewhat unjustified, but so be it.

I do wish you and Eric much happiness in the future.
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danielle
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan is great to work with, she understood the look I was going for and nailed it! Thank you so much!
Susan is great to work with, she understood the look I was going for and nailed it! Thank you so much!
Susan is great to work with, she understood the look I was going for and nailed it! Thank you so much! Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Danielle, thank you for the kind words. Your wedding day was so beautiful!
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Jeneen
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan made sure I had the exact specialty flowers I wanted for my big day!
Susan made sure I had the exact specialty flowers I wanted for my big day!
Susan made sure I had the exact specialty flowers I wanted for my big day! Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jeneen - I am so happy we were able to find the flowers for you! Best wishes to you both.
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Nicki
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan of Accolades florist did a FABULOUS job with my wedding arrangements. I researched several other florists in the area and I selected her services because she provided a great product for a reasonable cost. She was also the only florist I spoke with who was able to give me a photo gallery of each type of flower she would be using in each of my different arrangements. So I was able to better visualize what each arrangements would look like and give her feedback on any changes I wanted. I also provided my own vases for my centerpieces and she was very flexible and accommodating about using what I provided and made it work really well. She was also very flexible about delivery and setup and connected with the reception venue directly to make sure she had all the info she needed about timing, location, etc. And, most importantly, the flowers were absolutely stunning. She "got" the look I was going for right away and took a lot of inspiration from my Pinterest pages, as I wanted, and I was extremely pleased with the final results. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a florist in this area. You will definitely be happy with the decision.
Susan of Accolades florist did a FABULOUS job with my wedding arrangements. I researched several other florists in the Read more...
Susan of Accolades florist did a FABULOUS job with my wedding arrangements. I researched several other florists in the area and I selected her services because she provided a great product for a reasonable cost. She was also the only florist I spoke with who was able to give me a photo gallery of each type of flower she would be using in each of my different arrangements. So I was able to better visualize what each arrangements would look like and give her feedback on any changes I wanted. I also provided my own vases for my centerpieces and she was very flexible and accommodating about using what I provided and made it work really well. She was also very flexible about delivery and setup and connected with the reception venue directly to make sure she had all the info she needed about timing, location, etc. And, most importantly, the flowers were absolutely stunning. She "got" the look I was going for right away and took a lot of inspiration from my Pinterest pages, as I wanted, and I was extremely pleased with the final results. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a florist in this area. You will definitely be happy with the decision. Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Nicki, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I had so much fun working on your wedding - your venue was beautiful and I believe your flowers were beautiful too. I also enjoyed meeting your father on your wedding day - he was so charming! Best wishes to you and your new husband!
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Madeline
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan had never made a bouquet like I requested. My mom and grandmother both walked down the aisle with my grandmother's bible with an orchid on top. I wanted something along the lines of that and she did a great job with what I wanted! It was perfect. Thank you, Susan for your hard work!
Susan had never made a bouquet like I requested. My mom and grandmother both walked down the aisle with my grandmother's Read more...
Susan had never made a bouquet like I requested. My mom and grandmother both walked down the aisle with my grandmother's bible with an orchid on top. I wanted something along the lines of that and she did a great job with what I wanted! It was perfect. Thank you, Susan for your hard work! Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Madeline, I so enjoyed meeting you and your mom and learning the history of your family Bible. I'm so happy you were pleased with the end result!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
I didn't start looking for a florist until 3 weeks before my wedding. Susan was great! She understood my need to work fast and helped schedule a meeting with a time that worked for me. She also prepped for the meeting with the color scheme that i had sent in advance so I didn't feel like I was wasting time during our meeting.

Having worked in the space before she understood my needs and helped me pick out the appropriate, in-season flowers for the event. On the day of, all the bouquets and flower arrangements were beautiful and in place when I arrived. If you have an event that needs flower arrangements I would highly recommend Accolades Florist as you couldn't ask for better service and product.
I didn't start looking for a florist until 3 weeks before my wedding. Susan was great! She understood my need to work fast Read more...
I didn't start looking for a florist until 3 weeks before my wedding. Susan was great! She understood my need to work fast and helped schedule a meeting with a time that worked for me. She also prepped for the meeting with the color scheme that i had sent in advance so I didn't feel like I was wasting time during our meeting.

Having worked in the space before she understood my needs and helped me pick out the appropriate, in-season flowers for the event. On the day of, all the bouquets and flower arrangements were beautiful and in place when I arrived. If you have an event that needs flower arrangements I would highly recommend Accolades Florist as you couldn't ask for better service and product. Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Thank you Stephanie! It was so nice to meet you and work with you. Even though we only had a few weeks to plan your flowers, I think they turned out very pretty.
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Samuel
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan is the ultimate florist! For our wedding ceremony and reception we requested extensive floral arrangements. She ensured that everything was on time and placed exactly as requested. Her assertiveness to go above and beyond is an understatement. I would recommend anyone-actually everyone to her for providing floral arrangements on any occasion. I will most definitely contact her again for any future events.
Susan is the ultimate florist! For our wedding ceremony and reception we requested extensive floral arrangements. She Read more...
Susan is the ultimate florist! For our wedding ceremony and reception we requested extensive floral arrangements. She ensured that everything was on time and placed exactly as requested. Her assertiveness to go above and beyond is an understatement. I would recommend anyone-actually everyone to her for providing floral arrangements on any occasion. I will most definitely contact her again for any future events. Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Thanks Sam! I really enjoyed meeting you and An - you were wonderful to work with. Willow and Julia were also very helpful. It was a great day and I look forward to seeing some of your photos very soon.
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Lindsy
Wedding:
7/25/2014
5.0/5.0
My flowera turned out beautiful! I showed Susan, the florist pictures of how I wanted my bouquets, centerpieces and isle way done. Needless to say she did it just the way I wanted and imagined everything for my special day!
My flowera turned out beautiful! I showed Susan, the florist pictures of how I wanted my bouquets, centerpieces and isle Read more...
My flowera turned out beautiful! I showed Susan, the florist pictures of how I wanted my bouquets, centerpieces and isle way done. Needless to say she did it just the way I wanted and imagined everything for my special day! Read less
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SW Floral Design at Accolades Florist responded with the following comments:

Thank you Lindsy! Best wishes to you and Stephen!
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