Frederick James Luxuries
I really loved all the work I have seen by Rick before so that is why I searched for him to do my flowers. But I got scared when I read his review about missing a wedding date on yelp. So when 1:30 rolled by and there were no flowers yet I started to worry. Everything we talked about and he sold me on didn't show up. Rick said I would have red pears and grapes and instead I got red delicious APPLES. He is more talk than action. He pretends like he knows you but then he forgets. If he was a great deal I would definitely recommend him, but for $3000 I expected more. If you have a vision I would go with someone else. Check out all my other reviews I am legit.
I contacted Rick after contacting over 30 florists in the area. I had a pretty small floral budget for my Nestldown wedding, and I did not want to take away from the beautiful venue. I had e-mailed florists telling them my budget and what I wanted, and they either responded with "I cannot work with you in that budget" or they simply never replied. I asked for seven bridesmaids bouquets which I wanted to use for center pieces and my bridal bouquet and many florists quoted me over $3,500 for 8 bouquets!
I was losing hope, and then my caterer Karen Major told me to contact Rick. As soon as we spoke, I knew he was a great match. I told him my budget and what I was hoping for and he delivered! The day of the wedding, he showed up with flowers that far surpassed my expectations! They were absolutely beautiful! He is friendly, funny and everyone was blown away by how much we spent and how much we got for it. Our guests complimented the flowers all night!
Thank you, Rick, for all of your hard work! Your flowers were exactly what I wanted but just could not put into...
We didn't just choose Frederick James for his name alone (Rick James!), we chose him because he was a great character with big ideas. He was able to make some pictures from some magazine clippings reality. Rick was able to work within our budget and even threw in some extras! He was always entertaining and a creates some awesome arrangements. We highly recommend his services!
If you need someone to officiate your wedding, look no further than Rick James(not the Super Freak guy, the florist/Renaissance man). We had the pleasure of using his service for our wedding at Michael's on Main last Labor Day weekend. He was extremely affordable and definitely one of the highlights of our wedding. We hadn't met him prior to the wedding so he called us before-hand to develop a narrative before our exchange of vows. He recounted the story of how we met, thanked all of our guests, and honored my late father, all in a very charming and eloquent manner. Many guests remarked that Rick did an awesome job. My mother even thought that he was one of our good friends since he spoke so personally about us (we hadn't met him in person until about a half hour before the wedding). He was a really nice, sincere guy, and we will never forget what a great job he did. We highly recommend his services to others.
Rick is such a great guy! I was referred to him by my caterer for my wedding and I've seen his work many times before...being that I work for catering on the side and he does many events I've also worked at. My flowers for the wedding were amazing and everything I could have hoped for and more! Beautiful bouquet with a touch of sweet crystals in the center! The center pieces were spectacular! Great big willow branches with black magic roses...loved them! People are still talking about the flowers...without them the day would not have been as classy and elegant :) He is very professional...timely...and so so easy to get along with! I would highly recommend him!
Rick was fantastic! The first time I spoke with him, I knew he was going to be the florist for my wedding. He is personable,outgoing, and creative. He was always easy to get ahold of and responded to all my emails, phone calls, and answered all my questions. I showed him pictures of what I liked and he came up with several great ideas. I planned my Santa Cruz wedding from West Virginia, and when I had a question about decor, the venue (The Chaminade), or just anything he was always there to offer support and answers. He also gave me great prices compared to other local florists. The day of my wedding was like a dream come true and the best day of my life. Thank you Rick, for contributing to our day!
If there was anything that tainted my wedding day, it would be my flowers...or the lack thereof! Rick did not show up to do the flowers for my wedding until the wedding was half over. I was devastated to find out 5 minutes before I was to walk down the aisle that he had not shown up. No boutineers, no bouquet, no flowers on the chairs, no rose petals along the aisle. I can't explain how upset I was. My wedding was the day before Easter at the Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz. Rick thought my wedding was on Easter Day. Anyone who has at least lived in the Santa Cruz area probably knows that the Chaminade does a huge Easter breakfast and egg hunt on Easter Day. There are no other events ever held there on that day. Rick has been working with the Chaminade for 15 years, so clearly he should have known that my wedding could not have possibly been scheduled for Easter Day. In addition, I could never get in contact with him. He didn't return phone calls and emails, and when I did get to speak to him a couple times, it was clear to me that he didn't even know who I was, nor was he familiar with what we had discussed and decided upon for my wedding flowers. I had to send him a picture of what I wanted my bouquet to look FIVE TIMES! At one point (a couple months before the wedding) he left a message saying that we could meet "again" if I really felt it was necessary. I had never met him in the first place! I live in Florida! And it took a call from my wedding coordinator at the Chaminade to get him to call me at all. I do not recommend Frederick James Luxuries Floral Design for your wedding. Do not use him! The only positive outcome was that he did refund our money, although it did take some time to get the entire amount. The whole ordeal is still something that I'm trying to put out of my mind when I think about my wedding day.