Nancy Liu Chin Designs
In November 2012 we travelled from Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco to get married at City Hall. Nancy was our florist. Our flowers were very important to us as they symbolised our journey together so far. We had been together for 12 years (the day before our wedding day) and only wanted Roses as our flowers as my husband would buy me a different colour rose every month for our first year together :) Nancy also worked with us to make this happen in the most economical way possible. Our flowers were just beautiful Nancy, thank you! From the bouquets to our table centrepieces to our cake flowers....stunning pastel colours put together with flair. Nancy your smile lights up a room, thank you for offering us so much more than a floral arrangement! You and your husband make such a great team. We are thankful to have met you at such a special time in our lives xo
Nancy is AMAZING! After meeting with Nancy, she knew exactly my vision and put it to life better than I could have envisioned. She is so bubbly and sweet - so fun to work with! She even created a shared Pinterest page for my wedding where we could both pin ideas and comment so she could get a better sense of my style. The floral arrangements at my wedding - from the garland to the centerpieces to my bouquet - were truly so beautiful and lush. I cannot recommend Nancy enough.
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Thank you Allison. Working with clients like you and your mom....was a dream. You were ravishing! And it was such a lovely day. Thank you so much for your kind words. The entire team had the best time working on all the designs which were based on your awesome inspirations.
One word.... AMAZING!!!
I just got married on September 2nd 2012 at The Fairmont San Francisco and our wedding was absolutely beautiful. I hired Nancy Liu Chin because after searching hundreds of florists online I fell in love with her website. Everything on it was exactly my style and I knew she could make my vision a reality. I had big ideas with a somewhat limited budget for the amount of things I was requesting and Nancy really worked with me to get me what I wanted while staying withing a reasonable budget.
I live in San Diego so doing everything via email with my vendors made me nervous since I'm a control freak. But with Nancy I felt so comfortable because I felt she had the creativity do understand exactly what my vision was.
I am an Interior Designer so my attention to detail is a bit over the top. I would email Nancy all the time with pictures and ideas and she patiently accepted it all and dealt with my particular ways. I found specific photos on google images of things I wanted and Nancy did exactly what I asked. I feel Nancy is more than a florist she is a designer herself.
I peeked into our ceremony and reception rooms before the wedding because me being a designer, in my eyes, Nancy had the most important job of any vendor, the design! Most brides worry about everything else but this bride was obsessed with the floral design and accessories.
When I get my pictures I will try to udate this and add a few so you can see for your own eyes. I would absolutely recccommend Nancy Liu-chin Designs to everyone!! She can do anything and is so professional you know she will deliver an amazing product . Her communication and follow through was wonderful and she is a vendor you will not have to worry about she will get the job done, on time, and it will be spectacular!
Thanks Nancy Liu...
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Meghan....All the details looked amazing because of your inspiring words and your attention to detail. I have met many beautiful couples but you two were just so adorable. I have never seen so many family members come together to help create such a lovely wedding. Thank you from our entire team....we are honored to have worked with you.
Nancy is amazing!
When I first came to her, I had somewhat of a vision for my wedding. With her compassionate listening skills, she sat patiently for me to talk it out in a supportive way. She even googled some bridemaids dresses to help me better envision the color and design I wanted, to get the whole look! (this was just one of the things she did). I have no idea where I'd be without her. She was so helpful that she seriously could have been my maid of honor!
Her work is superb and everything down to the last detail was perfect or better than what I could have imaged. We went for the whimsical/romantic theme and until I saw her work, I finally knew what whimsical meant haha. I knew I wanted it, but couldn't describe... but Nancy knew! I received so many comments on her work with the saying "It's so you!"
She always encouraged the line of communication to be open and always made sure it was what I wanted. She event kept me BELOW my budget without sacrificing a thing...in fact it looked like she added on more than we could afford! Nancy was very easy going and fun to work with. My planners and coordinators all loved working with her! Her enthusiasm made me feel at ease and happy to be going through something big and frightful.
I'm so glad that she was my florist/designer! She's the best and only one of a kind who can deliver...
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Tania and Mark --- it's you that we have to thank. When you showed me your mood board, I just went with it. My team took such pleasure in executing all the details from the branches, trees, to the hanging butterfly garland. What fun it was. And I thank you for always being so positive. Dream client for sure!
Nancy Liu Chin and her team were amazing. Nancy is incredibly warm and creative. She was always available via email and phone (we preferred email since we are New Yorkers who were getting married in Napa). After meeting Nancy in person, we felt completely comfortable with her vision. We gave her minimal guidelines and she gave us the most exquisite flowers and floral arrangements. They were beyond anything we could have imagined. I would highly recommend Nancy to everyone.
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Victoria --- Thank you for the kind words. The both of you from the first moment we met gave me complete trust and support. That was so key and I passed those same feelings to my staff who designed from your beautiful style and inspiration. Thank you for always being so on top of things. We all enjoyed working on your lovely Auberge wedding and can't wait to see the images!
I have been following blogs of a couple Bay Area floral designers even before I was engaged, one of which was NLCD. I tried staying with florists who were within my initial floral budget, contacting at least 10 other florists and floral designers. The ONLY ONE I was in constant contact with had a price range similar to NLCD. After seeing a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty NLCD did that matched my vision, I decided to just contact Nancy. As soon as we met with Nancy, I knew she had to be our florist. Not only did she better capture my vision but she was so welcoming and gives great hugs!
We decided on having bouquets for me and my bridesmaids, flowers for the flowergirl baskets, and short and tall centerpieces with peonies (my favorite!!!), hydrangeas, roses in pink and cream colors. I ended up purchasing candelabras I saw online and couldn't get out of my mind. Nancy adjusted the proposal to still make it work with my budget. She ended up giving us complimentary boutonnieres, a toss bouquet, and a floral arrangement that was on the escort table. She also added flowers to the cake and loose flowers around the cocktail area. Our floral budget more than doubled from what my husband and I initially allotted (which was not very reasonable for what I wanted and envisioned). However, perfectly capturing my vision, having no regrets, and working with Nancy and her impeccable service made EVERY penny worth it. I can't THANK YOU enough Nancy!!!
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Ginet --- I apologize that I never wrote a response. Wow, thank you for the kind words. But seriously, you are a pro at design and event planning so your details were just lovely. When I look back at the images I can see how beautiful you are as well as how happy you two are. Just lovely. Thank you again...we are all so honored to have worked with the two of you.
Nancy Liu Chin was absolutely amazing to work with for my wedding this past October. Her flowers were absolutely beautiful and she 'got' what I was thinking and my style right away. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted and she patiently worked with me to connect all my ramblings to an actual design. I was living abroad while planning my wedding and she was very flexible with how and when we spoke... she downloaded Skype and bought a headset so we could talk cheaply!
Her work is creative, artistic, and unique - and her enthusiasm and clear love of what she's doing comes through in her designs and in the day-to-day of planning. She was also instrumental in helping me work through a few broader design issues, e.g. floor layout, reception flow, etc., which was above and beyond and that I very much appreciated. I was so pleased with the flowers on the actual day and enjoyed working with Nancy very much. She comes highly recommended.
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Thank you so much for the kind words. Truly blessed. We work hard at providing the best that we can and appreciate the sentiment.
Thank you, Nancy Liu Chin Designs
As all the reviews have already expressed, Nancy Liu Chin is a GENIUS! And worth every penny. My husband and I were planning our Labor Day 2010 wedding at a winery in Sonoma Valley from Boston, then New York, and then DC. But our experience with Nancy made it feel like we were really close by, even though we were planning a destination wedding 3000 miles away. She was always available by phone and email to brainstorm the most creative ideas or alleviate anxieties as the wedding day came closer. Of course, I love flowers, but I can't say that I know much about all the millions of types, kinds, colors, exotic varieties. That's where Nancy comes in.
I interviewed seven florists from the Sonoma Valley area in person but no one even came close as impressing me as much as Nancy. You read that right - I interviewed SEVEN florists in person. We were on a pretty limited budget with Type A personalities as budding lawyers but she worked with us anyway. I couldn't imagine that anyone would have been as committed to making sure our wedding was absolutely perfect. Nancy is brilliant and talented - just look at her portfolio or better than that, just meet her in person in her studio. You will not be disappointed. My bridesmaid from NYC is also getting married in Sonoma next summer and hired Nancy immediately.
As other reviews will tell you, Nancy's bubbly, awesome personality makes her a wonderful person to work with through the wedding process - she's sweet and kind - but when it comes down to it, the reason you hire her is because her work is sheer brilliance. She has an amazing eye and awesome taste in style that you have to be born with. She will work with you patiently, listen to your ideas, and transform your wedding into the wedding you always dreamed of. This is because Nancy genuinely cares about her work and will only give 150 percent, because she is a perfectionist. She will be super enthusiastic about your wedding from start to finish because she is so incredibly passionate about her work. I had some amazing vendors but she was by far our favorite. You can tell when someone loves what they do - and that's the kind of vendor you should be looking for. Thanks again for everything Nancy!!!
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K + W --- Thank you for your support not only during your wedding but even beyond. You have been such big supporters and I'm so honored that our team was able to work with you two. Just so kind and all times.
NCLD is a class act! My fiancee and I loved being a part of the design process as we watched Nancy sketch out our ideas onto paper. Nancy even took us into her workshop to play with different kinds of flowers, colors, and vases so we could see what worked out best. Nancy was willing to work with us in spite of our lower budget, and she was very strict about staying above that minimum! She was always professional--a true businesswoman, while remaining warm during our interactions. I would recommend NCLD in a heartbeat!!
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Thank you Christine and Edward for your wonderful words. We are honored to have worked with you on your wedding. And though time as passed, when I see images from your wedding, I smile. Your bouquet was one of my favorite design item and your color palette was so beautiful. Memorable!
I had my wedding in May 2010, and chose Nancy Liu Chin Designs for our flowers. NLCD also provided the Chivari chairs we rented for the ceremony. Nancy and her team did an absolutely fantastic job! When I first met Nancy, she immediately got a feel for my style, started sketching, and helped direct me towards a more focused design, (since I came in with a very broad array of inspiration photos!). I felt completely comfortable handing Nancy the reins. I had seen so many good reviews and so many beautiful pictures of her work, and I knew she would pull it off. I wanted to give her the freedom to practice her talent, in fact, I was looking forward to being surprised with the results. I was beyond pleased, the flowers were stunning!
Nancy Liu Chin is hands down the best floral designer in the Bay Area (and likely beyond) and an absolute must for your wedding. She is a professional. Her creativity and raw talent is incredible. This woman is all about design and quality of flowers.
Flowers are difficult because you don't know what you're actually getting until the day of the event. Planning a wedding is a lot of homework already as it is, but with Nancy she gives you more than just flower arrangements, she helps you design and conceptualize. We had no idea what we wanted exactly or where to begin, but she holds your hand and gives you *options*. We got a sample arrangement, didn't like it, told her that we didn't like it and she *worked* with us. She turned a difficult moment into a moment of opportunity--and that made the difference. When we saw what she created at the wedding we were blown away. Everyone was speechless and we got constant compliments about the flowers. The color scheme we discussed--astounding. The way the flowers were supposed to look--excellent. Her timeliness--impeccable.
Her pricing was very reasonable and she gave realistic estimates as to what our asking price would get us. She worked with us on that too. She genuinely loves her customers and she helped us get the biggest bang for our buck. She also surprised us with "bonuses" that really knocked our socks off at the end of our wedding.
She's so bubbly, genuine, positive, and flexible. A real pleasure to work with for a person who regularly does bigger events than ours. We came away loving her from start to finish--especially the finish. We are extremely satisfied with our flowers and our choice to choose Nancy. She really took our wedding to the next level! Thanks so much Nancy!
At the start of our wedding planning, flowers were seen as one of the necessary evil - a very expensive one for that matter.
Neither of us care so much about flowers, we made a pact not to give or expect a dozen long-stemmed roses at inflated price during Valentine's Day, Ange couldn't tell what hydrangea, peonies, or carnations look like, thinks that (but for the colors) all flowers look the same and doesn't like the fact that flowers are so... fleeting.
All that changed when Ange met Nancy, one of the florists recommended by the good people at The Ritz-Carlton. The first impression she's got was of her bubbly personality and friendly demeanor (OK... the fact that she bribed us with delicious beignets is also a factor). Then as she showcased her portfolio, there was this one picture of the centerpiece that was exactly as Ange had envisioned, and then some. Nancy even hooked her up with admissions to the awesome Wedding University (TM) at the Four Seasons few weeks after their meeting!
Since flowers are expensive (yet) necessary evil, why not go with one of the best the Bay Area could offer? At least you end up with one that's aesthetically pleasing.
I used Nancy for my August 2009 wedding and she was absolutely amazing. She made wedding planning enjoyable, less stressful and most of all fun! Nancy did my floral design as well as event design. She was the best investment we made for the wedding. Everyone in my family (including my hard-to-please chinese mother) agreed!
Nancy not only did an amazing job helping design my dream Lake Tahoe wedding, she went above and beyond when it came to supporting us on-site. She did everything and anything that needed to be done and her team was awesome as well. She managed the rentals for me, helped me figure out how to hang lanterns, helped make the cake beautiful, set up all the tables, placed flowers everywhere and pretty much took care of every single detail and more. Not only did she take care of everything, she was also so much fun to work with. I loved almost all her ideas and vision and loved that I could be honest with her when I didn't!
Nancy surpassed all of my expectations. She designed me a beautiful wedding and also took care of all the millions of details that enabled me to enjoy the day!
If my new husband would let me renew my vows every year and get married all over again, I would - and I would have Nancy design it every time!
Nancy is simply amazing! Nancy was our florist and event designer for our May 2009 wedding at the Fogarty Winery in Woodside, California.
She did such a fantastic job -- I can't begin to tell you the number of compliments we received on all of the floral arrangements. People were fighting over who got to take over the centerpieces!
Nancy has an incredible eye for what will look good for your event. She will offer you a lot of creative suggestions, but won't try to force her ideas on you and will work with you to make sure your flowers and event details suit your setting and theme. I was able to give Nancy a general idea of what I wanted along with a picture and she came up with something so much more beautiful than I could have ever expected!
I highly recommend Nancy. She is super talented and easy to work with as well -- very professional, responsive and a fun and good person in general!
nancy has a natural talent for design and creativity. i consider myself a control freak when it comes to creative decisions, but she is one of the few vendors that i would completely entrust with her creative vision. i was kind of overwhelmed with all of the different options as far as floral design went, but with just a few key words and the venue location, nancy quickly envisioned a theme and concept and whipped up an elaborate design. she transformed the space into something dreamy and magical, even with a limited budget, which is a testament to nancy's talent (people said it felt like a celebrity wedding). to top it off, nancy has a very friendly and exuberant personality that makes her so much fun to work with.
Nancy is an amazing person and her work for my wedding was simply breath-taking. What more can I say? ;-) I wasn't planning on spending much on flowers but at the same time, I wanted my wedding to be simple and stylish. I know, it's difficult to fulfill. But I was lucky to find Nancy's website and 'mesmerized' by her beautiful portfolio. I wanted those fascinating flowers too! Even with my set budget (which was probably half of Nancy's typical minimum), I e-mailed Nancy if she could help us and with her 'YES' I became one of the luckiest brides! :-) She was so patient and inspiring during our consultation and came up with great ideas within my budget. Even bigger surprise was on the day- I couldn't be more excited about my own wedding than when I looked at my bouquet and the chapel decor!! And I couldn't be more happier during the reception surrounded by lots of candles and flowers. I can't wait to have another special occasion to have Nancy again. So my message is - just get Nancy and have a splendid wedding! :-)
If you're looking for a florist/floral designer, then Nancy Liu Chin Designs (NLCD) is DEFINITELY the place to go. As a bride, you'll need to deal with many vendors and sometimes, some of them can be quite frustrating to work with. However, Nancy is definitely not one of those vendors. She was one who I DIDN'T mind dealing with. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Not only is Nancy a pleasure to work with, she is also EXTREMELY creative and talented!
Prior to our first meeting together, I didn't have an exact idea on what I was looking for. I just knew the color scheme and types of flowers that I liked. During the meeting, she spent more than a hour talking to me to try to get me to open up about what I like and figure out what I was looking for. After that meeting, I knew that Nancy was the one. I didn't need to look any further. She understood that wedding costs can easily add up, so she tried her best to work with my budget, which my husband and I are grateful for.
After millions of emails, meetings, and phone calls, Nancy drew up the PERFECT proposal. One of my requirements was that she had to use orchids in a certain color and arrange them in a modern design for my centerpieces. I felt complete confidence that Nancy was not going to disappoint me. And let me tell all you brides, if you walked into my reception, you would have been completely blown away. The reception looked like a floral fairytale. I'm serious. My guests could not stop talking about the flowers, even to this day. All the flowers looked AMAZING, from my bouquet to the centerpieces. Not only did Nancy not disappoint me, she went way BEYOND my expectations.
So, brides, if you're considering Nancy and NLCD, then consider no more. Nancy is truly one of the best in her field. Besides being extremely creative and talented, she is also very insightful, genuinely sweet, and extremely patient. THANK YOU again, Nancy, for working with me to create the ambiance that I was looking for and making the process such a pleasure:) Brides, you should definitely book Nancy and NLCD! I guarantee that you won't regret it! It is worth EVERY penny!
Nancy is SO wonderful. She was the first floral designer we met and no one could compete! This was one of the few appointments my fiancé attended and Nancy, understanding that tear sheets and color schemes wasn't really his thing had a box of chocolates ready - a huge hit with him. Nancy and I spent nearly 2 hours going over colors, styles, different flowers and what I was looking for from a floral design perspective. To say that she understood my vision is an understatement. Our centerpieces ended up being something that Nancy showed me during our first meeting. There were many changes and additions throughout the planning process, but Nancy couldn't have been more accommodating. Every time I saw her or emailed with her I could feel her genuine excitement for what we were doing. My mother-in-law also worked with Nancy for our rehearsal dinner and she still talks about what a wonderful experience working with Nancy was - my wedding was last August. I can't say enough good things about her except that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nancy to anyone planning a party, a wedding, a shower, anything where you need impeccable taste in floral design; Nancy will make your event extraordinary!
Nancy has an amazing talent of making one's vision come to life. It took us no more than an hour to put all of the ideas together and come up with a unique and beautiful design for the reception and ceremony areas. She was the first florist we talked to, and we booked her right away as she was so in synk with our own ideas. I would strongly recommend her services.
Nancy was a pleasure to work with, and had an amazing ability to make my wedding dream come true. Everything came out beautiful!
Nancy's customer service and creative artistry is renowned. I was lucky enough to have her as my florist for my wedding. Nancy met with my fiancé and I for three hours during our initial consultation and within those three hours she transformed our wedding from ho-hum to InStyle, celebrity-edition. Her ideas for center pieces, lighting and decorations are original and truly reflects the couple. If you want the "Wow" factor at your wedding, Nancy is it!
Nancy is creative, fun, and easy to work with. Her ideas made the wedding beautiful and the reception enchanting. I highly recommend Nancy.
Nancy is wonderful! So stylish and modern. So fun. Full of great ideas. She visited my wine country venue with me and came up with even more ideas. The result was abolutely breath-taking. The flowers floating in the fountain were beautiful, the rose petal lined aisle was exactly what I had envisioned, and the centerpieces were the most beautiful I had ever seen.
Nancy is the best.
I love Nancy! She has a very bubbly personality, is extremely creative, and always exceeds expectations. When I met with her for our first consultation, I loved how she organized her portfolio into different color schemes - it was a very professional and beautiful presentation. We talked about the intricacies of the ceremony and reception location, and she gave me lots of tips and advice on how to turn the venue into something special by making the most out of your budget.
Since I am having my ceremony at Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, we both agreed that adding flowers to the pews and benches would not make much of a difference so it would be better to spend money elsewhere.
She suggested color schemes for Yank Sing based on the coloring and architecture of the building - suggesting either a red/brown combination, a lavender/green combination, or a orange/gold combination. She also knew some of the intricacies there that I didn't know, like the vases needed to be less than 6 inches in diameter or the waiters would remove the centerpiece from the table to place the food down. I later emailed Joy (from my reception place Yank Sing) about it and she confirmed that Nancy was correct. Thanks Nancy for bringing it to my attention!
I *love love love* Nancy and I really wish I had booked her for my wedding. I took a few weeks to think it over during christmas break and unfortunately someone else booked her that day!
Nancy has impeccable taste and seems to know exactly what you desire for your wedding after talking to you at the first get-together. We wanted simplicity, with a splash of color. He suggestions were what we were looking for and there was no need to talk to any other possible florists afterwards. We ended up with a beautiful centerpiece in white and pink, table pieces with the same flowers in clear vases filled with stones/rocks, a breath-taking standing arrangement for the ceremony, and gorgeous petals for the runner as well as wedding cake. It couldn't have been more perfect. Her work reflected our personalities and stood for utmost elegance. Kevin and Nancy make up an incredible team. If you work with both of them, a beautiful wedding is basically guaranteed.
Of all of my wedding vendors, Nancy Liu Chin was the most fun to work with. From the moment I walked into her beautiful studio, she was flowing with great ideas and I was immediately hooked on her infectious personality. I didn't know what I really wanted in terms of the look of our wedding but Nancy was able to listen to my thoughts and ideas and transform them into the WEDDING OF MY DREAMS!!! Not only were the flowers gorgeous but she helped me visualize the entire concept from matching table lines and accent lighting. Nancy's creativity and passion for her craft really shined at our wedding. Our wedding guests are still commenting on how beautiful the flowers and decor was. If you want the best, hire Nancy to make the your wedding dreams come true!
The flowers were so lovely and what a bargain! I shopped around a bit and could have paid much more for mediocre flowers, but these bouquets were exquisite and blooming fresh.
Nancy is amazing! I loved working with her. She has a great personality and clearly knows what she is doing. My husband and I were indecisive about what we wanted but Nancy was able to steer us in the right direction. We told her what our site looked like and she gave us a color combination that worked perfectly with our site. Nancy also hooked us up with our linens and chairs for the reception site. She worked the flowers to match with the linens and it looked amazing.
She worked with our budget and provided us with the best looking venue! Everyone commented on our flowers and how gorgeous they were.
Nancy was so fantastic to work with and I recommend her to everyone!!!
Very patient as I combed through her files to determine my look for the wedding. She followed instructions and colors exactly as how I had envisioned. The final product was more beautiful than I would have imagined. She thoughtfully created more than one crown of ivy since I did not know the size of my flower girl's head at no charge. She may suggest different ideas but will ultimately listen to what you want.
I wanted to send you a note of thanks for becoming a blessing to my wedding day blues. Not only have you allowed me to feel confident that my flowers are going to be gorgeous, but you have provided me a service I never thought I was lucky enough to have - a wedding event designer. The act of kindness that you are displaying for Greg and I shows that there are still good people with big hearts left in the world. Though it is often few and far between, it's refreshing to see that we can still come upon people like you. Thank you for absolutely everything!! Thank you for being you.
Melissa & Greg
Alex and I are just back from Hawai'i and wanted to touch base to make sure no additional balance is owed to you. Please let us know if there is.
We also wanted to thank you for your services. The flowers were just beautiful and just brightened up the rooms at the City Club. The burnt orange with green highlights worked so well and also inspired the great linen and lighting choices. I was happy to see that you were able to use a variety of flowers so that it wasn't too rose-heavy. My bouquet was beautiful - clean and tailored but soft enough for the dress and hair that I ended up having. And the other bouquets and boutonnieres were great, too. I was so happy to see that my dad got a nice big orchid - he was throwing it, after all! Alex's looked fabulous with his copper tie, too. Best of all were the tables at the Club - our guests were really impressed. They kept raving about the different floral arrangements and especially the use of floating candles on the head table and on the cake table. The petals you put out on the cake table and the flowers you gave to Maralyn to use with the cake really were great finishing touches. All in all, it looked so perfect. We were very happy with it.
We also really appreciated your many referrals. The linens, the lighting company, and the coordinator turned out to be great. Thanks for that reference.
Thanks again for helping make our event a wedding that many of our guests said was the best they had ever attended!
All our best,
Rachel & Alex
I just want to thank you for the beautiful flowers you arranged for Carolyn and Jeff at their wedding. You had to work with a rather difficult color and style for a wedding, orange and contemporary, and managed to turn Flood Mansion into an elegant, sophisticated and warm place.
The variety of arrangements, the choices of flowers, and the various shades of colors and textures you displayed are all interesting and gorgeous. The light green hydrangeas in the flower pots outside worked simply and perfectly with the style of the building.
Even my long time flower arranging hobbyist friends were impressed with your talent.
I specially appreciate your patience and effort to satisfy your clients and work within their budgets. I'm so glad Carolyn and Jeff chose you to be their florist. Thanks again for everything!
I have just had a moment to write and thank you for the absolutely lovely tablescapes and linen coordination for my daughter Jennifer and her husband Kevin's wedding on the 13th!
The moment we walked into the Crown Room the entire room took our breath away!
Everyone was extremely complimentary of the wedding and the tablescapes were the highlight of the conversations!
You truly are able to create an environment that is true to the couples personalities, wants and desires!
Thank you so much for participating in making this very special day a memory our entire family will treasure!
Just got back from the honeymoon and the stories from the wedding are rolling in. Everyone was SO impressed by the flowers. They have never seen anything like it. One person said it looked less like a wedding and more like the opening of the Opera or something elegant like that. You did a fabulous job, as I knew you would, and I really appreciate it.
Thank you again for all your beautiful work.
We'd like to thank you from the very bottom of our heart for making our wedding such a beautiful one. I'm sure you were told so many times but.. everything was far beyond our imagination!!! I was simply stunned by the gorgeous bouquets, splendid altar pieces, and all the flowers including my lovely dogwood piece at Spruce.. You even made all our siblings happier with little flowers!! :-) And now our place is filled with lots of flowers and beautiful scents. Thank you so much for making our best day sparkle even more! I hope to have many more happy occasions (other than wedding!
Yea Jin and Pascal
I just want to express my feelings about the flowers. You did such a wonderful job. The flowers were absolutely wonderful.
When I first walked into the church....I was really touched. The room looked exquisite. Everything was what I wanted from the orchid pews, the large arrangements at the front of the church, my bouquet...perfect. It was a fairy tale wedding for me and I hope I get to work with you again.
I don't know where to begin in thanking you for the flowers at our wedding. Nancy, you turned a Brendan, who was trying to match the tablecloths and flowers to the colors of the carpet, to a Brendan who was completely ok with pink! A pink room filled with pink flowers, linens, and lighting. And the best part was you were right. And he knows the room couldn't have looked more magical.
I couldn't think of any other reaction to seeing my bouquet than to cry. To see my gorgeous bridesmaids with their hot pink flowers. To see my dad ecstatic the whole way through the planning, asking over and over again - what flowers we're using. It all made that day so memorable and I can't thank you enough for it, Nancy
Nancy was truly wonderful to work with. She understood our style ane wishes for the event and was willing to work through various iterations and discussions until we all felt comfortable with the arrangements. You can tell she is passionate about her job and her energy and enthusiasm is contagious.
Everyone raved about the flowers - to this day our guests are still commenting about the flowers, the colors, the style and design. I can't say enough wonderful about Nancy and her work. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a florist with a strong sense of style and esign skills with ability to translate that into creating a beautifully elegant setting.
Nancy has a great eye for fresh, creative design and is wonderful person to boot! We've collaborated with her a few times and are always impressed at the way she helps bride's tie their entire vision together, including flowers, paper and overall decor. Highly recommended!
Enhanced Lighting & Sound
Nancy Liu Chin is an amazing woman and an incredible artist/designer extraordinaire!!! Nancy is a master at her craft and she puts her heart and sole into each and every wedding. She has a wonderful personality and has a great ability to connect with each client; many of her brides become life long friends, by getting to know each client on such a personal level Nancy is able to create a design that is unique to each bride. Nancy's attention to detail is second to none; she has a great sense of style, color and composition. I've worked several weddings with Nancy and she never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful one of a kind creations. Any bride would be lucky to have Nancy as their floral designer......
Charles Le Photography
Nancy did the flowers on numerous weddings that I had photographed. Her work is excellent. I would recommend her to any bride looking for florists.
Michael Muramoto Photography
Nancy is a great friend and a true innovator in her industry. Her energy and passion for her art can be easily seen in her floral bouquets and boutonnières with the use of creative color matching and the beautiful arranging. She is a true professional and will deliver on your special day.
Andrew Weeks Photography
I am always delighted when I find out that I'll be photographing a wedding
that Nancy is working on because her flowers are consistently stunning. She
will make your wedding beautiful!
I am always excited when a bride tells me that Nancy Lui Chin is doing the flowers. I know that the flowers will be blow away because that is what she does!
"Beautiful and unique" -- Maria Chang of PMA
As we can say is Wow! Nancy has impeccable taste and such a joy to work with. We always love working with Nancy Liu Chin Designs! Everything is always (effortlessly) perfected to a Tee. :0)
Nancy is a combination of talent and personality. I've had the great pleasure of working with her and have witnessed her dedication, skills and positivity. She has all the qualities that make her invaluable to a wedding, and it's been an honor knowing her and working with her!
I am such a big fan of Nancy Liu Chin Designs that I married her! What makes her so successful is her passion for her craft. Even when she comes home, she can't stop talking about her latest ideas or newest designs. Being such a perfectionist, she never settles for mediocrity. You can be assured that her creations are the very best quality available and cutting edge design. I am lucky to be her husband!
Nancy is one of the most talented floral designers I know! As a cake designer, I've worked with Nancy on many many weddings and have seen her work first hand. She is fresh, innovative, creative and has impeccable taste! Her designs are always very chic, very beautiful. But the real icing on the cake with Nancy is that she is an incredibly warm and friendly person who is so so so passionate about what she does. When you hire Nancy to do your flowers, you are gaining a friend and confidante relating to all things bridal! Her knowledge about weddings goes way way beyond flowers; you will find that she is giving her advice to you about the linens, chairs, entertainment, photography, hair & makeup, etc. I highly recommend Nancy Liu Chin!
Nancy Liu Chin is warm, gracious, incredibly talented, and always provides inspired floral designs. Her work is simply stunning.
Nancy Liu Chin never ceases to amaze me with her Energy and Talent. She has such fresh ideas always surprising me with a never ending pool of creativity. Nancy has always taken the time for us, helping us with McGyver-esque quandaries. She is a bright light in this industry, I consider her a colleague that has surpassed us all!!!
Nancy Liu Chin is one of the most creative floral designer Thomas Hughes Films has the pleasure to work with. Her florals are stunning and the way she transforms a room breathtaking!
Can falling in love lead to a new career? It did for San Francisco-based floral designer Nancy Liu Chin, who was inspired to change careers from marketing and retail
merchandising to floral design after planning her wedding. Nancy Liu Chin brings to floral design a much needed, refreshing sense of style and sophistication. Her signature creations embody a flirty, yet refined charm bursting with luxurious colors and
breathtaking beauty. Nancy's distinctive arrangements are unmatched, with unique and personal touches that truly speak for themselves. Nancy helps her clients translate their vision into reality, whether it's an intimate garden wedding for 20 or an opulent
modern affair for 200.
A wedding created by Nancy Liu Chin Designs (NLCD) is a blend of modern chic, updated elegance and whimsical details. It reflects her personal belief that weddings echo a couple's personality, style and modern sensibilities.
Nancy Liu Chin Designs is committed to creating an exceptional experience for clients from start to finish. With an emphasis in timeless and graceful designs, superior quality, unrivaled attention to details and top-notch customer service, NLCD has become one of the most sought-after floral designers in the San Francisco Bay Area. NLCD’s floral work has been featured in countless publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Sunset Magazine, 7 x 7 Magazine, The Knot, WeddingBells Magazine, Here Comes The Guide and many others.
Apart from her work, Nancy is an avid reader(she once read 17 novels in a month) who loves to try new recipes, attempts to play Wii on her spare time, enjoys grooming her adorable Bichon, Chin Chin, and frequently travels around the world with her fantastic photographer husband, Kevin. Together Nancy, Kevin and Chin Chin call SOMA their home though in her heart, she's an East Bay girl(go Bears!).
Extraordinary creations, superior quality, and top-notch customer service makes Nancy Liu Chin a truly exceptional floral designer.
Nancy’s fresh and original style translates into a unique ability to create a wide range of design concepts, whether it is preppy and whimsical, elegant and formal, relaxed and country, or dramatic and romantic. Nancy’s innovative signature designs minimize the usage of filler flower or greenery. Her primary focus is on seasonal flowers without the discretion of inexpensive fillers. Clients are treated with the finest quality in the selection of flowers, separating NLCD from the mainstream florist or floral designers. Nancy Liu Chin Designs consistently deliver stunning, elegant, sensible and refined installations, with interesting usage of flowers and details that are thoughtful and meaningful.
When it comes to service this is where NLCD separates itself from others. Nancy and her team work with each couple and ask a comprehensive list of questions before taking on a client. This personal interest in a client’s cake design, linen choices, and event invitations makes for a more complete understanding of a client’s overall needs. Nancy excels in this creative energy and collects a library of information in her head, so at a moments notice she can build on the fly.
An example of NLCD's no-holds-barred service she gives to her clients was evident at a recent wedding. As she was finishing up the floral installation, getting ready to leave, the caterer called her to return to the venue because the cake being delivered was not what the bride intended to have. At this formal and elegant event she was asked to fix the cake, which was mistakenly decorated with red tulle, silver leaves and plastic swans. These decorations were not at all what the bride requested. Nancy tried in vain to fix the mistakes, but when it became obvious that it would not work, Nancy quickly came up with a new design that matched the bride's style. Nancy got another cake and decorated it with left over flowers to match the color scheme of the wedding. Now that’s thinking beyond the box.
It’s the consistency in service, in selection of products, and in styling that separates Nancy Liu Chin Designs from others – it truly is Exceptional Flowers.
What inspires NLC?
Nancy takes inspiration from the fashion runways in Paris, New York, and Milan, from both clothing and accessories designers. Fashion designers from the sexy dresses of Narciso Rodriguez to the traditional sportswear of Michael Kors give Nancy new ideas to translate into her designs. The latest handbag designs from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Tod's and Gucci all play an energizing role for Nancy as she comes up with the latest look for her floral arrangements. For example, cherries are making an appearance in handbag designs this spring and it could make for a fun and vibrant motif for a wedding invitation, and translating that to the cake design, centerpiece accent and the color scheme. While Nancy is keen on spotting and getting inspired by the latest trends, she is able to give her own spin on the look that translate into timeless pieces that are modern and graceful, and not too trendy.
Color trends in fashion, interior design and seasons also play a key role in inspiring signature creations for NLCD. While window shopping on Hayes Street in San Francisco, or in Marin, you can find Nancy browsing through the latest displays at Alabaster or West Elm.
Traveling is one of Nancy's greatest passions and has become her muse for inspiration. Her travels around the world are energizing, leading her to stunning places that stretch her imagination and has given her the chance to meet people across the globe who are innovators in their own right. For instance, there is a small gelato shop near the Trevi Fountain in Rome called San Crispino who is undoubtedly the finest gelato maker in Italy. The owners put such emphasis on quality ingredients, unique flavors, and fine cooking process. Their honey gelato is out of this world. This is what Nancy strives for in her own work...for someone to say the same thing about Nancy Liu Chin Designs.
What is the design process?
When coming up with a design for a bouquet or a centerpiece, Nancy Liu Chin Designs weigh many factors. For the bouquet, Nancy gets inspiration from the bridal gown. She takes into consideration the season, the venue, the style, the surrounding architecture, the time of day, and the personality of the bride. No two weddings could ever be designed the same way and thus its a process where we work with the client to create something that speaks to them. After decisions are made, flowers quantities are finalized, we order the flowers from our vendors. And then the magic begins where we create each piece in our studio by our highly-skilled designers.
How many weddings and events does NLCD do per week?
NLCD is committed to providing the highest quality of work; therefore we limit our events to no more than three per week. In taking such a small number of events, our calendar fills up quickly and we recommend clients contact us at least 6-12 months in advance. June, July, August and the most popular holiday weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day) get filled the soonest. Dates are booked on a first come, first served basis, secured with a $2,500 non-refundable retainer and a signed contract. Retainer is non-refundable and is applied towards the final balance.
How do you determine pricing?
Each event for Nancy Liu Chin Designs is special and there are no two weddings that are exactly alike. A formal proposal is written after an initial consultation at our studio in San Francisco, where we meet with clients and go through the floral design process—pouring through our portfolio and extensive library of floral design books to create a look unique to each clients desires. During the initial meeting, we listen and exchange ideas with our clients, present different floral styles, colors, and themes. It is important to remember that there are several variables which comprises pricing - including seasonality, quantity, size of an event, number of guests, design time, type of flowers, containers, location, and props to name just a few. Though we do not have a set price list, here are some pricing guidelines.
What's the best way to budget for flowers?
We recommend that flowers and decorations make up between 10 – 20 percent of your total budget. At NLCD, we love abundant floral arrangements and we prefer designs that are full of flowers and not branches or foliage. Therefore, please keep in mind the higher cost of flowers over foliage when establishing your budget.
Does NLCD have a minimum?
Because we limit our events per week so that we can provide the highest quality of service, we require a minimum order of $4,500.00 excluding 8.5% San Francisco tax, setup and installation for weekend events during peak months(May through October). For non holiday weekdays, there are no minimums.
What other services do you offer?
Nancy Liu Chin Designs offers a comprehensive array of distinctive, one of kind floral designs for weddings, special events and installations, individual arrangements, gifts, corporate accounts and special orders.
As part of NLCD’s exclusively designed wedding services, Nancy along with a team of experienced vendors can assist you with furniture, lighting, linens, props, and other décor items.