"We cannot say enough about how much we loved working with Cress Floral Decorators. Lori understood what I wanted for my flowers before I did, and blew us away at our trial. Not only is their work talented, tasteful, and quality, but it was the most reasonable pricing out of all of the vendors that the Central Park Boathouse offered us. We were thrilled with the outcome and wouldn't have changed a thing. They offered us much more for our value than any of the other spots, and their work was just so beautiful. They were also very easy going and flexible. We added in details last minute, like flowers in our napkins, and they didn't even bat an eye. Lori was an absolute doll, and I am sad that the wedding is over and I don't get to talk to her often! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" - Emily O.
"There are a lot of florists out there who offer beautiful flowers, so my personal goal for picking a florist was to work with someone who obviously could create great arrangements, but most importantly, someone I actually enjoyed working with. Lori and Tom are incredible and truly understood my vision when we met in person. I went in not exactly knowing what I wanted, but through trial and error, we figured out exactly what would look best in our country club venue. They also were available to make last minute changes when my ceremony had to be moved indoors because of the rain - and did so flawlessly! Lori and Tom are two of the nicest, friendliest people I have ever met, their inventory is fantastic, and their intuitiveness is on-point. Can't recommend them enough!" - Ilena R.
"I don't even know where to start! My husband and I visited several different florists and ended up with Lori and Tom because of their incredible reputation and also their lovely demeanor. They were truly invested in how I wanted my wedding to look and feel and despite me changing my mind a few times, they were patient, accommodating and so knowledgeable. They were very responsive over email and phone, especially as we got close to the big day, and they delivered more than I ever could have imagined! Lori hand-delivered my bouquets and she was a breath of fresh air to see on such a hectic day. Thank you Lori and Tom for your genius work and kindness. You can't go wrong with Cress Floral!" – Rachel
"In the city where options are endless, I am extremely grateful I found Cress Floral Decorators. Lori and Tom are such a pleasure to work with. From the second we first met them, we knew we had found the perfect florist to help make our wedding at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park absolutely gorgeous. They really took the time to get to know us and what we envisioned for our dream wedding. This fantastic duo really make you feel like family. They were great at offering suggestions and really work with you and your budget. Lori even went out of her way to meet me at the Boathouse a week before the wedding so we could walk through, decided on lantern placement and other décor items I decided I needed last minute (thanks Lori for dealing with my crazy bride moment!). We absolutely loved our wedding flowers and received so many compliments from our guests. From the flowers, table linens, vases and everything in between, Cress really turned the boathouse into a romantic and magical event that I will never forget. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Cress Floral Decorators! Your designs are stunning and truly fit our personality and style. Thank you for sharing your magic with us!" - Shwana
"Boathouse Brides (and all other brides), look no further! We live in Manhattan, so we were originally a little hesitant to choose the one florist from our vendor list not located in our borough, but after doing a lot of research and reading countless reviews, no one else came even close to Lori and Tom’s experience and expertise. Although our flower budget was comparatively modest (by New York standards), no one at Cress ever tried to upsell us, and they offered an excellent value and wonderful personal attention for what we were able to spend. During the months leading up to our big day, we experienced them as a true gem of a family business: A great team, very friendly and warm, and going out of their way to make sure that every bride is completely happy with her wedding flowers. Two things in particular really made a difference for us: Lori and Tom knew our venue inside out, and were able to share hundreds of images of their work at other boathouse weddings with us. This allowed us not only to compare different styles (e.g., high vs. low centerpieces), but to view their effect in the very room we would get married in. Second, Tom was extremely generous in creating models for us of both the centerpiece and the bridal bouquet, and then had endless patience as we were tweaking them. Both Tom and Lori made some wonderful suggestions, and helped me imagine (and then create) my dream bouquet. On our wedding day, Lori arrived at our hotel exactly as scheduled to drop off our personal items. She is such a sweet person and it was so nice to see her during those nerve-wracking hours! We did not have a wedding planner, but the Cress team and the Boathouse staff worked together so seamlessly and efficiently that we never regretted our decision not to have one; it was a completely stress-free experience for us. All the flowers looked amazing and exactly as we had discussed, and I received countless compliments on my bouquet. We also really appreciated that Lori stayed in touch after the wedding and took the time to share all of her pictures with us (in the middle of the busy summer wedding season nonetheless). Thank you Lori and Tom!" - Lydia
Read more of our reviews from our real brides on The Knot and Wedding Wire