Mari is a magical human being who I will be eternally grateful to for making our wedding so so so beautiful. She did all of the design -- save the dates, invitations, all signage, table settings, and of course FLORALS. She is a floral wizard. She had the amazing idea to create this beautiful arrangement in lieu of an altar that was a semi circle of flowers coming up from the ground... I have none of the vocabulary to describe it (which demonstrates my ignorance on the subject and what a life-saver Mari was for us), but it was stunning. The bridal bouquet she created was actually perfect. I felt like every time I wanted something she would somehow read my mind and make it only ten times better than I could have imagined. Everybody complimented our invitations and save the dates to no end because they were gorgeous and unique and all designed by the magnificent Mari! Also, she was very supportive of our vision and just helped materialize it in the most graceful way. Every time I had wedding anxiety and met with her my anxiety got transformed into excitement because she clearly loves what she does and made the whole process enjoyable. Basically I can't recommend working with her enough.
LILLY & JAMES
I never knew I could love flowers so much! Mari did the florals for our wedding, and magically turned a dumpy old theater into a beautiful, dramatic venue that my friends and family are still talking about months later. She is super creative and has an amazing eye for design, but also really listens to her clients to make sure they get what they want. She was professional, always quick to get back to us, and extremely kind and fun to work with. Florals were one of the last things I was prioritizing when I began planning my wedding, but Mari's amazing work completely transformed the space into something better that I had ever imagined it could be. Working with her was one of the best decisions we made -- cannot recommend her highly enough!
ALLISON & EASTON
Mari handled our flowers, paper, and overall decoration at our wedding. With just a little bit of reference and a few conversations she understood exactly what we were hoping to achieve. We knew putting the decorations in her hands was the right way to go from the beginning. We didn't know how great it would actually turn out. It was beyond our expectations and were were thrilled to see everything come together! The bouquet's she made for the bride and bridesmaids were particularly beautiful and the stage design she came up with was perfect.
Do not hesitate to look to Mari for your wedding. With just a little bit of info she will put together a wonderfully cohesive look.
MATT & EILEEN
Mari and her team were absolutely amazing. Planning a wedding can be a very stressful process and Mari made everything better with her calm, reassuring presence. She has impeccable taste and an incredible sense for how things should go, we were in excellent hands. She arranged the most beautiful flowers and tables for us as well. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone getting hitched. Everything turned out perfectly and we could not have done it without her.
JESSIE & JARED
Working with Mari made our wedding possible and we wouldn’t have had one without her. She is gifted with creativity, vision, and execution. What I valued most was that she really listened to what was important to us and was able to translate that into real life. It helps that she is reliable, works well under pressure, makes great decisions, has an incredible amount of vendor contacts and resources, and is a stress reducer to be around. Also, she kept everything on track, communicated with all of the different vendors and tied all the details together enabling our dream outdoor wedding to come to life. I couldn’t recommend her services highly enough – we did the whole package and would do it again in a heartbeat.
SARAH & DAVID
We used Tropic of Flowers for all of the florals at our wedding in August, during a classic Los Angeles heat wave. Mari and her team executed a design that was absolutely flawless. We went with a fairly minimal approach, which in my opinion is even harder to pull off than an extravagant set up. And despite the heat, everything held up against the very tough elements.
Mari and her team were there early, they nailed everything from the bouquet to the table design to the backdrop for our photo booth and everything in between.
Everything looked amazing and we received so many compliments from everyone at the wedding. I will say that Mari went above and beyond to include some glassware that belonged to my wife's grandmother. We wanted to include small elements from our grandmother's who have both passed. The glasses were incorporated in such a unique and beautiful way that everyone from my wife's family immediately understood why they were there. Meanwhile my family, who had no idea they were family heirlooms, just thought that they were a really beautiful touch to the design.
It was that very smart and elegant approach to all the florals that seamlessly tied together so many elements of our wedding. She really took us from a half finished look to a very completed, visually stunning design from top down.
It was amazing! They are also very professional and easy to work with. I recommend them very highly.
KRISTIN & COLIN
Mari was the icing on the cake for our Charity Gala. We booked her last minute, she was quick, responsive, super sweet and accommodating on a short turn around. Then of course what she created was beyond what we could have expected! She did a phenomenal job and I'm already looking forward to the next opportunity I have to work with her again!
Thank you for taking our event to a whole new level - we are so glad we found you!
When I began planning my wedding, I had a vision of what of I wanted, but pretty much no idea of the process. Thank goodness for Marisa!! She guided me through the entire planning process, gave me everything I needed to plan and budget, and helped me to mold my vision into a beautifully designed and incredibly fun celebration. Beyond that, I can very honestly say that I enjoyed the wedding planning process. Marisa helped me to stay on track and plan my wedding with ease and true joy- something I think I lot people miss out on when wedding planning.
In regard to designing, Marisa listened to my requests and really honed in my personal aesthetic. She hand painted a gorgeous fern theme in watercolor which she used to design our invitation suite, menus, escort cards, table numbers, wine labels, and thank you cards. During the design process, she extremely easy to communicate with and and quick to adapt to my (often changing) requests. The end results were always *exactly* what I wanted. It was so special to have a wedding design that was truly our own.
Marisa also did our florals and went above and beyond. I had requested a "magical, secret garden" feel and the effect was exactly that. We had hundreds carnations hand-sewed into garlands, floating from the center of the tent. Dramatic centerpieces, floral headpieces, and boutonnieres added to the magical, flowery feel. It was truly the secret garden of my dreams! I was completely blown away and so were my guests.
I really cannot recommend Marisa enough. If you are looking for someone to make your dream wedding into a reality (and do it with joy), you've found her!
AMANDA & SANDER
We gave Mari vague and ill-defined floral preferences. She gave us absolutely stunning arrangements for our wedding.
Mari didn't expect us to have a "vision" and spent time getting to know our likes and dislikes. She was incredibly flexible, adjusting the type boutonnieres, number of centerpieces, decor, etc.
What she delivered was above and beyond perfect. The bouquets cascaded beautifully, the centerpieces flawless, and the lighting was amazing (We received countless compliments on the striking bridal bouquet). And Mari created the most stunning Chuppah! It was everything we wanted and more.
In addition to being crazy talented, she's wonderfully easy going and a delight to work with!
KELSEY & ANDREW
Mari and her team took our daughter's vision of "just the right flowers" and made them a reality. Her table arrangements, bridal party bouquets, were beautiful and the bride's bouquet was astounding. Extra points, Mari, for the roses going up the tree at the ceremony. Gorgeous! Everything Mari did was right on point.
KATY & PAUL
Mari is fantastic! I can't recommend her highly enough.I wasn't sure if I needed any help for such a small wedding but their services were INVALUABLE: everything from making super detailed lists of everything I needed and all the plans ahead of time to showing up at a public park to hold down our space, setting up tables with decorations and snacks (which they did with amazing style), marking off an impromptu processional trail using logs they found around the park, sweet talking the sheriff and park staff to let us hold our ceremony without a permit (I might not recommend this!), calming our nerves and making sure all our guests were gathered in formation for the ceremony.
These gals seriously rock at their jobs, not to mention they are just really cool, creative, down to earth people who I would want to hang out with any day of the week.
I also hired them to do florals for the wedding, including a bouquet, boutonnieres and some centerpieces and bud vases for the tables. Holy cow! Mari knocked it out of the park. I gave them a few main flowers/colors I was interested in and some pictures of the general vibe (I wanted a wild feeling) - it was like they read my mind and then added their own super amazing creative juice to my boring ideas.
MEGHAN & DAN
As a producer and event planner myself I thought I'd be able to put together our small, relatively simple wedding on our own. It wasn't until the month before that I buckled and realized that there is no such thing as a "simple wedding" and desperately needed some help. In the end, I have no idea what I would have done without Marisa. From the moment we met to discuss my ideas for the wedding, I felt at ease and knew she understood my vision. She anticipated issues that may occur and deftly suggested ways for us to avoid them. On the day of the wedding, she handled much of the decor, our entire staff, and all of the logistics around our dinner with grace and ease. Beyond everything else, Marisa's an absolutely lovely person and has great energy, it was a total pleasure to work with her.
CAITLIN & ALEJANDRO
Planning a DIY wedding is not an easy task. Most people don't have more than one wedding, so unless you're involved in event planning, you're going to be a novice. Having Mari as our coordinator was a godsend. We cannot imagine surviving the process without her. She was a great sounding board to our concerns and helped implement a fantastic day. She went above and beyond, particularly with her design work. The elements she created for the wedding were truly unique, spoke to our personalities, and were the hit of the party. She was patient with all of our rounds of changes and generous with her time and expertise. On the day of, despite some obstacles out of her control, she helped make the day special. She is collaborative and easy to work with and truly cares about helping make the event special. We are lucky to have found her and recommend her services and design work to anyone.
MAY & FRANCES
It’s a gift to have not only a coordinator, but an ally and advocate during the wedding planning process. That is exactly what Marisa has been for us since day one. Athena and I are both working artists with a very specific, super curated idea for our wedding. In this pursuit, we have been beyond fortunate to have Marisa on our side. She is patient, warm, articulate, and able to wholly understand our vision. In our experience she is dedicated to the unification of all elements our wedding — from the philosophical to the conceptual, down to the practical. In Marisa’s hands, everything is carried out flawlessly and seemingly with ease, making every step of the way feel good and right.
JACQUELINE & ATHENA