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Gabriele's Hand Designs

Gabriele's Hand Designs Connecticut

Gabriele’s Hand Designs is an exclusive event only floral design studio.  We have been featured in SNEW, Grace Ormonde, Borrowed and Blue, Greenwich Bride, and DIY Bride’s Magazines.  As an award winning amateur fine oil artist, Gabriele brings her unique eye for color and texture to bear when custom designing your one of a kind event. Her style is very feminine and elegant, yet down-to-earth.  Schedule an appointment today- Gabriele will meet with you in her gracious early 20th century ‘estate’, the grounds of which brim with gardens.  Your consultation will be unlike any other as you and she brainstorm how to turn your ideas into reality and help create the beautiful wedding day you’ve always dreamed of!


Contact Info

Address:
22 Westfield Road Meriden, CT 06450
Telephone:
(203) 715-5294
Cost:
$$$
Website:
http://www.gabrieleshanddesigns.com
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Kristen
Gabriele’s Hand Designs exceeded all of my expectations on my wedding day. From our initial meeting nearly a year before the wedding, it was very clear that Gabriele was the wedding florist for me. She was extremely professional and intuitive, and listened carefully to what we envisioned for our wedding day. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, we emailed back and forth, bouncing ideas off of each other. She made excellent suggestions, and when it came to the big day, it was clear how thoughtful and creative she was in her choices. Everything was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Gabriele was so incredible, and even pinned my “something blue,” a beautiful handkerchief from my great-grandmother, right into my bouquet. She was at my house right on time to drop off bouquets, then made her way to the church to meet the boys. She hand-pinned every flower to their suits, and did the same for all of our attendants. Gabriele designed the gorgeous ceremony decorations and arrangements, and she certainly did not disappoint. The simplistic arrangements only complemented the beauty of the church. Before leaving the church to head to the wedding reception venue, Gabriele made sure that everything was all set, and stopped to fluff my dress before I headed down the aisle, such a beautiful personal touch. Gabriele then made her way in the pouring rain to our reception at The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, where she continued to work her magic. From the cocktail décor, to the centerpieces, and everything in between, it was spot on. She even put a few small flowers on our cake to make it that much more special. Every arrangement looked as it if were out of a magazine, and when walking into the reception hall for the first time, I was completely amazed at the beauty of the room. It literally took my breath away, the arrangements were absolutely stunning. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Gabriele's Hand Designs for your wedding flowers. Gabriele is professional, creative, intuitive, talented, and has a genuinely kind soul. You will not be disappointed.
Cally
I personally am a very picky person when it comes to flowers. Very high on my list of important vendors to me was the wedding florist. I met with a few other women besides Gabriele but no one made me feel as comfortable and confident that I would get what I wanted than she did. Not only is she talented but her vision and artistry are impeccable. I gave her some pictures of arrangements I liked so she could get an idea of what I was looking for, the arrangements came out exactly like what I was asking for. So, yes, she can produce a good product. But, on top of it, she was so pleasant to work with. Over the course of the wedding planning process I would email her pictures and ask her opinion on ideas and she would get back to me in a very timely manor and with great solutions to problems. I would definitely highly recommend her. She is a fabulous floral artist!
Roxanne
Gabriele was amazing to work with. My bouquet was exactly as I pictured and I was extremely happy with all of my bridesmaids' bouquets. Gabriele was able to take everything I told her I loved and wanted and make them into the perfect floral arrangements! We also took a different approach to our centerpieces, and Gabriele was more than willing to work with us. The centerpieces came out amazing! Everyone at our wedding loved them so much, 18 of the 22 were taken from the wedding. We couldn't be happier that we decided to go with Gabriele for our flowers - she was such an important and great part of our big day! Thank you Gabriele!
Marisa
Gabriel was a wonderful floral designer work with. I don't know a lot about flowers and brought a bunch of options I saw on Pinterest. Gabriele was able to guide us on what flowers would work best for our colors, style, season and budget. It was way more affordable than I anticipated. She has a gifted eye and sense of style. She was very accommodating, reliable and easy to work with. She also has some nice items to rent including shepherds hooks and got us our aisle runner. She worked seamlessly with our other vendors to set up at the wedding venue. I can't recommend her enough!
Alison and Joe
Dear Gabriele: I wanted to send off a brief note to say how pleased we were with your beautiful flower arrangements on Alison's special day. The colors were fabulous and there were many compliments from guests as to your excellent work. The entire experience, from our first meeting to the big day, everything went so smoothly thanks to your attention to detail and your low key approach. Thanks so much for everything. I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to chat with you on Saturday, but wanted you to know how happy we were with everything you did. Best regards, Mother of the Bride
Jacqueline Downs
Best choice I made besides my Husband!!Gabriele's work exceeded my expectations on my wedding day. Everything was beautiful! She is the only floral designer you want for your big day. She was at my house before the photographer to drop off bouquets, made her way over to where the boys were getting ready and hand pinned every flower to their suits, then helped us at the church in more than just floral decorations. She even fluffed my dress and held the door opened as I walked down the aisle. She is a true professional and there's no other person I worked with on my wedding day that I would recommend more!!
Mirando
HIGHLY RECOMMEND Gabriele was so wonderful to work with! She is easy going and extremely knowledgeable. It was nice to take my time choosing flowers in a relaxed atmosphere. From the bouquets to boutineers and even flowers for the trellis, everything was PERFECT. I highly recommend Gabriele's Hand Designs - great value for beautiful flowers!
The Agricolas
Exactly What We Were Looking For In Our Florist Gabriele was exactly what we were looking for in our florist – flexible, artistic, innovative, and personable. We had a specific budget for our flowers and Gabriele met us on just the right page, with a creative flair. She is the only person that you will work with as she operates on her own. She is very knowledgeable about flowers and plants and clearly is passionate about what she does.We spent hours at her lovely home looking through magazines and photos, coming up with ideas together. She took careful notes and made us feel so comfortable that we were confident come wedding day, we would have some glorious arrangements. She added a personable touch with her handwritten notes and courtesy phone calls. Our colors were purple and green. We wanted the bride bouquet with some lavender herb (my favorite) and purples while the bridesmaids’ were all green. Gabriele created the most gorgeous bouquets! Some of the greens and succulents could even be planted afterwards! On the wedding morning, Gabriele was there in the bridal suite helping to arrange everything and making sure the boutonnières and bouquets were just right. She was even able to work in my “something old” to my bouquet at the last minute. We wanted our centerpieces to double as favors and were really hoping to somehow give people herbs or plants to take home (I love things to be useful/re-usable/green!). Gabriele made the cutest, most perfect arrangement with an herb in a small glass vase with moss and an adorable label, several per table. There was an assortment of herbs (rosemary, thyme, lavender, tarragon, and more!) and our guests were happy to take them home to plant. My herbs are still alive and well in their pot at home! Thank so much to Gabriele for her beautiful touch on our most special day.
The Agricolas
A beautiful person who makes beautiful arrangements Gabriele was exactly what we were looking for in our florist – flexible, artistic, innovative, and personable. We had a specific budget for our flowers and Gabriele met us on just the right page, with a creative flair. She is the only person that you will work with as she operates on her own. She is very knowledgeable about flowers and plants and clearly is passionate about what she does. We spent hours at her lovely home looking through magazines and photos, coming up with ideas together. She took careful notes and made us feel so comfortable that we were confident come wedding day, we would have some glorious arrangements. She added a personable touch with her handwritten notes and courtesy phone calls. Our colors were purple and green. We wanted the bride bouquet with some lavender herb (my favorite) and purples while the bridesmaids’ were all green. Gabriele created the most gorgeous bouquets! Some of the greens and succulents could even be planted afterwards! On the wedding morning, Gabriele was there in the bridal suite helping to arrange everything and making sure the boutonnières and bouquets were just right. She was even able to work in my “something old” to my bouquet at the last minute. We wanted our centerpieces to double as favors and were really hoping to somehow give people herbs or plants to take home (I love things to be useful/re-usable/green!). Gabriele made the cutest, most perfect arrangement with an herb in a small glass vase with moss and an adorable label, several per table. There was an assortment of herbs (rosemary, thyme, lavender, tarragon, and more!) and our guests were happy to take them home to plant. My herbs are still alive and well in their pot at home! Thank you so much to Gabriele for her beautiful touch on our most special day.
ASabino
Botranto
Undoubtedly is one of the best wedding florists in CT Gabriele Frances is the florist to use. She was so inexpensive for the quality, totally 'got' my vision for the day. We had about 12 different flowers used in 2 large arrangements for the church, 6 corsages, 7 boutinieres, 5 bouquets plus two small for the flower girl and toss, and 36 mason jars to fill, plus a medium arrangement for the bar. She was UNDER $2000!!!!!! All of the other quotes I got were for the same amount of arrangements, and was around $5000. She gave us the coolest flowers - some even I didn't think of, and believe me, I know lots because I am a gardener by hobby. Everyone commented on how great they looked with the vases with manzanita branches and hanging votives we had as the centerpieces. We had her make 3 mason jars filled with loose flowers, like they had just been picked from the garden to surround the main piece on each table. I cannot express how greatful I am to her for helping us have the most beautiful wedding. She was easy to work with from day one, was incredibly on top of things, asked the right questions, made me feel at ease as a nervous bride. She undoubtedly is one of the best wedding florists in CT.
Botranto
Undoubtedly is one of the best wedding florists in CT Gabriele Frances is the florist to use. She was so inexpensive for the quality, totally 'got' my vision for the day. We had about 12 different flowers used in 2 large arrangements for the church, 6 corsages, 7 boutinieres, 5 bouquets plus two small for the flower girl and toss, and 36 mason jars to fill, plus a medium arrangement for the bar. She was UNDER $2000!!!!!! All of the other quotes I got were for the same amount of arrangements, and was around $5000. She gave us the coolest flowers - some even I didn't think of, and believe me, I know lots because I am a gardener by hobby. Everyone commented on how great they looked with the vases with manzanita branches and hanging votives we had as the centerpieces. We had her make 3 mason jars filled with loose flowers, like they had just been picked from the garden to surround the main piece on each table. I cannot express how greatful I am to her for helping us have the most beautiful wedding. She was easy to work with from day one, was incredibly on top of things, asked the right questions, made me feel at ease as a nervous bride. She undoubtedly is one of the best wedding florists in CT.
Jeanne Marie
Amazing Wedding Florist I wanted simple, classy flowers for our jazz brunch, boutique hotel wedding--no over the top giant arrangements--and Gabe tuned into my vision exactly. While I initially requested just a red-and-white rose bouquet, she suggested that I include some pink to fill things in. I'm so glad I did! People were commenting on my flowers for months, and they photographed beautifully. In addition to six other white-rose nosegays for my bridesmaids, Gabe also made us lovely boutonnieres and two red roses wrapped in satin for the moms. The last item was an elegant touch that allowed me to minimize the number of nosegays to keep costs down. And on that note, I will add that when I met with Gabe to discuss my options, she did not make me feel awkward when I brought up cost. Flowers add up extremely quickly, as any bride knows, and it's helpful to know what kind of price-range you're dealing with BEFORE you design your whole look. Gabe is tasteful, but real. She is also responsive, punctual, and friendly, and I recommend her services wholeheartedly.
Gabriele’s Hand Designs has 5 out of 5 stars based on 13 user reviews.

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