I mailed off our florist contract two weeks ago and felt a sigh of relief. I was relieved for two reasons - that we have hired a wonderful professional to take care of our flowers, and that I don't have to worry about them anymore. Checkity-check of the Knot list I check on a tri-monthly basis to see how I'm doing.*
Flowers by Judy. She did the flowers for my cousin's wedding, and they were fantastic (the boutonniere above is the groom's from the wedding). I met with two florists. The first one worked out of her house and when we met up, something didn't click. And although I hadn't wanted to contact more vendors, I figured I would give Judy a shot, because I knew that A. had said she was very reasonable and really knew her stuff, and was able to source locally. I thought even if she was a little out of our budget, it might be worth it. I also knew that B. she had done such a fantastic job with my cousin's wedding that I thought they had spent more on flowers than food.
Judy has been great to work with and was able to easily work with our $500 budget (this might seem like a lot, but when I have talked to other people who paid $150 for their bouquets and $75 for bridesmaids, so it was discouraging to try to figure out how to get flowers for under $500 for 4 maids, 7 menfolk, 2 moms, and The Bride.) So if you are looking for a Baltimore area florist who can be flexible, honest, and work with a budget, I highly recommend checking Judy out.
*And feel self-assured about how I'm not a crazy bridezilla. You know you do it too.