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4.9 out of 5
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  • 15 Reviews


    Carly Mcloughlin

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  • James was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was so quick and responsive and just read my brain in exactly what I wanted. The flowers were stunning!!

    Caroline

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  • We are so happy that we worked with James Abel to plan our wedding day! From the beginning, James understood exactly what we wanted our "dream" wedding to be and worked through every detail to make it come to life. He was involved every step of the way - helping us lock down the perfect venue, plan our engagement shots, custom design beautiful wedding invitations and stationery, and coordinate with multiple vendors to execute a perfect wedding. He worked within our budget to make sure that all of our priorities were met beyond our expectations. He even saved the day and replaced all of our florals just two days before the wedding when a hurricane wiped out our vendor – he didn't tell us until the problem was solved so we wouldn’t worry! The flowers and decor at the wedding were incredible and suited both our taste and the venue perfectly. We have been to dozens of weddings over the last few years, and many of our guests are still reaching out to say it was the best, most beautif... Read more

    Dawn Scalici

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    5 out of 5
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  • I am providing my review of James Abel, not as the bride, but as the mother of the bride who also worked closely with James over the course of the wedding planning process. In short, I could not have been more pleased with the absolutely gorgeous wedding that James and his team coordinated for my daughter Caroline and her husband Matt. It exceeded anything I could have imagined. From the practical standpoint, James worked closely with me on the budgeting aspect of the wedding, and he was creative and industrious in making the very most of our budget and negotiating discounts to help bring everything into line. At the same time, he provided great options to further enhance the overall event, and I happily took his advice. It was amazing how effortlessly James captured Caroline and Matt's vision for the wedding and executed it beyond what we could have dreamed. He easily acted on our many, many suggestions and further elevated the entire event with unique ideas of his own. The... Read more

    Michelle

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    5 out of 5
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  • We couldn't have been happier with our wedding day, James and his team knocked it out of the park. We had a specific vision (and budget) and he worked with us down to the very last detail. I was able to enjoy my day stress-free because of him, which is really the best gift you can give a bride! :)

    Meredith

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough good things about James Abel. We got married on quite short notice (fewer than 3 months of lead-time), with James's help, and he did an absolutely utterly PERFECT job with everything -- the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, the reception cocktails and dinner, and post-wedding brunch the next day. Every single detail was incredibly thoughtful, and I have truly never seen a table setting as beautiful as what he did for our reception dinner. Magical is the probably the best word for it. James is also just such a pleasure to work with -- he is creative, passionate about his work, fun and funny, responsive, and resourceful. He seamlessly handles any hiccups that might arise, and he also knows the "just right" way to do everything, taking into account his clients' input, of course. James's intuition is spot on and he has a ton of experience and a great network of contacts to help pull together just what you want and need for your event. I will be recommending James ... Read more

    Nicole

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was absolutely amazing to work with James for my NYC wedding. He is extremely gifted and I was in LOVE with my flowers. My bouquet was beautiful and the guys looked so handsome in their boutonnieres. James has a great vision and was a pleasure to work with! He is skilled in his profession and extremely professional.

    Melissa

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    5 out of 5
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  • We could not have been happier working with James. He was extremely professional, friendly, and creative. Beyond a Pinterest board, I didn't give him many ideas on the vision for the wedding, but he was able to take that little bit and produce stellar results. Our chuppah and centerpieces felt very lush and looked expensive (much more than what our budget actually was). Our escort cards and table signage were also lovely. If you're looking for someone who works with your budget, responds to your emails, and is fun to work with, then look no further than James Abel!

    Carrie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired James to do the flowers at our wedding – they were gorgeous. James was thoughtful, responsive, helped us stay in budget, and is a general delight to work with. He loved seeing our pinterest ideas and caught on to our vision and just made everything better. We didn’t get married in a church, and the way he set up the altar-area was just exquisitely executed. We got so many complements on our flower arrangements! We got married on that epic blizzard Saturday in New York (January 23rd), but we did not even have to worry about James & his team coming through. Ashley (his assistant: you’d be lucky to meet and work with her; also kind, encouraging, and generally lovely) was there at the venue when we arrived – bedraggeled & snowed-on. But the space they set up for us was warm, inviting, cozy, and absolutely perfect for our day.

    User4502765

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    5 out of 5
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  • When my husband and I researched and contacted wedding planners, James stood out from the very beginning. Not only did he offer us the best rate, but he was also the ONLY planner we talked with who actually asked us questions about ourselves (our backgrounds, what our interests were), and he immediately put that knowledge to use. Before we even officially hired him, he put a venue on hold for us (!) --they were almost out of available dates and he thought it'd be perfect for us. And it was! He found us an incredible photographer, DJ, and, after consulting with us, handled the save-the-dates, invitations, and all the venue decorations. We wanted to incorporate specific catering and cocktails, and he made it all happen. James is incredibly responsive--I've heard horror stories of wedding planners disappearing for weeks at a time--but if James is available, he'll respond immediately, day or night. And he's good with the reverse challenge too--my husband and I were often pretty busy ... Read more

    paula

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    5 out of 5
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  • James did a fantastic job on our wedding. Flowers, linens and room decorations were absolutely stunning. The cocktail room/bar had so many roses that you could smell them as soon as you walk into the venue. Absolutely breathtaking! In the dinning/dancing room he used odorless flower, so our guest can actually smell dinner. He mixed at least 10 different kinds of flowers with the most beautiful orchids we have ever seen. Our guests were blown away by the attention to details; in fact, they are still talking about the elegance and uniqueness of our event. He stays on top of the current trends and he designs the event around your budget.

    sara

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  • Working with James was a pleasure. He is professional, reliable and extremely creative. He had great ideas, and was also always open to hearing our ideas. I would recommend him, hands down, to anyone considering an event in the new york area. He has so much experience and it shows throughout the planning process and certainly on your big day!

    christine

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  • James and his team handled my flowers, table linens, and printed menus. I had an incredibly short window to plan (about 5 weeks) and he was amazing to deal with. He totally got what we were looking for and as a result, the flowers completely made my wedding beautiful. We went with lots of reds, burgundy, pinks and a bit of green and it was gorgeous.

    Melissa

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  • James provided us with our flowers and decor for a winter wedding at the Manhattan Penthouse, and I can't even describe how happy we were with what he did. The flowers were perfect, the colors were elegant, and the best part was how easily he understood what we were going for. I would recommend working with him to anyone, and the cost is definitely worthwhile to alleviate all those little worries (i.e. escort cards, etc). We didn't have to worry about a thing!

    Alex

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • This review is insanely late. I got married a year ago and James Abel and his assistant JJ planned our wedding. THEY ARE AMAZING. I cannot even begin to describe how much help they were. Like other Manhattan working girls, I am not one of those girls that wants to spend hours picking flowers or color schemes for the tables, I have better things to do. James helped us from step one, picking the venue (he flew out to L.A. with us a year before the wedding to tour all of the venues we had contemplated), to everything else. Every single aspect of the wedding was taken care of, from picking the chairs, minister, etc. to getting heel liners for my bridesmaids during the wedding because their shoes hurt them. The morning of the wedding I was freaking out about the lenght of my dress, so he took me to a store where I found a new dress THAT morning. (I wore them both....oh he also gave me input on the dress.) He found the cake person, the lights person, got us an INSANE discount on an AMAZING, ... Read more

    Lena

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • James was a dream to work with. He took everyhting I wanted and liked into accoutn and then made it into something even more fantastic. He offered up idea after idea until we created a cohesive and beautiful design and when threw in freebies and perks to boot just to make sure everything looked amazing. His aesdthetic is just beautiful and he made our wedding day worry free and gorgeous! On the day of he even surprised me by adding a flower to the bouts that I had mentioend that I liked once in our initial meeting. He is the kind of vendor that always keeps the costumer in mind. And his prices were very reasonable!

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