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One of Brooklyn’s largest flower shops

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Talk about a long commitment.

Marine Florists has been helping brides plan beautiful weddings since 1898 — more than 100 years.

It was just a small shop way back then, says Vasilios, who runs the family enterprise today with his three brothers — Nick, Jim, and George. Over the course of the century, the business moved back and forth across the street a couple of times, taking advantage of opportunities to grow as larger space became available and demand for their product increased.

Today, Marine Florists has a 5,000-square foot showroom that allows the business to boast that it is, “one of Brooklyn’s largest flower shops.”

While the store may be huge, the family-owned and operated shop is still small enough to provide brides with the attentive service they require.

“We sit down with everyone, individually, to discuss colors, suggest flowers, and work with budgets,” says George.

When it comes to experience, it is difficult to imagine that anyone could have more than this business does. Marine Florists creates beautiful floral arrangements and decorations for more than 400 weddings a year, says George. Just as important, the brothers have been doing this work their entire lives. All have been working since they were kids, coming to the shop after school hours, growing roots in the business, and learning about flowers from their uncle. This isn’t a job. The business is a strong tree that has grown and blossomed in Brooklyn. Its roots are spread across the community, and embedded in cement where it plans to stay for a long time to come.

Marine Florists spreads its pretty pollen at weddings that take place in Long Island, Queens, New Jersey, and Manhattan. They’ll arrive early at the reception to put finishing touches on guest tables, sprinkle petals, and arrange centerpieces or candles. They may add some fresh flowers to the wedding cake. No detail is overlooked. At the smaller room where the cocktail hour may be held, they’ll add a floating rose, inside a glass bowl, to each table. The color can be vibrant; or it may fit the wedding’s theme. Then again, maybe the bride prefers a simple white rose.

At the ceremony, you’ll find them setting up runners and scattering rose petals. Their work isn’t done once they’ve delivered the bouquets. They know — and brides know — that it’s embellishments like these that help make the day a special one. Of course, it’s all done to the bride’s specifications.

Recently, a couple selected the theme, “Phantom of the Opera,” and George says the shop arranged flowers around candles and masks, creating the desired mood. The bride was very happy, he says.

In fact, there are so many happy customers, an entire wall of the shop is filled with hundreds of thank you notes, Vasilios says. Last year, the store earned Wedding Wire’s “Bride’s Choice Award.” There seems to be a lot of buzz about them.

“Brides write about us in magazines,” says George. They see some of the dazzling creations at the shop’s Facebook page, and they make referrals.

No matter what theme the bride desires — tropical, traditional, or trendy — Marine Florists creates bouquets that will keep everyone talking.

Yet, it’s all affordable. The shop does a great volume of business, says Vasilios, and is, therefore, able to pass savings these savings along to clients.

“We are the largest seller of tropical and exotic flowers,” says Vasilios. “We can afford to give better prices because we’re such a large store.”

Many brides enjoy seeing huge, full bouquets at the reception hall and in outdoor gardens where they may be taking photographs, says George.

“We are able to provide more flowers for the money.”

He says they have exclusive arrangements with certain farms, so they are privy to unique colors and styles. In addition, “We buy direct from Holland, so we get a better grade.”

Keep Marine Florists in mind for anniversaries, birthdays, new babies, and other special occasions, too. Flowers can be paired with teddy bears, fruit and gourmet baskets, cookies, crackers, mirrored plaques, vases, and more. They offer a selection of greeting cards, so customers can choose just the right words to accompany their gifts.

Marine Florists deliver locally and internationally.

Marine Florists [1995 Flatbush Ave. at the corner of Flatlands Avenue in Marine Park, (718) 338–3600, www.marineflorists.com]. Open Mondays through Saturdays, 8 am–8 pm, and Sundays, 8 am–6 pm.

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