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January 28, 1989 - Image 74

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-28

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Imagine that it's now your 25th wedding anniversary. Your wedding

day seems so long ago, you can barely remember the details.

Late one evening you sit down by a glowing fire and take out your

wedding album to recapture the beginning of your life together. Your
memories are not of the flavor of the food or the music the band
played but of the images that have been captured in your photographs
the beautiful gowns, the tuxedos, the flowers.

The flowers. They are the backdrop of your special day. According to
Mark Ephraim, president and head designer of Brandy's Flowers &
Gifts in West Bloomfield, flowers are often unjustly placed last on the

wedding preparation list.

"More often than not, people come to their florist last," Mark says.

"The flowers create the mood and the atmosphere for the perfect
wedding. We want to make the flower selection as special for the bride
and groom as when they buy their gowns or as special as when they
choose the synagogue they are going to be married in. We want the
flowers to be as much a part of what makes that day special as
everything else."
Brandy's Flowers & Gifts, named after Mark's 10-year-old daughter,
takes pride in the way it personalizes the services it provides each
customer. An initial consultation is arranged to reserve a date and to
find out basic information. The second consultation is to go over
specifics of colors, flowers, dresses, tuxedos, sanctuary, reception hall,
etc. This can be done in the elegance of Brandy's Flowers or at the
actual synagogue or reception hall. The time spent talking over ideas in
the actual surroundings, according to Mark, inspires a lot of personal
"We take their words and their thoughts and put them into tangible
designs." Mark explains. "We try to create an atmosphere that makes a
statement about the bride and groom and what they are all about."

"The more we know about other details of the bride's planning, the

more personalized and unique we can make the floral decorations."

At Brandy's Flowers, although Mark does not make samples of each

bouquet, he does make samples of the centerpiece; and Mark claims
that the only thing his customers are surprised by is how magnificent
their flowers look.
Brandy's also provides an experienced staff for delivery and set-up of
your wedding to be sure the flowers are as magnificent as they can be.
If Mark or his wife, Darlene, are not available to lead the set up staff,
he sends his parents, Adeline and Lou, because he knows they will
treat his customers the way he does — with care.
Brandy's set-up crew brings along a "wedding kit" which consists of
extra foliage, flowers, ribbon, etc., to provide the finishing touches in
case there is something forgotten or overlooked.
"We help our customers in any way we possibly can — and it doesn't
necessarily have to be related to flowers." says Mark. "We're there to
help the bride down the aisle, if need be."
Brandy's Flowers will make sure that the atmosphere and your
memories are magnificent.

Simsbury Plaza
33250 Fourteen Mile Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

74 BRIDES 1989


(313 851-9244

For The Unique in Floral Design

Mark P. Ephraim

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