Wedding Planner Feb. 2012

Floral visions become reality

By From page D5 | February 03, 2012

A bride’s wedding plans may begin with the date, location and dress … but the true beauty of her special day becomes a reality when her florist designs the perfect arrangements for her.

Floral guru Dottie Mackenzie has been fulfilling brides’ dreams of the perfect wedding day since 1989.

Mackenzie owns Camino Flower Shop, located at 1297 Broadway in Placerville. She designs arrangements for roughly 250 weddings each year, both local and not.

She attends the San Francisco Flower Market every week, and has for the past 25 years, in order to offer her brides the very best.

“There’s nothing like the San Francisco Flower Market,” Mackenzie said. “I don’t go anywhere else.”

Brides needn’t worry when their floral arrangements are in Mackenzie’s capable hands. There isn’t any color or flower combination she can’t work with and turn into something beautiful. Whether a bride’s wishes are for turquoise and orange flowers or pale yellow with silver, Mackenzie has the vision.

“No matter what the colors, if you design it correctly, the end result will be beautiful,” Mackenzie said.

From peonies and hydrangeas to lilacs and garden roses, Camino Flower Shop caters to the needs of every bride lucky enough to have Mackenzie’s expertise and vision as part of their special day.

Mackenzie makes sure every bride gets exactly what she wants while working with her individual budget. Mackenzie’s advice for brides working with a tight budget: evaluate your guest list first, always do your homework before making your floral appointment and find what really appeals to you, then bring those ideas to your florist.

“Flowers tell so much about a bride’s personality and what she wants,” Mackenzie said. “It’s a very personal decision.”

Personality and beauty come together as the end result of every floral arrangement designed by Mackenzie, including her personal favorite, the bridal bouquet.

“I love seeing the bride’s face when I hand the bouquet to her,” she said.

The bouquets are part of her weekly design routine that she loves so much. Thursdays and Fridays are designated design days for Mackenzie.

“I design like a mad woman for those two days,” she said. “I love to get my designs set up, stand back and take it all in. That’s when it really comes together for our bride and groom.”

With the passion Mackenzie has for her work, it’s no surprise the Camino Flower Shop has been the Mountain Democrat’s Readers’ Choice “Favorite Florist” since 2010.

“We love what we do and get you what you want,” Mackenzie said.

For any bride looking for beauty and perfection, look no further than Camino Flower Shop in Placerville. Their newly renovated Website, is home to pictures of Mackenzie’s sought-after work and more information on services offered.

When you are ready to turn your special day into one of beauty call 530-644-5370 and schedule your wedding floral appointment with El Dorado County’s flower guru, Dottie Mackenzie.

Rachael A. McCoy

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