NYC Couple Files $400K Lawsuit Over Wedding Flowers

Many young girls dream all their lives about their wedding day: the dress, the flowers, the cake, the guests, everything picture-perfect for the big day. Yet most weddings don't work out exactly as planned, leaving many couples with at least one or two anecdotes to look back on from their wedding day.

Yet most wedding mishaps don't end in a personal injury lawsuit.

New York couple Elana and David Glatt have filed a lawsuit against their florist, for using the wrong color of flowers at their wedding. The couple had requested centerpieces for the reception that were "deep and dark colors of fuchsia, rust and green," according to the lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

Elana Glatt, who practices law as Elana Elbogen at Kelley Drye in New York, submitted the lawsuit herself.

Instead of the agreed upon arrangements, Stamos Arakas, owner of Posy Floral Design, substituted flowers in colors that looked more like pink and green pastel, she claims. Naturally, because the wedding favors, linens, cake and general décor of the reception were made to match with "fuchsia, rust and green," the flowers clashed.

According to the lawsuit, the pastel flowers "had a significant impact on the look of the room and was entirely inconsistent with the vision the plaintiffs had bargained and paid for."

Also, she claims that the hydrangea arrangements were wilted and brown, and placed in dusty vases without enough water.

And then there is the question of price. The couple paid for 22 centerpieces that cost $465 each, and for orchid arrangements that cost $55 to $65 apiece, but the flowers used were much cheaper, the lawsuit claimed. Rather than $55 to $65 arrangements, the flowers looked like "the equivalent of $5 roses from a street vendor."

For the entire selection of flowers, the couple paid $27,000. The lawsuit requests $400,000 to cover the payment of flowers and "extreme disappointment, distress and embarrassment." The charges brought against Arakas include fraud, breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.

Arakas claims in response that he provided exactly what the couple had wanted and his photographs from the wedding prove that. He also claims that he warned the couple that the flowers may not match their color choices perfectly because of a number of reasons, and so they should not have overreacted afterward.

He claims that he intends to file a countersuit for damages to his business reputation.

Sure, if the Glatts did not receive what they wanted, they have every right to request a refund or to seek some kind of restitution. But in this case, unfortunately, Elana Glatt has further reinforced the stereotype that lawyers are more quick to pull the trigger on a lawsuit than the general public when they're not satisfied with something.

The florist Arakas agrees: "My father used to tell me, 'Don't deal with the lawyers," Arakas said. "Maybe he was right, God bless his soul."

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