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About Ambiance Floral & Events

Ambiance is always thinking outside the vase. We work with the best suppliers around the world as well as local flower farms. We create individual arrangements as well as wedding and event florals. With over 50 years of combined design experience, our goal is to create a design with color, texture, shape, and style to give some Ambiance to your every occasion.

The retail shop is open six days a week, with extended hours during the holidays. We deliver to the entire Capital District and have a wire service for your out of town deliveries.

Cut flowers, arrangements, blooming and green plants, fruit & gourmet baskets are some of what we offer on a daily basis for birthday, sympathy, anniversary, or any special day. Weddings and events we travel to the Adirondacks, Catskills, New England, and everywhere in between!   


Michele has a passion for the flower world. Designing a dream wedding or creating a birthday arrangement, all her experience, energy, and creativity reflects in every design. She was inducted into AIFD( American Institute of Floral Designers) in 2016 and is a CFD(Certified Floral Designer)in this elite organization.
The mission of AIFD is to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service, leadership, and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form.
She continues to be a work in progress, continuing education and learning new things to do with flowers.

Let's Meet the "A" Team:

Maureen McDonald

Maureen started in a flower shop as a young mother who needed a job. From delivering to counter sales, she got bit by the flower bug. She started arranging, which led to designing. She is an A-team all-star and she knows her flowers! She can whip up a vase of roses, create beautiful wedding flowers or listen to stories about prom flowers from 1960. If you are really lucky, you may get a fresh cookie if you stop in on the right day!

Laurie Costello

Laurie comes from an HR and business background. Her love of gardening & nature had her involved with flower shows through the years, where she met Michele. When she was looking for a career change, the flower shop was the answer. She has a creative flair like no other working with dried material, pods and cones. She has won many awards for her unique talents. She brings constant laughter with her sassy sense of humor.

Tammy Chierchio

Tammy is the newest team member. After just working Saturdays, she works full time now learning new things every day. Her banking and Admin background gives her excellent people skills, a quick wit, and is eager to be learning everything about flowers. Just when she has it down, a new season comes along! She is open to suggestions and guidance in helping customers create beautiful bouquets. Make sure you tell her a funny story, she has the most delightful laugh!

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
  • Floral Design Committee: Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo (Chair)
  • USA Wedding Association (Member)
  • Albany eXecutives Association