Bella Flora is led by stylist Elaine El-Aboudi. Elaine combines her 14 years of floral design experience with seven years as an Interior Designer, giving her a skill set different from a traditional florist.
Elaine's experience in design demonstrates her eye for color and aesthetics and her attention to every detail. Strong organizational skills allow her to create and execute flawless events. Flowers and design are a true passion. Read more below about what Elaine's customers have to say about her work.
"Working with Elaine was pure delight. As someone with no sense of style, no true appreciation for flowers, no wedding planner and a small budget, Elaine was absolutely my savior. Other than choosing to marry Adam, selecting her was the easiest decision I made when planning our wedding. From our first meeting (at a COMPLETELY different venue than the one we ended up switching to), I could tell she was easy to work with, flexible and so knowledgeable. The proposal she put together for that venue was exactly what I'd been thinking, without knowing it, of course - herbs and potted plants for a warm, intimate setting with exposed brick and gorgeous woodwork and stained glass (and people could take them home)!
Cut to the new venue, the super chic, minimalist roof top of The Wit Hotel and she went happily back to the drawing board and came up with a look that was just perfect (and within our budget, which is even more amazing). I would have expected a bunch of identical centerpieces that people wouldn't notice, but instead I was wowed by the amazing variety throughout the different types of tables inside, outside, in the fire pits, our gift/guest book tables, etc. Ranging from simplistically modern agapanthus and calla lillies to gorgeous strands of orchids wound inside dramatic tall vases - not to mention our gorgeous bouquets and boutonnières which incorporated our peacock theme without going overboard - I couldn't believe how they made everything look more put together and special.
I can't forget to mention that Elaine basically served as our day of coordinator, coming by on Friday to personally set up the ceremony chairs diagonally (the way I wanted, but was told it wouldn't work by the hotel), purchasing and pinning down a gorgeous linen runner, helping to coordinate the wedding party prior to the wedding and guiding the guests to our photo area and other hot spots as they headed upstairs for the reception.
From being someone I could trust to make decisions I didn't want to make for myself, to being there to move things along when I was in another (happier) world, Elaine was a lifesaver!"
-Michele S., The Wit Hotel, August 2009
Michele's wedding at the Wit was covered in Chicago Social's Bride issue. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the article.
I just wanted to write to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did with the florals for my wedding. We got a lot of compliments on the centerpieces and the gorgeous candle arrangements on the escort card table, and personally we loved everything about it! :) Thank you sooo much for making the day beautiful and lovely!!
Beth and Eli Lampson
We just want to say thank you again for helping make Mary Beth and Ryan's special day a beautiful "story book" wedding.
The table arrangements, flowers, and bouquets were very unique and absolutely stunning! You have a marvelous gift for creativity and style!
It was a perfect day all around! :)
Thanks again! Paul and Karen Schulz
We truly loved the flowers! Everything was perfect and even more gorgeous than I had imagined. Thank you so much for going above and beyond to ensure that our wedding was beautiful. I will highly recommend you to anyone I know who is getting married!
Thank you again for everything.
The flowers were spectacular at Joe and Erin's wedding yesterday. You honored the chuppah with simplicity and beauty and I thank you for that.
Thank you again.
Thanks for making the space so beautiful!
Venta & Scott
As a fellow artist, I want to express to you how very impressive your floral designs are. I do not know how Mary Beth found you…but I feel so lucky that she did. Excellent floral designs which are fresh and contemporary are so difficult find. Your outstanding talent in this field is the best I’ve seen (and I’ve looked far & wide.) Your ability to unite the upper and lower floors of the Women’s Club in a continuity of naturalness, beauty, and charm was so apparent to all who were at the event. Many commented on all the designs.
Again, I feel fortunate to have had your artistic skill and design for my son’s and new daughter-in-law’s wedding.
Sandy Kapp Ross
Thank you so much for all your help and support before and during our wedding. The flowers were amazing at both events. We had a ton of compliments. Thanks for all the problem solving that I’m sure happened behind the scenes.
A very special thank you for getting our linens at the last minute. They helped dress up the room and allowed us to achieve the look we were going for. We had an awesome day!