Our Testimonials


Dear Yelena, Thank you for all the creativity and hard work you put into making Karen and Adam's wedding such a "blooming" success. The flowers were gorgeous and working with you was such a joy! Everything was greatly appreciated. Thank you for everything!

-Nancy Kushkin, The Gasparilla Inn and Club, Boca Grande, FL

Oh, my! I knew your flowers would be lovely, but never could I have imagined how absolutely stunning all of your arrangements for our daughter's wedding were! As I write this I am looking at the bride's and bridesmaid's bouquets which are in vases next to two of the table centerpieces, and they are all an absolute delight. I discover something new every time I look at the gorgeous tropical profusion of orchids, birds of paradise, protea, and greenery - and so many more beautiful things. When Katie first told me she wanted orange as her theme color and fresh oranges as part of the arrangements. I wasn't sure how that would work. Thoughts of Halloween came to mind! But you listened to her wishes and carried them out incredibly beautifully. I am running out of ways to describe the flowers, but I do have some simple words to express our gratitude: Thank you, thank you, thank you!

-Janet Schmoll, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Dear Yelena, I cannot begin to thank you for the outstanding creative displays you created for Heidi's wedding. Everything was absolutely so original and so beautiful! From her bouquets to the table pieces, all so unique and fitting to the venue. I also want to thank you for scurrying around when Mother Nature unleashed on us, to make sure all ended up looking beautiful. You really went above and beyond. Thank you!!!

-Anne and Tim Ross, The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

AMAZING, WONDERFUL, GORGEOUS! I cannot describe enough how pleased I am with Yelena and Elegant Designs. My wedding was a destination wedding in Boca Grande, Florida and Yelena got my vision exactly! It turned out to be better than I ever dreamed and I couldn't have done it without her and her team! THANK YOU!

-Desiree, The Gasparilla Inn and Club, Boca Grande, FL

Yelena is our preferred florist at Sarasota Opera. She is extremely creative and goes above and beyond to research the time periods for our themed Galas and parties. Our donors are always impressed with her unique designs and creations. She and her staff have great customer service, listen to the client, and are happy to work within our budgets for each event. As an event planner in Sarasota for the past 15 years, I can say it is a true pleasure to work with Yelena and her staff. They put my mind at ease when there are so many other details to attend to. Thanks for all you do!

-Jennifer Simms, Sarasota Opera House

Yelena, Thank you so much for the beautiful display and set up! It was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way! Thank you for your expertise and guidance to pick what looked so perfect. It was such a pleasure meeting you! Thank you so much again!

-Love, Candice and Drew, Lido Beach/Bird Key Yacht Club

I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and beautiful flowers. You were wonderful to work with! Your ideas and creative ability is unbelievable. My wedding would not have been the same without you!

-Jackie, Powel Crosley Estate

Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio exceeded my expectations in every way! When asked, Yelena offered creative assistance in choosing the best flowers to compliment out color scheme and floral personality, while never suggesting flowers that would blow our budget. She was warm and helpful and truly made me feel that she put as much energy into the planning/arranging our flowers as she would into those of her own wedding. She even made a special trip out to visit the venue! Although I knew the many of the flowers I wanted to use, Yelena's presentation resulted in arrangements that were accurate in reflecting our floral taste and even more beautiful than I had imagined. The bouquets especially were the most beaufitul bouquets I have ever seen. I would definitely recommend Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio to any...

-Lesleigh and Damien, Longboat Key Club

Yelena listened, heard, and made our vision come true! She knew we wanted simple and romantic and that's what she did! She was so accommodating, it was incredible! We described the way we wanted the Chuppah to look, and she more than met our expectations! When the Ritz Salon asked for small orchids for the bride's hair, Yelena made sure she brought them over when she delivered all the gorgeous bouquets to the salon for us to have the photos. I absolutely loved working with her and highly recommend Elegant Designs.

-Linda Cohen, Mother of the Bride, Ritz Carlton Beach Club

Yelena was by far the nicest and most professional florist that I've ever worked with. Her creativity and willingness to please her clients puts her above many of her competitors. Her artistic streak and easy going personality makes her incredibly easy and fun to work with. Elegant Designs put together the most beautiful bamboo arch for our quaint beach wedding that exuded simplicity and class. My bouquet, full of lilies, orchids, roses, and a few others stayed vibrant and beautiful for several days. I could not have asked for a more beautiful set up or a more beautiful set of bouquets. Yelena really went above and beyond to what I had expected, and I will definitely be working with her for any future floral needs!!

-Sara Bowes, Hilton, Longboat Key

I can not put into words how happy I was with your service for my wedding on October 14th, 2011. Everything was flawless and beautiful, and just like I pictured it! My bouquet was breathtaking, and the special wrap you did with my mom's veil brought me to tears. I can't tell you how much I appreciated it. The reception room took my breath away also, and I could not have done it without you! You really brought my vision to life! You were amazing to work with and just plain incredible. Thank you for everything!

-Jessica and Randy, Lakewood Ranch Country Club