My favorite weddings and events have been working with those who share this same philosophy. Those who aren’t trying to simply check off boxes, but like flowers, know the importance of slowing down and valuing beauty for all that it is. 

In an ever going + chaotic world, flowers slow us down. They speak in words we cannot. They connect us to something bigger. More beautiful.

Meet Your Friend With Flowers

I’ll take inspiration from your color palette and dream aesthetic and turn it into an exquisite floral design that tells the unique story of you! I’ll take inspiration from your color palette and dream aesthetic and turn it into an exquisite floral design that tells the unique story of you!

serving chicagoland couples since 2017

Meet Your Friend With Flowers

does this sound like you?

My clients-turned-friends are inspired by nature, value creativity, and know my work. They are looking for an experience and partnership that isn’t found at the flower shop next door, and I’m honored I can serve them in such a way they are looking for.

In a high-end yet down to earth way, I take inspiration from your color palette and dream aesthetic to turn it into an exquisite floral design that tells the unique story of you.

I believe that each couple deserves a one of a kind, personalized experience that is as unique as they are! I provide a fully customized wedding floral design that takes the stress off of YOU and brings cohesiveness to your day. 

You can truly feel how much she loves her job & also how much she wants to make your flower dreams a reality.

- Lauren Duffield     |     Bride

You can truly feel how much she loves her job & also how much she wants to make your flower dreams a reality. You can truly feel how much she loves her job & also how much she wants to make your flower dreams a reality. You can truly feel how much she loves her job & also how much she wants to make your flower dreams a reality.

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If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, floral designs that tell the story of you, then go ahead and leave me a line! You already know my favorite coffee order, but I can’t wait to sit down with you and learn yours.

Call it what you may, but being a 3w2 (any enneagram lovers out there?) not only gives me a drive to pursue excellence, but a passion to serve. To put it simply, I’m a lady who wears many hats and I don’t just mean my favorite Gigi Pip one! However, my favorite hat to wear is the one I lovingly refer to as “your friend with flowers.” 

I’ll take inspiration from your color palette and dream aesthetic and turn it into an exquisite floral design that tells the unique story of you! I’ll take inspiration from your color palette and dream aesthetic and turn it into an exquisite floral design that tells the unique story of you!

xo

     all it what you may, but being a 3w2 (any enneagram lovers out there?) not only gives me a drive to pursue excellence, but a passion to serve. To put it simply, I’m a lady who wears many hats and I don’t just mean my favorite Gigi Pip one! However, my favorite hat to wear is the one I lovingly refer to as “your friend with flowers.” 

If you can’t find me, it’s probably because I’m stuck in a Starbucks drive-thru ordering my ever classic hot americano with white mocha sauce and cream (don’t forget the warmed up pumpkin bread) or under an embarrassingly large pile of eucalyptus branches adding the last touches to a bride’s bouquet. Under that pile of eucalyptus, you’ll find a white face and the cutest black nose that belongs to my assistant, Emmie, my 5 pound malti-poo. 

Can I let you in on a secret? I never thought I’d be a florist... yet at the same time, it has never made more sense. You see, in the Mantarian household, weekends (and let’s be real, weekdays too) revolve around weddings. My husband, Joe (check him out here!), is a photographer and videographer, and I am certified in wedding planning. We’ve spent a fair share of our days tag teaming weddings with camera and clipboard in hand. It took me a while, but I finally realized I was desperately missing the element of design. *Cue the flowers. Cue Emmie chewing on a rose stem - she really thinks they’re chew toys!*

So, I took a leap of faith. I got my hands dirty (quite literally!) chasing my daydream, and eventually, the daydream became reality. I’m still pinching myself as I type this because I get to work with some of the most amazing brides-turned-friends, partnering with them and watching their dream wedding become a reality, too. Eucalyptus piles and all. 

 

written from the desk of Michaela Mantarian.

A Personal Letter from me, to you.

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your friend with flowers

Flower Family

the steady beat behind my little

learn more about my services and philosophy

Michaela

owner + Florist

Stopping to smell the roses (literally!)

01

3pm Starbucks Runs

02

Anything Bachelor Nation (IYKYK)

03

Disney World Magic

04

Confetti and Exclamation Points!

05

Here's our 'top five' outside of business per usual.

Joe

College sweetheart + Husband

Photographer + Videographer

01

Travel Adventures (with my wife!)

02

Wakeboarding

03

Coke Zero

04

Nights in the Hot Tub

05

Emmie

maltipoo + client experience CEO

Encourager & Cheerleader

01

Flower Delivery Day

02

Chewing on rose stems!

03

Treats & Belly Rubs

04

'Helping' with Bouquets

05

"The thing that I love most about flowers is that they are this little window of time."

"You pick the flower when it’s just in bud, and it starts to open and it lives its whole life cycle in front of your eyes. As the flowers age and drop their petals it’s what life actually is life all the stages are beautiful it all has meaning. They help me slow down and be in the moment and remember that life is fleeting. But they also reminded me that life is so beautiful."

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What Makes usDifferent

our mission + what sets us apart

What Makes MM Different

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I started out in wedding planning - believe it or not, I was certified in wedding planning when I was still in college. After a few years, I realized that I was really missing the design experience and wanted to work more with my hands so, I began to make a shift to floral design. I have over 5 years of experience watching and taking in weddings from multiple different roles and have excellent organizational skills when it comes to managing all the wedding things!

No. ONe

I am not the flower shop down the street - I am an independent florist who works out of my home and I love that for you! I’m not bogged down with the walk in and walk outs of an everyday shop. I can be super specialized and intentionally focused on couples I serve each weekend. 

no. two

I’m a small town gal, but I love to travel - One of my favorite things about traveling all over Chicagoland and beyond is getting to work at so many amazing venues and getting to meet all kinds of vendors. Don’t be discouraged, if I’m a bit of a drive from you! I’d still love to come and design for your big day!

no. three

I’ve attended workshops with some of the best in the industry - I truly believe in always being a lifelong learner. For me, that means investing in my education so that I can continue to serve my clients to the best of my ability!

no. four

I have over 5 years of Guest Services experience - Sunday-Thursday you’ll find me nestled in to my desk, sipping coffee, and enjoying a seasonal candle at GatheringPoint Church! I felt a call to ministry when I was 17 and have been fulfilling that by greeting new guests, celebrating our volunteers, and leading a team for over 5 years now. I have a passion for serving with excellence and truly caring for each and every individual who steps foot in our church. It’s so natural for me to serve my brides in the same way.

no. five

Let's get personal.

Did We Just Become Best Friends?

Starbucks

My guilty pleasure....

Around 3pm every day my apple watch dings and tells me the “traffic is light” to get to Starbucks in Bourbonnais - I can’t make this up. 

My favorite season is...

Fall

Although it’s a tough toss up because I love spring and summer blooms! But in fall I am totally here for alllll the Americanos (with pumpkin sauce) and THE SOUP! Find me in a cozy sweater, Gigi Pip hat, and at Panera for fall soup at least once a week!

travel

i may be a small town girl, but I love to....

One of my favorite things about traveling all over Chicagoland and beyond is getting to work at so many amazing venues and getting to meet all kinds of vendors.

family

i can't live without...

I love that I got started in the Wedding Industry with the encouragement (and inspiration!) of my husband. I couldn't imagine life without him and my family - they mean everything to me!

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