About Flowers by Yona

Flowers by Yona is a full-service floral and event design company, based in Atlanta, Georgia

At Flowers by Yona our goal is to make your event beautiful to help tell your story. Whether it’s a couple’s relationship story for their wedding, a company’s narrative for an industry or holiday party, or just telling a specific story through an overarching theme. We believe that flowers and decor can tell these beautiful stories through color choices, flower choices, lighting, linens, draping, special and unique furnishings and other decor items. We take the honor of telling your story very seriously –

designing with a purpose, making quality and freshness a priority, tailoring designs to show the natural form of the flowers and the best part of the flowers being used, paying close attention to the details and proportionality and, most importantly, designing with you, the client, and your story for your event in mind. Each client, venue and event has a distinct personality and feel. We believe that your flowers and overall decor should complement that.

At Flowers by Yona our goal is to make your event beautiful to help tell your story. Whether it’s a couple’s relationship story for their wedding, a company’s narrative for an industry or holiday party, or just telling a specific story through an overarching theme. We believe that flowers and decor can tell these beautiful stories through color choices, flower choices, lighting, linens, draping, special and unique furnishings and other decor items. We take the honor of telling your story very seriously – designing with a purpose, making qualityand freshness a priority, tailoring designs to show the natural form of the flowers and the best part of the flowers being used, paying close attention to the details and proportionality and, most importantly, designing with you, the client, and your story for your event in mind. Each client, venue and event has a distinct personality and feel. We believe that your flowers and overall decor should complement that.

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Yona Benstock Friedman

Owner | Creative Director

Ever since I was a little girl visiting my grandparents in Denmark, I have loved flowers. The carts of flowers in the markets and on the streets, the beautiful gardens (that I was told I could not touch), the way the Danish florist around the corner from my grandparents just easily put a bouquet together for my grandmother, it all inspired me. I remember thinking I wanted to do that when I grew up. As an adult, I began to build a successful corporate PR career. But even then, I would always stop to buy flowers and arrange them beautifully in a vase. And I still dreamt of the flowers in Denmark and for the day when I would be able to do what the lady in the flower shop did. Then, one day, I remembered my dad always saying to me as a child, “make sure that whatever you decide to do with your life, you are excited to wake up in the morning and do it.” I listened, turned my world around and have not looked back since.

Kristene Polstra

Event Design Manager

Kristine is a seasoned professional in the special events and design industries, with over a decade of experience. With a BA in Interior Design from Indiana State University, she honed her skills in Atlanta, GA while working for an Interior Design Firm and a wedding planning team. Kristine’s career continued to flourish as she gained experience with two of Atlanta’s top Event Design & Catering Companies. Her expertise ranges from sales, coordination, and floral design to the day-of execution. Throughout her career, Kristine has had the privilege of creating memorable moments for her clients, from designing homes to planning and coordinating corporate events, show stopping weddings, and private social gatherings, including the Atlanta Braves World Series Party. With her savvy project management skills, attention to detail, and passion for creating extraordinary experiences, Kristine is a triple threat in the industry.

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In 2010, I moved to Israel and began formal training in floral design. My training led me to Holland to study Dutch Floral Design at the Boerma Institute, and then back to Israel to work under some of the best designers in the country. In 2012, I moved back to Atlanta, Georgia where I started my business and began sharing the beautiful European style of floral design within the Southeast, United States. It’s a special style of design, one that holds true to who I am and what I believe is beautiful…natural, lush and refined.

When I’m not playing with flowers, you can find me…

hanging out with my husband and two children, my mini goldendoodle..and of course traveling around the world, looking for inspiration