Persephone Floral Atelier


About

Persephone Floral Atelier is a floral design studio specializing in locally sourced garden style arrangements. Persephone offers unique and dynamic floral arrangements for weddings and events in the Chicago area and wherever flowers grow.

SOURCING

The first place I go to source flowers is a local farmer. I also look to the world around me, sourcing from waysides and empty lots. Being connected to the land and the people who grow the flowers is what makes this work so fulfilling.

I am, however, based in an area that has a very short growing season. I rely on a local wholesale business to provide me with flowers during the off season and for flowers my farmers can’t supply. When sourcing flowers from the wholesaler, I always ask for the american grown flowers first and give preference to Dutch flowers when sourcing imported flowers.

It takes special skill for a florist to source flowers locally and more skill to do so at a destination wedding, but the more I do it, the more connections I make with farmers all over the country and world! I hope that as Persephone grows, I will get to return to those places and revisit those farms.

PROCESS

As with sourcing, making bouquets is all about my relationship with nature and its flowers. My prefered aesthetic approach is to let nature dictate, but to have just the right amount of human intention. Nature not only provides the medium, it also guides my process.

My designs are heavily influenced by my background in painting—texture, line, color, and shape are all factors that I try to bring into harmony while reflecting nature’s wild, untamed asymmetry.

Contact

503 E 61st St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States

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Hours

by appointment

Reviews

3 Reviews
Heather Williams
Chicago, IL
Stunning Custom Work

Let me just say that I’m absolutely obsessed with Mary’s work! I’m so glad that I met her at the indie wedding expo. Her arrangements are stunning and Mary created the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements for my wedding. I lost my grandmother two months after I got engaged and was just devastated. Her middle name was Zenia and I asked Mary if she could include one zinnia in my bouquet in honor of my gram. She made my floral dreams come true. The moment Mary walked into my suite with my bouquet, I immediately started crying and felt my grandmother there with me. The boutonnières and corsages were also gorgeous and everything just looked absolutely perfect in our photos! If you have the opportunity to work with Mary, I highly recommend it! She is so sweet and listens well to create exactly what you’re hoping for on your big day. I continue to follow Mary’s work on Instagram and continue to be blown away with how beautiful and creative she gets with her arrangements.

February 2019

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Anna Page
Chicago, IL
The Perfect Wedding Florist

Where to begin? Mary’s artistry is beyond words. From the start, she exceeded all my expectations. Sometimes it’s hard to put your wedding vision into words but Mary and I were always on the same page. She knew exactly what I wanted and picked the perfect color palette and florals and I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together. Mary was always an email away to make sure I was confident and ready for my day and she did everything possible to make sure I was stress-free. I can’t recommend Mary enough. Even though my wedding past and that’s the only day you order a large amount of flowers, I know I’ll be coming up with excuses to book Mary in the future. She has become a dear friend and someone I will always look to for inspiration.

September 2018

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Nathan Gomez
Chicago, Illinois
Mary is a FLOWER GENIUS

It was an absolute pleasure working with Mary. She is a true artist and has a wonderful gift of making life beautiful. My wife, Julia, and I felt at ease the whole time working with her and gave her full permission to take our style and run with it. We were blown away when we saw what she created! I couldn't recommend her more.

September 2018

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