Our daughter’s wedding was yesterday. It was a magical day, full of love and beauty everywhere you looked.
As some of you know, I’ve been working on a brooch bouquet for months. I began gathering brooches last May beginning at Brimfield, and since then have visited countless antique stores, consignment shops and just about any store in between that sold jewelry.
Any kind of jewelry was fair game, not just traditional brooches. Hair combs, earrings, buttons, you name it. If a wire could fit and it was pretty, it was coming home with me.
The bouquet satisfied all the traditional requirements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. Many of the brooches are vintage, many are new, and one has a touch of blue. For the ‘borrowed’, I temporarily placed the pearl bracelet I wore when I got married. I also added a pearl choker with a marquesite center which I wore on my wedding day nearly 31 years ago. You can see the pearl portion of that choker below, however the marquesite is mostly hidden, but you can get a peak at it here or here.
Some of the brooches were given to us by generous friends, as well as our daughter’s mother-in-law, making it all the more special and meaningful. This bouquet is a true heirloom in every sense of the word.
It’s by far my proudest ‘diy’ project.
The long pearl ‘brooch’ is actually a hair clip, and I believe was my daughter’s personal favorite. Just to the left is the brooch that has a tiny bit of blue in it. In total, there were about 100 brooches and the bouquet weighed about 10 lbs. And just in case you’re wondering, it’s definitely not something that would get thrown.
Some of her dress fabric was given to me by the seamstress during the alternation process and I used it to make some fabric flowers. In the center I placed a crystal pin. This helped anchor it and also give it more of the look of a flower.
It’s hard for me to say which brooch is my favorite. There are so many that are simply stunning it’s impossible to decide! Some are small, some are large. Some are simple, some are complex. But the one thing they all have in common is they’re GORGEOUS!
Oftentimes diy wedding projects consist of burlap, mason jars and hydrangea flowers. As much as I love that look (and I know most of you do too), it’s about as far from our daughter’s style as Mercury is from Pluto. I kept that in mind when putting together the details for her wedding. This money box was purchased at a flea market for $3.00. I added an inexpensive brooch and some bling detailing and called it a day, proving you don’t have to spend a lot to achieve an elegant look.
The bridesmaids wore pale tulle dresses with black lace overlays. I found some lace ribbon at Brimfield and added some inexpensive buttons which tied everything together.
A few out of town guests stayed at the same hotel we were at and they each received personalized baskets that consisted of cowboy bark, caramel popcorn, Caswell & Massey bath products, regular and flavored water and the most amazing silver metallic covered almonds pictured below, bottom right. Yes, they’re edible!
No two baskets were exactly alike, both in their contents and how they were decorated. I tried to keep in mind each couple’s personalities as best I could. I used whatever ribbon I had and purchased the baskets at the Dollar Store for a couple of dollars each. Which reminds me…don’t you think it’s time they stopped calling themselves Dollar Stores? Nothing is a dollar anymore anyway!
Now back to the star of this post, the bouquet. I had, of course, never made a brooch bouquet before and didn’t know quite what I was getting into. They are a LOT of work, but definitely a worthwhile endeavor, and it was a true labor of love.
And I’m sure you will agree, so worth it!
UPDATE: If you’d like to see pictures and a video of the wedding, click here. They’re absolutely beautiful and I think you’ll enjoy!