Vintage Brooch Bouquets

We wanted to have lots of unique touches at the wedding and the only way to get that is to make it yourself.  We literally worked for 10 straight months to do just that.  This is the only pic I can find of the ring bearers bowls that I made, hopefully I'll find more eventually.  This one isn't even finished but it will give you an idea of what they looked like.  Ribbon runs through the 2 holes to hold the rings in place.  One bowl reads:  'With This Ring'   and the other bowl reads:  'I Thee Wed'.  I placed two birds on each bowl and I painted the bottoms gold.  They are now usable keepsakes.
This is a pic of the beginning of a huge project.  I made vintage brooch bouquets.  Early on, we thought the flower girls might carry them but they were too heavy and we wanted fresh flowers so we used them to decorate the cookie table and some were set around as centerpieces on other tables. At the end of the night the flower girls picked the one they each wanted and the others were given away. The largest one was given to the bride.

I spent months searching for and buying vintage brooches from thrift stores.  Each brooch had to be wired with three wires which had to be twisted together.  My fingers were like pincushions.

I wired and wired and wired brooches until I had enough to make one bouquet.

Then I would painstakingly wire them together, finish the handles with satin ribbon and pearls and start on another.

In total, I made 9 of these.  The bride's is silver and rhinestone and is huge and has over 400 brooches on it.

And the panels!  What a love/hate relationship I had with these. I thought it would take me 2 months to make 22 feet of these.  It took me 6 months.  There were changes and do overs and more changes until I got them right.  These hung in my basement the whole time so we did wash and treadmill and all sorts of things with these hanging around us.

And finally the cookies....the blessed cookies!!!  1500 of those suckers in the last 8 days.  And while I was up to these projects, The Bride and Groom worked tirelessly making hundreds of origami cranes and hearts, 3D signs and table numbers which they painted. They designed their own fabulous invitations too. They worked at least as hard as I did if not harder.  At the end though, we all agreed it was worth the effort.


Heritage Hall said…
Your ingenuity and talent are Heaven-kissed, Joyce What a wedding legacy you created for the Blog tech hero and his Bride... Your energy has to be boundless to have accomplished so much and your planning, just impeccable. Have you caught your breath yet?
Yes this really was an unique wedding! Amazing how much work You put in! I'm surprised You managed to do it all in time!!

Have a great day!

Gemmagirl said…
I am amazed at your artistry and talents. What is wonderful about all this is your generosity. Many blessings. I love the broaches. Perhaps one day you could have an online explanation.. You are my go to page everyday. Thank you.
Mary Ann said…
Joyce, they are all so beautiful!
chickpea678 said…
All the beautiful homemade decorations and good are such an inspiration!!! In amazement at all the beauty & deliciousness created.
CalamityJr said…
This wedding should be featured in a magazine and have an entire DYI or TLC wedding show devoted to it!
sandra said…
everything you did is gorgeous and sooo special!
linda said…
Wishing them a beautiful jouney together. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Alicia Foodycat said…
Such a labour of love. Beautiful!
Guillaume said…
I love the ring bearer bowl.
My gosh, I remember when you began making those antique pin bouquets. What an amazing wedding...I spent this evening telling my daughter in law and son all about it. When they left a bit ago, she mentioned how eager she was to see the photo's. She caters (I have mentioned her to you before)and did two huge events this week...dinners and desserts! She was worn to a frazzle and as she was telling about it, I thought of you and your many months of work and planning. The thought and care..just overwhelming!!

(I think my children are worried about me but I assure them I will be alright in time. It's a process, grieving. I see her everywhere, Joyce!)
Well, the ring bowls and the brooch bouquets will become treasure family heirlooms, I'm sure, as they deserve to be!
greekwitch said…
The brooch bouquets are just heavenly!! And the panels looks like a little fairy made them! Well I guess she did!You are amazing sweet Joyce!
Patty Woodland said…
The brooch bouquets are gorgeous. I went to a wedding where the bride carried one and it was so lovely. It looks like it was a truly wonderful day.