March 28, 2010

Jewelry inspired bridal bouquets- Brooch Bouquet

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I recently designed these two bouquets- the one on the left for a bridal open house and the one below for a fabulous photo shoot (More from that shoot soon!).

I wanted to show these bouquets not only because they are fabulous (I know, right?) but because I wanted to talk about how other designers can inspire my work.

I came across the beautiful brooch bouquets designed by the wonderful Fantasy Floral.  I loved everything about her brooch bouquets. What a beautiful and special way to use sentimental pieces to make your bridal bouquet.  Most of her bouquets are made from pieces she collects from the client.  The client provides her with jewelry, brooches and other pieces from her family members and Fantasy Floral then works the jewelry pieces into a special bouquet the bride carries down the aisle.

I decided to use the same idea but give it my own twist by adding fresh flowers.  These bouquets are actually using all the same jewelry.  I just re-worked them into two different bouquets.  The jewelry is 1/2 vintage pieces from my grandmother and great-grandmother and 1/2 new pieces.  I had such an amazing time  designing these bouquets.  They were even more amazing in person.  Total show stoppers.

For some instructions on how to make one of these lovelies check out Fancy Pants Weddings- How to make a brooch bouquet


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Sprout : 10:08 March 28, 2010
Wow! Wish I hung onto some of the pins, etc. that were my mom's when we cleaned out her house. I am now going to be on quest to find some brooches!
Aimee Wendell : 13:59 March 28, 2010
Shannon, I LOVE these! Stunning! I blogged about brooch bouquets a couple of months ago because I adore them! I love how you added your own unique twist combining it with real flowers. Fresh, fun and beautiful!
janet : 17:17 March 28, 2010
These bouquets are so cool!
Lora Ward : 20:31 March 28, 2010
You are a true artist and creator of all things great!
Denise Benda : 21:52 March 28, 2010
Oh how glorious!!! I am sooo going to give this a try - crafty yet floral! You are the best of the best GIRL!
Beth Baugher : 11:26 March 29, 2010
shannon, she's so hot right now. i want to go to there. very cool !!!
T Williams : 11:16 April 3, 2010
Just found your work through the Alice in Wonderland shoot. Your work is truly stunning! Makes me want to get married again just to have your gorgeous designs.
J,P, : 12:47 May 23, 2010
Where do you get the directions for the brooch bouquets. I have not been able to find it.
Shannon : 08:19 May 25, 2010
There is some great information in this post:http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-how-do-i-make-a-vintage-brooch-bouquet Good Luck! Not a project for the faint at heart! ;)
Ella- Limelight Floral Design : 10:16 August 6, 2010
Oh MY GOD, I am so in love with your work, especially these broach bouquets. Congratulations on your work and superb pictures.
Shannon : 08:39 August 9, 2010
Thanks Ella- I love doing what I do!
debbie : 10:53 September 10, 2010
shannon, i've seen brooch bouquets b4. Yours are gorgeous! Can we hire you? Thanks dwesbrook@gmail.com
Lydia : 01:28 September 12, 2010
I am currently in the process of making a brooch bouquet. I was wondering if the corsage tape you used to wrap the stem is quite sticky?
Shannon : 16:56 September 13, 2010
The corsage tape is a thin paper coated in wax. It becomes tacky when you stretch it. Just remember- pull and twist. It takes some practice! :)
Jamie : 19:57 September 25, 2010
This is GORGEOUS! May I ask what the small cream colored flowers are that you used in the first bouquet? I would love to recreate this bouquet using the same flowers because it looks so perfect together! Thanks so much! =)
Shannon : 10:41 September 26, 2010
They are narcissus.
Minneapolis Flowers : 01:32 February 22, 2011
These look really nice. I haven't done much work with other things besides flowers in bouquets but you may inspire me. You make the brooches look so good.
Hannah : 18:42 June 14, 2011
Do you have a tutorial on how to make the second brooch with the flowers mixed in with the brooches? I LOVE it and can't seem to find a tutorial online anywhere! :)
Shannon : 13:46 June 27, 2011
I am sorry but I do not have a tutorial for that particular bouquet. For best results, it would be best designed by a trained florist.

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