diy brooch bouquet: part ii

After lots of serious DIY business yesterday, we’re ready to finally reveal the finished product:  my wedding bouquet!  And without further ado, here she is.

Don’t let all the glitz and glam fool you, folks — she may be sparkly, but she’s not all fluff.  Let me tell you everything that’s going to be walking down the aisle with me on the big day.  First, we have a healthy helping of vintage brooches from my Aunt Sandy’s collection.  She’s been collecting jewelry forever, and taught my sister and I everything we know.  She sat down with me over the holidays and told me about each piece as I dug through her collection.

Then, we have some goodies from my sister’s jewelry box (most of which were gifted to her by Sandy).  My big sis was kind enough to let me borrow some of hers for months on end while I’ve been working on the project.  And on top of that, she gave me a blue brooch for Christmas, which is in a very special spot on the bouquet as my “something blue.”  I arranged it so that when I look down as I hold the bouquet, the blue brooch is the one I see first.

Up next, we have a pin of my Auntie Eileen’s, who passed away when I was in elementary school.  Her maiden initials were E.M., which also happen to be my Mom’s and another aunt’s.  She had a set of pins in the shape of her initials, and the E is nestled in the bouquet, marking the presence of my Mom and her two sisters.

And finally, my Mom and I came across a piece of my Grammie’s tatting in a craft closet.  It was just the right size to grace the front of the bouquet’s stem and finish everything off.

I can’t say how happy I am with the way that it turned out, and how glad I am that it started as something just pretty and became something so significant.  It’s not often that I finish a project and can’t think of any improvements, but this one — for me — is just perfect.  xoxo

  1. BWA on said:

    This is amazing!

  2. Debbie on said:

    wow… you knock my socks off. And to think how much I struggled making a simple fabric corsage… I bow at your awesomeness!

  3. Laura on said:

    This made me teary-eyed. I just am so glad you’re on the planet.

  4. Linda on said:

    In the words of Rachel Zoe, “I die.”

  5. Marlene on said:

    Stunning, brilliant, sensational, breathtaking, spectacular, astonishing, remarkable, dazzling . . . do you get that I LOVE IT! The beauty and symbolism is overwhelming.

  6. Julianna on said:

    Hi! This is Nigel’s girlfiend 🙂
    This is by far one of the most beautiful and unique bouquets I have ever seen. Your creativity is astounding!

  7. angela on said:

    Phenomenal! you are amazing, chels. 🙂

  8. Lissie on said:

    OMG . . . the aurora borealis crystal circle pin in the last photo, to the left of the white daisy . . . I have that pin !! I’ve had it forever and still love it . . . What a terrific idea.

  9. Franca on said:

    This is UH-MAY-ZING. Holy prettiness, Batman. xo

  10. lauren on said:

    yours is my favorite of all i have seen and the inspiration for my own!

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