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The most beautiful bouquet I’ve ever seen.

There was one part of my wedding that was so unique & special that I recommend every bride incorporate it.  A vintage brooch bouquet.  I first became aware of Amanda Heer (www.fantasyfloraldesigns.com ) shortly after my engagement when a friend sent me a link to 10 unique wedding ideas.  It included her brooch bouquets.  And I was smitten.

It’s basically this: instead of carrying flowers down the aisle, you carry a bouquet created out of family heirlooms.  I was struck by the beauty of the antique brooch bouquets I saw on Amanda’s website, but I was a little protective of my family treasures & couldn’t imagine unearthing them all from the depths of my dresser.  Because that’s where they go.  But ultimately it occurred to me that I might enjoy them more by actually using them instead of burying them all in a drawer.

I spent about a year collecting meaningful pieces.  And it wasn’t hard.  I asked family & a few close friends to give me something special to include & I was stuck by how important some of the pieces were.  Here are a few that were so profound to me:

My Great Grandmother, Mae, performed on Vaudeville.  I've had these earrings since I was 7 years old.  Probably my most treasured possession.

My Great Grandmother, Mae, performed on Vaudeville. I’ve had these earrings since I was 7 years old. Probably my most treasured possession.

The hospital put this bracelet on Richie's wrist when he was first born.

The hospital put this bracelet on Richie’s wrist when he was first born.

This was my Grandmother's wedding ring. I bawled when she gave it to me for the bouquet.

This was my Grandmother’s wedding ring. I bawled when she gave it to me for the bouquet.

This watch band is one of the few things Richie owns of his fathers.  He actually ghave me the whole watch to use, but I secretly had the face converted into a pocket watch that I gave him on our wedding day.

This watch band is one of the few things Richie owns of his fathers. He actually gave me the whole watch, but I secretly had the face converted into a pocket watch that I gave him on our wedding day.

Elvis' dog tag.

Elvis’ dog tag.

Putting these things in the mail was pretty much the scariest part.  But Amanda comes with some serious endorsements; she’s been featured on ABC, NBC, WeTV, Bravo, she was voted Trendsetter of the Year in 2010 & Wedding Wire in 2011, she’s been Best of The Knot- the list goes on & on.  So I insured the eff out of that package & sent it off.  And then I chewed off my nails every single day that ticked by while I awaited the return of my most priceless possessions.

When the box arrived from Amanda & I took my bouquet out, I actually cried.  It was beyond just beautiful, it was a collection of my life, my family, our history.  And walking down the aisle with it was all the more meaningful- relatives no longer with me felt a part of my big day. It was beyond just a “Something Old” fulfillment- I was carrying my family with me.

I absolutely *LOVED* my bouquet.

I absolutely *LOVED* my bouquet.

Every piece was significant.

Every piece was significant.

After the ceremony, I displayed the bouquet next to a corkboard I’d made that highlighted each individual piece so our guests could appreciate the significance.

We displayed pictures and description of every item.

We displayed pictures and descriptions of every item.

I had a small real bouquet to toss.

I had a small real bouquet to toss.

Details on the pieces.

Details on the pieces.

Just carrying the bouquet was emotionally powerful.

Just carrying the bouquet was emotionally powerful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I’ve put the bouquet in a shadow box in my living room.  And I admire it every day.  It’s a much more noble life for those heirlooms than the back of my dresser drawer.

If there was one component of my wedding that I would recommend to every single bride, it’s Amanda’s brooch bouquet.  It still chokes me up to think about it.

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Trial by flower.

We had our flower trial! 

Let me start over- I didn’t even know there was some kind of trial that a florist does, but apparently, there is.  And it’s completely awesome.  Allow me to explain.

Even though the flowers in season now aren’t exactly the same as the flowers in season in September, the pros at B Floral (http://bfloral.com/) put together a close estimation of what your flowers are going to look like.  And as someone who’s “florally-challenged”, it was a great way to see concretely that they TOTALLY get my aesthetic!

We’re doing a very “apothecary-eque” vibe for the wedding.  Have I talked about this yet?  It all started when Richie & I saw a set of coasters on vacation.  Which is an odd inspiration, I know. But something about it struck us as so cool. 

And before we could walk out of the coaster-selling store, we were locked in to a thematic feel for the wedding. Which fit perfectly into the old vintage space we’re getting married in.

So over the past year, Richie & I have been collecting actual antique apothecary bottles on our travels:

Back to flowers: while I had no idea what sorts of plants we’d be using, the one thing I did know when I first spoke with the superheros at B Floral is that I wanted these bottles to hold peach/shrimp/coral colored flowers, scattered around the space.

So when we walked in for our trial & I saw that not only did B Floral understand what I could barely articulate, but that they had done it more beautifully than I could have imagined, I was downright giddy.  Check it out:

Bridesmaid bouquet

They showed us pics of the flowers that would be substituted in for seasonality

And then you kind of have to instagram it, because it’s a requirement for old-timey stuff:

So after I stopped gushing with excitement, we went through a few tweaks (toning down the pinks & greenery a smidge, focusing more in the peach & coral shades) and talked details on the wedding officiants, etc.  Next step is B Floral coming out to the venue space to get more specific in their planning.  Because they are crazy pro.

So the trial is done!  Court is adjourned!  And we are GUILTY of loving the hell out of B Floral.

R