Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Apparently suppliers don't enjoy working over Christmas, and my ideal bouquet of white, pink and cream roses just wasn't going to happen without a gamble. Then, after finding the dress of my dreams, an ordinary silk flower bouquet just didn't seem to go with Swarovski crystals.
In October we decided to start putting it all together. I had wired each brooch with floral wire, and used floral tape to strengthen it and keep the bouquet free of pointy wire. I liked the look of a simple brooch bouquet without flowers, but this was near impossible as I also wanted a uniform rounded shape. After experimenting with hydrangea flowers (from Cheap as Chips), we discovered that although the flower size was good, the brooches were too heavy for the flowers. Mum then set to work and finally found the perfect flowers - foam roses.
During November and December we put the bouquet together. Firstly, we made the flowers sit in the right shape, and then taped it up. Next, we placed the bigger brooches, and the ones we wanted to display. Then we filled up the empty spots with smaller filler brooches.
My brooch bouquet was incredibly heavy (1.5-2kg at a guess), and took countless hours of work - about 6 hours a week for six months, not including the brooch collecting. I successfully managed to keep this from my now husband the entire time - he knew there was a wedding project, but had no idea what it was. Actually, if he had gone searching in my house he would have found this:
Fortunately for all, the finished product did not have to be hidden in a pink box with a face.