Bouquet made from vintage brooches and baubles #Favors & Flowers#bouquet#bouquet alternatives#brooch bouquet#diy bouquet#non-floral bouquet#oregon#portland Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 6 2010) Ariel findyourafterglow Photo courtesy of Studio del Fiore in Portland OR How's this for the ultimate bouquet alternative for a vintage-loving bride? This bouquet, made by Studio del Fiore in Portland, OR, is crafted from roughly 75 vintage brooches, earrings, and rings. As portlandneatsheet.com notes, this is "a sweet way to incorporate meaningful family gems and jewels into your wedding day." Lots more information over here, and special thanks to *tara for sending this in! Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Kim & Alex's "Nightmare," zombies, and Halloween geekfest wedding NEXT Steampunk groom gear breakdown Show/Hide comments [ 32 ] I LOVE THIS. i would carry this around everyday. Nevermind the wedding, i NEED this. Reply I'm with Annie. I'd just pin this thing to my cardigan and go. Reply That's gorgeous. Reply Tres cool! Reply I want!! I want!!! Reply LOVE this Reply WOW, gorgeous! And what an awesome way to use your mother's and grandmother's brooches? Reply WANT! Reply Love it! It is very original! Reply Wow, how extravagantly beautiful! I just might have to make one! Reply I've never been that into bouquets until I saw THIS! wowwwww Reply WOW! I was thinking of incorporating brooches into my bouquet (felt flowers and buttons) and now I'm definitely going to have to do it! This is absolutely amazing. Reply that is GORGEOUS! thanks for sharing. Reply I think my vintage loving heart just stopped, and now it is all a flutter!!! WOW! Reply Any idea on how I would make one of these? My great-grandma, my mom, and I have enough brooches to make like 5 of these suckers but I can't afford to have one made and my mind is boggled trying to determine how to make one myself! Reply Hi everybody, thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. Making this bouquet was a labor of love…As for making one on your own(which no florist wants to hear) it takes lots of wire and taping. I suggest you start practicing a good 8-10 months before the wedding, it's a skill to learn. You will also need to curb the frustration when putting it together – keep at it. Good luck! Reply This is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for show-and-telling! Reply Gorgeous! I love creative bouquets that are not traditionally….bouquet-ish. And I think it would be a beautiful piece to display in your home as art too! Reply WOW! That is so gorgeous! there's been times on this site when I've thought… "hey she stole my idea" (obviously not true, just some fantastically like-minded ladies in this big ol' world) but this time it's me who wants to steal this idea. Already have a ton of brooches. Note to self buy LOTS of wire & tape. That bouquet in NOT for tossin! Reply I AGREE!, amanda also made my brooch bouquet and it was amazing! i fell in love with it the second i saw it shes making one for my sisters wedding right now Reply Absolutely gorgeous!! What a clever idea. Reply I want one of these so bad! It's absolutely PERFECT Reply OMG!!!! I think I found my bouquet!! <3 I CANNOT STRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS!!! This totally screams my name :D! Reply so cute… but expensive… Reply When my grandmother died a few years ago, I asked for all her costume jewelry that I used to play with as a child. I now know what to do with them, and how to incorperate her memory into my wedding in a meaningful way. I cannot thank you enough for this!!! Reply wow. I think I found my bouquet! Any ideas for the boutonnieres though? Will it look silly if I give each of the groomsmen a brooch to pin on? Is it possible to find manly brooches? Reply A couple months ago a client was telling me about this idea. I've had SO much trouble finding images so I can explain to people! I'm absolutely going to try and pull it off by November 🙂 Reply This is just the coolest thing i've ever seen. Reply I saw this post & it was the answer to my problem – how to find flowers that wouldn't break the budget & how to incorporate rings that had been handed down that I couldn't wear. I've asked all my friends & family to contribute pieces and am blogging about each as they arrive. The stories will be as much a keepsake as the bouquet! http://mybridalbouquet.wordpress.com/ Thanks for the inspiration!! Reply I made one for my wedding! Using 16 gauge flower stem wire and masking tape. I had left over brooches because I over estimated how many I would need for my own. I made two more bouquets. One is on eBay right now, I haven't listed the other one yet because I am curious how this will do. Take a look if you're interested: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270572805836&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT Collecting the brooches is the hard part, making the bouquet isn't that bad. Good luck! Reply Where did you get these types of brooches from ive been looking everywhere for them!!! Reply I got the brooches for mine from Etsy, EBay and flea markets. You will get the best deals at the flea market. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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