Monday, October 11, 2010

How to make a vintage brooch bouquet

A client of ours approached us when her "do-it-yourself" project wasn't going as well as she had hoped. She had a gorgeous collection of vintage brooches, but wasn't quite sure how to go about making them into a bouquet. We decided to document the process so any future bride, with a collection of vintage brooches, can do it herself!

Step 1. Collect a minimum of 50 vintage brooches.

Step 2: Using 4 pieces of 26 gauge floral wire, curl wire number one around the space between the pin and the clasp and curl wire number two around in the same way from the opposite direction like photos below:

Step 3: Using wire 3 and 4, run them through the center of the first two crossed wires. These wires are for strength. The brooches are heavy and need a strong wire base to assemble. If the pins are loose and floppy, it will make assembly difficult. Twist all wires together at the top.

Step 4: Neatly wrap the wire with corsage tape. Notice how the wire is strong enough to hold the pin without drooping and the pin is upward facing.

Step 5: Begin assembling your bouquet. Think of each brooch as a puzzle piece. Some brooches will nestle snuggly together for a perfect fit. You will have to move the brooches around until they nest neatly next to each other. Use larger brooches first and the smaller brooches to fill in where there may be empty spaces. Don't get frustrated as this takes time.

Step 6: When you're done assembling the bouquet, wrap the "stems" with floral tape to create a nice, even stem to wrap with ribbon. It should look like the photo below from the bottom.

Step 7: Using a ribbon of your choice (we used Linen dupioni silk ribbon from Midori Ribbon) cut the ribbon in small sections (approximately 6 inches) fold them in half and set them across the wires like photo below:

Step 8: Tape the ribbon ends at the top of the bouquet stem.

Step 9: Using two pieces of ribbon, in a criss-cross fashion, cover the end of the stem and then tape.

Step 10: Cover the stem with ribbon from top to bottom covering all the tape. Use pearl pins to secure.

Step 11: Add a band of ribbon and tie with a square knot at the top to finish.

Step 12: We frayed the ribbon to add to the vintage style of the bouquet

Now you have a gorgeous brooch bouquet!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MeadowBrook Hall Wedding

Peach Finesse roses, Sahara roses, green cymbidium orchids, queen anne's lace and mango mini calla lilies make up this lush bride's bouquet.

These bold bouquets were made up of Yves Piaget garden roses, Peach Finesse roses, hot pink hydrangea, green dendrobium orchid blossoms and eggplant colored mini callas.

The tall centerpiece were made up of Shocking Oriental lilies, hot pink hydrangea, peach colored stock and blue delphinium.

Event Designer: Jan Sauter

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mary Allison's 18th Birthday

Event Planner: Details by Laura Allis
Catering: Forte Belanger
Linens: Fabulous Events
Fabric Decor: The Whole 9 Yards
Rentals: Special Events Rental

Saturday, May 1, 2010

NACE Tabletop Wow 2010

Parsonage Events participated in their first NACE (National Association of Catering Executives)Tabletop Wow 2010 at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township, Michigan. What an awesome experience! This year, the theme was the movies. Parsonage Events, along with our team members, Church Street Studio, Sweet & Savory Bake Shop, Janet Martineau from Floral Verde and seamstress, Donna Goodman worked together to create an amazing Moulin Rouge inspired table.
Special thanks to Danielle Murphy Photography for providing the images below:

Below: Handmade chair covers inspired by the French can can dancer.

Below: Moulin Rouge "engagement" photos placed under the plate at each setting.

The Cake!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My favorite bouquet - this week!

I just love this bouquet - That's all I have to say!
Photo Credit: Melissa Prosser Photography
Event Planner: Devine Occasions

Friday, January 29, 2010

Have a Valentine's Day Wedding!

Vintage heart shaped cufflinks from Ebay

Rosewood wreath from Smith and Hawkins

Beautiful pink and white tulip bouquets from Pure Joy Flowers

Heart shaped centerpiece from Martha Stewart

Vintage locket from Ebay

Heart shaped bouquet from Martha Stewart

Vintage cake topper from Fancy Flours

Valentine themed candy favors from Chasing Fireflies

Gorgeous red anemone bouquet from Chiaroscuro Photo Blog

Red rose boutonniere from Belvedere Flowers

Bright red anthurium - perfect heart shaped flower!

Vintage wedding themed Valentine's Day card, circa 1909