Bouquet Bling

Finally, you get to see these bouquets that I’ve been talking about!

When Leah and I were brainstorming her original designs, one of the magazine clippings that she found had a woman with a bouquet of silk violets on the front of her belt.  (You can see the photo on her Design Proposal Page, at the bottom right of her “Ceremony Look – Back View”)  We had already decided that a great look for Leah’s figure was a wide contrasting belt accentuating the smallest part of her waist.  Using the clipping as an inspiration, we thought that I could make a handmade bouquet as the closure to her belt.  Since all her fabrics were cotton, we thought the belt may be a place to add a hint bling with some silks and sequins.

To be honest, up to the point that this picture was taken I still hadn’t really come up with exactly what the bouquet would be, but once I started playing around with trims and fabrics and buttons etc. the bouquet really started looking beautiful and unexpected.

Leah also wanted me to make some small accessories for her bridesmaids.  They were all going to wear navy, but all the dresses were different, not to mention the fact that she had a brides-‘man’ in a suit on her side as well.  She wanted something small to give them as a gift and to create a more cohesive look.  I decided that bouquets could work for them as well.  Leah loved the idea and I handmade mini-bouquets of 3 flowers and a leaf for each of them.  The brides-‘man’ wore his as his boutonniere and the ladies wore them either in their hair or pinned to their dress.

To read more about the bouquets, you can refer back to Leah’s website.  I wasn’t able to meet with her to show her samples, so I communicated with her through pictures and the internet to get her input on the final look of the bouquets.

You can see what I sent her (via her website) by clicking here.

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

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