To those of my friends/readers that are NOT Catholic school teachers, catechists, or homeschoolers, I promise that this weeks' posts will be a little more interesting for you. I have had lots of stuff to post for school lately, but this week is going to be all about...crafts. Stuff that has been made recently, an awesome new piece of furniture I got, new projects, etc. so stay tuned! Today's installment=cool project for my sister's wedding.
After getting Stephanie and Steven hitched last year, planning Emily and Luke's nuptials has just been a continuation of the Bogner Wedding Planning Business. Em decided that she loved the idea of having a broach bouquet, but decided that it was impractical and (really) expensive, so she had planned to just go with flowers.
However, she has a crafty family, and we like surprises. Stephanie and I chatted and came up with a plan that got Emily a broach bouquet, but with even more meaning.
We sent out a letter to all of the women that love Emily- family, girl friends, family friends, and
significant people from Luke's side, too. We asked them to send a broach or pin or random earring for Emily. The jewelry could be old or new, significant or from a thrift store. We didn't know how many people would want to participate, but everyone LOVED the idea. They thought it was beautiful and unique and a cool way to make Emily's day a little more special. We asked them to keep it a secret, and Emily had no idea what was going on. She even had already picked out other flowers for her bouquet.
Needless to say, we did not get much sleep. So here is is completely covered with the first layer of flowers. You probably can't tell in this picture, but Stephanie was ready to throw the bouquet-in-process out the window at this point.
We then started adding the largest jewelry pieces, using a combination of hot glue, floral pins, the actual pin backs of the broaches, and holes in the styrofoam to hold them on.
We stop documenting with pictures at this point of the evening/morning. :)
The next step was adding the smaller pieces of jewelry. We didn't like how flat it was looking, so we incorporated more of the hydrangea petals, often with a jewel or something in the middle. Those flowers were not held down flat but stick on three dimensionally.
We also wrapped the handle with white lace over the black fabric, and then went to bed...for a few hours...until Emily came over for Steph to do her hair for a military event that day.
Surprise number one was that I was over- Emily didn't know that I was coming. I told her that I was just hanging out to see her get ready for the military ball, and that while I was there, I had added some more to her wedding scrapbook.
Here are some close ups of each side:
It turned out beautifully, but I have a better understanding of why the bouquets Em was originally looking at ran in the $600-700 range. I think I am in the wrong business!
I would be remiss to not share some of the rest of the photos from the creation:
I had been at Steph and Steve's for all of 20 minutes and we were just getting started, when I spilled my entire.glass.of.wine. All over the pins...
It can be very difficult to get a nice family picture.
So, the day ended happy and with everyone desiring a nap. No naps were had, however, because we then helped Em get ready for her soon-to-be-hubby-almost-a-lieutenant's last ROTC military ball.
Aren't they cute?