Although I love flowers–Mike and I are even considering having our wedding at Rutgers Gardens–fresh-cut flowers die. Fast. (Not to mention the fact that they can be so damn expensive.) So I’ve been considering some alternatives to costly floral shop arrangements, such as making small, simple bouquets myself from farmer’s market flowers, or possibly even creating paper flower bouquets. (For a hot minute, I had the grand plan of buying myself an origami book and doing my entire wedding in origami. Whoa.)
However, Amanda Heer has given me a new (and awesome) option: the Brooch Bouquet.
Amanda’s company, Fantasy Floral Designs, is a home-based business through which Amanda creates these exquisite bouquets out of whatever miscellany you provide her–vintage pins, old gaudy jewelry from a flea market, family heirlooms, etc. She also designs bouquets using real flowers, but after seeing some of her brooch-based designs, who would want real flowers anymore?
Check out the Fantasy Floral site, as well as Amanda’s blog. I’ve emailed her for more information in regards to pricing and shipping (she’s based out of California, so I don’t know how the transportation of brooches from coast-to-coast would work, if at all.) I’ll post any updates as they’re received!