By Leah Binkovitz
Think back a moment to the Kardashian wedding. No, not the over-the-top extravaganza that most brides say they aren't even interested in mimicking. I'm talking about Khloe's wedding and her agonizing decision about who should walk her down the aisle. With her father passed away, it came down to her brother or her stepfather and, as is Khloe's way, she handled it with the delicate grace of a bowling ball.
But it wasn't a silly decision. Who should be there with you on the aisle (other than that doting spousal figure at the end)? Here's the thing, you can bring all of them--great grandpa Roman, aunt Charlene, and brother Germaine overseas.
Brooch bouquets are the latest wedding trend appearing on aisles across the country. And while we like the beautiful and unique designs (such as these from Fantasy Floral on Etsy), we like them most because they are a way to include hand-selected pieces of your identity and past.
"It kind of takes the idea of having a small token from your family in your bridal bouquet to a whole new level," says Madee Wilton, owner of Magnolia & Twig Floral Studio. Wilton's Mendota Heights-based studio has been making eco-conscious floral arrangements since its founding in 2010. But, at the recent request of a local bride, Wilton has started creating bouquets out of brooches.
More popular on the West Coast, where the rage for all things vintage is going strong, the brooch bouquets are still relatively new to the Twin Cities. When collecting pins to fill out a bouquet, Wilton heads to Go Vintage on Selby or even out of town to Hastings to see what the local antique shops have to offer.
Wilton calls these creations "vintage heirlooms for tomorrow" and they can easily satisfy the "something old" requirement. "You can either gather pieces from your family members or you can go out and look for costume jewelry and then, after the ceremony, give a piece to your bridal party as a token," explains Wilton.
Even if you only have a few family treasures you wish to include, Wilton can easily incorporate them into a larger bouquet. Or you can buy a bouquet already made. Wilton is currently collecting butterfly brooches to use in a whimsical, butterfly bouquet.
But Wilton's favorite look for the brooch bouquet sticks to the basics: "That classic gold, silver, champagne look creates an elegant, timeless look." Not coincidentally, vintage brooches recall the glamorous Art Deco days when exaggerated curves and gold accents gave everything a cosmopolitan feel.
Wilton's creations tend to cost more than traditional floral arrangements and take around four hours to complete, but they last forever and allow you to bring together the scattered elements of two lives and families into one cohesive design.