This week a bride of today for Wedding Dress Wednesday, though we focus more on accessories. While Jessica initially came to see me for a dress, we couldn’t find anything quite her style and she found another vintage dress across town at Xtabay. She had a change of heart and ended up with contemporary dress in a vintage style. Next on her list was a brooch bouquet. I made my first one back in 2005 and even found a picture of one on myspace from a 2007 vintage bridal fashion show.
After looking at the price of brooch bouquets on Etsy, Jessica returned to me on her quest for brooches. I’m quite nosy about what my vintage inventory is being used for and as we discussed what Jessica was looking for she mentioned she was going to have a friend make her brooch bouquet. I stopped turning the key in the case of brooches I was opening for her and asked if she was doing the bouquet in a manner which would end with all the brooches being broken. As she confirmed my suspicions I asked if she was married to having her friend do it for her as I have a method that keeps the vintage jewelry from being destroyed. She brought me all the brooches she had already collected from family, garage sales and a bridal showers. We found some more in the Emporium and I dug up a few broken pieces of rhinestone jewelry and single earrings. Imagine having a bridal shower where you ask for family and friends to gift you brooches (or other broken costume jewelry) from family or vintage shops in your colors, weaving memories and stories into your bouquet.
Jessica went with a mixed metal theme of silver and gold. The monogrammed tie bar at bottom right (above) belonged to Jessica’s Opa, which I think is German for Grandfather. I pinned it into the back of the base and it draped over the handle of the finished product. We even filled in tiny spaces with some of her father’s tie tacks.
My favorite piece was the Eugene faux pearl and rhinestone brooch in a Miriam Haskell style seen in the upper center of this photo. Eugene jewelry was only produced from 1952-1962 making it scarce and valuable. When I informed Jessica that I thought it might be “worth” as much as $250 on today’s market (as later backed up by this listing), not breaking the brooches to make a bouquet starting making more and more sense.
Here are some other fascinating angles. The photos from Jessica’s wedding day were taken by Courtney Jade Photography.
Jessica even worked a brooch from the Emporium into her groom’s boutonniere!
Brad at Dada Salon did a half up, half down style for Jessica’s hair. She had also purchased a 1940s sterling silver chatalaine (noun: two pins/brooches joined together by draping chains) accented with rhinestones to wear in her hair. Bobby pins anchor the brooches in Jessica’s hair and the draping chains were wrapped into the design.
A simple 1940s rhinestone bracelet also from the Emporium, completed Jessica’s jewelry choices.
As a winter bride in Oregon one faces many challenges. Not the least of which is the weather. Jessica and Peter were married in Scappoose on her parents property that features views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Hood.
This is just about the best a December bride in Oregon can hope for, sky wise. But Jessica was a realistic bride and prepared accordingly. Down to her footwear.
She asked about black vintage umbrellas of which I did not have any. Until I was out shopping the next week when two 1950s black umbrellas serendipitously presented themselves to me. Did I mention Jessica also chose to have a surprise wedding? That’s certainly one way to avoid having to nod your head and smile for months on end while all your relatives give their input about your special day. And a good way to keep it small. Only her Father and brother knew in advance. 36 hours before the wedding they texted this photo to their guests with the message “bring your boots & umbrellas…we’re getting married in the woods!”
Jessica’s sweet son walked her down the aisle.
They were lucky enough that the rain stopped for about two hours while Jessica’s Father performed the ceremony. As soon as they got in cars to head into town for dinner, the rain returned.