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Monte Cristos & Rhinestone Byrd in the News

Source: Cary Magazine

Published: Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Author: Emily Uhland

Brooch Boquets

Create a family heirloom out of antique and vintage costume brooches. Fully customizable based on each bride’s style and color preferences. A green alternative to fresh flowers. 
Blooming Brooch Bouquets
Available at Antiques Emporium in Cameron Village

Source: Washingtonian

Published: Wednesday, August 10th 2011

Author: Kim Forrest

Loved our post about brooch bouquets? Here’s another version, this one with a sunny yellow color scheme.

Earlier this week, we showed you where to find brooch bouquets both locally and on the Web. Another version just crossed our desks, and we had to show you. This “You Are my Sunshine” bouquet, by Blooming Brooch Bouquets, features cheerful yellow flowers and is finished with satin ribbon and crystal pins. It would be ideal for a summer wedding with vintage touches. This arrangement costs $850; visit Blooming Brooch Bouquets’ Etsy site to order.


Source: Raleigh News & Observer

Published:Monday, November 22, 2010

Author: Jennifer Bringle

Wedding days are often a time of nostalgia - when mothers give daughters an heirloom to wear as their "something old," and when brides honor family members who have died by wearing a special piece of jewelry or other trinket. Such traditions inspired Raleigh antique jewelry dealers, Laura Edwards Orcutt and Julie Anna Proctor, to create Blooming Brooch Bouquets - a line of wedding bouquets made of vintage costume brooches. The line is sold at Antiques Emporium in Cameron Village.

"A customer came to look at our vintage brooches for her niece in Florida, who was collecting them to make a brooch bouquet for her wedding," says Proctor. "Laura and I intuitively felt like this was a winning idea."

Each bouquet is custom-made to the specifications of the bride. The brooches - some contributed by the brides, others from Orcutt's and Proctor's collections - are then shaped into a bouquet form with wires. The wires are then wrapped and finished with a satin ribbon. The technique allows the bride to later remove brooches to wear.

"The creation process is difficult and time-consuming," Proctor says. "Crafting a beautiful and unique bouquet requires patience, creativity and the willingness to try and try again to achieve an end result we, the bride and her family can all be proud of."

And just as mothers and grandmothers pass down heirlooms to brides, Orcutt and Proctor hope their bouquets will be shared with future generations.

"I can't help but imagine the joy one of these bouquets will give a woman years down the road when she shares the beauty of her bouquet and her memories of her wedding day with a young daughter or granddaughter," says Proctor. "What could be more special?"