The whole purpose of the Destination: Wedded Bliss blog is to share with my readers some of the beautiful wedding inspiration and ideas that I come across everyday. For this blog, I’ve decided to profile a “Design Me Vintage” who I’ve been ‘stalking’ online for a few months now, because I absolutely their beautiful brooch bouquets!
Please allow me to introduce you to Bella, the mastermind behind Design Me Vintage!
Design Me Vintage celebrates the woman who aspires to be vintage savvy and completely unique . Design Me Vintage create beautiful brooch bouquets with a unique vintage flair, making them perfect for the destination bride that wants to transport her bouquet to her destination wedding. Not only that, after the wedding the bouquets are perfect for displaying in the home as a beautiful heirloom piece to be treasured for years to come.
We asked Bella to give our readers a special insight into what inspires her beautiful work, and here’s what she had to say:
How did you come up with the idea for Design Me Vintage?
I was looking for a career change and to get back to my design and art roots. I stumbled upon a picture on brooch bouquets and thought “I can do that!” and at the same time continue with my styling and design.
How long have you been styling? Can you tell us how it works?
I had a business as a design consultant (interior) / decor store, so its been quite an organic process to do set styling. If a client approaches me with a concept they want styled I gather information from them on what their vision is, what they want to achieve, and from that put together a brief, and work out logistics, co-ordinate all other parties involved.
It’s crazy fun for me. A lot of work, I’m big on details, love to create everything you see with my own hands if I can, and I love working with vendors. If its one of my own concept all bets are off and it’s just joyful, and the people I work with are just so much fun!
How long has your business been running, and how has it evolved during this time?
Design Me Vintage came about in mid 2009 but didn’t launch until January 2010. So the last couple of years have been amazing and we are growing from strength to strength.
What do you use for inspiration to come up with new designs?
It’s a combination. My brides are always who I make for, I get inspired from them and sometimes it’s a just a feeling!
What is your favourite bouquet design so far?
“That’s sooo Hard…My own of course!! One in particular does stand out…I won’t say which one though. One beautiful Bride gave me the gift of “I don’t care, do what you want!” That’s a dream brief for me!”
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Working from home, I get to wear my pj’s! I also get to be there for my family, and most of all I get to do work that I truly love.
What’s your least favourite part of your job?
Working from home! and Paper work….
How long does it take you to make a bouquet?
I like to take about 4 months from booking to posting. It’s the sourcing and the putting together that takes time, and finding the unique pieces are the most important thing!
What’s the most satisfying/exciting thing about working with brides?
You have the honour of sharing something with them that is personal. Many brides share with me stories of their family as I always try to add their family history, love story , quirks into each bouquet. My brides are all over the world, so the global connection is exciting and the destinations are always fun.
Have you heard of any fun or interesting uses that Brides find for their bouquets after the wedding?
Mine – I use it as a door stop! (Kidding). Most brides display them, have them in vases, on shelves or in perspex boxes. They are far too pretty to hide in a cupboard!
For More information on Design Me Vintage or any of the beautiful bouquets featured in this post, check out their website www.designmevintage.com or visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/designmevintage and tell them Destination Wedded Bliss sent you!