Local Scout Philadelphia

Bejeweled Flowers

"Brides are looking for ways to personalize every aspect of their wedding, and pins and brooches are a great way to do that," says Donna O'Brien, owner and creative director of Beautiful Blooms in Philadelphia, 215-736-9100, beautifulblooms.com. "We shop around at antique markets to find interesting brooches, and we've even incorporated a bride's family pearls into the bouquet." One of O'Brien's recent creations featured a bride's 1920s family heirloom brooch. "This was for an elegant December wedding, but since the bride is Jewish, she wanted it to look 'wintry' not 'holiday,'" says O'Brien. "We incorporated rich velvet and sumptuous jewel tones." A more traditional look, this bouquet is made of deep purple lisianthus, Black Schwartz calla lilies, blue Curiosa roses, plum tulips, burgundy ranunculuses, cedar greens and burgundy hanging amaranthus. Bouquet, $200.

more