There is so much I love about my work. Vintage bridal headpiece restoration and re-design is my passion. Working with vintage wax flowers is my obsession!
Amy's Wax Flower Headpiece
Mary Pelak married in 1945. Years ago, Mary's husband passed away unexpectedly. Through her grief, she ripped up her wedding gown. All that remained was her headpiece and veil. Her granddaughter, Amy, had hopes of using the wax flowers from her grandmother's headpiece to create something special for her wedding day.
In 2005, Amy brought the two tiny bundles of flowers saved from her grandmother's headpiece to Headpiece.com with a bit of skepticism. Amy had no idea these precious beauties were made of wax. The stamens had yellowed, but the blossoms were in perfect condition.
I had so many ideas for Amy! She hoped we could utilize the wax flowers to design a back piece. Working with vintage wax flowers is a tedious process. Often hidden cracks are discovered while handling the most delicate part of the blossom.
There were a few wax flowers left when I completed the original back-piece design! Alissa brought the five blossoms back to me to see if we could come up with a bridal accessory for her to change into at her wedding reception. A bridal brooch design was a perfect idea. The results were elegant and rich!
Antoinette's Wax Flower Hairpins
This bridal portrait was taken in 1943. Antoinette had a very close relationship with her grandmother, Anna Caruso, and they shared an extraordinary bond.
Antoinette came to us with no time to spare, just three weeks before her wedding.
Antionette didn't have anything specific in mind when she came to Headpiece.com. She was looking for someone to help guide her on the possibilities.
When it comes to accessory design, I love to add a subtle accent piece to balance out a statement piece! Antoinette is so beautiful she could have worn this tiny piece all by itself.
This picture fills me with emotion. I can only imagine how Antoinette's grandmother would have felt seeing her granddaughter wear her wedding gown lovingly and adorn her hair with her wax flowers.
Antoinette's mother was a beautiful part of the design process. I think I love this aspect of my work so much because of the life stories that initiate the original design.
Jen's Wax Flower Bridal Brooch
Jen had been looking for a vintage-style headpiece and asked her mom in the UK, to keep an eye out for her. During their conversations, her mom mentioned that her grandma would be happy give Jen the headpiece she wore in 1960. Jen's mom had reservations that it might not be quite what Jen was looking for.
My heart skipped a few beats when Jen opened the box and revealed this gorgeous piece of millinery. It was in pristine condition! Its only flaw was the heavy patina on the settings of the aurora borealis rhinestones. I felt this piece was breathtaking!
The most challenging part of my work is taking apart something so beautiful when it has been a part of the family story. Jen was unaware that the beautiful buds on her grandmother's bridal cap were made of wax!
You could never tell that Jen's hair brooch was made with vintage wax. Her bridal style was current and contemporary with so much love secretly nestled in one incredible and one-of-a-kind piece.
Headpiece.com has again left its mark on the wedding stories of a younger generation after first capturing it from this history of another!
Next month on the Fourteenth:
The Cost of a Veil