Finding in-season, locally grown flowers for a Wisconsin wedding in March can be a bit tricky. Fearing that even if she sprung for fresh buds that they would wilt in the frigid temps, Maggie Joos went off the beaten path and created her own bridal bouquet – out of her mother’s veil! With this extremely sentimental piece and the many oohs and ahhs that followed on her wedding day, Mark the Occasion Designs was born.
Besides bouquets, Maggie also can create boutonnieres and corsages from just about anything, but I have to say my favorite pieces are the bouquets created from vintage jewelry. The detail is show-stopping, and each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation. I absolutely love the idea of browsing local antique malls and estate sales for brooches and bangles to create your own unique bouquet. Too busy to hit the local markets? Maggie has access to plenty of antique items that she can style from. Or, if you are looking for a design with a bit more sentimental value, Maggie can even work your mother’s wedding gown into a stunning bouquet that will surely not be tossed at the reception.
Besides being eco-friendly, one of the most fabulous things about Mark the Occasion Designs is Maggie’s commitment to creating items personalized to you that can be saved as keepsakes for decades to come. Sure you can dry out your wedding bouquet, but it will never look quite the same as it did on your big day. With Maggie’s designs, you can proudly display them without any fears of wilting or decomposing. Maggie is also sure to meet with her clients to discuss types, textures and colors of materials so that your creation not only stands out, but also fit in with your overall wedding design.
Although its roots are in bridal, Mark the Occasion Designs also gets quite crafty with jewelry and even Christmas decorations. Examples of the bridal items can be found on her Etsy store, and more information is available on Facebook and her website. If you love Maggie’s designs as much as I do but aren’t in the market for wedding accessories, stay tuned this summer when she launches her jewelry line “Everyday Occasions” which will be showcased on her Etsy store as well as at local farmer’s markets. I’ll be sure to mark that occasion on my calendar!