Daisy Mae Designs, specialize in Vintage Bridal Brooch Bouquets and Amanda is the creator of the most amazing bouquets and accessories using brooches and jewellery to suit your budget and specific requirements. Amanda also recently celebrated 30 years of marriage with a renewal of vows ceremony in the Lake District. It is a pleasure to showcase some of Daisy Mae Designs along with the photographs of Amanda and Andre’s special occasion.
When did you start your Business? I started Daisy Mae Designs in 2010 and I am absolutely passionate about what I do. All my bouquets are bespoke and the Bride is very welcome to have a few special pieces of jewellery designed into her bouquet from her Mum, Nan or even Grandad’s tiepin. Making a beautiful bouquet filled with wonderful memories can also be a wonderful tribute to loved ones who can no longer be with us. Having them close by on this very special day is perfect! I know how I felt having my Mums cross in my bouquet.
How much do the Brooch Bouquets cost? My company ethos is that I want everyone to be able to afford a beautiful bouquet that they can treasure on their wedding day, not just the Brides that are fortunate to have lots of money. The prices range from £45 – £350 so there is a bouquet to suit everyone’s price bracket. All made of course with lots of love and care.
How long do they take to design? The bouquets take anything from 10 to 40 hours to design. I ship my bouquets worldwide, so distance isn’t a problem at all. I am always at the end of the phone or email to chat to my customers and help them with any queries they may have.
What inspires you? Beautiful sparkly brooches inspire me. I get such a thrill designing bouquets and tiara for my Brides. I feel so privileged and it means the world to me. Actually it still feels like a bit of a dream to tell you the truth. This quote I have on my website and it’s how I feel about my business and gives me the determination to always remain professional and carry on putting my heart and soul into everything I do. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” Maya Angelou
RENEWAL OF VOWS CEREMONY – AMANDA & ANDRE“Andre and I got married on 17th July 1982 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I was born in Biggin Hill, London and my parent immigrated to South Africa in 1964. We have been back in England since 1997. Andre was offered very good job opportunity – he is an Electrical Engineer and works at Bentley - designing electrical wire harnesses for the car before it is manufacture.
We have three grown up children ages 28,27 & 25 and a very very beautiful Grandson, who is 5 years old”. “In April 2012 whilst working on one of my Brides bouquets I thought that I would love to surprise Andre and arrange a Wedding Vow Renewal. We were planning to go to the Lake District for our wedding anniversary on the 17th July, so I thought that would be a perfect opportunity”.
“We booked the B&B that we have stayed at for the past 10 years, Briardene Guest House and then work began to try and arrange this without Andre finding out. I wanted something very personal and romantic as it was also celebrating our 30th Anniversary. It would just be the two of us. We had renewed our wedding vows 10 years ago in front of friends and family – which was wonderful. But this time it was about Andre & I and our love and commitment to each other”.
“Well as you can guess I am not very good at keeping secrets, especially one as exciting as this. Andre got home from work one day and I called him into my studio and asked him to sit down as there was something that I would like to tell him. I then put the song by Bruno Mars … ‘I think I want to marry you’ on and promptly burst into tears and couldn’t even speak to tell him my plans. Needless to say once I had managed to tell him about my surprise we were both in tears”.
“First thing was to design myself a bouquet and add special pieces of jewellery, just as I do for my Brides. Designed into my bouquet was a waterfall brooch that Andre had bouquet me as a gift, a gold heart from my daughter, two pieces of jewellery from two very special friends and the cross that my Mum wore the day that she got married and that I wore on my wedding day 30 years ago. Wonderful memories all wrapped up in a vintage crystal brooch bouquet. I then made myself some vintage style shoes clips to finish off my beautiful ivory satin shoes”.
My friend Sarah from Sarah Cussons Jewellery designed me a pearl necklace, and matching pearl earrings as a gift, which was so sweet. Jessica Bissell from Jessicouture designed me a beautiful garter in ivory silk and black lace to match my dress.
“I designed myself a cake topper for our cake – beautiful silver butterfly with loads and crystals, pearls and roses”. “My dress I bought off the peg, it was ivory chiffon with black lace” “The service was held at St Martin Church in Bowness. It was just beautiful. The service was all about love, 1 Corinthian 13. We both have a new ring which we wear with our original wedding rings”. It had been raining in the Lake District for weeks but the day of our Wedding Vow Renewal it stopped! Our beautiful vintage Rolls Royce that we had hired from Lakeland Chauffeurs and fabulous photographer Tiree Dawson arrived at 3.30pm and the wonderful day began. Our friends from the B&B Sam and Dave, also joined us for this very special occasion. “After the ceremony we had a scenic drive in ‘Grace’ the elegant Rolls Royce and a fabulous meal together at the Old English Hotel in Bowness. Later we went for a couple of glasses of champagne in the town centre, still all dressed up, people were quite surprised to see a Bride and Groom down their local pub! It was such fun, we had a fab night and just laughed and laughed. It was brilliant “ “I am very blessed to have a wonderful marriage to the kindest, most gentle person in the world. He still gives me butterflies when he walks in the room. What we have together is very special and there is a little saying that just sums up our love for one another…
‘As we grow old together, as we continue to change with age ….
there is one thing that will never change ….
I will always keeping falling in love with you’
Thank you so much Amanda for sharing your wonderful bouquets and special occasion with us. Your love for each other shines through.Vintage Brooch Bouquets and Accessories – Daisy Mae Designs Photography – Tiree Dawson Wedding Car – Lakeland Chauffers Jewellery – Sarah Cussons Jewellery Garter – Jessicouture Lake District Guest House – Briardene Guest House
All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. Rather than calling these fabulous ladies ‘mature Brides‘ we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows” (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)