A Glimpse of My Wedding

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In November 2013, I got married to my wonderful other half.
We had a very untraditional wedding by most standards. The whole wedding
celebration was spread out over the course of the month in fact. We had a very intimate,
immediate family only wedding and dinner one weekend followed by a big friends
and family party the next. Then the two of us swept ourselves down to the
tropics for weeks in paradise! It was wonderful.

This was a VERY diy, low budget wedding because we were paying for everything
ourselves, so we had to make the most of what we had and really focus in on
what we wanted. I’d say we did just that.

As someone who works in the wedding and event industry, I
knew we had to prioritize what we wanted. The most important things for me were
to have a pretty dress, have a sparkly brooch bouquet that I made, and to have
a fantastic and long honeymoon. I got all three!
maggie sottero sonora, rhinestone brooch wedding bouquet

maggie sottero sonora
I went to school for Event Management, and have worked more
weddings then I will ever remember, so we were quite fortunate to be able to not
need a lot of planning or wedding coordinator services, as I was more than
qualified to handle things.
But at the end of the day, you can plan all you want, but
this can still happen:

This is what I woke up to the day of the wedding. Lovely isn’t
it? Thankfully the skies emptied out early and we were able to carry on our
wedding ways. No amount of rain or clouds was going to damper my sparkles!
These are the nails I did for the wedding:

I had a holographic polish with AB Swarovski crystals in
several sizes adhered to them. I wish I could have captured how absolutely dazzling
they were when the light hit them.

And then there was this rhinestone brooch bouquet….I had
seen them on Etsy ages ago, and absolutely fell in love with them. I knew I had
to have one. I set out to make my own, and over the course of a year I
collected and gathered rhinestone brooches, pins and earrings. I had well over
100 different pins and brooches on the bouquet. And it was HEAVY -but completely
worth it.
A Glimpse of My Wedding, wedding, wedding nails, wedding nail art, the sparkle queen, rhinestone nail art, brooch bouquet, diy brooch bouquet, rhinestone bouquet,

Here is a shot someone took of it with the flash on, isn’t it sparkly?

I absolutely love it. I loved making it. If anyone would
like me to have me make them one, let me know. I’ve already had a few girls ask
me if I would be interested in making them one for their weddings. I’m even debating
taking custom orders on Etsy for them. It was so much fun to make, even though
it was incredibly time consuming. I was in my element! Maybe I’ll make a
tutorial…let me know if you are interested.
But anyways, back to the wedding sparkles. No wedding is
complete without shoes! I had a different dress for the dinner reception, but I
still got to wear my sparkly heels. Check out these beauties:
Gorgeous right?
Someone was also able to snap this picture with the flash of
my nails at dinner:

It only captures some of their radiance, but they are still
Remember I talked about how we had a friends and family
party the second weekend? Well, I did my nails for that party of course. I went
with purple, and more AB Swarovski crystals:

I actually think the purple looks nicer with those crystals,
don’t you?
At this time I would like to give a HUGE thanks again to Hannah from The Dalai Lama’s Nails
and Christina from The Bubbly
for guest posting and sharing their beautiful nail art on the blog
while I was away. It was such an honor to have you both share your talents with
myself and my readers. Thank you both so much!
I would also love to give hugs and kisses to everyone who reads
and supports me here on this blog. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by lovely
readers and followers, thank you!

PS – if you would like your own pair made, CLICK HERE to go to my shop on Etsy. From there you can message me or hit the “request custom order” button on the left. I look forward to hearing what you have in mind! The sky is the limit!

Want to make a bouquet like this? View my step by step tutorial here:

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  1. What a beautiful wedding! I should be getting married in 2015 and I too wanted to create my own brooch bouquet. Yours is very much inspiring. Love how you've had everything sparkly, you looked beautiful!

    1. Thanks Lucy, and congrats on your upcoming wedding! If you need ANY help making yours, let me know, I'm more then happy to help. Maybe I'll make the tutorial just so you have a reference! It is a LOT of work, so start asap. Congrats to you and your other half there 🙂 Let me know if you need any wedding suggestions/help too!

  2. Your wedding looks amazeballs, I think IF I would get married I'd do the nails just like yours 😉 The bouquet is also super super super awesome and your dress looks great on you <3. Everything about this is just right 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! You'll have to do a Pinterest search of "brooch bouquets" some of them are CRAZY impressive, but there are all sorts of different takes on them. Certainly something different!

  3. Ohh my! Congratulations to you hun! You look amazing! And wow everything is so sparkly, from your shoes to your bouquet and of course your nails! Didn't know you work in the wedding industy *_* Can you plan my wedding as well? So first, I need a groom xD Not so easy huh? Ok ok back to topic!
    I love the nails you did! Prefer the purple version but the silver ones definitely goes the best for a wedding. Wish you a happily ever after 😡

    1. Thanks love! I'll TOTALLY do your wedding, you'll get the guy soon, don't worry! Then after that we will go planning galore! But no, I totally agree, that dark purple wouldn't exactly go with my "bling themed" wedding look as well lol.

  4. What a lovely bouquet 🙂
    I'm just gathering materials to do mine. Because as soon as i saw a bouquet of this sort, i knew i wanted one on my wedding day
    Out of all the ones i've seen i've got to say to you, yours is the best one by far. You should be very proud
    What a great family heirloom for future generations….

    1. Thank you so much for you kind words Louise! That means so much to me 🙂

      How is your collecting of pins going? I feel like it took FOREVER to get all of mine. Let me know if you need any help!

    1. Hahahaha no there was none of that! Though it did get passed around because people originally wanted to look at it, but then they were all like "oh my gosh, you HAVE TO HOLD IT, it's so heavy" . We all got a good laugh out of it 🙂

  5. I love everything you did for your wedding and great post. Thanks for sharing. Also, big big big thank you for all the wonderful linkup parties. I love working with and seeing all the girls hard work, and I feel it is definitely helping my new blog get some roots as well. It's very appreciated that you've been doing this for us.

    1. Thank you Amanda, that means so much! I'm going to be trying to share more "me" stuff throughout 2014, so I'm glad this is the tone I started it out on. And I cannot tell you just how happy it makes me to hear that you are enjoying the link parties! I absolutely love hosting, and am just happy you ladies share your work with me! I am really looking forward to the Valentine's Day blog hop, I hope you are too!

  6. Congratulations my dear! 🙂 I am amazed at your beautiful wedding bouquet and the fact that you have made it yourself is just… wow! And your dress looks gorgeous and you look beautiful in it 🙂 Love the back of it.
    Congratulations again and I wish you lots of happiness and awesome adventures with your husband 🙂

  7. Hi, Thank you for the video. Your bouquet and wedding are absolutely gorgeous. You had talked about maybe making another video. Could you make one and cut the styrofoam and actually take us through the making of a bouquet. I would also like to see how you made and attached the handle. You did a wonderful job, but some people need more visuals!! (Like me – LOL) Can you let me know if you do make one of those kinds of videos? I love your style and taste!! Karen

    1. Hi Karen! I am SO glad you like the video, and thank you so much for all of your kind words. I've got another video in the works, but it is more of a focus on pins to look for, and some of an overview of what I used. I don't have the foam ball anymore, but I did take pictures as I went that I will be going over and kind of explaining what I did and how. I'm hoping to have it out soon, I'll keep you posted on it!

      Also – the handle is just the wires gathered together that were used for the pins and wrapped with ribbon, so no attachment or assembly required 🙂

      Thanks again!

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