Brides all over the UK are exchanging bouquets for buttons, thanks to the talent and craftsmanship of a Tees businesswoman.
Cute as a Button is the brainchild of Danielle Rigg, who creates bespoke wedding bouquets out of buttons and brooches.
The mum-of-one has seen her business bloom since setting it up in 2013, with some of her designs making it as far as Italy and Las Vegas.
Working out of her Redcar home, Danielle spends more than 20 hours working on a single bridal bouquet and already has over 28 orders placed for next year.
Talking about the popularity of her handiworks, she said: “I honestly can’t believe how crazy business has got in the last two years, it’s been incredible how Cute as a Button has really taken off.
“Some of the bouquets I have designed and created have made it all over the world, which is amazing, and I have started to get interest from wedding companies abroad, as they are much easier to carry around and pack in a suitcase, plus they last longer than traditional flowers – in fact they can be kept forever which is a great memory.
“I think people also like how personal the bouquets can be, as I am often asked to put family brooches, bits of jewellery or even photos into the designs.”
It was while organising her own wedding that Danielle created her first bouquet, having been inspired by pictures she saw on Pinterest.
She said: “I thought it looked easy and wanted to give it a go for my own wedding, but after trying it, I found out it wasn’t easy at all.
“My friend Tracy, who owns Sugarcraft in Middlesbrough, offered to help me with the first one and it took us ages but I really enjoyed making it.
“Lots of people commented at my wedding about how amazing and original the button bouquet looked and then someone contacted me to ask how much I charge for them and it went from there.”
Danielle sources all the materials she needs from the North East – with the bulk coming from Thornaby’s Cleveland Wholesale Supplies and Country Baskets, in Gateshead, and the silk, handmade flowers coming from Scarborough’s ZBaccessroy.
“It really is a North East business in all sense of the words, which feels great,” said Danielle.
“In the future, I’d love to be able to work out of a summer house in the garden, as the way things are going, my spare room just isn’t big enough.”