Kwak, thanks for providing that link as I too had never heard of Brooch Bouquets before Ashley! I just did a quick Google search, and some of them are just lovely! What a unique idea, and a way to incorporate so many different things with meaning.
Kian, you made me chuckle as well about the sleeves versus sleeveless. I'm sure Ashley knows the styles that will suit her Bridesmaids, and they'll look lovely. The dress chosen is very "Audrey Hepburn" which works well with the Brooch Bouquet theme, and be something they can wear again.
I also like the idea of all the "girls" (Bride included) having some sort of Shawl/Pashmina as no matter where one is in Canada at that time of year, it can be nippy. They could be available for after the Wedding Ceremony. As far as asking your other two friends Ashely, that is a tough one. I'm sure you'll come up with the right decision. If they are going, no matter what, then you may wish to include them in the Bridal party. However, if the travel is an extraordinary expense, then perhaps not. I know you'll figure it out.
Back to the Brooch Bouquet...I also think the colours you described sound beautiful. Do the Google search as you'll see images of so many. Kwak provided a lovely array but I saw one on the Google search that fit your description to a "T".
It is probably best to Kennel, (oh my goodness, I was about to say Lynners instead of Tassy
) Tassy because as you said, you'll be leaving for your Honeymoon directly and quite frankly, bringing dogs and/or children along does NOT a Honeymoon make!
Oh...I also loved the brooches in the hair Kwak! However, I think Ashley's idea for her hair will be perfect and sometimes less is more...I think a Bouquet of Brooches will suffice and adding more to her hair might be "over the top", but it is a beautiful idea and in fact, a very Victorian one.
Can all of you tell that I LOVE this stuff! Maybe one day I'll let you see me as a Bride, in early 1990...maybe, and it was a "second" wedding as my then teenage stepsons were the Groomsmen. The party was "happening"!
Ashley, I am SO happy for you and you are going to be so radiant, so beautiful and Mike is truly blessed, as are you!