DIY: Perfume Bottles

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These pretty perfume bottles from our DIY contributor Christy of One Handspun Day only take a few minutes to craft and can be customized in so many different ways. Switch up the beads, add hanging tags with swirling calligraphy, tie a piece of velvet ribbon around them, attach beads to the glass bottle, or embellish in any other way that catches your fancy! And wouldn’t these be fun to have as part of a DIY perfume bar for your maids to mix up their own fragrance as a thank you gift?

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Materials:
• Glass bottles
• Assorted crystal beads
• Bead pins and caps
• Needle-Nose Pliers
• Glass paint (optional)

DIY Step one


Step One: Make the bottle topper
Thread a bead pin through the hole of a teardrop crystal bead and loop it a couple of times, pulling tightly to hold in place. If the bead is round then thread a bead cap onto it before adding the bead.

Step Two

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Step Two: Attach the bottle topper
Remove the cork from the glass bottle and position a bead cap on top of the cork. Push a pin all the way through the center to create a hole in the cork. Thread the bead pin through the hole and twist the end tightly to hold the bead topper in place.

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Step Three: Embellish with glass paint
Add embellishments to the bottle using glass paint. You can create any type of design, but I found that lines of dots made a lovely texture and were easy to draw.

Step Four: Fill with a handmade perfume or any other liquid of your choice – I chose to fill mine with fresh rose water, which I made by following this tutorial from Roost blog.

DIY Perfume Bottles

DIY Perfume Bottle


So pretty, right? And easy to make which of course I love!

DIY created by Christy of One Handspun Day exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Check out more of her designs at One Handspun Day

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Sarah Seven Spring 2014 Collection

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We have such a fun treat for you lovelies today … a first look at the new Sarah Seven Spring 2014 collection! I can’t get over all of the beautiful silhouettes + original details. I’m loving delicate beading + pretty cap sleeves lately, and this collection is so wonderfully full of both! Thank you so much to Sarah for sending over this exclusive first look! You can subscribe to the Sarah Seven blog for the latest info + updates.

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sarah seven collection

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sarah seven collection


Everything is so lovely, right? Be sure to check out the Sarah Seven trunk show schedule + be on the look out for lots of new stores being added this summer!

June 7-8 Serendipity Bridal Austin TX

June 14-16 The Sentimentalist Atlanta GA

June 20-23 The Dress Theory Seattle WA

June 27-29 Everthine Madison CT

July 11-14 Lovely Los Angeles

July 19-21 Altar Bridal Kansas City Missouri

July 25-28 Lovely New York City

August 2-4 Lovely Philadelphia

August 9-11 Chicago IL // traveling trunk show pop up – email info@sarasheven.com for details

August 16 Lovely D.C

Beautiful photos by Matthew Moore Photography

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A Handmade Travel-Themed Wedding: Mikey + Shaun

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Mikey + Shaun literally fell in ‘Love at First Flight’ when they met at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Christmas Eve five years ago! An excerpt from their wedding invitation explains the night perfectly:

Unlike most love at first sight tales, ours began at an airport one Xmas eve. We each were traveling alone, set to see our families. We shared a few glances. An introduction. Then somewhere between poor weather conditions, fate and a cancelled flight, we found ourselves seated side-by-side as the plane took off. And that’s how we plan to stay.

Since their story is so charmingly unique, they knew that it would make the perfect theme for their wedding. Everything was inspired by travel: from the invitations, which were designed to look like airline tickets + postcards; to the vintage suitcases + globes that decorated the venue; to the (e)motion sickness bags (filled with tissues!) passed out to guests right before the ceremony started.  The food was served as boxed in-flight meals + their officiant was dressed as a pilot. Mikey branded + designed all of the paper goods and styled the entire event. I love that they incorporated so much of themselves + their story into their day!

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Mikey + Shaun have such great style! I love their looks, which they put together with the help of stylist Vaughn Stafford Gray.  Also loving these portraits of the two of them, captured by Toy Piano!

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Mikey's:
At the stroke of midnight, we surprised guests with drag queen, Katinka Kature. With no introduction, she burst onto the dance floor while lip-synching to Toxic by Britney Spears. She was dressed as a sexy flight attendant in a black cat suit. Everyone, young and old, went nuts! I’ve always been a firm believer that if a drag queen shows up, you know it’s a damn good party. It was an incredible moment.

Shaun's:
We had our officiant, Daniel Bereton, show up in a full pilot uniform which we rented at Malibar Ltd. His entire speech was catered to our theme:

"Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome aboard. I am your Captain, Daniel Brereton and on behalf of Shaun, Michael and the rest of the crew here at Love at First Flight airlines, I want to welcome you aboard flight 09/03/13 service from St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto to Who Knows Where! We are currently flying at about 249 ft above sea level, however our ultimate cruising altitude will depend on you….and how much you enjoy yourselves this evening."

Our guests loved it. It was entertaining from start to finish.

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night time city ceremony

night time city ceremony

night time city ceremony

night time city ceremony

night time city ceremony

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I think it's a common misconception that you have to spend a lot of money to have the perfect wedding. DIY projects are the best! It gives your wedding a personal touch while keeping your costs down. Plus it's fun. Get all the help you can from your friends and family; it will take some of the pressure off.

And most importantly, relax! It's key to be laid back and not take things too seriously. I think what people remember most, is not how pretty the flowers look, but how much fun everyone had. If something goes wrong, and something WILL go wrong, don't let it ruin your mood. Water off a duck's back.

photography: Toy Piano // venue: The Market Kitchen inside the St. Laurence Market, Toronto, Canada // event design, florals + paper goods: Michael De Pippo // event planner: Muqu A Pacheco // copywriter: Nimo Awil // hair + makeup: Tyler David Marr // stylist: Vaughn Stafford Gray // mikey’s jacket + pants: Gian Paolo Mazzotta // mikey’s jacket + pants: Gian Paolo Mazzotta // mikey’s vest: Theodore 1922 // mikey’s shirt: Brooks Brothers // mikey’s tie: Eton // mikey’s shoes: Hawkings McGill // shaun’s jacket: Biella Collection from Theodore 1922 // shaun’s vest: TopMan // shaun’s pants: Surface To Air // shaun’s tie: Eton // shaun’s shirt: Brooks Brothers // shaun’s shoes: Ted Baker // catering: Daniel et Daniel // cupcakes: Sweets From The Earth // music: DJ Kevin Ritchie // prop rentals: Abraham’s & Queen West Antiques

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