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DIY Flower Bottle Garland

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Love ‘n Fresh Flowers is back to teach us how to make the adorable apothecary bottle hanging garland shown below from today’s photoshoot with Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Belovely Events, Maria Mack Photography and a dream team of vendors from Philly. We love this idea for dressing up a wall or fireplace, or even lining up the aisle with stakes at alternating heights. I will let Jennie take it from here:

From Jennie Love ‘n Fresh Flowers: For our Old World Philadelphia photo shoot, I wanted to incorporate a whimsical element that would still be in keeping with the 1700s era we were emulating. Glass medicine and tonic bottles would certainly have been plentiful at that time. And they just happen to be very plentiful in modern day weddings as well right now. While I regularly use them for cocktail tables, the idea of creating a delicate bottle garland seemed like a fun twist for dressing up a mantle.

DIY vintage glass bottle vase garland

This bottle garland project is incredibly simple. All you need is a thin, yet strong, wire and a collection of medicine bottles that have a lip around the opening (to stop the wire from slipping off). Snippets of flowers, greenery and succulents can fill the bottles. I also added little paper tags with cute wedding sayings on them for this rendition of the garland. If you’ve got a big enough bottle collection or a small enough guest list, you could use these tags on the bottle garlands to serve as your escort cards!

Supplies:
– Thin wire; the pictured colorful florist variety can be purchased at craft stores like Michaels
– Medicine bottles with a lip around the opening
– Fresh flowers, foliage or similar to fill the bottles
– Scissors
– Paper tags (optional)

Begin by looping the wire twice around the first bottle, being sure to leave a six to ten inch “tail” of wire on the end for hanging the garland. After you’ve made the two loops around the bottle, pull the wire as tight as you can and twist several times to secure. Roll out several more inches of wire (do not cut!) and add a bottle using the same double loop and twist method. Leave six to eight inches between bottles. Repeat until you have a garland of the desired length. Be sure to leave another “tail” of wire at the end for hanging.

The most secure way to hang the bottle garland is with nails. Wrap the wire “tails” several times around the nails on the ends and then hang the wire in between over additional nails. However, if you want to hang the bottle garland from a surface that can’t be nailed (such as the marble mantle in our photo shoot), clear packing tape can be used for shorter garlands. Just be sure to really press down on the tape and seal it up around the wire.


Love ‘n Fresh Flowers is back to teach us how to make the adorable apothecary bottle hanging garland shown below from View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Top photo by Maria Mack Photography, all others by Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

Old-World Philadelphia Inspiration Shoot

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I’m going to warn you right now — you’re probably going to want to carve out a few minutes to take in all the details of this Old World inspiration shoot dreamed up by Jennie of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers and captured by Maria Mack Photography. An all-star team of vendors came together to bring Jennie’s vision to life, including our very own Blue Label members Maggpie Vintage Rentals and Tree of Life Films (yes, keep an eye out for a behind-the-scenes video at the end!).

bohemian ceremony altar

From the floral designer, Jennie of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers: When I was introduced to the Woodlands estate, I was smitten by its story: it was home to William Hamilton, a colonial Philadelphian who could afford to indulge his passions in architecture and botany on his large estate. In the 1780s, he voyaged across the Atlantic to study English gardens. When he returned home, he transformed his home into an imposing riverside villa to rival any he had seen. He became known throughout the colonies for his horticulture expertise, working with Jefferson to design the grounds of Monticello and also to cultivate the rare seeds brought back by Lewis and Clark. It is without a doubt that William was an intense and eccentric man. His imposing character inspired much of this shoot. The Woodlands mansion and barn survive largely unaltered today, a National Historic Landmark perfect in its deteriorated, yet elegant, state. During collaboration, I shared this romantic (and largely fictional) storyline with the team of vendors to inspire the vibe:


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William returns home from his long European explorations just after the war to marry the innocence and quiet girl, Gwendoline, he fell in love with at age twelve. Their simple but heartfelt wedding day is interwoven with reminders of what they held dear during their time apart – he with his plants and she with her hand-worked lace. The mansion has fallen into disrepair during his long absence, creating the perfect romantic setting for these intimate spring nuptials.


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Shoot Location: Philadelphia, PA / Wedding Flowers, Floral Jewelry and Event Styling: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers / Wedding Photographer: Maria Mack Photography / Wedding Venue: Woodlands / Model and Prop Styling: Belovely Events / Vintage Props and Furniture: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Desserts: Joshua’s Catering / Bride’s Dresses and Belt: Watters / Groom’s Jacket: Ralph Lauren / Hair and Makeup: JustBBeautiful / Stationery Design: Nicola Black Design / Letterpress Printing: Cleanwash Letterpress / Videographer: Tree of Life Films

Tree of Life Films, Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Maria Mack Photography and Love ‘n Fresh Flowers are members of our recommended resource guide Blue Label

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DIY Woodsy Mountain Wedding

DIY Weddings

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We’re a little bit in love with this next couple of newlyweds, Chelsea and William. Take a little bit bohemian, a little bit rustic, and a lot of woodsy inspiration, and you’ve got this gorgeous stunner from Katherine Elizabeth Photography! Chelsea’s accessories completely won us over, right down to the daisy floral crown she wore in her hair.

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wedding in woods

From the photographer, Katherine: Chelsea + William were married 5/27/2012 at the Pine Rose Cabins in Lake Arrowhead. It was definitely a beautiful woodsy wedding, and I’d say even a little boho inspired. The bride and flower girl wore daisy floral crowns, and the bride even walked barefoot most of the day! The wedding food was an eclectic mix of vegan inspired ethiopian dishes. The reception included tons of DIY things like mason jar centerpieces. They also had a fun bluegrass band that had everyone dancing.


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Wedding Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA / Wedding Venue: Pine Rose Cabins / Wedding Photographer: Katherine Elizabeth Photography / Bride’s Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chosen by bridesmaids / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Avanti Cafe / Wedding Music: Moonsville Collective

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Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
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