DIY Test Tube Chandelier Tutorial

It’s always so fun when Kelly Perry sends us awesome DIY projects, and this adorable DIY Test Tube Chandelier would be the perfect addition to any wedding. The great thing about this DIY is that you can take it home and display it after the wedding! Keep reading for the full step-by-step.


This DIY Test Tube Chandelier would be perfect for over a desert table, or even just in any undecorated nooks around your venue. After you try it out, let us know how you used it!

The full tutorial is below.

– 65 Test Tubes (25 for bottom, 40 for top)
– Gold Wire (heavier gauge is preferable)
– Wire Cutters
– Gold Spray Paint
– 12” and 18” Wreath Form

1. Spray paint wreath forms gold and put aside to dry
2. Cut gold wire as follows: Seventy 10” pieces, three 15” pieces and four 25” pieces
3. Take 10” piece of wire and wrap around test tube in an “X” shape, twisting the ends together to form a tight cage for the test tube to rest inside
4. Attach wire to wreath form in a “W” shape
5. Repeat with all test tubes
6. Using the 15” pieces, and with the help of a friend, attach the upper and lower forms together.  Be mindful of wrapping and overlapping to create a sturdy tie
7. Attach the 25″ pieces to the largest piece and anchor on four corners, bringing each wire to center and twisting them around one another to form a cord of wire.  Depending on where the piece will be hung, you may wrap the excess wire into the shape of a circle so it can be hung on a hook

DIY: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers | Photography: Heather Payne Photography | Location: River Oaks Charleston

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12.10.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Relaxed Organic Wedding Inspiration

We love when creatives bring us photoshoots that are inspired by everyday aspects of their lives. Lyndal from Lavender & Poppyseed was inspired by her surroundings to pull together this shoot with Jemma Keech about the moments before a bride walks down the aisle.

From Lyndal (Lavender & Poppyseed):

The inspiration for this shoot came from my own backyard. Organic stones in muted shades of nougat, slate and ivory, dot the lawn perimeter.  Most days I walk past them without a glance, but there is something so humble and harmonious about them, that they struck a chord with me.

They remind me of an image I love, of a young, porcelain woman perched on some rocks by the ocean. She is slight and her linen slip is tousled from the wind. But I never noticed this till much later. It was the stones that caught my eye. The striking repetition of colour set against the indigo swell became poignant inspiration for the shoot, particularly the tablescape.

Only days before the shoot took place, I fortuitously stumbled across a lovely French woman on Instagram who hand crafts wonderful ceramics in nudes, indigoes and slate. Her pieces are modest and organic, but filled with such character, and fit perfectly for the look and feel of the shoot.

The shoot took place in a 19th century warehouse with original distressed wallpaper. A neutral palette was also extended to the flowers and the beautiful silk menus to further enhance the feeling of ‘relaxed organic elegance’.

Photography: Jemma Keech | Styling & Florals: Lavender & Poppyseed |
Model: Serena C | Makeup & Hair: Liv Lundelius  | Wedding Gown: Inbal Dror// Helen Rodrigues | Lace Robes & Veil: Girl with a Serious Dream | Ceramics: Marie Helene Clauzon  | Calligraphy: Signora e Mare | Ribbon: Silk + Willow

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12.09.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Classic & Elegant Weddings from Sinclair & Moore

We see husband and wife photography and videography teams a lot, but today we get the pleasure of introducing you to a husband and wife event planning and design team! We’re so excited to tell you a little about Steve and Jamie Moore, who are the talent and brains behind the incredibly gifted event design and production team, Sinclair & Moore Events.

Steve and Jamie work closely with their clients process of wedding planning. With wedding design, coordination, and floral design capabilities, Sinclair & Moore creates and curates your entire event in house. Having control of every aspect of your wedding means that your Sinclair & Moore Event will come together as a cohesive and seamless production. Everything is handled in one studio, so you’ll have to spend far less time dealing with wedding planning on your own.

Steve and Jamie have worked together for years to create a classic and elegant style that draws high-end brides to their Washington studio. Sinclair & Moore Events not only work within Washington State producing world-class weddings and events, but love traveling to new countries to bring their designs to all parts of the world.

Check out more of their stunning work on their blog. If you’re interested in inquiring about 2015 or 2016 availability for your wedding, contact Steve and Jamie today!

Photography: O’Malley Photographers | Calligraphy: la Happy

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12.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Sunset Engagement Session

Today’s story is pretty special to us at Once Wed. Ashley is part of the Once Wed family, and we’re so excited to share her beautiful sunset engagement session from Lani Elias. Ashley and her now fiancé had been together for years, and she was thrilled when he finally popped the question. Read a little more from Ashley below about her proposal story.

From Ashley:

Trevor and I had been dating for over 5 years when he proposed last December. Although I knew a proposal was coming, he managed to completely surprise me! His scheme involved his mom, an out of town uncle, important insurance documents, and me planning a date night in vain all to get me to a beautiful hotel room filled with candles and pictures of us. It was incredible!

Photos: Lani Elias Fine Art Photography | Grey dress: ASOS | White dress: Revolve Clothing | Flowers: Academy Florist | Engagement Ring: Designed by couple, created by Epsilon | Makeup: Jessica Kmiec

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12.08.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog