Jackie + Jeremy

We keeping it short and sweet as we head into another glorious fall weekend. Jackie and Jeremy had a super colorful (I’m simply twitterpated over all the balloons!) and sweet outdoors engagement session to celebrate their love. They kept it simple, with minimal props and fun locations to showcase their affections.




Location: North Carolina

Photography: Monica Reid Photography

DIY Cupcake Tower Centerpiece

Cupcakes are a growing trend in both the wedding and the bridal shower circuit. So, it is imperative to have an elegant way to display them. Whether you want one tall tower to display your little treats or individual towers to act as centerpieces, there are simple, affordable ways to construct the custom design you want.

At my wedding, I got lucky finding seasonal wire cupcake towers at Walmart. I waited until they went on sale on Valentine’s Day, and got them for $5 a piece (normally $10). With the cheapest centerpiece I could find running for $15 (and looking really lame at the same time), I was determined to make functional, cupcake centerpieces that were both elegant and affordable. With some silk flowers, leaves, and some hot glue, I got exactly what I wanted.

But if you can’t find these wire cupcake towers on sale like I did, there’s another way to have affordable cupcake towers at your wedding (and it’s even cheaper than what I did).
Here’s what you need:

  • Various sizes of cardboard cake boards
  • Silk flowers of your choosing
  • Hot glue
  • Glasses/wine glasses (you can find these at the Dollar Store for about $1-2 a glass)
  • Tape/sticky tack
  • Pearl strands/Ribbon (optional)

Total Cost: Average around $5 per centerpiece


Deconstruct your flowers so the leaves are separate. If you’re into more garden-y/springy looks, then glue them around the border of your cake board.  If you want ribbon or pearls, glue them in the crevices on the side of the cake board.

Arrange how you want the top tier to look with your silk flowers, and glue them.

Tape or sticky-tack the bottom of a glass or wine glass and attach to one of the tiers. When assembling, place a flower underneath the glass/wine glass. If you ‘re using both glasses and wine glasses, use the broader glass as the base.
Other things can go inside the glass like beads, photos, etc.

And voila! You have a custom made cupcake tower/centerpiece that took minutes to make
(Note: if using them as centerpieces, do not make them too tall).

How To Make Beaded Wine Charms

Wine charms not only enhance the beauty of your glasses, but they also help in knowing which glass is yours. Here is a very easy how-to on making wine charms that will charm your guest and allow you to show off your crafting skills by making charms that fit your wedding. From beach to classic, wine charms never go out of style.


Cluster charm tutorial


  • 1-in round memory wire
  • 5 headpins (any color you prefer)
  • 8- 3-mm faceted round dark ruby glass bead
  • 1- 10 x 15-mm faceted oval glass bead (I used amethyst)
  • Round nose pliers


Step 1: On one end of your memory wire make a loop.

Step 2: Take a headpin and the 10 x 15-mm oval, insert the headpin into bead. With your round nose pliers make a twist loop.

Step 3: Take 2 of the 3-mm rounds and insert them onto headpin. Cut wire to ¼ inch from beads, make a simple loop. Repeat with same step with remaining beads and headpins.

Step 4: Attach 3-mm rounds to 10 x 15-mm oval twisted loop (two on each side).

Step 5: Insert charm onto memory wire loop.

Step 6: Using round nose pliers, bend end of wire (appox. 1/8 inch). Hook through loop to close.




Easy charm tutorial


  • 1 inch round memory wire
  • Crystals, beads, pearls or charms of your choice
  • Round nose pliers


Step 1: On one end of your memory wire make a loop.

Step 2: Insert crystals, bead, pearls, and charm onto memory wire as shown.

Step 3: Using round nose pliers, bend end of wire (appox. 1/8 inch). Hook through loop to close.



Estimated cost: Varies. 

The estimated costs for these wine charms varies greatly depending on which style you make, which beads you choose, and the quantity you need.   For this project, I purchased everything from Michael’s, and the approximate cost was $3-4 per charm.  If you’re making more than just a few charms, it’s better to buy your supplies in bulk.  The bulk cost can be as low as 75 cents per charm! Shop for bulk supplies online from Fire Mountain Gems and Artbeads.

If you have questions about where to the materials, directions, or cost, please let me know!


Kati + Todd

While there are tons of cute DIY details in the wedding of Kati and Todd, my eyes stopped and stuck on the groom and his party’s vests. CAMO VESTS? I love it! I never see this, and it’s done so well here! I really need to stop using exclamation points!

In all seriousness though, I am very much enjoying this detail. Traditionally, most of the wedding aesthetic falls to the bride but Todd has interjected a nice and humorous bit of his personality into the day. As for Kati’s purview, she created the bridesmaids’ bouquets, centerpieces, and painted wine glasses. Today’s wedding is a great balance of personality, humor, and love.




Location: Elizabethtown, NC

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography

Venue: Lu Mil Vineyard

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florals: Elizabethtown Florist

John + Wendy

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing grey as part of a wedding palette. Case in point, this stunning Southern affair, complete with DIY centerpiece decor and pillows handmade by the bride. Paired with bright yellow (one of my favorite colors EVER), it all makes for an illuminated day even in the midst of all the rain.




Location: Southport, NC

Photography: Susie Linquist Photography

Venue: Southport Community Building

Event Coordinator: Seaside Wedding Connection

Caterer: Thyme Savor Catering

Bakery: The Confectionery

Band: Sea Pans

DJ: Active DJ Entertainment