When I ask people, “What's your favorite month to get married?” most people answer: Spring or early summer or fall. When our time came to decide, my only request was that it was warm outside. So we decided to get married in September.
The decision was not as difficult as the rest of the planning. I grew up in Europe and they do weddings very differently - especially in Albania, the wedding traditions are so different there. I had no idea where to start the wedding preparation. Greg and I were scared of the idea itself of having a big wedding: what needs to be done first, how, where, how much and so on and so forth. Despite of the doubts and confusion, we were clear on two things: that we love each other and we had a clear idea of what we wanted our wedding theme to be.
We wanted the wedding to have a vintage, rustic, shabby chic, handmade and romantic feeling to it. We had recently been in Paris and loved it there. Greg is a photographer and we wanted to incorporate some of the photos he took in Paris into the invitations. Greg started to design them. The save the date cards were hand stamped (the stamps were made by http://shopantiquaria.com) with the info onto a heavy cream paper. Each piece of paper was hand deckled and put into a craft paper envelope. The wedding invitations used a beautiful handmade paper from Rossi AD 1404 Charta Italic (http://italianstationeryblog.com/ad-1404-charta-italica-collection/) based in Florence Italy that was already deckled for us. Greg ran each invite by hand through the printed. The RSVP cards comprised of a photo from Paris on one side and a postcard design with the details on the other side. We used 6 different photos from Paris and the cards were printed by our good friend Antoon Taghon from http://ufapstudio.com/. We then took all the cards and put them in an envelope that was wrapped in twine, and then sealed with burgundy sealing wax.
At the same time I was looking for my wedding dress. I wanted my dress to be unique, simple and special. I knew what I wanted from the beginning, nothing big and nothing too extravagant. I wanted there to be lace in it so to fit the whole theme. My dress was the 5th one I tried that day and I was getting tired of unbuttoning the buttons and buttoning them up again. I was ready to give up as I was having no luck and then I saw it. I tried it on and I heard myself saying: Yes that's me, that's the dress I want to wear on my day. It represented me, my whole personality.
When it came to choosing the flowers, again I wanted something plain for me and the bridesmaids. I wanted flowers to reflect something clean, natural, green, and original. I did not add too many colors because I wanted my bouquet to complement me and not to be the center of attention.
The centerpieces were flowers that we put into a French Style Floral Market bucket that had a beautiful green patina. They were complemented by table number holders that Greg made out of wire and vintage doorknobs.
We struggled with the wedding favors because we wanted something that represented us. We decided to give each guest a bottle of extra virgin olive oil mixed with lavender seeds. We wanted to the lavender to represent France and the olive oil, Spain. Greg designed the bottle label and coated the tops in wax. The outcome was just so original, vintage looking. We loved it.
While we were looking for ideas for wedding favors, we came across many different ideas. It did not occur to us at that time that hand painted Mason jar candles with different floral fragrances, are a great idea for wedding favors. They can even be used as table decorations if you choose to go with the rustic theme for your wedding. We do paint them in different colors and we can even mix different colors to match the color of your wedding theme. We know that planning a wedding is hard. Let us help make your wedding planning experience an easy and stress free one.
Mason Jar Candles
Our retail price for hand painted mason jars is $30.
For 50 hand painted mason jars candles, the price will be $750 ($15 per candle)
For 25, hand painted mason jars candles the price will be $450 ($18 per candles)
For 24 or less we will charge retail price.
Jelly Jar Candles
Our retail price for hand painted jelly jars is $20.
For 50 hand painted jelly jars candles, the price will be $550 ($11 per candle)
For 25 hand painted jelly jars candles the price will be $350 ($14 each)
For 24 or less we will charge retail price.
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Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. We would love to help you with creative ideas to make your day special and unique so you will remember it for the rest of your life.
My candles were also featured at Rustic Wedding Chic: http://guide.rusticweddingchic.com/ooh-la-la-petite-boutique