A Wedding with a vintage twist

Jelly Jars Candles

Jelly Jars Candles

Jelly Jars Candles

Jelly Jars Candles

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.

Postcard from Paris photographed by Expired Film Studios

Postcard from Paris photographed by Expired Film Studios

Vintage Wedding invitation

Vintage Wedding invitation

Vintage envelope

Vintage envelope

Vintage Envelope Seal

Vintage Envelope Seal

Vintage wedding envelope with twine

Vintage wedding envelope with twine

 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. 

My Vintage Wedding dress 

My Vintage Wedding dress 

Me

Me

Birdcage Veil made by Greg

Birdcage Veil made by Greg

 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.

My Wedding Flowers

My Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

 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.

French Style Floral Market bucket

French Style Floral Market bucket

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.

Extra virgin olive oil mixed with lavender seeds Wedding Favor

Extra virgin olive oil mixed with lavender seeds Wedding Favor

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 for wedding favors or decoration

Mason Jar candles for wedding favors or decoration

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 for wedding favors or decoration

Jelly Jar candles for wedding favors or decoration

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.

Contact us for lead times. 

Please contact us at: eni@oohlalapetite.com, 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

More candles for Spring....

Almost a month ago I wrote about the beauty of mixing different colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint and how the paint turns the Mason jar into something completely different. The results were encouraging. I mixed Provence with Country Grey in my big Mason jar, which I used to plant my flowers in, and it looks great on my table.

Yesterday I did apply the same technique again on our small Mason jar candles. I love the outcome. The first layer was Provence and the second one Country Grey. Then I distressed them and applied a dark wax.

I did pour Honeysuckle and Jasmine scented candle in this jar. The combination of them both is just perfect for the spring.

Let me know what do you think? What colors would you like in the spring? Just type the color you associate March and /or April.

 

 

 

 

A little bit about us…

Eni and Greg

Eni and Greg

We are Eni and Greg, a couple living in NYC. Originally I come from Albania. I have lived in Spain, Madrid for about 11 years and I studied in UK for about 4 years. Madrid and NYC are my love and it would be hard for me to separate them from each other. There are times when I want to escape NYC to Madrid and once there I want to come back again to NYC. Greg and I met in NYC, the city that both of us greatly love for its past, creativity, design and uniqueness.

However, we also love to travel all around the world. One of our favorite countries is France. It is beautiful country with an astonishing Rivera. A dear friend of mine and I traveled from Madrid to London in a classic mini cooper (at that time mini cooper owned by Rover) up the French Rivera. We would stop in different cities in France and each time the views were just breathtaking.

Last year Greg and I decided to go to Paris and meet also my best friend, Gilu (his real name Gilles) who took us in this hidden antique market that was not very well known to tourists. We were in heaven. What to buy first and bring to NY? It was a hard decision. We ended up buying French linen in this beautiful small boutique where this old grandmother was showing us her delicate collection. We left the place thinking the next time we go to Paris we need to buy more of antiques instead of just French cheese.

Why did we start our business…

Like my grandmother, I love flowers, perfumes, creams and scented candles. NYC unlike any other city in the world offers a great range of them. My favorite gifts from Greg and his family were always the candles they used to buy me. Once while shopping for candles, Greg suggested to me that I should stop buying them and try to make them myself. It is very easy to do. The minute he said that, I searched about tutorials on how to make them. There is plenty of information on how to do it out there, but as everything it requires patience, love and passion. We built around us a philosophy that our candles have to be unique, original and Eco-friendly so people do not need to worry about the effects they may have on their health. So to deliver this philosophy to people who love candles as much as I do, we search for vintage teacups, unique pieces that you will find it hard to find elsewhere. We also are continuously adding new and modern cups and mason jars to our collection.

We paint the mason jars by hand with Annie Sloan Chalk paint, distress and wax them with clear and dark wax to give that rustic look. The beauty of our business is that all our containers from vintage teacups to more contemporary ones can be re-used afterwards. In this case we all will be more responsible for the treatment and care of our environment.

Where do we find inspiration…

We have always been interested in antique pieces. What we have noticed recently with home décor is that people are incorporating the old, antique, vintage items and materials, mixing them with contemporary ones. And that’s where design becomes unique. That’s where your apartment becomes different by bringing and well incorporating the old with the new. We hope that with our vintage teacups and vintage looking mason jars can bring that old look to your modern style apartment, restaurant and vice versa with the modern containers to bring that new look to an antique home.

 
Vintage Teacups

Vintage Teacups

 

What we especially love to bring to you is the story behind that vintage tea cup, where it comes from, how old it is, why is so important for us. For example, I bought the other day such a delicate hand painted Japanese teacup. I was holding in my hand and it looked so breakable. The teacup is painted by an artist last century and it is now in my studio in NYC.

Mason Jars painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Mason Jars painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

We are also inspired by Annie Sloan Chalk paint look when we painted our furniture. Also Greg has hand painted the frames of his photos and the end result is just great. So, we thought to try and apply it in our mason jars. Once dried, we distress them and apply either clear or dark wax. The look is unique and not two will come out the same. We use many different colors from Provence, French linen to Paris grey and so on. In the future we will be creating our own unique chalk paint colors.

I am also inspired by the scents of flowers. In Albania I had a beautiful garden created by my father who really took a special care to flowers. I remember our whole house smelled so nicely as the scent of rose bushes, lemons, oranges and mandarin trees mixed with each other that would attract all the butterflies. I miss that much simpler time, especially here in NYC. I am not afraid to mix different types of floral fragrances that will make people feel they are part of the Alhambra garden in Spain or in fields of lavender in Provence France and mandarin trees at my father’s garden in Tirana.

What is our favorite thing to collect…

We also collect antique trunks, luggage, French linen, vintage burlap, teacups, and industrial style furniture. We have been collecting these things throughout the years we have been together. They have been a good resource to take pictures of our products.