Apothecary Jars

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I love the look of apothecary jars! They are classy, come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes to mix up and can hold just about anything to add that extra bit of charm to your display setting.

apothecary jar 
a small, covered jar, formerly used by druggists to hold pharmaceuticals, now chiefly in household use to hold spices, candies, cosmetics, etc., and sometimes decorated, as a lamp base or flower vase.

You can easily find these online, from places like Crate & Barrel and Etsy. One store that has a nice selection to choose from is Save-On-Crafts.

My FAVORITE use for apothecary jars is an herbal wedding toss. What a lovely and fragrant way to send off the newlyweds! Perfect for a 'green' wedding and a bride & groom that enjoy cooking, it is eco-friendly and a great alternative to bubbles, sparklers and dried rice which is harmful to birds. 

You can include a label on each jar letting guests know the significance of each herb. Traditional wedding herbs include:

Marjoram- joy & happiness

Chamomile- patience

Lavendar- luck & devotion

Sage- a wish for long life

Roses- represent love.

Photo Credits:
Lollipop Events
Williams Sonoma
Wedding Bee
Sasha Souza

Knot Unique: Fashion Sense From Yesterday's Bride

Friday, September 23, 2011

I remember being in 9th grade asking my mom to buy me a pair of bell bottoms. She laughed and said "those old things are back again?" "What do you mean?" I asked. She explained that particular style was hot in the 70's. Here I was thinking how trend setting it was, you can imagine my shock! That was my first encounter with the notion that fashion repeats itself.

The term 'nothing is original, it's already been done before' holds true for most things; brides of eras past paved the way for what we see today. Taking something vintage and creating one's personal flair with it is what gives it individuality.

Here's a look at the evolution of wedding style through the decades and how some modern day brides, or shall I say 'designers' took their cues from those that preceeded them and adapted their own fresh twist to it.

Edwardian / Victorian
High Collars, huge hats, away with the corsets, hemlines showing a hint of ankles.

Roaring Twenties
Loose Waist, Knee-length dresses that were carefree and suitable for jazz dancing.

Old Hollywood (Started with The Great Depression, ended with World War II).
Form fitting silhouette 'gowns' with trains.

Goodbye gowns, hello broad shoulders & cinched waists.

Pin-up Girl Glamour
Full princess skirts, flattering necklines, lace & tulle.

Collar bone scoop necks, mini skirts & sheath dresses.


Maxi dress, high collar with bishop sleeves, empire waist and flowy full body coverage.

Emphasized Shoulders, gaudy adornments (bows & pearls).

Nicole Ritchie's wedding dress was inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic 1956 wedding dress, however it also looks quite 80's-ish to me! (Ivanka Trump & Kate Middleton were others who claimed to also have been inspired by Grace Kelly's wedding dress).

Refined Bold.
Dropped waist and flare below hips, embroidery.

2000-Present Day
More about personality instead of tradition.
A little bit of everything from mermaid silhouettes to colored wedding dresses!

A gorgeous blush wedding gown, by no other than Vera Wang!

2012 Wedding Trends

Friday, September 16, 2011

This week I had the privledge to go to the annual Wedding Merchant's Business Academy in Las Vegas where I was surrounded by some of the industry's leading event professionals. One of the speakers was Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot. She shared some insights on the wedding forecast for 2012. Here's a preview of what you can expect to see more of this coming year:

Black Tie
Ornate Venues
Vintage Newlywed Getaway Car
White Pallettes
Changing Structure of the Timeline
Surprises that WOW Your Guests
Food Trucks 
Dog Ring Bearer

I never thought i'd say this, but I'm especially looking forward to black tie and white monochromatic weddings. As a person who LOVES color, we've all seen so much color in the past few years, it's definitely a nice change. Also, mixing up the timeline to include a cocktail after party would be refreshing, as would the surprise of shuttling all guests from the ceremony to the reception site on an open air party bus!

Photo Credits:
Brian Dorsey Studios

Chad + Toni

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You know how there are people you get used to seeing on a weekly or almost regular basis and next thing you know, you're wondering where they are and then you see on Facebook that they moved away and got married!? Meet my friend Toni and her husband Chad. Toni and I went to Oasis Church in Los Angeles and my husband introduced us; they met on a missions trip to Guatemala several years ago. She is one of those people whose caring and fun spirit you just want to be around! 

We miss you Toni and are so excited to see you continue your new adventure with Chad! You two are an insanely beautiful couple, when I look at your pictures, such joy fills my heart. Thanks so much for blessing Enamor Events readers with your wedding details!

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Location: Boston Harbor

Yacht: The Odyssey

Ceremony: Occurred on the top deck of the yacht and the reception was a cruise of the Boston Harbor. We had a violist and an opera vocalist perform during the ceremony. The Ceremony was conducted by my brother Andre Fields. My husband's identical twin brother (who introduced us) was the Best Man and my sister was the Maid of Honor. Our parents attended, a few aunts that helped raised us attended, and our respective college roommates. It was a very intimate ceremony, only 20 people. We wanted to keep it intimate because we both have large extended families and large circles of friends/co-workers. We wanted to enjoy our guests and savor the experience. We wanted to spend this special occasion with the 20 most influential people in our lives... people who would help keep us accountable in our marriage.

Dress: Viola by Justina McCaffrey. I personally met the designer and she selected a dress from her collection that best fit my personality. I wanted something elegant given the yacht atmosphere, yet sexy and form fitting. It was a very personal experience as my Mother in Law shopped with me.

Flowers: I chose a purple orchid bouquet, but the arrangement was unique and not typical. I chose the orchid because it represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. I chose the non-traditional arrangement because I wanted it to accent the couture wedding dress and the overall atmosphere of an elegant yacht wedding.

Location: Due to our busy professional lives we decided to lower the planning stress and have the wedding where we lived (Boston), rather than where our respective families lived across the country (California and Texas). I am a lawyer and my husband is a trauma surgeon/professor of surgery, so we wanted to enjoy the wedding planning process instead of worrying about minor details that no would ultimately remember.

Videography & Photography: We had the wedding and ceremony professionally shot and hired an editor to create a fun wedding video. I chose a wedding photographer, Joseph Prezioso, who did a second photo shoot for us after the ceremony/reception. He is known for having a "rock star" creative vision as he also shoots rock concerts for record companies. Our wedding photos during the second photo shoot are very reflective of our outgoing urban personality.

What We Value: My husband and I have both served abroad as missionaries and, after seeing so much poverty in the world, being good stewards of our finances was very important to us. We set a wedding/honeymoon budget that we refused to go over. While we wanted an elegant wedding it had to be at a reasonable cost. It was very important to us not to needlessly spend large amounts of money on our wedding, even if we could afford it.

Honeymoon: Given our love for traveling we preferred to spend the bulk of the budget on our honeymoons. We had a mini-moon in Puerto Rico for 3 days and when our vacation time arrived we took a 3-week honeymoon to South America. We ran the Rio de Janeiro Marathon and hiked the ancient Inca Trail for 4-days into Machu Picchu. We saw two of the seven world wonders on our honeymoon. Five days after our return from our honeymoon we relocated from Boston to Manhattan to start our new jobs.

~Toni Fields-Wilson

Autumn Ecelctic Glam Wedding

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I was out 'idea' shopping last night and couldn't help but notice all the freshly stocked racks of autumnal hues: mustard messenger bags, dusty salmon silk dresses, indigo skinnies, ivory lace blouses, plaid blazers with elbow patches, hunter green knit scarves. It was a crisp summer night and somehow walking through this maze made me feel warm and cozy all over again. Just when you're complaining of heat, before you know it, boom! Fall has made her way here. It made me think, of all these choices, what would I like to add to my collection? The answer was simple: rose gold!

Is there a 'one thing' that you just simply adore? It could be a piece of fabric, necklace, pattern or plant that creates the basis of your wedding inspiration board. For me, rose gold brings to mind vintage romance, sipping blush wine amidst flickering candlelight. Here are a few snippets of inspiration i've collected along the lines of metallics and how to infuse it into a fashionable fall wedding!

Jessica Alba in Custom Versace Gold Dress
Metallic Suits as seen in FashionStare
Bronze Flowering DIY Invitations - LCI Paper
Adventure Compass Cufflinks - GlazedBlackCherry of Etsy
Hickory Button Bouquet - ThePerennialPosy of Etsy
Brooch Bouquet - JewelBeGorgeous of Etsy
Rose gold Cushion cut Halo Ring - Jewel Bells
Rose gold Hammered Wedding Band - Jogja Jewelry
Metallic Crepe Paper Flowers - CreativeJewishMom