John Landis
Weddings from a simpler time
Weddings from a simpler time

It was 150 years after his patent went into effect, but John Landis Mason's glass jars with seal-tight lids experienced a renaissance in 2008 — although it wasn't for the use he'd originally intended. Instead of pickling vegetables or preserving fruit for winter, Mason jars became the go-to accessory to decorate wedding tables across the country. As the recession hit, some couples couldn't afford a grand wedding; others didn't want to flaunt it if they could, so cue the Mason jar centerpieces overflowing with fresh-cut flowers or shining bright with candles. The result? a sort of shabby chic wedding that seems to have staying power. "People didn't...