The 1920s were a time of unprecedented economic prosperity creating a country filled with opulence and luxurious soirees. It inspired the book (and now the movie) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which then in turn inspired this vintage wedding. So put on your fanciest flapper dress (or pinstripe suit) and your dancing shoes and enjoy this new take on an old classic brought to us by OneTouch Events LLC!
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This vintage styled shoot was meticulously designed and executed fully by women owned businesses in the Atlanta event industry, many of which have been in business 3 years or less, but have decades of design and planning expertise under their stilettos. Long lost love rekindled, elaborate mansion parties, the roaring twenties and Mint Juleps were some of the inspirational cues the talented team of creatives used in styling this wedding photo shoot. This shoot was taken on an absolutely gorgeous Wednesday in March, which was perfect for the indoor/outdoor images. The sun was high, the sky was blue and the weather was a crisp 55 degrees. Inspired by the book and soon to be remake movie premiere of The Great Gatsby, we brought Jay’s home to the South, where everything is sweeter and envisioned the tragic ending transformed into a happily ever after.
Color Palette & Design
Vintage gold, ivories and muted greens served as the color palette and indicative of the 20s era. Working from a viewpoint of classic European styling, I envisioned the décor of a Gatsby wedding to be themed around his days at Oxford as well as the flare of sophistication that his lady love, Daisy, possessed throughout the novel. We showcased various banquet table setups to highlight the uses of the Duchess Victorian Gold satin napkins, the crisp stationery and tall vs. short floral centerpiece options. We went with the Hampton Gold dinner settings atop a stunning Gold Arte Italica Charger from Event Rentals Unlimited which perfectly complimented the Gold Magda lines from Chair Covers & Linens.
Originally built as a farmhouse in 1873, the Payne Corley House has been lovingly maintained and restored to offer the best combination of traditional Southern charm and modern amenities. Lush gardens and a sweeping canopy of hundred-year-old oak trees provided a picturesque location for this styled shoot.
Flowers & Decor
The floral design for this was also based on 1920s style— but was given a modern flair through types of flowers used. The flowers of the 20s symbolized money, elegance and class—using some of the more classic and expensive flowers such as lilies, gardenias and roses. However, today’s popular flowers, which have the same symbolism of elegance, include ranunculus, hydrangea, garden roses, anemone, hellebores among others. Additionally, flowers of the 20s were often mixed in with a lot of foliage and green. Instead of filling the arrangements with foliage, it was given a more modern look by using some of the more modern elegant flowers mixed in with green flowers such as mini-hydrangea and Helebores with smaller touches of foliage. This helped give it the same vintage feel with a little bit of a modern twist. Flowers and foliage used throughout the photo shoot include: Ranunculus, Garden Roses, Standard Roses, Anemone, Wax Flower, Mini-Hydrangea, Andromeda, Italian Pittosporum Variagated, Seeded Eucalyptus, Helebores, Ivy Variegated, Jasmine Vines and stock.
Cake & Dessert
The cake is an ivory based cake with white scrolls and a touch of all white dogwoods. Representing a vintage feel with a Georgia flare. We decided to use Lemon Bars as the favors as they were a key dessert accompaniment with High Tea in the 20s. Lightly dusted with powered sugar with a gooey center, we can imagine that Daisy had quite a time teasing Jay Gatsby with each bite!
The Stationery Suite was beautifully designed by Lisa Hladish of Paper Daisies Stationery. In line with the styled shoot”s Gatsby theme, the use of simplistic Art Deco, clean lines and mixture of patterns for cohesive styling perfectly enhanced the theme of this photo shoot.
Wedding Dress – Private Label from Ivory Bridal & Formal; Strapless wedding dress with sweetheart neckline, beautiful beaded bodice, A-line skirt and a chapel train. Bridesmaid dress – One shoulder bridesmaid dress with sweetheart neckline, rouched bodice, empire waistline, & long A-line skirt
Re-Find Vintage Rentals is a company started by two dear friends who love shopping, collecting and styling using their items from days gone by. They specialize in weddings, photo shoots, and parties of any kind. The couch used in this styled shoot is actually from this era. It still features the original fabric which complimented the mint juleps in the gold rimmed stemware and the vintage lace. We also featured a 1920’s typewriter, clock and books to top off the look. The antique apothecary chest was a nice serving piece for our vintage decanters and cocktail glasses. Additional accents following the Great Gatsby theme included pearls, an art deco camera, silver trophy and another beautiful 1920’s chair.
Venue: Payne Corley House | Planning & Design: OneTouch Events LLC | Photographer: Jessica Renwick Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Yona | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens | Vintage Props: Re-Find Vintage Rentals | Place Settings: Event Rentals Unlimited | Cake & Favors: Confection Perfection Cakes | Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery | Dresses: Ivory Bridal Atlanta | Makeup: Authentic Beauty | Hair: Lynn Myles | Models: Ashlea Rocker, Valarie Regas and Varian Sanders