I’ve forever been a fan of The Great Gatsby, and am shamelessly counting down the days until the big screen movie next month. Leo DiCaprio, anyone?! But in the meantime, I’ve directed all my attention to this perfectly styled shoot that evokes every ounce of that Gatsby glam. With one crazy talented crew including Jubilee Events, The White Dress by the Shore and Carla Ten Eyck behind the scenes, this shoot transformed a New England mansion into an art deco masterpiece that I wholeheartedly love. It’s the perfect inspiration for the vintage-loving bride, and there’s so much more to be found in the full gallery here.
From Jubilee Events…Our team had a vision for an opulent, enchanting shoot that evoked the feel of The Great Gatsby novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald. We selected the historic Branford House Mansion overlooking the Fishers Island Sound in Groton Long Point, Connecticut for our location. Although it was November, there was lovely warmth in the air and we were blessed with a glorious sunset with just the right amount of cloud cover for delightful dimension. Photographer, Carla Ten Eyck used the magical light to assist in telling the visual tale. The mansion’s timeless, turn of the century beauty was further accentuated by a vintage sofa and tufted velvet chairs from New England Country Rentals. The oversized, dramatic fireplace that graces the main entrance created a stunning backdrop for the lavish tablescape designed by Jubilee Events. The table was the perfect combination of opulent and vintage, with a delicately sequined linen paired with mismatched antique floral china and Irish linen napkins trimmed in lace. The billowing flower arrangements from Hana Floral Design were the perfect finishing touch!
Fashion Stylist Beth Chapman, owner of The White Dress by the shore, selected both daytime and evening looks inspired by the 1920’s. The vintage inspired fashion was accentuated with gloves, antique jewelry and a feather stole. Here is the fashion detail directly from Beth:
“The 1920’s are one of my favorite eras for fashion. There was so much opulence and originality in the style of dress. I evoked the era with art deco inspired gowns incorporating beading and feathers. I selected several different looks, including a daytime look, to fully embrace the story of The Great Gatsby. For the daytime look (which ironically, we scrambled to shoot before sunset), I chose a Guiperre lace sheath by Ivy and Aster and feather trimmed cloche by my favorite hat designer, Bijou Van Ness. The look was completed by vintage bucks with a ittle heel. We also had Mr. Gatsby sporting a pair of bucks along with his tan suite from Valentino Tailors. As a more relaxed formal look, I styled the model in a long sleeve satin faced chiffon gown in a luxurious shade of grey from Ivy and Aster. We envisioned this as the perfect gown for Daisy to wear while joining her friends for cocktails on the veranda. The more formal gowns were by Rivini and Ivy and Aster. Of course, we couldn’t represent the 1920’s without long, luxurious gloves. Much of the jewelry used in the shoot was vintage from the era of the Great Gatsby by The Something Old Collection . Other pieces used were vintage inspired filigree, by Maria Elena. I selected a reception look for both the bride and the groom. I styled the bride in a short feathery confection from Ivy and Aster with a fabulous black vintage inspired headpiece from Maria Elena. The groom changed up his look by switching to an ivory dinner jacket. I just adore the idea of a second look for the groom as well! And of course, the more dapper the better, for Mr. Gatsby!”
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck | Table Design: Jubilee Events | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper and Guest Gifts: Coral Pheasant | Cinematography: Jeremy White and Steve DePino | Cake: Ana Parzych Custom Cakes | Hair: Jennie Kay | Make Up: dd Nickel | Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore | Gowns: Rivini + Ivy and Aster | Jewelry: Maria Elena + The Something Old Collection | Beaded Cape: Ivy and Aster | Tuxedos + Suit: Valentino Tailors | Feather Stole: The Bridal Dresser | Gloves: Carolina Amato