Well today’s the day. The day we’ve been waiting for. The day we get to see Mr. DiCaprio and Ms. Mulligan portray the infamous Gatsby and Daisy. This wedding blogger is excited as can be. Because if there is one iconic piece of literature the wedding industry just loves to recreate, it’s the grandeur and the luxuriousness of The Great Gatsby. So of course, we’ve got a little Gatsby-esque inspiration á la Robert & Kathleen Photographers, Pretty Little Details, and a whole host of other talented vendors. Grab a cocktail, pop into the gallery, then start donning your pearls for tonight’s show!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Vintage

From the planner … The Great Gatsby is one of those books that just sticks with you because of the visual images it creates in readers’ minds as they follow the characters through a tragic love story. When I re-read the story this past summer I knew it would be the perfect inspiration for a styled shoot because the time period evokes images of grandeur and glamour. Robert and Kathleen Photographers were really excited to jump on board and their vintage style fit this styled shoot perfectly. Peter James Floral Couture was really excited to help bring the vision to life through his use of beautiful ostrich feathers, pearls, peach roses, and green hydrangea. The color palette wouldn’t be complete without subtle touches of gold, which Twenty Four Seven Events added into the table scape with shimmery linens that completed the look. For the stationery we wanted to create an art deco pattern and Brielle from White Orchid Graphics created the perfect scalloped pattern. One of our favorite elements is the pearl wristlet programs! Each place setting featured a vintage toy car in gold metal as a favor for guests. To add a fun element, The Candy Chick created a fun and interactive sweets table with chocolate cigars and gold dusted truffles. And, we can’t forget the stunning five-tier cake with gold embellishments from the Chocolate Carousel!

When it came to period fashion, Exquisite Bride had the perfect Lazaro gown with the right amount of sparkle and pearl embellishments. We added a stunning pearl necklace and an art deco headpiece. Allison created a beautiful simple look with soft pin curl waves. The makeup was soft and natural with a smoky eye and red lips. The bridesmaid dress was a modern take on a flapper outfit, which could certainly be worn again! And finally, the white 3-button tuxedo jacket with notch lapel from ChazMaTazz added to the formal feel and completed the look.

The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park was the ideal location since it was built in the 1920’s and was recently renovated. Unfortunately, the original shoot was scheduled during the week of Hurricane Sandy. As we all watched the hurricane hit the Jersey Shore it was heartbreaking to see all the damage done to the so many of our historic landmarks. We were very thankful to hear that The Berkeley Hotel was spared by the devastating storm. Thank you to our amazing vendors for being so flexible with rescheduling and for showing even more resolve and excitement to capture all the beauty the Jersey Shore has to offer after such a natural disaster. Everyone involved continues to wish all of families, businesses and emergency service
workers the best as they continue the work of repairing and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. As Jersey-based businesses we are proud to be Jersey Strong and are so happy to share these images with you!

Venue: Berkeley Hotel | Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Tuxedo: ChazMaTazz Formalwear | Floral: Peter James Floral Couture | Stationery: White Orchid Graphics, Design by Brielle | Wedding Dress & Jewelry: Lazaro via Exquisite Bride | Cake: Chocolate Carousel | Candy Bar: The Candy Chick | Linen’s: Twenty Four Seven Events | Chairs: Paul David Partywares | Hair and Makeup: Allison’s Hair Creations | Planning and Coordination: Pretty Little Details | Bridesmaid Dress: Miss Selfridge UK

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