Combine the all-out glamour of the Roaring 20’s with a bride and groom who have a thing for sophisticated color palettes mixed with a little bit of bling and the result is this: a stop-you-in-your-tracks, Jay Gatsby approved shindig literally overflowing with pretty. See it all (including a stunning custom gown from Anna Schimmel) captured by Greta Kenyon in the full gallery.
From The Bride… Our glamorous Art Deco wedding was inspired by my original antique Art Deco ring that combines the stark contrast of onyx and diamonds very characteristic of the era – I love history and old things that have a story, so I was very spoiled to be given a ring that is almost 100-years-old. I hope for it to be an heirloom for our own family one day with our own history attached to it. The ring not only inspired the theme but also the black and white color look and feel for the event.
My dress was made for me by a locally based European designer Anna Schimmel who designed for me a romantic wedding dress in soft English tulle and spectacular diamante detailing to draw through a vintage style. The long, fitted bodice had a soft sweetheart neckline and tulle draping textures tailored the bodice which is luxuriously detailed with embroidered diamante motifs. For the reception I then got into a silver sequin swing style dress with long tulle arms made by Trelise Cooper. My shoes by Kate Spade were a perfect mix of glitter, satin and a well-placed bow! The Bridesmaids dresses were sourced from Max and also on ebay the requirement was they were black with sequin or beading true to the fashion of the era and flattering for the girls the black leant itself to the black and white color scheme.
The Groomsmen were inspired by Jay Gatsby from the recent Great Gatsby film and dressed in Tux’s by Working Style with shirts from Nicholas Jermyn and velvet bow ties made by my talented mother making them look extremely dapper.
Guests were also asked to embrace the theme with 1920’s attire which totally brought the soul of the wedding together and was a great talking point for the guests, not to mention a lot of fun.
The venue for both the ceremony and reception was held my parents property where they have a small olive grove they press oil for friends and family. We set up the stretch tent amongst the olives trees and the ceremony was held by one of the olive rows where I walked down the aisle. Naturally my parents’ property holds many sentimental qualities having not only been an amazing haven to escape too through younger years, but my grandfather helped plant the olives on site – the wedding was on the anniversary of his passing away a few years prior, so the day had special meaning all round.
The bridal party bouquets were relaxed vintage style using seasonal red flowers with a touch of lush green detail in between the red blooms then with a black and white striped ribbon middle bind, the use of dramatic red and bright color use with the entire black and white color looked outstanding. The groomsmen had a white rose and the groom a red rose button hole with the stripped ribbon bind. Table flowers were DIY sourced from local markets and the bright color roses provided the perfect splash of color against the black and white.
Cars were owned by a local gentleman who had a soft touch for all things from the Jazz Age and provided us with two classic 1920’s cars.
Table Décor revolved around the use of black and white with touches of bling through cut glass crystal decanters belonging to my grandmother dotting every table amongst candelabra and gold and silver vintage tea lights. Table numbering was exchanged for table cards with photographs of icons from the Roaring 20’s. Name cards were slotted into recycled champagne corks I purchased on ebay. Art deco imagery and design was incorporated across all printed material using peacock motifs and geometric designs and was DIY job with the help of a friend who is a graphic designer. Wedding Favors were in striped popcorn boxes and were little miniature bottles of either Chambord Liqueur for the girls and Gentleman Jack American Whisky for the boys, a 20’s retro postcard was also popped into these. Guests sipped out of crystal champagne coups glasses and we even had a full bar or “Speakeasy” talking to the prohibition of the time.
Festoon lighting was used adding that vintage soft glow effect and we had a chic black and white checkered dance floor.
The music was our own collected we sourced and very much 1920s genre and Jazz age which worked beautifully in the background and we did a surprise first dance having self taught ourselves are Charleston Routine using you tube!
Our cake which was designed and made by a friend from primary school is a huge Art Deco fan, too and was elaborately decorated in Art Deco details in gold tones. We saved the top two tiers for our first wedding anniversary and the perhaps the christening our children in the future.
Photography: Greta Kenyon | Wedding Dress: Anna Schimmel | Makeup: Amber Carroll | Venue: Private Residence | Accessories: BHLDN | Bridal Flowers: Wild Poppies | Bridal Makeup Artist: Amber Carroll | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Groom Shirts / Cufflinks: Nicholas Jermyn | Props: Centrepiece | Stretch Tent: Schupepe Tents | Suit Hire: Working Style | Wholesale Flowers: Bloom Brokers