It’s all feathers and gold and glam in this Gatsby inspired wedding from Jessica Lee Photography. I love all the heirlooms and personal details this couple incorporated in their day, like the cake topper from the bride’s uncle’s wedding. And the vintage car escort cards are genius! But the best part is the Matron of Honor: the bride’s grandmother. Such sweet memories in having a loved one so close on your wedding day!
I fell in love with The Great Gatsby and have always loved that era and vintage look. When I was planning my wedding, I knew I wanted it to be timeless, classic and incorporate hints of vintage Gatsby flair. It was also very important to incorporate family heirlooms, vintage pictures, and be surrounded by those we’ve lost over the years. When looking back and seeing photos of us cutting our cake, it’s really awesome to see our family photos on the mantel right behind us, just like they were there.
One of my favorite things was my Matron Of Honor, my grandma. She has always been my best friend, so this felt natural to me when I was making this decision. Having her by my side as we got our hair and makeup done together, watching her walk down the aisle, give her speech…it’s something I’ll never take for granted. I’m so happy she was there by my side.
My husband and I had fun throughout the entire process! We would find ideas online and work together to recreate them in the perfect way. We wanted this day to feel very much like us…laid back, fun and family oriented. I really made sure my husband was apart of the planning so this was his day too. Travis has always been into cars. He has actually been working in the car industry for about 16 years, but loves to admire them and even saved his Hot Wheels collection from when he was younger. I wanted to incorporate this somehow and still use the vintage theme. I ended up buying older “Gatsby Era” hotwheels cars from eBay, and my mother and I spray painted them gold. We used these for the name cardholders. Everyone was so excited and still talks about these when we see them.
I am the luckiest bride because my mom is a very gifted floral designer. She’s been doing this all my life, so I knew exactly what I wanted! We used high end silk florals, so we worked on this project together. Not only did they turn out gorgeous, but they were even more special because me and my mom created them together! She also spray painted 150 hotwheel cars gold for the name cardholders. My family pitched in and helped create my perfect day, and a lot of it was DIY!
My uncle recently passed away, and he was a huge part of my life. I knew that I wanted to remember him somehow. I asked my aunt if I could borrow their wedding cake topper for the day. She gladly agreed, and it was perfect. It was an original vintage couple, and I loved it more than anything else I could have purchased. We had so many family heirloom portraits and photos surrounding the reception area, and everywhere you looked…something had special meaning to Travis or I. His family is very into the Italian traditions, so you also saw those sprinkled throughout the day.
Photography | Jessica Lee Photography | Venue | Fox Chapel Golf Club | Florals | MB Floral Designs | Cake | Bella Christies and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique | Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas | Paper Goods | Punchpaper | Videography | ShoFilms | DJ | 2nd II None Productions | Gown | CB Couture from Sorelle Bridal Salon | Shoes | Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bari Jay | Hair | Aimee Walicki of Izzazu Salon Spa Seranta | Makeup | Lauren Borowski of Izzazu Salon Spa Seranta | Popcorn Bar | Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Cigar Bar | Little Cuba Cigar Lounge
This snowy bridal session from Nicki Metcalf is straight out of a dream! With a winter wonderland backdrop reminiscent of Narnia, this shoot is a beautiful mix of whimsy and romance. I love the vintage gown and fur coat. And the bouquet is out of this world! It is so unique, with amazing texture that is perfect for someone wanting the unexpected.
I love all the rich berry hues in today’s Georgia fall wedding from Laura Barnes Photo. The centerpieces are amazing with all the pomegranates and plums!
For our wedding, I knew I wanted something really old world and vintage, that would also pull from the rich colors of fall that I love so much. I wanted it to be classy yet also unrefined, a little wild, and unexpected in some ways, which I think we captured very well in the floral design. We had some very unexpected elements in the flowers that I loved, such as pomegranates, cabbages, plums, and artichokes. I wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities, which are both a little quirky at times, and I think that was captured pretty well too.
The traditional wedding day heirlooms were actually the most last minute thing that we had to pull together. Probably the most meaningful piece that I wore belonged to my aunt- a ring that was given to her by my uncle a long time ago. We also had the old vintage typewriter displayed on the entry table that Sean had used to propose to me. It still had the paper in it that said “Will you marry me?” and people loved seeing that. It is also really special because Sean and my dad worked together to restore it a couple years ago and really bonded over it.
I really loved everything about the day! If I had to choose, I think my very favorite moment was the ceremony itself, when we exchanged our vows. I was so incredibly nervous all day, and i just knew I was going to mess them up somehow (I am terrible at speaking in front of an audience.) But when the time came, i had never felt more calm. I ignored everyone else and only talked to Sean, and it felt really good to be able to think & speak clearly in that moment because I feel like the day just went by so quickly, I was worried I would go through them and not be able to remember it later. It was pretty magical honestly.
I think what was most important to me was to have our day reflect our personalities and for our guests to have a good time. We wanted it to be a celebration that when people left, they could honestly say that had a blast and enjoyed their time there.
I did all of the chalkboard hand lettering myself, as well as the wooden sign that said “here comes the bride” that the flower girls carried in during the ceremony. I also made the “Sweet Shop” sign with hand lettering detail that hung above the candy table. Sean and I also found some of the old silver pieces & trophies that were used for floral arrangements at Roswell antique stores around our house.
As for the location, we simply chose a venue that was set in nature and was the most convenient location for all of our guests & family that live nearby. All of my vendors did an excellent job- I simply cannot say enough about all of them. Along the way, we hit a couple of speed bumps where we had to change vendors suddenly due to unforeseen events & take a leap of faith on the ones we chose, but in the end I was even more glad of the choices we made. The entertainment, catering, floral design…it was all exactly what we wanted.
Photography | Laura Barnes Photo | Venue | Foxhall Resort | Florals | Kudzu Creative Designs | Cake | Bonnie Bedingfield | Catering | Atlanta’s Finest Catering | Rentals | Unlimited Rentals | Paper Goods | Minted | Dress | Judd Waddell from Bridals by Lori | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bill Levkoff | Hair & Make-Up | Indulge Day Spa + Salon | DJ | DJ Tod Entertainment | Videography | Sterling Cinematics | Transportation | Memories in the Making Vintage Car Rentals