With the upcoming silver screen release of The Great Gatsby, Art Deco inspired designs from that era are taking the design world by storm. This trend can most certainly be seen in the world of weddings making it ripe for a styled shoot. Cue the talents of Carla Ten Eyck, The White Dress by the shore, Jubilee Events, Hana Floral Design, d.d.Nickel Makeup Studio, Jennie Kay, Ana Parzych Cakes, New England Country Rentals, and Jeremy White. Together the team crafted an opulent, enchanting shoot that evoked the feel of The Great Gatsby novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The scene was set at the historic Branford House Mansion with its stunning mélange of ornamentation. (The story of the Branford House is quite fascinating. For you architecture + history buffs, you can read more here.) A big thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring the editorial in all its prettiness!
The paper story was heavily influenced by the geometric shapes prevalent from the Deco era. I strive to include elements of discovery and cheeky language into all of my designs and this suite was no exception. The matchbook-style reception card was a nod to the rise in smoking during that time period and also became another piece for guests to open and discover. The favors doubled as place cards. Inside the gold boxes were acrylic diamonds filled with chocolate candies and adorned with a tag reading “You’re a gem! We treasure your presence.” For a new twist on the ever-popular flagged cocktail straws, I designed tags that spiraled around the straw – playful and sexy! The tags read “Giggle Water”, 1920’s slang for an intoxicating beverage. I adore slang BTW, and the 1920’s coined so many fun phrases. There is a great list of words here that I find to be highly entertaining. Okay, enough with beating one’s gums, let’s get a wiggle on with the eye candy:
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck and Anna Briggs // Event Design/Coordination: Jubilee Events // Fashion Styling: The White Dress by the shore // Floral Design: Hana Floral Design // Paper Stylist: Coral Pheasant Stationery // Cake & Confections: Ana Parzych Cakes, // Makeup: d.d.Nickel Makeup Studio // Hair: Jennie Kay // Rentals: New England Country Rentals // Video: Jeremy White
April and Matt were married at the Glen Manor House late last summer. The vision for their day was inspired by 1920’s French garden parties and the delightful French movie Amelie. It was also important to April that sustainable materials be used. With this inspiration in hand we developed a playful suite with free-flowing text typeset in a quirky calligraphy font. Bits of French were brought into the design on the RSVP and the quote that graces the inside of the kraft mailer. I love when I’m given the opportunity to have fun with the RSVP envelope and can integrate the stamp in a dynamic way. In this instance, the stamp was framed in flourishes the complimented the font. To ensure the envelope would travel successfully through the mail, we did a test mailing before having the envelopes printed. The cards were tucked inside the kraft mailer creating a unique package for guests to open and experience. The mailer was sealed with a strip of wash tape and addressed with the beautiful calligraphy of Brown Linen Designs.
The main invitation was letterpress printed on double-thick 220# ecru Crane’s Lettra while all the enclosures were letterpress printed on 110# Lettra. Lettra is a 100% cotton sheet is made from cotton fibers gleaned from the cotton seeds, after having been cleaned for garment production and before being processed for cotton seed oil. This made it a perfect choice to honor April’s request of using sustainable materials. The kraft mailer was made from 100% post consumer waste and all the inks were soy based. The cherry on top? My printer has a strict recycling and conservation program and uses bicycle messengers for the majority of their local deliveries. All the bases were covered!
Inspired by the moody, mystical feel of Fort Adams’ arched brick ceilings and granite walls, the team at Bliss Celebrations Magazine developed an editorial shoot around an imagined 30th birthday dinner for “Carter”. The concept was to create a refined celebration that marked this milestone birthday with a modern meets Gothic sensibility layered with luxurious touches. The warm glow of the candles bathed the brick walls in amber tones while corrugated metal containers held a variety of begonias, succulents and moss. Mixed metal place settings added sophistication to the table scape. The custom table runners by Rentals Unlimited are one of my favorite details. Their tailored construction, parted slightly to reveal a modern lace fabric is brilliant. Add antlers to the mix and this is a party I want to have for myself!
For the stationery suite, I kept the palette predominately white with bits of grey. I was really drawn to the quirky “architectural” slab serif font. The strong lines of the typeface paralleled the strong lines of the arched casemates at Fort Adams. Fun facts about the year the birthday boy was born were used to create trivia cards and coordinating coasters carried the paper story to the bourbon bar. To see the full editorial spread, check out the latest edition of Bliss Celebrations magazine.
Venue: Fort Adams // Photography: Snap! Weddings // Styling: Claudia Seyffert // Floral Design: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design // Paper Stylist: Coral Pheasant Stationery // Cake & Confections: Confectionery Designs // Lighting and Bar: Ormonde Productions // Rentals and Custom Linens: Rentals Unlimited/
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