A Modern Gatsby Party

gatsby invitation

Opulence. Glamor. Luxury. These are just some of the words one might associate with the ‘Roaring 20s’ era portrayed in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. With the movie version of the novel directed by Baz Lurman opening next week, this luxurious lifestyle will soon be on the mind of many and will likely inspire new brides to adopt Gatsby’s jubilant party style for their weddings. But what would a Gatsby party look like today?

An amazing team of Southern California wedding vendors got together to find out and designed what is a perfect example of the type of wedding celebration a modern day Gatsby might throw. Using the movie and novel as inspiration, the team combined graphic patterns and a mix of vintage and modern furniture to bring the Gatsby party into 2013. They wanted to design a celebration that felt opulent but wasn’t too over the top or stuffy. Something that brides and grooms today could identify with.

gatsby bride

gatsby bride


The groom wore a three-piece linen suit — very Gatsby-esque– and the bride looked absolutely show stopping in a Spring 2013 Lazaro gown that featured art-deco inspired embellishments but was so much more than the expected 20s-era sheath dress.


gatsby wedding

gatsby reception

gold details

To give the party a more modern feel, they incorporated colorful florals and unexpected geometric patterns. The main design feature that inspired the look initially was a beautiful hard cover edition of The Great Gatsby that features a beautiful rose-gold scallop pattern. They used that pattern throughout the entire design of the party, from the stationery to the linens, and even the cake. The scallop design was paired with polka dot linens on the table, which kept the design very graphic, fresh and fun, while still very luxurious.

gatsby wedding

gold plate chargers

hanigng star decor

ghost chairs

ghost chairs



bar aid

gold cake

guest book

The couple danced to music by the amazing and fun band The New Recessionaires whose style is of the period, but with lyrics have a decidedly modern twist, a perfect fit for this celebration.

gatsby wedding


And a fun behind the scenes film by Visioneer Media

Thanks so much to all these talented artists!

photography: Heidi Ryder Photography // florals: Rosebud Floral Designs // design: Wish Wonder Dream // videography: Visioneer Media // hair + makeup: AT Makeup Pro // venue: The Los Angeles Athletic Club  // vintage furniture + rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // table settings + chairs: Town and Country Event Rentals  // bridal gown: Lazaro // bridal headpieces: Gilded Shadows // groom’s bow tie + pocketsquare: Klein Epste in & Parker // cake: The Cake Studio //band: The New Recessionaires // paper goods: Simply Letterpressed // pocketwatch: Ingredients for Lovely // star chandelier: Paper Lantern Store // gold garland: Art’s Delight // models: Hayley O’Connor and Grant Bridges

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  1. Thanks so much for the feature, Jen! So glad to see our hard work come to life here! xoxo

  2. This is so great! The 20s continually inspire me, and this looks like the kind of wedding I’d love to have one day. Beautiful!

  3. I love vintage inspired wedding :) The bride looked every inch like Daisy Buchanan on her wedding day!

  4. Wow, what a gorgeous wedding with every detail thought out. Just love the 20s! super cute video, too.

  5. SUCH a beautiful wedding! I love the colour scheme and the style of the venue!!!

  6. Yes, thank you for the feature! Such a joy to be part of something so spectacular! Enjoyed every bit of this!

  7. These images are just beautiful!

    The composition of the images and colour in the images are just perfect! You can definitely tell that this was shot by a true professional wedding photographer!

  8. Holy gorgeous-ness! This is the best Gatsby inspired shoot I’ve seen yet! Sheer perfection – bravo to all involved!

  9. more Gatsby themed weddings! Love it! and band was such a nice touch. loved the decor and outfits!!

  10. This is so beautiful – love the video!

  11. So amazing!!!! Congrats to all involved to produce such a beautiful event in such an incredible venue!!! Cheers!!!!

  12. I am loving this! The Great Gatsby was such a powerful book, and to see it translated visually and taken up by so many people is really very beautiful.

    My blog is currently doing a “Great Gatsby” design week with customisable art deco monograms! check it out here http://goo.gl/JHC71M


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