A Modern Gatsby Party

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryHeidi Ryder Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Introducing The GWS Shop!

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Exciting news lovely GWS readers! This morning we launched The GWS Shop!

What’s the GWS Shop you ask?  

We get a lot of emails asking, “How can I make my wedding look like a GWS wedding?”, so we decided to make it easier for you to find and buy key pieces to do just that right here GWS. We partnered with some of our favorite brands to bring you a wide selection of styles and price points. The nice part for you is that we already did all of the hard work of looking through all of the products so you don’t need to. Instead of just featuring ALL products from ALL designers, the GWS Shop features a carefully curated collection of fashion and accessories that fit the GWS look and are items that you’d likely see featured in one of our posts.

What will we carry?

The GWS Shop features wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, hair accessories, shoes, clutches, jewelry, groom attire, decor, DIY elements and more to be added. So, if you see a wedding or trend post on GWS that you just love, swing over to The GWS Shop to find pieces to help you create your own version of the look!

We’ll update The GWS Shop as new product lines and individual products are released, so be sure to check back to find the latest styles + trends for your big day!

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When browsing through our Shop, you can search by category (product type) or collection. We have perfect GWS collections such as Boho Beach, Rustic Woodland, Metallic and more!

For those of you looking for help selecting or creating a look for yourself, we’ll be creating a Get the Look feature each week to offer you fun + new color palettes or themes that you can use as guides. We have a few in there now, but we’ll be adding lots more in the upcoming weeks.

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So, hop on over to The GWS Shop and check it out! If you have any new products or designers to suggest, just hit the gray Feedback button on the left side of the screen. We’ll do our best to accommodate your requests. And if you are a designer and would like us to feature your designs in the Shop, please contact us at shop @ greenweddingshoes.com! We want to make this the go to resource for GWS readers.

We really hope this helps when you are looking for the perfect pieces for your wedding day!

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The Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

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Next week Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby finally comes out and the cinematography, styling and soundtrack all look AMAZING! Can’t wait to see it…With 1920′s fashion + design so popular right now (especially in weddings!) I’m excited to share not one, but two gorgeous 1920′s styled shoots today!

The first is from Jenn & Derrek Sullivan with Flora + Fauna. Their team set their shoot at The Ribault Club in Jacksonville, Florida which was built in the 1920′s – how fitting, right? I love that they used the gorgeous Aiguille gown from BHLDN. One of my most favorite 1920′s inspired dresses available for brides right now!

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

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Thanks so much to all these creative artists for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Jenn & Derrek Sullivan with Flora + Fauna // videography: Derrek Sullivan with Fauna Films // event coordinator: Cheryl Abbott with Forever Sacred Events // wardrobe stylist: Argie Mitra // venue : The Ribault Club in Jacksonville, Florida // floral design: Anything With Plants & Flowers and Floral Emporium II // vintage rentals: Heavenly Vintage & Graybeards Antiques // cakes + cake stands: Marisa Carta Ratliff with Sweet ‘N’ Flour // linen rentals: Kirby Rentals, LLC // makeup: Nicole Caraballo Kaleel with Makeup by Paulina Perez // hair styling: Erin Piil with Makeup by Paulina Perez // wedding gown: Anna Sui for BHDLN // bridal headpieces: Mata Hari’s Daughter // bridal accessories: Sei Bella Private CollectionPink UndergroundBeatrice Couture Designs, & BHDLN // bridesmaid dress: k.hendrix and Pink Underground // wooden bowties: Two Guys Bow Ties // groom’s attire: Calvin Klein // models: Julia &  Brandon Morrison,  Stone Estok・Heather Lynn Shaw // paper goods: Hello Tenfold // vintage stamps: Verde Studio // engagement dress: Renzo + Kai // fur shaw: k.hendrix // engagement bracelets + pearls: Sei Bella Private Collection // engagement halo: BHDLN // engagement men’s attire: Theory and Two Guys’ Bow Ties

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