So many things come to mind when one pictures the roaring twenties. Whether it’s bootlegging, The Great Gatsby, or short haircuts and flapper dresses – no decade since has been able to embody decadence and glamour with such sophistication. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this time in history has inspired so many weddings as of late. Earlier this year in January, I once again worked with some brilliant suppliers to bring together a gorgeous 20’s themed shoot (with a few modern twists, of course) – and it felt like we’d travelled right back there!

Held at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, which offers luxury wedding packages for couples, this shoot was one to remember. Everything provided was so visually pleasing that there’s so much to mention, as every little detail came together to make the speakeasy-style spectacle. This was definitely due to the brilliant styling by Danielle Donnelly. Props, provided by The Prop Factory, were really something special at this shoot – giving a real creative flair and originality. The bar globe and gramophone looked like they’d been taken from Gatsby’s mansion at one of his parties, and the gold decorative frames and retro-style sign were such special touches. Then again, it is 2018, so those ultra trendy giant letters were alongside the retro bits – they really provide the perfect photo opportunity for guests!

Considering it is usually just a model bride we work with of these shoots, it was wonderful to have a model groom there also! They were truly transformed into a vintage dream couple. Both the dress and suit were from supplier The Wedding Hub, from Rock The Frock and The Vintage Suit Hire respectively. Styling like this just shows what magic can happen when vintage flair is combined with modern or traditional wedding wear, and as a result, they looked just like Daisy and Gatsby!

Vintage shoots bring so many fun accessories. The bride’s hair, done by Wags Hair, was an up-do of cascading curls, complemented by a classic feathered headband, bringing just the amount of glitz and glamour to a flapper-style bridal look. Make up, beautifully done by Gem Ryder MUA, was where the past and present came together. Classic subtle eye make up paired with a bright pink lip – all eyes would surely be on the bride with this look, despite all the speakeasy sparkle going on around the room.

The cake, by Cut Me Off A Slice, could easily be considered the star of the show, taking centre stage with its art deco style decoration. Icy silver and blue hues could be seen throughout the set up and the cake was no exception. After all, if you’re going to have a twenties themed wedding, everything needs a good dressing up—even the cake!

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The Secret Garden Flowers provided beautiful blooms for this shoot. They could have been picked from Gatsby’s garden itself! A colour scheme of white, pale and earthy greens, and different textures offset the other colours in the room just perfectly.

Stationery, provided by Knots & Kisses, was no exception to the 1920s theme. Using the authentic vintage fonts and classic design for the RSVP card, information card, and that all important drinks menu, they fit right in atop the tables amongst the timeless cut glass.

It was wonderful to bring the past into the present with this vintage shoot, at such a fabulous venue with suppliers who are so good at what they do! Now, who’s for a dance – and what’s a speakeasy themed wedding without a tipple or two?

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