The Glamourous Great Gatsby

Victoria + Adam | Oct 27, 2018

Black and gold, art deco themed vintage wedding with pops of red and fuchsia at The Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina

Victoria never thought she’d meet the man of her dreams while she was dressed as a French maid and he was dressed as the Dos Equis man. But, as fate would have it, that is exactly what happened on that fateful Halloween night. While the two spent that whole night talking and dancing, they didn’t actually exchange numbers until the following weekend when they coincidentally ran into one another again. 

For their third anniversary, Adam gifted Victoria a romantic winter weekend in Asheville. Unfortunately for them, when that weekend rolled around, so did a winter storm. Adam decided to push the trip back a day and wait until the snow had passed. The couple headed out into the mountains the following morning but what Victoria didn’t know is that her sister and two friends were following behind them. 

After they arrived, they checked out the famous ginger bread house exhibit at their hotel and sat down to enjoy an amazing brunch buffet. Much to her surprise, Adam only made one trip up to the buffet, but looking back at it, it all makes sense now. Once they were done eating, they headed outside to enjoy the sweeping views. Just as Victoria started telling Adam it had been the best day ever, he only made it better and got down on one knee. As soon as Victoria said yes, her surprise guests appeared and they all celebrated together. 

Victoria and Adam had planned their art deco wedding for the same weekend in September that Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, putting their Gatsby Glam soiree on hold. Luckily, they were able to reschedule for October, coincidentally the same weekend they met years ago. It felt like it was meant to be!

The morning of the wedding Victoria was getting glammed up with a vintage up do and a bright pink lip. Once she slipped into her dress, her look took us back to Old Hollywood glam in an instant. 

“Like most girls I had been dreaming of my wedding gown my whole life. I had even dreamt of being a wedding gown designer and drew my dream gowns that were hung on the walls of my bedroom growing up,” said the bride.

It was no wonder that she found the most amazing sequined mermaid gown with an illusion button up back and flowing train. 

“I loved the art deco intricate detail of the diamond patterned sequins on my gown, with slight sleeves draped off my shoulders and a deep V neckline, with an invisible back lined with floating buttons,” Victoria said. “The long train gave a vintage glamour that I was looking for with the right touch of elegance by my beaded shoes.”

Once Victoria was dressed, she added the most special DIY item to complete her look. Her mom surprised her with a custom birdcage veil and pearl barrette that she made herself. 

Then, the bride headed outside for a special moment alone with her dad for the first time all day. It nearly brought a tear to our eye when we saw the custom cufflinks Victoria gifted her dad in that moment. One was a picture of the two of them from her childhood and the other said “I loved you first” with the wedding date. 

While the bride and her dad shared a moment together outside, inside the groom and his groomsmen put on their classic black tuxedo jackets and black bow ties, and got ready to head over to the church. 

Guests arrived at the church and began to take their seats. The ceremony began as Adam and his groomsmen took their spots at the front of the altar. The bridesmaids then joined, one by one, each in a different, yet on point, elegant Gatsby-esque dress

“I never imagined my bridesmaids matching, but rather wearing something that made them look and feel beautiful and proud to stand by my side on the best day of my life,” explained the bride. “I loved that each of their personalities showed through a long formal dress in either all black or black and gold while my sister, who is my best friend and was my maid of honor, stood out in wearing all gold sequins.”

Each bridesmaid carried one of the most unique bouquets we’ve ever seen. It was a cluster of purple calla lily stems framed by a white orchid and a green orchid, dripping with strands of pearls. The coolest part? The bride saved the pearls and reused them on her Christmas tree later that year!

When the anticipated moment came, the church doors opened and everyone rose to their feet. The organ and bagpiper began and Victoria, carrying a white orchid bouquet, started walking down the aisle arm in arm with her father, headed to meet Adam. 

“Our wedding was not only a day of celebration but also one of religious and sentimental importance,” Victoria said. “Not only did we want to make our wedding memorable and unique, but we also wanted to honor our families that brought us together.”

The first way the couple made sure the ceremony was sentimental was by getting not one, not two, but three officiants that were important to them. One was the bride’s religion professor, one was her chaplain at her university and the other was the minister where her parents attend church. 

In order to honor their families, they had the bagpiper as a nod to the groom’s dad’s Scottish heritage, play songs from the bride’s parent’s wedding and even did a mother’s tribute where both mothers came together to combine their bouquets into one arrangement. 

It wasn’t long before Victoria and Adam shared their first kiss and husband and wife recessed down the aisle. Instead of a traditional recessional, the couple wanted to ensure they had a moment with every single guest so they came right back into the chapel to escort each guest out of their seats. 

Once all the guests were escorted out, the couple hopped into the 1920s Ford Model T vintage car, complete with a “just married” sign and all! Not only was it perfect for the vintage vibe of the wedding, but also a great tribute to the groom’s dad who spent most of his life working for Ford in Detroit. 

When guests arrived at the reception, they were transformed back in time to the 1920s and taken right to a party at the great Gatsby’s. The room was decked out in black and gold with pops of reds, pinks and purples and dripping with pearls and feathers.

The tables were all set with a black linen that had a gold overlay on it. There was a gold rimmed acrylic charger at each place setting with a black napkin holding a menu card sitting on top. In the center of each table was either a short arrangement in a gold vase or a tall arrangement in a black vase full of bright red, fuchsia and lavender florals and accenting black feathers.

On the head table was a gold sequin linen and the center was lined with the bridesmaid’s pearl and calla lily bouquets. Instead of black napkins, they had white napkins and added a fuchsia bloom on top for the perfect pop of color. 

And of course, no Gatsby themed wedding is complete without a five tiered art deco style cake. The bottom and middle tiers had a geometric pattern etched into it, while the other two middle tiers had gold and black designs, and the top tier had a white, black and gold geometric fan hanging off it. 

Introductions were made, first dances were had, speeches were given and the cake was cut. You would have never known that this wasn’t the original day the couple picked for their wedding. In fact, the couple even made light of the situation and chose hurricane themed songs like “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Raining Men” for their introductions and bouquet toss. The night was seemingly perfect!

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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