Gatsby Glam; gorgeous 1920s wedding inspiration


Emma Stokes Photography | Gatsby Wedding Ideas, 1920s wedding inspiration, Nurstead Court, Kent Wedding Venue, bride sitting on piano

I love the 1920s and this shoot epitomises everything fabulous from that era! The dress, the hair, the classic black and gold colour scheme; looking at these images you instantly know the theme and I actually think I can almost hear 20s music playing in the background!

Kerry-Ann Wells MUA came up with the concept and planned the shoot, as well as doing the model’s stunning make-up for the day. Here is what she had to say about the shoot: ‘My inspiration for this shoot came from my love for a slightly bolder and more glamorous looking bride. I first experienced 1920’s makeup when I chose to create a 'flapper girl' look as my final piece to submit for a Vintage and Occasion course I had taken with the Lucy Jayne Makeup Academy. The dramatic but sensual look that 'Gatsby Glam' achieved, commanded my attention, and the style became a theme that I adored. So I built my concept from there, and with model Laura Harwood on board, I was confident she could carry off my dramatic look with a striking grace and elegance. Adding a slightly more modern twist, I went with a gold and black smokey eye, with the traditional bold plum lips and pale skin. Sinead, from Sinsational Lox, teamed this look with a classic faux bob featuring soft waves and curls, dressing the hair with a gorgeous handmade brow band decorated in gold leaves, diamanté’s and pearls from Honey V Bridal Accessories. Laura’s bridal gown needed to be spectacular, and essentially needed to bring the finer details from the Gatsby era. Eliza Jane Howell’s stunning Padua dress in gold, with its hand beaded details and tassels, was a perfect style choice. In true Gatsby style, complementing the overall look were black satin t-bar shoes, beautifully hand made by Lace and Love, featuring antique gold embellishments and feathers. Our groom David Veitch really played the part in his black tux to keep with the Gatsby theme.

Nurstead Court was the ideal location for our shoot. With its rich history and relaxed glamour having been enjoyed in its 1920's heyday, it was easy to re-imagine Gatsby in these surroundings. The décor was in keeping with the 1920's era - black, gold and white with plenty of vintage inspired elements. Black napkins and sequin tablecloths were used to add drama and sparkle to the tables, which were beautifully set with vintage champagne, saucers and plates. Stylist Natasha, from Pearline Events, sourced gold cutlery which really complemented the crockery and the use of gold charger plates, adding a lovely touch which really helped to frame the table setting and 1920’s style stationery. The style also lent itself to fun and opulent aspects that were reflected as Gemma, from GB Elegant Events, incorporated huge ostrich feathers for the tables’ centrepieces, surrounding them with tea lights and votives filled with flowers. A truly breath-taking walk back in time was being created and with a few finishing touches our Gatsby theme would be complete.

Danielle from Bespoke Bakes, designed a truly dazzling cake that represented the drama and decadence of the 1920’s era along with some themed cookies and cake pops. The amazing floral mantel was created by florist, Jo from Moody Blooms. Her choice in taking a simplistic approach to the flowers allowed for the dress to take centre stage. Some of the flowers used included white majolica spray roses, snapdragons, and white anemones with a black eye to compliment the colour scheme.

Bespoke Art Deco style stationery created by Designed by Joe, continued from the tables to a beautiful seating plan and welcome sign which helped to complete the styling. A fun aspect to the shoot was provided by The Glitzy Balloon Company, who created an amazing bath tub scene and cascading organic display, coming from the piano, achieving this by using black, gold chrome, and glitzy confetti balloons. Heritage Cars Kent kindly provided us with an Ivory Beauford Vickers convertible, a gorgeous, chic, classic car which was the ultimate in elegance and style and looked truly stunning in all its glory outside our historic venue.


Emma, from Emma Stokes Photography, really captured the essence of the 1920’s era with a mixture of wide angled sweeping shots of the outdoors as well as the stunning details on the dress, accessories and decorations. Nurstead Court provided the quintessential backdrop needed both inside and out which was perfect for the classy style of Gatsby.’





The creative team behind the shoot:


Concept, planning and make up artist - Kerry-Ann Wells MUA Stylist - Pearline Events Venue - Nurstead Court Photographer - Emma Stokes Photography Props team - GB Elegant Events, Vintage Flair China, One Splendid Day Balloons - The Glitzy Balloon Company Florist - Moody Blooms Stationery - Designed by Joe Cake - Bespoke Bakes Models - Laura Harwood and David Veitch Dress - Eliza Jane Howell Shoes - Lace and Love Bridal Accessories - Honey V Tiaras Hair - Sinsational Lox Car - Heritage Cars Kent

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