It’s all feathers and gold and glam in this Gatsby inspired wedding from Jessica Lee Photography. I love all the heirlooms and personal details this couple incorporated in their day, like the cake topper from the bride’s uncle’s wedding. And the vintage car escort cards are genius! But the best part is the Matron of Honor: the bride’s grandmother. Such sweet memories in having a loved one so close on your wedding day!
I fell in love with The Great Gatsby and have always loved that era and vintage look. When I was planning my wedding, I knew I wanted it to be timeless, classic and incorporate hints of vintage Gatsby flair. It was also very important to incorporate family heirlooms, vintage pictures, and be surrounded by those we’ve lost over the years. When looking back and seeing photos of us cutting our cake, it’s really awesome to see our family photos on the mantel right behind us, just like they were there.
One of my favorite things was my Matron Of Honor, my grandma. She has always been my best friend, so this felt natural to me when I was making this decision. Having her by my side as we got our hair and makeup done together, watching her walk down the aisle, give her speech…it’s something I’ll never take for granted. I’m so happy she was there by my side.
My husband and I had fun throughout the entire process! We would find ideas online and work together to recreate them in the perfect way. We wanted this day to feel very much like us…laid back, fun and family oriented. I really made sure my husband was apart of the planning so this was his day too. Travis has always been into cars. He has actually been working in the car industry for about 16 years, but loves to admire them and even saved his Hot Wheels collection from when he was younger. I wanted to incorporate this somehow and still use the vintage theme. I ended up buying older “Gatsby Era” hotwheels cars from eBay, and my mother and I spray painted them gold. We used these for the name cardholders. Everyone was so excited and still talks about these when we see them.
I am the luckiest bride because my mom is a very gifted floral designer. She’s been doing this all my life, so I knew exactly what I wanted! We used high end silk florals, so we worked on this project together. Not only did they turn out gorgeous, but they were even more special because me and my mom created them together! She also spray painted 150 hotwheel cars gold for the name cardholders. My family pitched in and helped create my perfect day, and a lot of it was DIY!
My uncle recently passed away, and he was a huge part of my life. I knew that I wanted to remember him somehow. I asked my aunt if I could borrow their wedding cake topper for the day. She gladly agreed, and it was perfect. It was an original vintage couple, and I loved it more than anything else I could have purchased. We had so many family heirloom portraits and photos surrounding the reception area, and everywhere you looked…something had special meaning to Travis or I. His family is very into the Italian traditions, so you also saw those sprinkled throughout the day.
Photography | Jessica Lee Photography | Venue | Fox Chapel Golf Club | Florals | MB Floral Designs | Cake | Bella Christies and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique | Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas | Paper Goods | Punchpaper | Videography | ShoFilms | DJ | 2nd II None Productions | Gown | CB Couture from Sorelle Bridal Salon | Shoes | Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bari Jay | Hair | Aimee Walicki of Izzazu Salon Spa Seranta | Makeup | Lauren Borowski of Izzazu Salon Spa Seranta | Popcorn Bar | Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Cigar Bar | Little Cuba Cigar Lounge