The Great Gatsby Wedding of Dreams


I attended a New Years’ Eve wedding, which was pretty much heaven on Earth. Everything about it was perfect, and the Great Gatsby theme only lent itself to the absolute perfection. I loved that the theme wasn’t in your face, but it was subtly tied in throughout the day. The Art Deco/Great Gatsby wedding theme was ideal for New Years with the rich gold color mixed beautifully with black, white, and tons of sparkle.

When I walked in the reception room, my jaw literally dropped. The draping from the ceiling was exquisite, and the addition of the chandeliers just put it over the edge. The bride, my roommate from college, looked spectacularly classic with a modern twist. She literally exuded “princess.”

Consistent with current wedding trends, there were a few different centerpieces which alternated throughout the room.  All classy, all with a 1920s-feel, and all gorgeous. The head table was a fun, long curved table adorned with the most beautiful candelabras. The chairs at the head table also had a little something extra with a simple but stunning black ribbon. Restricting this to the head table is a fantastic way to add a fun touch while keeping yourself on budget.

They made the most of the winter weather taking romantic photos in the snow. The bride and bridesmaids all sported darling fur coats to get the photos. It was truly a winter wonderland wedding.




I absolutely adore the reflection in this photo.


Gorgeous Art Deco-inspired heels worn by the bride, subtly but perfectly in line with the theme.



These photos of the bridal party crack me up. They’re so “Mad Men” meets “Great Gatsby.”




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Such a pretty and simple way to distinguish the chairs at the head table.



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Thanks to the low lighting and hundreds of candles, the entire room felt like it was lit by candlelight which was so romantic.



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I love the detail in this centerpiece: the gold-sequined fabric, black and white marbles, and the beading on the box.


This floating candle and calla lily look is a huge wedding trend as of late. It looked delicate and charming.





The room was literally draped in crystals.


Surrounding the dance floor were these lounge-like low chairs with appropriately sparkly pillows. A lovely way to be in on the action without feeling pressure to dance.


The lighting made for the best photos.


The bride and her father danced to “Brown Eyed Girl,” which was adorable. It really alleviated any pressure for them.


The crafty bride made these adorable DIY headbands for all of the female guests. They were all adorned with feathers, beads, and flowers, perfectly complementing the theme and adding a fun layer to the evening.




I loved the baby’s breath and candles surrounding the beautiful cake.



There was a midnight toast. A perfect end to a perfect wedding.


  1. Kara Huen says

    This entire wedding idea would be a gorgeous project to take on! Another thing to take it a step further could even be to use the old cover of the book as a side of wedding invites or save the dates. Then people definitely know what kind of feel you’re going for and it adds a touch of personality to those pieces of paper, too! Don’t forget those diamonds and pearls, and maybe add an old-time photo op at your reception to add to the atmosphere of the time period. Good luck!

  2. Michaeline Perry says

    Weddings alone are a magical and beautiful engagement. They astound me with their breathtaking elegance and romance. Adding the theme of The Great Gatsby just takes it to an unimaginable level of perfection which just grabs my inner-English major by the shoulder and says “Just breathe. I know it’s beautiful… but calm down!”

    I adore the way this bride had the perfect mixture between her classic theme, current trends, and DIY. The ceiling draping with the twinkle lights, the sequined table clothes, the crystals, and the calla lilies combine to make such a beautiful setting.

  3. says

    What a beautiful blog and thank you for featuring this wedding. My company, Tamara Wendt Design designed and coordinated this beautiful wedding for Charlene and Luke. Charlene was an exquisite bride. It was truly a magical and beautiful wedding and thank you for featuring it.

  4. Lakeshia Kern says

    Did she make everything herself. I would like to know how she made those black things surrounding the candles.

  5. lisa says

    My daughter wants this same theme. Where did the reception take place at? Do you have any idea what a cost range was for designing a theme reception like this? Thanks

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