Hello Hello, is everyone having a good week? I can’t believe I’m on my 4th blog post for Darby & Joan, I hope you’re enjoying reading them as much as I’m loving putting them together. This weeks blog post is taking us back to one of the most decadent eras, and possible my favourite. We’re going to whisk off to the 1920s and indulge in the glitz and glam that the Jazz Age was so well known for. This weeks Vinspiration – that word again! Comes in the form of 4 moodboards covering all the details of 1920s wedding, from the Hen Party right the way through to the oh so glamourous Honeymoon. So, stop what you’re doing pop on some pearls and sip a little champagne. After all ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody!’
Also known as the 1920s Hen Party! and the perfect place to start your journey through the roaring 20s. Get your girls together and prepare yourselves for a evening full of glitz, glamour and plenty of fizz. Start the evening off with a fabulous Vintage Tea Party and serve your cocktails alongside sweet treats like golden macaroons and glittery cake pops. The distinctive sounds of 1920s Jazz is the soundtrack to your evening and perfect for you to pull out those Charleston dance moves. The outfit? An embellished dress with plenty of fringing and a neck draped in pearls. Think sleek finger waves with feather headpieces, the smokiest of eyes and bold red or dark lips. Perfect!
On to the clothing. The 1920s were a time of grandeur and luxury and no doubt this was echoed through the fashion. It’s so fascinating how 1920s fashion was so overloaded with glitz and glamour but can look so simple and striking. Imagine silk, lace, dropped waistlines and hints of art deco patterns. A winter wedding? A dramatic feather cape or a (faux) fur coat will put the chills at bay and ooze sophistication. Accessorise with beautifully adorned shoes and delicate headpieces. Sheena Holland in Derby have the most amazing range of vintage headwear and accessories. For something inspired by the 1920s take a peek at the Great Gatsby range. Beautiful headbands, combs and tiaras that are guaranteed to set your heart a flutter.
The 1920s was all about the details, less is more? Not in this era. Striking black and white mixed with metallic tones mimic the opulent nature of this period. Create dramatic centrepieces with ostrich feathers and pearls and incorporate subtle art deco shapes and patterns into the stationery. The wedding venue? Imagine a grand ballroom, the ceiling adorned with crystal chandeliers. The sound of a live jazz band transporting you to a celebration that Jay Gatsby would be proud of. Subtle hues of blush pinks and mint greens compliment the decor. The champagne is flowing in the form of a champagne waterfall no doubt and the cake, well, this is the 1920s, embellish that too!
The Great Getaway
It would be rude not to carry on the glamour of the 1920s through to the Honeymoon. Boat, plane, car or train do it in style and pack those vintage suitcases and transport yourself somewhere fabulous! Relax in the glorious sunshine, let the champagne can flow and do it all in a most gorgeous high-waisted swimsuit and sun hat – Hello sophistication! If you fancy a honeymoon in true decadent Gatsby style jet off New York City. Stay at the New York Plaza, who have recently designed the new Fitzgerald Suite to celebrate the release of the The Great Gatsby. Glitz, glamour and grandeur, I do think so!
Oh the 1920s! So beautiful and captivating, are you loving the glamour? We hope this post has given you plenty of ideas if you’re planning a 1920s themed wedding. Which elements would you incorporate into your big day? We’d love to hear from you! Also, if you fancy staying in the 1920s for a little while longer why not pop over to our 1920s Wedding Style Pinterest board.
*P.S Did anyone noticed Darby & Joan’s Karen on the ‘Glamourous Garments’ board? Pretty fab eh? Those photos were from a 1920s themed photo shoot a while ago that Darby & Joan styled. Set in the stunning Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and captured by Liezl Croft. Many thanks to Luxe Bridal for the beautiful dresses and Vintage Chic Wedding Fair for organising it.
Here’s a few more snaps from the shoot.
When Susie from Vintage Chic asked if Darby & Joan would like to be involved with a vintage styled photo shoot, it took me all of three seconds to say yes please. The idea behind the shoot was to help promote the fast approaching Vintage Chic Wedding Fair at The Centenial Centre in Birmingham on 22nd April.
Susie was keen to work with suppliers who would be exhibiting at this fair, so a few weeks ago we met up with Luxe Bridal, The Red Cake Company, Liezl Croft Photography, Cheryl Williams and Emily Hall.
We had a lot of fun producing these images and hope that is reflected here.
We were hoping to capture the femininity, elegance and glamour of the 1920s and 1930s. Our our brief from Susie that we were to smile, smile, smile…which was pretty easy for Ulle & I as we had such a giggle during the day.
Becky & Shelley from Luxe Bridal arrived laden down with a selection of the most beautiful original vintage wedding gowns, and the trickiest part of the day was deciding who was to wear which dress as we both fell in love with all of them.Cherished Vintage Bridal Accessories supplied the stunningly gorgeous headpieces.
Susie had chosen The Botanical Gardens in Birmingham as the venue because it offered us a gorgeous art-deco backdrop and it’s architecture, colours and gardens perfectly suited the theme of the shoot.
While we were being made up and having our hair curled Liezl, from Liezl Croft Photography had plenty of time to decide on which parts of the building to use.
Emily Hall was the make up artist on the day and did a fantastic job in transforming us into glamourous, authentic looking vintage brides. Our hair was styled byCheryl Williams and she really was superb.
And the cakes! These were supplied by The Red Cake Company and they really were stunning.
I had decided to take lots of silverware, crystal, faux fur and lace as styling props for the day. I wanted to try and capture the glamour and opulence of the roaring Twenties.
One of the highlights for me of the day was discovering a piano tucked away in a corner, finding a nice chap and asking if we could use it as a prop. Of course he said, where would you like me to move it too… one of my mottos is “always ask, because you never know…” so when I said I would like it lifting onto the stage area I was pleasantly surprised that he agreed! Watching four burly men trying to lift the piano onto a stage that was three foot high was like a sketch from Only Fools and Horses! But bless them, they managed it, so thanks guys! I suspect the piano is still there…
I hope you enjoy this post as much as we all enjoyed putting it all together.
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