Gatsby Glam Wedding Dresses

The truth is (even though she was a bit of a cow), there’s a big part of me that still wants to be Daisy Buchanan – flitting about in her beautiful dresses with her voice full of money, breaking hearts all over West Egg. Maybe that’s why every time I see a wedding gown sporting art deco embellishment and a slinky, satiny silhouette, I have a full-on, hold-on-to-your-chaise dress swoon. Or why designers like Johanna Johnson and Jenny Packham always have me dying over their latest collections. Forget princess dresses – for a glamorous bride, there’s no better way to go than with a touch of 1920s vintage. Especially when its complemented with gorgeous retro hair, a red lip, or a spectacular hairpiece. So for our month of glamour, I went on the hunt for some of the most breathtaking Gatsby-esque gowns from real weddings and styled shoots, each of them worthy of Daisy herself.Read More

Gatsby Glam Bridesmaid Dresses from Frock and Frill

A little while back, I wrote a post on Gatsby-style bridesmaid dresses, thinking it might interest a few people, but holy moly, it went on to be one of our most viewed posts of all time (and still is). Clearly the embellished flapper look is one that brides have fallen in love with, and who could blame you, because wow, these dresses are gorgeous and even better, they’re so much easier to find on the high street (or in the mall!) these days. You don’t even have to be having a 1920s or Art Deco wedding for these to make sense – they’re pretty enough to work with any elegant wedding style. (Although I do love a Gatsby wedding. After all, a little party never hurt nobody, right?) I recently became familiar with a UK brand that is taking this look to the next level, Frock and Frill. This label carries a wide range of flapper style dresses in a range of colours – all knock-me-down gorgeous – that would not only work for a bridal party but actually could work for a laid-back bride as well, or as a reception dress. I’m in love with the beaded embellishments, the flattering cuts, and the range of colours, so I’ve just had to dedicate today’s post to my top wedding-appropriate Frock and Frill dresses. Good luck picking a favourite – they’re all GORGEOUS! (Oh, and PS: You can also find all of them on our Bridesmaid Boutique board over on Pinterest!) Click on any of the dress images below to shop.

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Inspiration Board: Cleopatra’s Gold

Good morning, lovelies – did you have a fantastic weekend? Get up to any Halloween antics? Today’s board is one of my own inventions – sort of a mix between my recent Moroccan influences and a decadent art deco interpretation of Egyptian style. The colours – black, white and gold – are classic for an evening celebration of course, and paired with pretty luxe details like these beautiful bridesmaid dresses, gold-detailed glasses and those sandals, would make for a really lovely wedding. The bride’s makeup would be dramatic, and she’d wear a stunning mantilla – maybe with a flash of sequins on her dress and a henna tattoo. With so much going on with the table settings (love these print tablecloths, by the way, even if Kim Kardashian did use them), I’d keep the rest of the decor relatively simple – isn’t this tent-like draping a simple and lovely way to do things? The stationery would be a designer’s dream, and I’d combine several rich patterns in the three main colours. I would LOVE to see someone pull this off!

Colours: Gold, black & white

Top row (l-r): Bride in chair {P: Jose Villa}; bridesmaids {P: My Big Day Photos}; rings {P: Michelle Turner Photography; P: Leah Michelle}; glasses {P: Katie Neal Photo; D: Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations}; art deco mural
Row 2: Invitations; makeup {P: My Big Day Photos}; gold sandals {Elie Tahari}; gold beanbag; mantilla veil {P: Picotte Weddings; D: Wedding Nouveau}
Row 3: Table setting in gold, black and white {P: Katie Neal Photo; D: Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations}; henna tattoo {P: Picotte Weddings; D: Wedding Nouveau}; sequins {P: My Big Day Photos}; draped reception {P: Frenzel Photographers; C: Jesi Haack Weddings}.


Inspiration Board: Gucci Green

Good morning friends! I felt like doing something a bit different today – a stylish city wedding inspired by the latest catwalk trends. I adore the idea of a rooftop wedding (not enough couples trying this in SA to my mind – just think of the views from the Grand Daddy in Cape Town, for example, or the bar at the Hyde Park Hotel in Johannesburg, and check out two of my favourite Cape Town weddings with city views here and here). This time I’ve looked to Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection and created a bold palette of emerald green, gold and black (with a touch of geometrical art deco) that would really blow your guests away in the style stakes. It’s so striking. And OMG check out this bride wearing a green Gucci dress – one of the most elegant alternatives to the traditional white dress I have seen. Perfect for swanning around a terrace with your new husband, greeting your guests and drinking Emerald Isle cocktails, no?

Colours: Emerald green, black, gold


Top row (l-r): Rooftop table with gold sequin runner {S: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations/P: Scott Lawrence}; Art Deco cake {D: Lael Cakes; P:Jen Huang Photography}; chevron manicure; green Gucci wedding dress {P: Q Weddings}
Row 2: Emerald Isle martini; gold chevron tray; emerald and diamond Art Deco ring; green and gold place setting {S: Sweet Emilia Jane; P: Captured by Aimee}
Row 3: Gucci spring/summer 2012; Gucci shoes; green flowers; gold bottles.


Johanna Johnson Luxor Collection

I hate to admit it but sometimes Australia gets all the best stuff. For example: my three godsons, who live in Sydney. Or Indecent Obsession (well, they were awesome when I was 14 anyway). And certainly Johanna Johnson. South African brides may not have heard of her yet, but if you ever check out the spectacularly beautiful weddings coming out of Aussieland right now, you will definitely have seen her work. I adore its art deco styling, which manages to be retro but also fresh and modern at the same time – I’m pretty sure brides didn’t actually look this good in the 1930s. The fabrics are luxe, the draping is exquisite, and although not all brides can carry off this look, those that can are sure to draw gasps as they make their ceremony entrance. Johanna recently released her latest collection, which she’s called Luxor – I can’t think of a better name. It brings together the art deco fascination with the exotic (especially with Egypt) with the glittery opulence that I’m seeing coming into wedding styling regularly at the moment. I absolutely love it, and not just the dresses – check out the headpieces and other accessories too.Read More

Inspiration Board: Tales of the Jazz Age

Good morning lovelies! How was your weekend? I had a crazy busy one, and yesterday I got to hang out with some seriously awesome wedding bloggers. The very fab Naomi of Enchanted Dream Weddings was in London with her husband, so a group of us TWIPS girls joined them for a tradional British afternoon tea in Central London – oh my word, holy cakiness! I could use one of those cupcakes right now. Anyway, I’ll be blogging more about that soon, but today I have a very special inspiration board, created for one of our readers. Kirsten emailed me from Melbourne, where she lives with her Aussie fiance, but is planning a wedding in San Francisco. She has the most incredible venue, the City Club of San Francisco, an art deco gem dominated by a Diego Rivera mural, and she felt that the design of her wedding should be jazz age inspired since the venue has such a strong ‘personality’. I just love her colour palette of black and white, with red and gold touches, and I’ve included lots of grey as well to add depth and keep things contemporary as well as classic since grey is such a signature colour right now. I’ve also included chevron – a big trend that resonates with art deco design. For flowers, calla lilies are popular jazz age motifs, and of course I had to have a dress and headpiece from Aussie designer Johanna Johnson – swoon! I also tried to incorporate San Francisco into the board, and the customised art deco poster from Alexander & Co. is beyond perfect! I love the luggage tag place names (a little reference to how far Kirsten and her husband grew up from one another), and with one placed at each table, these collectors’ editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works would make the most amazing table markers (each table name would be the name of one of the books – you’d be limited to six, though, unless you started using the short stories too). It all adds up to a super sophisticated soiree that’s classic but very much of the moment as well. Hope you like your board, Kirsten!

Colours: Black, white, grey and red, with gold and silver metallic touches

Top row (l-r): Groomsmen in braces and complementary ties (I can’t find my link to this image – if anyone knows where it’s from, please let me know!); San Francisco customised art deco poster; lilies (Sedona Bride);luggage tag place card (Megan Ann Photography)
Row 2: Chevron clutch; sparkly gold shoes; art deco earrings; chevron sequin dress; Penguin collector’s edition series: The F. Scott Fitzgerald’s; art deco stationery (Vintage Designs)
Row 3: Art Deco Woman Receiving Flowers (Lempicka style); art deco cake; deep red calla lilies; Johanna Johnson dress.