Gatsby's Garden

Real Weddings: Meet Alexandra

This Greek wedding was full of beautiful tradition and a few unexpected touches. Alexandra and Adam were married at Charleston's Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. Just look at that altar! Alexandra wore our Kensington Skirt in ivory, Lace Bustier, and cathedral length Alencon Veil. With its mix of textures and tones the combination was a fresh take on a classic silhouette. We love the striking simplicity of these lilies of the valley and lavender bouquets so much we can smell them!

Dress: Kensington Skirt and Lace Bustier, Veil: Alencon Lace Veil | Photographer:  Paige Winn Photo | Venue: Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity | Planner: Mingle | Florals: Flowershop Charleston | Caterer: B. Gourmet Catering

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Weddings: Meet Gina

Michael and Gina were married on a beautiful, bright blue day, at Lasdon Park in Somers, New York. The bride’s look was vintage inspired from head to toe. Just check out that feathered fascinator. We love that Gina customized her Downton, making it strapless. Gina kept it classic opting for her dress in natural white which contrasted beautifully with the crystal embellishments on her bodice. Congratulations you two!

Dress: Custom strapless Downton | Images: Merri Cyr Photography | Planner: Christine Murphy | Catering: Brian Ledley

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Weddings: Meet Brittany

Brittany and Andrew tied the knot at Berkeley Hall, a picturesque Lowcountry setting, just off of Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, SC. The Jeffersonian architecture and verdant grounds managed to be both sophisticated and laid back, just what Brittany and Andrew wanted for their classic Southern wedding. Their vows were exchanged pond-side, under an arbor wrapped in vines and white flowers. The bride shone bright in a custom version of our L'Elysee, done in chiffon. The backless, flowing silhouette was perfection for this summery, sun-dappled affair.

Dress: Custom L'Elysee in chiffon purchased at our New York Flagship (see more here) | Images: Emily of Riverland Studios | Venue: Berkeley Hall Club | Florist: The Flower Garden | Cake: CJ's Cakes & Catering | HMU: Paper Dolls

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Inspiration: Downton at Boone Hall Plantation with Rachel May

Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina wrote the book on, "Old Southern Charm." The property’s famous Avenue of Oaks were dripping in Spanish moss and provided the perfect backdrop for our Downton gown. All of the natural, dreamy romance of the estate was underlined with soft ivory and grey details brought together by the amazing team below.

 

Dress: Downton in light silver (see more here) | Images: Rachel May | Styling: Events by Reagan | Florals: Charleston Stems | Location: Boone Hall Plantation | Printed Materials: Dodeline Design | Calligraphy: If So Inklined | Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal | Ring: Croghan’s Jewel Box | Accessories: Petals & Stones | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Model: Taylor Avery | Hair: Mac McAbee | Make Up: Diedre Outlaw | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Flatware & Chargers: Tablescapes | Rentals: EventHaus

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Wedding: Meet Ana

Ana and Al’s wedding was all about adventure and the cosmos. From the VW bus, to the telescope for star gazing, to the movies under the stars, their day was so uniquely their own. Ana’s dress is something special too. The Kensington manages to capture the significance of the occasion and Ana’s venturesome nature. The tank is silk 4-ply crepe and punctuated with button detailing. May love and adventure fill your days. Congratulations you two!

The bride wears: Kensington skirt (see more here), custom Kensington tank in 4-ply silk crepe, and the Braided Sparkle Belt (see more here) | Photographer: Jessica Oh

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah

Real Weddings: Meet Aäna

Talk about bucolic beauty! Aäna+Jeff live in Philadelphia, and thought of getting married there, toyed around with the idea of a Canadian destination wedding, but ultimately settled on a beautiful piece of private property (owned by friends of Aäna's parents) in her hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. Right on the river, boasting a beautiful barn and a huge green space, we can see why this spot was the clear choice. Just look at the herd of ebony horses!

Dress: Custom Pemberley (see more here) | Planner: Denae Brennan weddings & events | Photography: Brandon Werth | Flowers: Fox & Fern Floral | HMU: Brittany Kinney Beautē

Happily Yours,

Carol Hannah