One of the best moments in designing and planning weddings is when you meet with new clients, and you suddenly realize that you are completely in tune with them. They’re describing their vision of their wedding to you, and it feels like someone has reached into your head and stolen your thoughts! I’ve adored the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements since I was a teeny-tiny girl, and I’ve been super excited that the ever-present “Vintage Wedding” craze has taken a turn towards the 1920’s lately. I’d been playing around with some design ideas and creating inspiration boards around a Great Gatsby/Paris in the 20’s wedding, when Jessica and Scott contacted me about their celebration. They, also, are in love with the Art Deco era, and wanted an event that was both “period” and elegant, but also something a bit over-the-top - since their family and friends coming over from New York like to have a good time (comme on dit…). What we ended up creating was a day that truly celebrated Paris in the roaring 20’s.
With help from make-up artist Sanni Sorma, and hair stylist Pia Paysant (both Swedish, Paris-based beauty babes) Jessica and Scott got gorgeously “In the Mood for Love” in their Marais vacation rental apartment. Then, with photographer David Bacher leading the way- they took to the streets for a whirlwind pre-ceremony photo session:
Meanwhile, parked in front of the Musée d’Orsay, Team parisian events was goofing off working like dogs to transform a small boat on the Seine into an elegant, Art Deco speakeasy- complete with stacks of fedoras, mounds of feather boas, miles of faux pearls and armfuls of phalaenopsis orchids. Oh, and there was whiskey.
Guests began to arrive just as the sun was setting, and Jessica and Scott’s intimate evening ceremony began:
After the “I do’s” were complete- and the food, champagne and music was freely flowing- we set to work passing out props to the pampered guests, who were pleasantly surprised (to say the least), by the traditional flaming French croquembouche wedding cake that was brought out to the happy couple:
But the biggest surprise of all were the professional dancers planted among the guests, who “spontaneously” burst into a wild Lindy Hop during the couple’s first dance. They were the icing on the cake for this speakeasy wedding- and kept the group entertained for the rest of the evening: We helped Jessica and Scott to create a magical evening for their guests- a trip back in time to when Paris was the center of the artistic universe. Les annees folles- the crazy years! A time that’s been immortalized in books, paintings, music and films. After their amazing 1920’s wedding, Jessica, Scott, and their family and friends now have another reason to call Paris A Moveable Feast.
photos © David Bacher