Great Gatsby Themed Wedding

At Haute Flower Boutique, we wanted to recreate the style of the Great Gatsby in a wedding theme.  Our first choice to help bring that vision to life on the pages of their beautiful, glossy magazine was Minnesota Bride.  It was an incredible honor and pleasure to work with their creative and talented editor, Sarah Bauman, as well as Janet McGlaughlin, Senior Art Director, and Emily Davis, photographer.  

A very special thank you to our vendor partners, Penny Steele Custom CakesApres Party and Tent Rental, Save The Date Custom Invitations and Stationery, and The Van Dusen Mansion

Here is a look at the end result - a beautiful two page layout in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue available on newstands right now or to download instantly on your kindle.

Here are the tips and details on how to create your own Great Gatsby themed look:  

All photography by Emily J. Davis


1) HEAD TABLE:  Sumptuous displays of lush garden roses in silver bowls frame elegantly tall and slender pearl-draped crystal candelabras and sit atop a stunning Swarovski crystal table runner from Haute Flower Boutique.  Multiple layers of embroidered lace and satin linens cover a table set with china and stemware from Apres.  The placesettings feature the unexpected delight of individual bride and groom's wedding cakes from Penny Steel Custom Cakes.  The sophisticated tableau is surrounded by the wood-paneled warmth of The Van Dusen Mansion.

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2) GROOM'S PERSONAL CAKE:  Whimsical cakes designed by Penny Steel Custom Cakes were placed on each of the bride and groom's plates.  The groom's cake featured a darling pocket watch detail in keeping with the Great Gatsby theme.  Surprise your guy with a miniature themed cake reflecting his own unique style.

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3) GARDEN ROSE CENTERPIECE:  Lush, romantic centerpiece designed by Haute Flower Boutique includes "Juliet" and "Keira" David Austin garden roses, as well as Versilla, Talea, Sahara, and Vendela roses.  Seeded eucalyptus and gilded galax leaves finish off the design in silver Revere bowls.

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4) BRIDAL BOUQUET:   More a work of art than a floral bouquet, this composition includes David Austin garden roses ("Juliet" and "Keira"), as well as Versilla, Talea, Sahara, and Vendela roses.  The bouquet is collared in delicate ivory astilbe and dusty Miller foliage.  The Great Gatsby theme is enhanced with pearl and Swarovski crystal button accents, a sequin wrap, trailing pearls, and a stunning vintage-style brooch handle, all by Haute Flower Boutique.

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5) PETITE WEDDING CAKE:   Beautiful petite cake designed by Penny Steel Custom Cakes features fondant and sugar paste details that echo the delicate embroidery of the cake table linen and is finished with an elegant band of Swarovski crystals.

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6) PLACESTTING DETAIL:   Embroidered and appliquéd linens create the backdrop for this graceful and sophisticated placesetting. The look is achieved by layering coordinating geometric banded plates over a beaded charger plate.  The creamy napkin with a silver organza overlay is banded with a vintage-style brooch napkin ring.  Linens and china by Apres; brooch by Haute Flower Boutique.  (Antique Art Deco style sterling flatware from owner's personal collection).

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7) CHAMPAGNE TABLE:   A vintage champagne chiller is accessorized with a Swarovski crystal jeweled wrap and floats in a sea of pastel rose petals atop of silver serving tray.  Jeweled champagne bucket from Haute Flower Boutique; linen, stemware, and silver tray from Apres.

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8) CAKE AND CHAMPAGNE TABLE:   Create a cake and champagne table for your first taste of cake and your first toast.  Consider a charming trio of cakes rather than one large one.  This elegant trio, from Penny Steel Custom Cakes, features her exclusive made-from-scratch recipe and hand-made sugar paste flowers that look so real, it is hard to distinquish them from the fresh flowers.  Bridal and toss bouquets with garden roses and jeweled accents placed nearby add the perfect touch of color for your photo opportunity.  (Flowers and jeweled accents by Haute Flower Boutique.)

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9) INVITATION SUITE:   Invitation suite by Save The Date Custom Invitations and Stationery, in soft coral, seashell, and champagne colors with a romantic design that hints of an aristocratic bygone era. The gate-fold invitation style and teardrop rhinestone appliqué crystal details makes a stunning statement for a grand affair.  

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10) DECORATED BRIDE'S CHAIR:   Gilded chevari chair bedecked with a fabric and organza sash adorned with fresh David Austin "Juliet" and "Keira" garden roses and Queen Anne's lace accent flowers.  The elegant sash is finished off with a pearl brooch and cascading pearls.  (Chair and linens by Apres; flowers and jewels by Haute Flower Boutique).

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11) MENU CARD:  Elegant menu card by Save The Date Custom Invitations and Stationery with embellishments that echo the details and branding of the invitation suite, including the luxurious teardrop crystal appliqués.

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12) GROOM'S BOUTONNIERE:  Gilded elegance for a special groom.  Versilla rose accented with gilded eucalyptus foliage and berries backed by the softness of dusty Miller foliage.  All wrapped up with a metallic gold ribbon by Haute Flower Boutique (gold rimmed plate by Apres).

Come visit Haute Flower Boutique and see more beautiful flowers and wedding ideas at Minnesota Bride's premier bridal show, "Look of Love", at the Westin Edina on February 2nd.  Register now for free advance tickets!


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