Happy Friday! The procrastinator in me is really struggling to get a jump on packing, but I have been making headway purging the house. I think I’ve posted to our neighborhood Buy Nothing group just about every day today, and things are slowly leaving the house, which feels great. On the flip side, I’m not really on board with the indoor mask mandate lifting on Monday. The timing just doesn’t feel right with the colder temperatures and the holidays. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week already. It feels weird to not be hosting family this year, but it just would’ve been too much with everything we have going on. I’m hoping we can forgo turkey, and just cook one of the whole chickens that’s in our freezer, but its going to take some convincing.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

The venue, built in the mid 1920s, provided the inspiration for the Art Deco theme of the shoot. We also drew inspiration from famous artists of that time period. The color palette ranged from lavenders, purples and pinks, to gold and deep greens, from the design print from “Nouvelles Compositions Decoratives” by the famous artist, Serge Gladky. The bowl-topped floor lamps placed at the ceremony area were inspired by the famous furniture designer, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann.

What truly made each set in the shoot exude an Art Deco ambiance was the unique collection of antique vases, brass pillar candleholders, and unique period novelties, notably an antique radio and an authentically styled Brandy Bar. The free-standing arches draped with cherry blossom branches with profusions of white and pink florets that provided the perfect early Spring backdrop for both the formal parlor, and later behind the darling outdoor picnic which was so romantically done.

Soirees in the early 1920s were all about the glitz and glamour, with champagne and cocktails flowing all night. Before the band started to play, it was common to begin the evening with a formal dinner with three to four courses, served on beautiful service ware and china that twinkled against the candlelight. We chose pieces for the sweetheart table that had gold details on bone white china, and selected tea ware that had bold romantic floral patterns to create an intimate dinner for the bride and groom. 

The inspiration for the cake design incorporates yin and yang balance with the black, white and gold colors. Symmetry and clean lines of the geometric icing pleats, along with black sugar roses, complemented each other for this modern cake masterpiece.


Photographer: Images by Geneva & Bobby Bandz Productions | Planner: Occasions by Sandy Perla | Venue: Rust Manor House & Nature Sanctuary | Caterer: BeGrazeFull | Cake: Cakebee | Florist: CPK Floral Designs | Rentals: Rustic Garden Rentals & Blissful Design & Decor | Table Settings: Blooming Arrow Events | Invitations: 38 Design | Calligraphy: Bold & Bash Calligraphy | Dress Store: I Do, I Do Wedding Gowns | Hat: Art of Hats | Jewelry: Ketterman’s Jewelry | Makeup Artist: Marta Bota Professional Makeup | Hair Stylist: Glam Set Go | Nails: Paint Nail Bar Loudon | Suit: Men’s Warehouse |


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