Our team had a vision for an opulent, enchanting shoot that evoked the feel of The Great Gatsby novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. We selected the historic Branford House Mansion overlooking the Fishers Island Sound in Groton Long Point, Connecticut for our location. Although it was November, there was lovely warmth in the air and we were blessed with a glorious sunset with just the right amount of cloud cover for delightful dimension. Photographer, Carla Ten Eyck used the magical light to assist in telling the visual tale.
The mansion’s timeless, turn of the century beauty was further accentuated by a vintage sofa and tufted velvet chairs from New England Country Rentals. The oversized, dramatic fireplace that graces the main entrance created a stunning backdrop for the lavish tablescape designed by Jubilee Events. The table was the perfect combination of opulent and vintage, with a delicately sequined linen paired with mismatched antique floral china and Irish linen napkins trimmed in lace. The billowing flower arrangements from Hana Floral Design were the perfect finishing touch!
The 1920’s are one of my favorite eras for fashion. There was so much opulence and originality in the style of dress. In styling the shoot I selected several different looks, including a daytime look, to fully embrace the story of The Great Gatsby. The vintage inspired fashion was accentuated with gloves, antique jewelry and a feather stole. I evoked the era with art deco inspired gowns incorporating beading and feathers. One of many favorite fashion details was providing both the bride and the “groom” with a reception look. Who says the groom can’t have a second look as well?
PHOTOGRAPHY: Carla Ten Eyck
VIDEOGRAPHY: Jeremy White
SHOOT DESIGN AND PROP STYLING: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
LOCATION: The Branford House
FASHION STYLING: Beth Chapman
GOWNS: Rivini and Ivy and Aster
THE BRIDAL DRESSER: The Wedding Dresser
JEWELRY: Maria Elena and The Something Old Collection
HEADPIECES: Maria Elena
BEADED CAPE: Ivy and Aster
TUXEDO AND SUIT: Valentino Tailors
FEATHER STOLE: The Wedding Dresser
GLOVES: Carolina Amato
FURNITURE: New England Country Rentals
FLORAL DESIGN: Hana Floral Design
PAPER: Coral Pheasant Stationery
CAKE: Ana Parzyck