Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Great Gatsby Inspired Photo Shoot

Are you as excited as we are to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star as Jay and Daisy in the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby?  Then you'll love this 1920's Speakeasy shoot I designed  in Nashville last year.  There's something alluring about the Prohibition era.  Maybe it's the secrecy, the intrigue, that pull toward something you know you shouldn't be doing.  Either way, the fashion and the fun of the 1920's is what inspired this style shoot.  Imagine this couple tying the knot it an old Speakeasy somewhere - and desperately wanting to cheers each other with a great bottle of champagne!

  In fact, our signature cocktail for this event was a traditional, classic Champagne Cocktail.  See below for recipe... The Peacock Feather Headpiece is a DIY project we created, along with the wine bottle candle centerpiece, and the glitter stirring sticks.  The bride is wearing a custom 1920's inspired gown with black nylons underneath…a little surprise and mystery goes a long way.  The white dinner jacket on the groom is another lovely touch that harkens back to the jazz age.  Feathers and Fire make up the design for the shoot - with lovely handmade and personalized candles to keep this love burning from the 1920's straight through today.

Champagne Cocktail
Sugar cubes
Angostura Bitters
Chilled Champagne

Soak sugar cube with a few splashes of the Bitters.  Drop in the bottom of a champagne glass. Fill slowly with chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Gatsby, here we come!

Photographer:  Mike Wootton Photography (
Event Design: Kate Coppola Leiva with Wedding 101 (
Make Up: Katie Russo Make Up (
Hair: Amber Joy Martin (
Cake: Silver Box Cakes (
Container Candles: Flashpoint Candles (
Invitations: By Heart And Hand (
Jewelry: Kim Wright with Stella and Dot ( 
Dress: Olia Zavozina (
Tuxedo: Street Tuxedo (
Venue: Durego (

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of black and white movies.

    Hey Kate, I posted a few photos of my pre-nuptial pictures.

    Let me know what you think. Take care!