Are there any F. Scott Fitzgerald fans in the house?! A few years ago I read The Great Gatsby, and it was true love from the very first page. I love Fitzgerald’s writing style and I am enamored and fascinated by the lifestyles of the rich and famous of the 1920s. I would give an arm and a leg to spend an evening in Paris or New York in the 1920s. Sigh…I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through Woody Allen movies.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda (left) with Owen Wilson and several minor characters in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris / Photo via Cinema Convo
Although our wedding didn’t have a strict theme per se, a lot of the details, especially the decor, were inspired by the Jazz Age. To give you a visual, here’s a couple inspiration boards:
Inspiration board by Zed & Bee / Individual image credits at source
Inspiration board by SouthBound Bride / Individual image credits at source
Now let’s talk about how Mr. Wallaby and I planned to make it all happen!
First, the backdrop. We would be tying the knot under a beautiful, expansive oak tree on the property of a 150-year-old bed & breakfast. (That’s about as old as it gets here in Houston!) If weather permitted, we’d hold the reception outside under the trees, and we’d dance the night away under the stars after the sun sets.*
Next, the attire. Mr. W wore a three-piece gray suit with a black tie. Keepin’ it simple and classy, right? And I wore a beaded sheath gown (Sorry bees, the dress itself is a secret until we get back our pro pics! I love to keep a good secret! ) with Art Deco teardrop earrings and retro hair and makeup.
From the time our guests arrived, we’d be kickin’ it old school in the entertainment department. Our venue allowed us to play old records on their antique gramophone during cocktail hour (!!), and Mr. W and I amassed several lawn games, including a vintage croquet set, to amuse our guests while they sipped on local beer and classic cocktails. I asked our DJ to continue the old romantic music into dinner, too, so there would be a slow transition to more modern music as the reception went on and our friends wanted to get down to Top 40 hits.
But the detail I was the most irrationally excited about was our vintage furniture rental. I clearly have spent too much time on Pinterest, because when I stumbled across the websites of several vintage furniture rental companies in Houston, I could not say no. It’s like having the opportunity to raid Gatsby’s attic! I think every bride has at least one wedding-related detail that cannot be compromised, that is non-debatable, and that is 100% frivolous. My mom wanted a six-layer wedding cake at her wedding; I lusted after vintage furniture. I love the look of an outdoor parlor setup, with antique sofas and coffee tables and yards of lace draped between trees:
Couches also make great props for wedding-party portraits! I love this alternative to the traditional standing lineup:
Now, the thought did occur to me to buy furniture for the wedding and keep it for our new home. But I could never fit a 10-foot-long couch in the back of my Subaru Impreza, and Mr. Wallaby’s Kia Optima has equally limited trunk space. Our honeymoon adventure was booked to begin the day after the wedding, so it would’ve been a big hassle to get large furniture transported back home after the wedding. So I enlisted help from A Style Collective, a new prop rental and event styling company run by the wonderful, sweet Kirbi and Tina. I met with these ladies to discuss my ideas, and eventually signed a contract to rent a pink Victorian sofa, a brown velvet armchair, a white coffee table, a white-washed hutch, and several small tables. The contract included delivery and pick-up: Kirbi and Tina arranged all of the furniture at Oak Tree Manor the day before the wedding, and they returned to pick it up the following Monday. Transportation problem solved!
I’m not going to reveal all of the furniture that we rented—it’s best to have some surprises from the wedding photos!—but here is a picture of the white-washed hutch in action as a cake table:
…And that’s the story of how we ended up renting vintage furniture for our wedding!
Are you renting any furniture or props for your wedding? What is your irrational wedding “must-have”?
*If it did rain, the venue also had a large reception hall where we could hold the festivities. We asked everyone to cross their fingers and toes and do an anti-rain dance for us, though, since we are big outdoors people and would have loved to have been married out under the oak trees!