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Romantic 1920s-Era Garden Party Wedding
John Hardy

Romantic 1920s-Era Garden Party Wedding

Vintage weddings are all the rage, and one couple took that idea and brought back the spirit of the Roaring ’20s for their weekend-long wedding bash.  When Hun and Austin approached Bash, Please with their desire for “an unforgettable weekend with family and friends that was a showcase of their heritage and personalities,” the event planners came up with an outdoorsy weekend with a 1920s-era garden party.

The couple got to practice riflery, shooting arrows, riding horses and ziplining after their Friday rehearsal.  Saturday began bright and early with traditional rituals such as having children jump on the marriage bed (said to bless the couple with fertility) and a formal Chinese tea ceremony with their parents, followed by their 1920s-era inspired affair for their wedding and reception later in the day.  On Sunday, family spent a lazy day lounging on vintage furniture and frolicking by the pool.  Guests indulged in roast pig, sweet and savory crepes, and specialty cocktails.

The three-day affair was held at a private Atherton, California estate in which all details of the event were planned out.  The garden wedding was set amid grand redwood trees surrounding the estate.  Guests sat on simple darkwood benches below sprawling tree branches which seemed to join together like two couples holding hands.  The bride wore her Lanvin crystal embellished strapless gown, which was marked by its signature large bow which billowed in the back above the cascading train.  Her Jimmy Choo crystal open-toe heels were an elegant complement to the gown.  Colors of burgundy, blush pink, forest green, ivory, and a leaf motif were incorporated into the wedding from hand-painted invitations to centerpieces to table numbers.  Their custom-built tented reception was lit by hanging Edison bulbs which provided the perfect ambience for their period-correct vintage reception furnishings.

A string quartet played Staraflur by Sigur Rós for the processional – jazz music played by The Mattson Z after the wedding, provided a great warm up for the reception.  During the reception, The Leftover Cuties in full period costume, played music as guests danced the night away.

Watch Hun & Austin’s fabulous wedding video.

The Look: Alternating colors of pale and deep burgundy flowers, evergreen and lavender bouquets unified the look of the vintage furniture, decor (in similar colors) and Edison light fixtures, provided a 1920s backdrop that maintained the charm and romance of the era throughout the entire weekend affair.

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Photos: Courtesy of Once Wed.


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