Great Gatsby style wedding: Joanna & Brian

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It’s impossible not to find something to love about Joanna & Brian’s seriously gorgeous ‘Great Gatsby’-esque wedding. We’re talking creme-toned balsa wood bouquets and custom-made wooden aisle runners. From scalloped ivory lace and pearls to black feather accents and loads of tarnished, vintage silver, this wedding just oozes Jazz Age style that would make anyone want to jump back to the roaring 20s. The cherry on top is that the entire event was captured on film by the wonderful and talented Annie McElwain.

Let’s get to the good stuff.

Any gal that can pull of flats this stylish with a gown that lovely deserves a solid thumbs up in our book. Oh-so-cute, Joanna.

How about these balsa wood floral arrangements by JL Designs? The softness paired with the drama is totally perfect for their Great Gatsby vibe. Not to mention – it’s sustainable! Extra awesome.

Take a sec to absorb the incredibleness that is that aisle runner. Go ahead, we’ll wait. It was designed by invite and event designer Jesi Haack and believe it or not, is made entirely out of reclaimed salvaged wood collected for weeks beforehand by the couple and was assembled by Mr. Haack.

Instead of simply naming the tables, the couple, who have lived in many exciting places, designed enormous seating charts with icons of locations they’ve called home and listed the guests’ names underneath. Guests then had to put their geography skills to good use and find their table by looking for that specific place. I mean, c’mon – that’s amazing. And fun!

We really must point out how elegant a cake this is. The incredible Melody of The Sweet & Saucy shop was actually inspired by a gown spotted at another wedding and had been dying to recreate it for months. Check out those giant white sugar petals – love!

A gorgeous shot to end on. Congrats, you lovebirds! This was one spectacular-looking event.

Photography: Annie McElwain / Invites + Event Design: Jesi Haack / Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Flowers: JL Designs / Bride Dress: Val Stefani, Spring 2010 / Maid of Honor Dress: Robert Rodriguez, Spring 2010

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WeddingXpert on Jul 26, 2010

Okay so beyond being way obsessed with those cream, feathery bouquets, those place settings are genius. Wonderfully retro yet contemporary.

Anna on Jul 26, 2010

I tried to pick my most favorite thing, but that was impossible. Love it all! Looks like everyone had a blast too!

Camille @ STYLE NOTES on Jul 26, 2010

The cake is STUNNING! If I was planning my own wedding again, THIS is the photo I would tear out to take to my pastry chef!

Erin*Sparkle&Hay on Jul 26, 2010

so, so pretty! love those flower arrangements! the lace runners! and that gorgeous cake! beyond amazing!!

paige appel on Jul 26, 2010

So lovely ladies!

Lauren @ Every Last Detail on Jul 26, 2010

This is awesome, of course! Love those bouquets!

a thousand mason jars on Jul 26, 2010

that cake is to gorgeous. simple & elaborate all in one. and i adore the bouquets & amazing aisle runner! so creative & unique!

colleen @inspiredtoshare on Jul 26, 2010

This is so amazing! I love their idea and design for the seating chart. Those flowers are so romantic - and I love how simple her wedding ring is! Thanks for sharing :) xoxo

Jacquelyn on Jul 26, 2010

Mmmm the bouquets are so creamy. But those place settings/tablescapes are the best!

Farihah on Jul 26, 2010

WOW! Where did she get those flowers made from? They're absolutely gorgeous!

Melody @ Sweet & Saucy Shop on Jul 26, 2010

Thank you so much for the beautiful post! This might have been my favorite cake of the year...the couple gave me completely control & that is what I dream of! The team that I got to work with again was beyond amazing too!

Alexis - OMG I'm Getting Married on Jul 26, 2010

Love those seating charts!! and also the bouquet is gorgeous - looks so fluffy!

lydia {ever ours} on Jul 26, 2010

that cake is amazing, melody! and yet again, jesi and carissa hit it out of the ballpark with their amazing talent!

Katie on Jul 26, 2010

i LOVE those flats. Do you know where she found them?

JL_DESIGNS on Jul 26, 2010

thanks girls!!! this was a DREAM to work on and i loved being able to have such creative control...joanna gave me, jesi and melody freedom to do what we do best - design with no limits! and we couldn't be happier with the result :) xoxo, c

jesi haack weddings on Jul 26, 2010

what a beautiful post! Thank you so much!!! What a dream team to work with, loved every second of it :)

Charles David on Jul 26, 2010

Such a beautiful couple! Classic and elegant in every sense of the word! They both take me back to the 40s. I love the skinny ties on a man. The bride look stunning. Well done to the photographers. you nailed it

Marissa on Jul 26, 2010

Ohmigod, I am IN LOVE with this wedding! It's sooo beautiful!

Nicole @NicheWhite on Jul 26, 2010

So I was all set to swoon over her bouquet (it deserves it) but then I saw the wedding cake..... oh my word. I've said this before but I'm updating my opinion - I think that is the most beautiful cake I've ever seen. Oh and her seating chart? Fabulous.

Paula@DreamWeddingItaly on Jul 27, 2010

I think my fave bit of this oh-so-pretty event is the cake - it looks frilly! :)

Lynda Crombie Wedding Cake Baker/Confectioner on Jul 27, 2010

Love the wood floral arrangement's and the unique table runner, simple but elegant. Cute couple too.

Annie McElwain on Jul 27, 2010

t was definitely an easy wedding to photograph-- besides all the gorgeous details, the bride and groom are funny, gracious and in love. Thanks to Jillian for the post, Jesi, Melody and Carissa for their gorgeous designs.

Della on Jul 28, 2010

LOVE LOVE LOVE that cake!

Wedding-Manchester on Jul 28, 2010

That cake is fabulous! A true work of art. Joanna and Brian are gorgeous and they look as though they are having a ball..

Superkitina on Jul 30, 2010

I love the table lists, they are like a game, and the cake is just amazing!

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