A Modern Take on a Roaring 20s Wedding
I was obsessed with the “Roaring 20’s” well before Leo Dicaprio made it sexy in The Great Gatsby movie in 2013. It’s no surprise that afterward, 20’s themed parties grew in popularity. Especially for lavish weddings where the budget is a little larger, making transforming your party space a bit easier.
I’ve seen blogs online with a “HOW TO” guide on throwing the perfect 20’s party, but that’s not what I want this to be. Honestly, I am just still completely and totally obsessed with the fact that Michelle and Chris brought it back a century from 2020 to 1920, and I wanted to share pretty pictures of these beautiful people. Rather than this being a HOW TO style blog, it’s more of a “here is a great example;” highlighting and noting all the best details the Oncales accomplished to make their vision a reality!
Michelle thought of just about everything; from vintage rings and feathered bouquets to a 1920s inspired Art Deco invitation with bold geometry and vintage colors. I love that she used feathers and pearls subtly but consistently, it really pulled the entire theme together; from the centerpieces to hairpieces!
The beaded dress Michelle wore might have been my favorite “detail” of the day with its rich ivory color and glitzy sparkle that really brought me back a century! She wore the cutest net and mesh headpiece with the same feathers as her bouquet. The bridesmaids' black and gold dresses were dazzling and their 20s inspired updos and hairpieces matched perfectly! I love that she and Chris had the guys in very sleek black tuxedos pulled into the theme with simple and elegant gold accents. It was a wise and classic decision.
As Art Deco as Can Be
Considering the Oncale wedding was a traditional Catholic ceremony, the historic St. Charles Borromeo Church in Grand Coteau, Louisiana was still surprisingly fitting for a 20s style wedding. I think it may have been the sheer age of the church that made the difference. One would be hard-pressed to find a real Art Deco-inspired church and reception hall in St. Martin Parish, but this beautiful church in Grand Coteau was a pretty perfect selection. The aged ivory paint looked vintage on the long column archways and the considerable amount of detail on all the ornate borders throughout the church really lent to the century-old vibes I think the couple was going for. While Poches Country Club in Breaux Bridge normally has a sleek white modern look, the transformation by the venue was remarkable. They added black and gold sequin drapes leading inward toward a crystal chandelier at the center of the room. They up-lit the walls with Amber lights, turning the usual white walls a crisp golden color.
Embrace the Lifestyle
The twenties were lavish and men loved their liquor and cigars. The speakeasy-inspired cigar bar was a fun and accurate touch, giving the groomsmen a place to hang out and enjoy. I loved the leather seating and vintage visuals for the table. They topped off the night by incorporating many 20s music tracks into their musical selections. Watching their guests dance to bumping jazz music, with all of those trumpet and saxophone riffs, instantly brought my mind to the time when flappers reigned supreme in the roaring twenties. The most magical part of the night was watching Chris and Michelle interact throughout the evening. They looked at each other as if the other had hung the moon!
Here is a recap video of their big night!