Birth of Beauty


Have you ever thrown pottery?  The cold clay gliding against your finger tips. It takes preparation, patience, and effort. So much time is put into molding and re-molding clay. By the end, it becomes your little baby. A small creation you are proud to show one and all. This is how I felt throughout October’s styled wedding photo shoot at James Ward Mansion.  The  1920’s collaboration has been so enjoyable to put together, I am proud to share the final product, photographed by the renound Dove Photography.

Today I reveal the hard work of the many team members of this Great Gatsby themed collaboration. Transport yourself into the 1920’s era and enjoy!

Our day started as a bride’s would. An exciting meet n’greet with our fabulous makeup artist Katlyn Conway and hairstylist Amanda Jacquin from Beauty Artist group. Starting with Katlyn, she describes the look;

“This look has a very 1920’s/Great Gatsby feel. I blended black and brown matte shadows on the lid, lined the upper and lower water line with a black khol pencil, and paired it with dramatic false lashes to create this very dramatic eye. For the complexion everything was kept very matte. I used very little blush to keep the focus on the other features. I thought a red and dark red ombre would be a fun way to top it all off. ”

While preparing our model’s look Amanda described the process by saying;

“This bride has naturally long, thick, beautiful, healthy hair. I set her hair in big barrel curls to keep them from dropping throughout the event. I then styled her with victory curls to frame her bold striking makeup and to extenuate the gatsby vintage style of her dress and hair piece. ” –Amanda Jacquin, Beauty Artist group


The breath taking look is completed with a curve hugging, beaded mermaid dress from Seng Couture in New Jersey. This look is enhanced by a gold headpiece crafted by the talented Ruth from My Dream Wedding. Dripping with pearls, hand strung by Kim from Work of Hands, she becomes the picture of regal.

Our male model looks dapper in this classic black and white tuxedo. Jay Gatsby would be proud to sport this timeless look. Thanks to Royal Tuxedo Wholesale in Linden, NJ the couple can take on the 1920’s/Gatsby theme to  its fullest potential.

In honor of the Gatsby theme I find it only appropriate to quote a passage from F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I picked this pivotal moment from “The Great Gatsby” because of the importance of Jay and Daisy’s relationship throughout the book.

When reading a book, you are transferred into a world by the captivating words of an author. Today we took a journey through time back to the 1920’s by talented Dove Photography. Scott and Catherine magnificently and creatively captured emotion while still protecting the classic look desired. Their unique eyes were able to embody the theme through photography.


Please check in next week to see more spectacular photos! While you wait, wet your appetite by following the vendors and myself on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Thank you for reading and subscribe!


Photography by:
Beauty Artist group

Makeup by:
(910) 409-1901

Floral by:
(908) 494- 3727

Accessories by:

Jewelry by:

Wedding Dress Provided by:
(908) 322-8700

Groom Tuxedo Provided by:
422 N. Wood Ave.
Linden, NJ 07036
Phone: (908)486-0110

Planning/Coordination by:
(203) 449 4863 


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