Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

SWANK’S Great Gatsby-inspired wedding was an opulent and chic affair, pulling from the richest of source material, and seeking to bring to life the enchantment and wonder of a marvelous bygone era.

The Great Gatsby novel is sprawling and full of ornament and so too was the venue we chose!  Beautiful Hempstead House on Long Island  is a classic gold coast estate restored to its turn of the century glory.  It was the ideal blank canvas for SWANKs creativity to flow! (and we were fortunateas always  to have clients who trusted our design visions implicitly).  Our mission was to beautify and personlize the venue with chic period details and décor evoking the splendor of the roaring twenties but still keeping it modern and not theme(ie)

Invites went out with period art – Gibson girls in the ironic throes of the roaring twenties. On the big day, between ceremony and reception,  guests were greeted with julep-cupped period cocktails.  Lladies with ivory fans and cream-hued parasols strolled the grounds with gentlemen in top hats –all  functional props we provided to shade eyes from the low-angle sun, and  anchoring the period aesthetic.  With top hats tilted and fans a flutter, the guests were treated not only to an amazing array of food and beverage but also to lawn games – bacci ball, croquet, horseshoes and oversized lawn chess were enjoyed by all.

At the escort station, in keeping with the literary design, guests found their names in an antique librarian’s card- catalogue bureau, ensconced in blooms, and draped in flapper pearls. The dinner tables were each named for a character or chapter in the book, and the place settings and floral arrangements were all in lush striking colors of dark browns, deep purples, whites and reds.

I loved seeing the stone walls of one of my favorite venues so magically turn back into a Vanderbilt-esq time- if only for the day – it was a modern take on a twenties grand ballroom, lush with flowers, gleaming with crystal, and alive with the hum of revelers.

As always with all SWANK events…..the details made the day.

Are you planning a Gatsby style event?  We’d love to hear about it!

And if you want to see more of our creative process or the photos of this love story clink these links!

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Unique Venues – Mansions & Estates

Unique Venues, everyone is looking for one!

And with the inevitable upcoming trends resulting from The Great Gatsby Movie (staring Leonardo and costumes by PRADA!!!) coming out this fall, I have a strong belief that Mansions and Gatsby themed events are going to be ‘roaring’!

So here’s a list of some of my favorite Gold Coast-’esq’ Mansions  – all available as venues for your upcoming event

Take a look but also let me know of YOUR FAVORITE mansion!

Oheka Castle

Hempstead House

Lyndhurst Castle

Castle on the Hudson

Old Westbury Gardens

Mill Neck Manor House

Eagles Nest – Vanderbuilt Estates

de Seversky Mansion

Planting Fields – Coe Hall

Chelsea Mutton Town Preserve

And if you just cant get enough Great Gatsby take a look at our gorgeous Great Gatsby Wedding held at the Hempstead House on Sands Point Preserve

Do you have a favorite mansion or estate venue?  Let us know!

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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HALLOWEEN WEDDING AT HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

CEREMONY FOG HALLOWEEN WEDDING HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

Check out how we handled the SCARY weather change as we produced our  “Sleepy Hollow” inspired Halloween Wedding at Hempstead House!

http://vimeo.com/36173748Swank Productions Sleepy Hallow Halloween Wedding

 

Photo Gallery coming soon!


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Unique Wedding Venues: Hempstead House on Sands Point Preserve

 

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE SWANK PRODUCTIONS GATSBY WEDDING

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE BEFORE SWANK PRODUCTIONS

If you’re looking for a truly unique and breathtaking venue for your wedding….a venue that “all your friends and family haven’t been to hundreds of times already” then Hempstead House on the Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington may be a perfect match.
Only 30 minutes out of NYC, this little know Gold Coast Estate is one of my MOST FAVORITE venues to share with clients who are looking for Unique, Private, Indoor-Outdoor option and Views of the Water.

This venue has A LOT of Pro’s:
• Its close enough to the city that busing guests is a viable (and generous) option
• Sprawling grounds make for a beautiful entrance on to the property but also for fabulous photos throughout your big day.
• A huge manicured lawn with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound give you an outdoor ceremony and or cocktail hour option but also tenting area if needed.
• Amazing architectural details.
• Gorgeous and spacious rooms for lots of different party configurations

• A wonderful staff of people on the property who make it a pleasure to work with
• The ability to bring in your chosen caterer

• A breathtaking (clean palate) which makes it a perfect foundation to create a multitude of wedding styles!

A few Cons:

The space is NOT HUGE so based on your expected guest list the smart decision may be to add a tent to your plan to make transitions from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception as smooth as possible.

There are two spaces where the dance floor makes the most sense but both have small obstacles. A sunken floor with a fountain and an area with a fireplace cutting the room in half could be obstacles or can be beautiful elements its all how you look at it.

Keep in mind, this an OLD ESTATE and while it has been updated and very well maintained by the preserve it is a historic building and so it is drafty and cool in fall and winter months and certainly can be warm in the summer. Heaters, Air Conditioners and a Generator are all definites to add into the budget. A restroom  would also be advised for outside ceremony and cocktail hour because of where the bathrooms are located inside.

 

All in all I cannot say enough wonderful things about this venue! Gorgeous, Vast, Elegant without being Stuffy, Traditional but Timeless.

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE GATSBY WEDDING BY SWANK PRODUCTIONS

Take a look at our photo gallery and the creative board of how we were inspired to produce our Great Gatsby Wedding at Hempstead House and keep your eyes out for our ‘Sleepy Hallow’ HALLOWEEN Wedding at Hempstead House (soon to be featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine) !

Do you have a favorite “unknown” venue?!  Let me know! I’d LOVE to hear about it!

Cheers to your next event!
xoxo
Maya