Summer and Jason’s Fantastic 1920’s Wedding by Paco and Betty Photography

The bride and groom embrace each other as they pose in their wedding attire.

It’s probably no secret that when it comes to weddings, I do have my favorites. And this one, delivered courtesy of Paco & Betty, is quickly moving to the top of the list. Jason and Summer are people that know how to throw not just a party, but the party of the year (I get the feeling that in high school they were the cool kids who always had bootleg music in their backpacks and had parents who frequently went out of town). They decided to have a 1920s theme wedding and the result is super romantic glamour. My favorite weddings, I’ve noticed, have a common thread: warmth and joy, not just from the couple but also from the people surrounding them. This wedding is filled with happy, fun people. Who doesn’t love that?

The bride smiles as she stands amongst her bridesmaids in her vintage wedding gown.The couple's engagement and wedding rings stacked together on a wooden table.The bride's purple, sparkly slingback heels with a floral encrusted detail. Vintage, 1920's inspired wedding accessories, including purple gloves, beaded jewelry and a feather boa. The bride poses in her vintage wedding gown and retro headpiece and veil.1920's inspired fascinator head pieces, including peacock feathers and floral accents.The bride shares a quick peck with one her guests, holding a drink in his black tux.The groom and his groomsmen sip on cocktails in their tuxes and retro hats.The groom and his groomsmen don their funniest expressions as they pose together.A collage of the groom in various shots, as well as his wedding accessories including a bow tie.The groomsmen pose in front of a large floral centerpiece in their best gangster poses.The groom stands and waits as his bride walks behind him to surprise him.The groom stands in anticipation as his bride approaches him.The groom sees his bride for the first time, and they smile and hold hands.The groom carries his bride as they stand on a balcony overlooking the estate.The bride and groom embrace on the veranda overlooking the vineyard.The couple embrace on the veranda, with the vineyard and mountains in the background.The couple pose together on the veranda of the estate arm in arm. The bride poses in her vintage gown and headpiece amongst the flowers in the vineyard.The couple share a kiss amongst the greenery in the vineyard. The bride poses behind dozens of green bushes and surrounding foliage. The groom pops up from behind several bushes as his bride poses alongside him.The couple embrace as they hold hands and pose in front of the vineyards. Various shots of the bride and groom posing in different locations around the estate.The groom poses in his tuxedo as his bride stands in the background.The bride poses with her bouquet alongside a small body of water. Close up of the bride's hair and makeup as the couple pose by the trees. The couple sit together on a wooden swing bench surrounded by trees. The groom's purple socks and shiny shoes, and the bride's sparkly heels. The couple pose with each other as they sit on a wooden swing bench. The bride smiles as she poses in her vintage wedding gown and gloves. The bride poses with her parents before the wedding ceremony.The ring bearers, dressed in 1920's children's clothes, begin to walk down the aisle.The flower girls, dressed like young flapper girls, excitedly walk down the aisle. The bride stands with parents before they walk down the aisle. The bride's parents walk her down the aisle as her groom waits at the altar.The bride and her parents begin to walk down the aisle, surrounded by greenery.The bride stands at the altar with her groom as guests watch on. The couple smile and hold hands during their outdoor ceremony. The groom smiles as he holds hands with his bride at the altar.The bride slips on her groom's ring during the wedding ceremony. The couple share their first kiss as husband and wife. Petals are thrown as the bride and groom raise their arms and cheer together.Wedding guests, dressed in 1920's fashion, cheer as they celebrate with the couple. The wedding guests dressed in their best 20's inspired outfits. The groom does a celebratory walk down a recessional line of guests. The bride and groom pose with their wedding guests and family members.The reception chefs grill large slaps of meat on a large, fiery grill. The wedding reception decor, including a chalkboard welcome sign, beverages and treats.Various treats including chocolate covered strawberries and cream covered pastries. A simple, elegant white and blue place setting at the reception. Young guests in their 20's attire enjoy vintage toys and treats at the reception.The groom shares a laugh with two guests, with one of them wearing a large top hat. Hanging string lights and paper bamboo umbrellas at the wedding reception.The wedding reception decor, including vintage tablecloths and centerpieces. The bride finds a vintage metal flask at one of the reception tables and laughs. The bride sips from a vintage metal flask as she stands among her guests. The wedding reception venue, alongside a pool, and vintage binoculars and accessories. The bride and groom listen as they receive a toast from a guest. The groom shares a laugh with guests at the wedding reception.The bride grins as her groom talks to the crowd with a microphone. The bride rests her face on her hand as she looks on during the reception.The guests cheer and clap as they celebrate during the wedding reception.The bride hugs her nephews as she sits at a table during the reception.Various shots of the wedding guests dressed in their 20's inspired outfits. Wedding guests chat and enjoy themselves by a large pool under string lights.The young wedding guests play in the sand and enjoy a treat dressed in their 20's inspired clothes.Wedding guests pose and smile as they enjoy the wedding reception.The bride is held by her groom and a guest as they pose in the photo booth.Wedding guests pose in their 20's inspired outfits in the reception photo booth.The groomsmen looking dapper in their 20's inspired menswear. Wedding guests and the groom pose in a series of 20's themed photo booth pictures. The bride poses in her vintage gown and headpiece with a feathery boa. The bride and groom dance with each other under the dusk sky and string lights.The couple dance and embrace each other in a series of photos.The couple dance together under the violet and pink night sky and string lights.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

Yes the site did have significance for us. We chose Masked Man Ranch to host our wedding and reception because it’s owned and operated by our good friends Mark Young and Ron Goldin. They own several restaurants in the valley (Napa) and are the most incredible hosts. Masked Man Ranch is their home. The grounds are beautiful and intimate. We knew that Mark and Ron could help us make our special day everything we dreamed and more.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?  

There were so many wonderful moments throughout the entire day, but one of the most memorable for me was at the threshold of the aisle. I looked up, took a deep breath, and a wave of love and happiness washed over me as I soaked in the scene before me. I couldn’t believe how everything had come together, the beautiful setting, the people, the warmth and kindness I felt from everyone. All of our friends and family had travelled across the continent to celebrate with us and every one of them looked AMAZING! It was a 1920’s glamorous garden party in the middle of paradise! The girls in their flapper dresses, the men in spats and pinstripes. The attention to detail was incredible and everyone had done it all for us.

The ceremony was beautifully sentimental, completely unpretentious and often hilarious, with our close friend Dr. Johnathan Downar officiating the entire ceremony in a David Attenborough accent. It sounds a bit cliché but from the moment the day started it felt like a fairy tale…but not a cookie cutter Disney version. A ‘one of a kind’ fairy tale wedding filled with all our closest friends and family and lots of laughter and tears.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

Apparently my nephews, who were our ring bearers, nearly lost the rings down a crack in the porch. My sister spent 20 minutes desperately searching for the rings which had come undone from the bowls. Thankfully she found them both and it was never mentioned to me until months later. She said she nearly had a heart attack as she frantically searched the garden and the cracks in the porch.

How did you decide on your theme?

Jason and I love to throw parties but not just any party will do, we usually like to mix it up with a theme. So when it came to planning our wedding we decided together that we had to do something different and fun. We wanted to do a theme but how could we avoid the look of a Halloween party? What theme would lend itself to the elegance I had always envisioned for my wedding? I began looking to old movies for inspiration. That’s how I came up with the 1920’s Great Gatsby theme – It’s more like Great Gatsby meets the Hollywood glamour of early Greta Garbo.

To help our guests I created a website: http://jasonandsummer.com (login in: wedding / password: napa) Just click on the Theme for inspiration. There you’ll find the How to Gatsby created by the Art Deco Society of California, along with several other helpful tips on hair and what to wear.

I love a great theme party because it always gives your guests something to talk about, especially if they’ve never met before. It’s a great way to open the conversation and it gives each guest an opportunity to shine in their own unique way. I think the theme helped to make the event even more special and fun for everyone. Not to mention the pictures look incredible! Thanks to Paco & Betty!

How did you know your partner was “the one”?

Jason and I were friends for nearly two years before we started dating and were together nearly ten years before we were married. I’m not sure there was ever an “aha” moment so much as many little moments in which I thought how wonderfully easy it was and is to be with him. We laugh a lot and I think we really understand one another.

When Jason finally got around to popping the question, he really went all out; a trip to Miami with a romantic spa island getaway in the Florida Keys. There was a lagoon shaped pool with orchids and miniature deer grazing in the brush, a couples massages with a beautiful outdoor cedar tub filled with rose petals. It was paradise by any definition. The whole weekend was so overwhelmingly beautiful. We had been together so long that I almost didn’t understand why he needed to do something so extravagant. I would have been happy with a proposal in our home; something simple would have been lovely too. But Jason’s not one to do things the easy way. And so I asked him why after all these years, why all this? And he said…. “I wanted to do the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you.” My heart melted. Doesn’t that say it all?
Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?

1. Have fun! Remember it’s a party, likely the biggest, most expensive party you will ever throw in your life, but a party none the less. Don’t let anyone or anything ruin it for you. It’s your day, with your partner. Make it as unique and special as your relationship.

2. You don’t have to spend a fortune. I found my dress at a Vera Wang sample sale for $ 500. Start shopping early to find the deals, especially regarding the dress; it will inform the entire look of the wedding.

3. Pick the best photographers you can afford. They are memories that will last a lifetime. Review their portfolio thoroughly and compare with others. Perspective is everything. Find photographers with a unique voice because they will help capture yours.

4. Ask for help with the things you don’t enjoy doing or need help with. Either paid, if you can, or lean on your friends and family for help. Tell them your vision and allow them an opportunity to contribute.

Vendors:

Photographer: Paco and Betty

Venue: Masked Man Ranch (Napa Valley)
707-396-7903

Dress: Vera Wang dress with the adornments removed. Purchased at year end sale for 500.

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Accessories: Sarah Dougall, owner of Made You Look
1273 Queen St. West, Toronto

416-463-2136

Groom’s Attire: Bespoke suit made by – Green Shag

670 Queen Street West, Toronto

416-603-SHAG

Catering: Brannan’s Grill (Calistoga)

1374 Lincoln Ave

Calistoga, 94515

707-942-2233

Event Design & Flowers: Kate Stanley Design

Event Planning: I worked with Kate on the design and we had a person on site the day of to manage the event. All were local through our friends.

DJ: Toronto based, Josh Laing @ Priceless Audio

pricelessaudio@gmail.com

 

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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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