Art Deco & Gatsby Bliss!

A View from Alessandra & Brian Cole’s St. Petersburg, Florida's Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa - All Images Courtesy of Brandi Image Photography

[Top Image] A picturesque view of Alessandra & Bryan Cole at their Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa wedding in St Pete’s, Florida. Images shared within this post are graciously supplied Courtesy of Brandi Image Photography.

From the moment I received Alessandra Alessi Cole’s Custom Bridal Comb request, I had no doubt I would be drowning in glamorous inspiration! The dreamy details she supplied about her bridal gown, shoes, accessories, bridesmaid dresses, location and decor, were more than enough to create a decorative hair comb completely unique, one-of-a-kind, and absolutely ‘hers’ always. Here’s a peek at just some of the eye-popping beauties she shared with me … and now I get to share with you!

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[above] Art Deco & Gatsby Inspired Wedding Bridesmaids. Images Courtesy of Brandi Image Photography.
The oh-so-fetching array of bridesmaids dresses, all distinctively styled in that Gatsby glamour, but varied in beautiful tones of blush, nude, oyster and beige – GORGEOUS!! Plus, I’m a big fan of Plum Pretty Sugar, so the adorable patterned rompers with matching satin robes to lounge in while getting dolled up for the day, is a nice touch!

The next set of photos shows a sweet and candid moment between the lovely bride and groom. Alessandra is such a stunner and I love the way she wore the Swarovski Crystal and Ostrich Feather Comb down low above the nape of her neck and slightly off to one side. However, I think my favorite image is the one below as it captured a warm and loving sisterly embrace – the comb displayed just so perfectly in her gorgeous up-do!

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Art Deco & Gatsby Inspired Wedding. Images Courtesy of Brandi Image.
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Art Deco & Gatsby Inspired Wedding Decor. Images Courtesy of Brandi Image.

One of the main inspirations for Alessandra’s custom hair comb, were her incredibly stylish bridal shoes. These to-die-for scalloped suede & crystal peep-toe pumps by Georgio Armani were sophisticated, elegant and timeless. I wanted the comb to reflect the same vibe, so I mimicked the detail of these spectacular wedding pumps for Alessandra’s bridal fascinator – incorporating soft muted colors, scalloped edges and shimmery metallics throughout her piece.

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Georgio Armani Scalloped Suede Crystal Peep Toe Pump

Custom Gatsby * Art Deco Bridal Comb by Abby Shepard [Honeysuckle & Scotch]
A Close-Up of the Gatsby inspired Art-Deco Bridal Comb by Abby Shepard [Honeysuckle & Scotch]. Photographed by Randall Garnick Photography.
Finally, I couldn’t resist sharing some shots of Alessandra wearing this sparkling, feathery beauty of a comb while dancing under the golden lights of the Don Cesar Ballroom: One sharing a meaningful father-daughter dance, and the rest with her now-husband, Bryan Cole.

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Art Deco & Gatsby-Inspired Custom Wedding Design. Images Courtesy of Brandi Image.

Thank you so much Alessandra for letting me be a part of your special day. I am honored and will cherish working with you always. Congratulations Alessandra and Bryan!!! XO, Abby

Vendors #1
1. Hair – Uliana Pakskina
2. Makeup – Marissa Phelps
3. Rompers – Plum Pretty Sugar
5. BM Dresses – Adrianna Papell
4. Bridal Gown – Anglo Couture
5. Garter Belt – La Gartier
7. Bridal Shoes – Georgio Armani
Vendors #2
1. Bridal Comb – Abby Shepard
2. Floral Design – MMD Events
3. Bakery – Hands On Sweets
4. Venue – Don Cesar Loews
5. Photographer – Brandi Image
6. Wedding Planner – Parties a’ la Carte
7. Invitations – Urban Coast

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Gatsby Art-Deco Bridal

This new comb (and client) has been an absolute DREAM to work with. So much glamorous inspiration – I could have easily designed 10 different bridal combs for this one wedding! Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ll be sending along in the package to this beautiful bride.

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The original custom-design sketch is pictured below with the Gatsby-inspired Styleboard created for this St. Pete’s wedding day! The final comb always outshines the original draft of what’s to come… but this shows how the real one has come to life. Check out those colors and feathers… and love the little gray striped one I decided to work in at the last minute. Final touch perfection!

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Based on the bride’s custom design request, I chose Swarovski crystals in colors of icy blue, bright white, soft ivory, glimmering silver and warm golds. I paired these with vintage pearls, delicate cup chain and muted metallics to give it that vintage meets modern look. I sculpted the base to have scalloped shapes to mimic the brides shoes and have space around them, allowing light to dance through and create  feminine detail with dramatic effects. Adding feathers was optional, but both the bride and I decided that the mix of downy ostrich and singular flowing feathers were an inspired touch!

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A Close-Up of the Gatsby inspired Art-Deco Bridal Comb by Abby Shepard [Honeysuckle & Scotch]. All product shots courtesy of the ever-talented Randall Garnick Photography.

View the actual wedding photos of this bride wearing her custom comb – it’s a true visual ‘stylefest’ to admire!

 

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