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Modern Speakeasy Wedding Ideas

Oh me oh my, do we ever have a treat for all you readers today! Desiree Dawn Events and Shea Christine got together to create this styled shoot inspired by a modern speakeasy, with touches of herringbone and days of yore at every turn. We adore this elegant take on a couple who met in a bar over cocktails and decided to embrace their first meeting through an intimate, humble elopement. Not to mention all the incredible paper goods from Make Merry!

herringbone paper goods

From the event designer, Desiree: I think what inspires me the most is looking at old photographs of weddings, fashion, and era-specific details. Then, what I love to do is find a way to make them new again. That being said, move over trendy Chevron pattern, it’s time for your bigger, bolder brother to make way into the wedding world: Herringbone. You can find this delicious pattern in a lot of menswear, especially suits with a 1920′s nod. It was a feature in our paper goods from Make Merry! and carried out through our groom’s hat, lamp shades, his bow tie, and the beautiful handmade garland that graced their table.


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prohibition era bride and groom

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newlyweds in bar

For more prohibition era inspiration, I looked for elements that gave that, “we met at a bar and fell in love over cocktails” vibe. A modern speakeasy is what we came up with. Imagine seeing your lover for the first time on your wedding day as he presents you with a celebratory shot to get you ready for your big day! We asked the craftsmen behind Bar-Lab to come up with two old-fashioned cocktails with a modern twist. I love the whimsy of a groom’s shot being called a Floral Garden. More so, with old-fashioned weddings, you’d get married, have drinks and eat cake. So simple.


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bride in red lipstick

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bride and groom

After a luscious portrait session and a short exchange of vows, the Mister and his Missus sat down at their vintage table with a very colorful and modern tables-cape. We used a combination of vintage rentals and mod rentals. The vintage cake cutter was made unique by ‘dipping’ the handle in copper paint, another one of our vintage DIY touches brought to life. Copper is such a swanky color, it gives you that shimmer that so many long for but still has a solid, industrial feel. We hand foiled the place card holders with copper and continued with that sparkle very subtly on the cake, in the flowers, and in our brides accessories.


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newlyweds at table

newlyweds dancing

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newlyweds cake tasting

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herringbone cake tables


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Shoot Location: Palm Beach, FL / Event Design and Styling: Desiree Dawn Events / Photographer: Shea Christine / Venue: Table 26 / Wedding Flowers: Creations Production, Inc. / Wedding Dress: Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon / Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Jen Cruz / Wedding Shoes: Gianni Bini via Dillards / Groom’s Bow Tie: Apple and Ivy / Groom’s Hat: Brooks Brothers / Beverages: Bar Lab / Rentals: Atlas Party Rental and Amazing Grace Vintage Rentals / Stationery, Garland, and Cake Topper: Make Merry!

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