Jackie O Inspiration For The Modern Bride

Belmont, Massachusetts

 

 

Photography | All The Little Stories Photography | @allthelittlestoriesphotography

Venue | The Belmont Woman’s Club

Event Designer | Hummingbird Bridal and Events | @hummingbirdwed

Floral Designer | Leslie Lee Floral Design

Gown Designer | Marchesa Notte | @marchesafashion

Gown Salon | Lyra Vega Bridal | @lyravegabridal

Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | @menswearhouse

Apparel | Brackish Bowties | @brackishbowties

Veils and Headpieces | The Veiled Beauty | @theveiledbeauty

Makeup Artist | Making You Glow | @makingyouglow

Cake Designer | Amanda Oakleaf Cakes | @oakleafcakes

Invitation Designer | Fete Collection | @fetecollection

Mandy Connor of Hummingbird Bridal and Events and Libby Nelson of All The Little Stories Photography cultivated an extraordinary team of women-lead businesses to present a styled editorial celebrating some of the famous women who inspire us: Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, Amal Clooney, and of course, Beyoncé. To do justice to the style, the grace, and the strength of these incredible women, the team set the editorial in a space that has rarely hosted weddings before, but has been a foundation for strong women with an entrepreneurial spirit and social elegance throughout the last century : The Belmont Woman’s Club. As this stunning historical club opened its doors to us, we were humbled and honored to find ourselves standing in the threshold of such a storied estate.

 

The Belmont Woman’s Club, once the summer mansion of William Flagg Homer and frequented by his nephew, iconic American painter Winslow Homer, was saved from destruction by the Belmont Woman’s Club in 1927. Since then, the Belmont Woman’s Club has been working to restore the home, recently inviting top interior designers from Boston to participate as the design show house. They are now opening the home to lucky couples interested in a new and different kind of historical venue for their day.

 

Inspired by the rich color palette found within the mansion, the team crafted a color story that pulled from the antique mahogany inside the historical mansion, along with the many colors found within the various rooms’ walls. Shades of verdant green, icy blue, bold pinks, softer neutrals, and even the burnt oranges and metallic sheen of the original copper bathtubs from the 1800s (found in the home’s second floor bathrooms) were integrated. The color story evolved into a celebration of both eclecticism and also cohesiveness, autumnal in hue, while spring-like and fresh at the same time. Elements of gold popped against the burgundy, green, dusky purple, mustard yellows, and cream of the floral elements, while navy blue accents anchored the overall palette to the New England roots of our original inspiration.

For Leslie of Leslie Lee Floral Design, designing florals that nodded to the era when Jackie O was the leading icon of fashion and lifestyle, was a priority. Golds and mustard were what first came to mind and   from there, she wanted to build florals that exuded femininity and grace. In a moment of kismet, the shoot took place the day before International Women’s Day, and throughout her floral compositions, a running thematic element happened to be the symbolic flower for this day, the mamosa. Other florals used throughout the overall design included ranunculus, sweet pea, combo and toffee colored roses, anemones, heirloom carnations, fritillaria meleagris, along with some dried and bleached materials.

 

The dinner was set in the mansion’s impressive oval shaped formal dining room, home to one of the last known remaining sets of curved doorways in a private historic home. For the table settings, Mandy stacked gold and navy china atop fleur de lis chargers which, when paired with matte gold cutlery and gold rimmed glassware, created a setting reminiscent of presidential china, with a modern twist. Leslie’s wild, organic centerpieces, surrounded by vintage gold turtledove statues, staggered height vintage candlesticks, and gourmet farm to table produce and artisanal baked goods provided by Russo’s, added to this updated table fit to host intimate friends or distinguished dignitaries alike.

 

For the second tablescape, Mandy incorporated these same elements, but adapted the setting to be a progressive take on elegant dining. By swapping the more ornate china for simple white plates on modern gold chargers with diagonal cutouts, the overall look transitioned to a more casually elegant affair. The choice to selectively style each plate with a different food or piece of greenery moved the vision for the table from the White House China Room to the people.

 

Sara Rodrigues of Making You Glow chose an ultra clean, and classic look for our bride, Maya, with a touch of vintage glam. Drawing inspiration from the understated elegance of Jackie O and Amal Clooney, she utilized natural, complementary tones on her eyes, lips, and cheeks in order to present the model with a timeless makeup look that would suit any gown or dress she could wear. For her hair, a classic vintage set made way for a very Jackie-esque hairstyle that transitioned with each gown. Simply pulling one side back for the second bridal gown elevated the classic look to modern glam. Brushing out and teasing the ends of the hair to brought a bolder modern day elegance in keeping with our Amal Clooney and Beyoncé inspiration to complement the stunning non-bridal Marchesa and Saylor NYC dresses. Adding a deeper lip with the hair’s teased out ends advanced our model through time to a new contemporary classic, befitting a chic 2019 woman.

 

Because Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was an enduring style icon bringing an effortless elegance to everything she wore, designer Lilian Hung of Lyra Vega Bridal chose two bridal gowns that echoed her iconic and evolving style. The first look, the Grace gown, recalled Jackie’s wedding dress from her 1953 wedding to John F Kennedy with its classic fit-and-flare silhouette. The fitted bodice with the full, bouffant skirt create drama and elegance fit for American royalty, while the delicate beading and floral appliques gave this modern gown a timeless and traditional touch. Paired with the Cora Lace Drop Veil by The Veiled Beauty, the look exuded drama and elegance, as classic as Jackie while simultaneously fit for a modern bride.

The second bridal look, the Thea dress, recalled Jackie’s airy and delicate dresses of the 1970s. The Thea dress features a simple and sleek trumpet silhouette, with breathtaking details beading and appliqués and a dramatic long train. Adding the Draped Cathedral Lace Veil created a romantic contrast to the sexy drama of the dress. The result is an effortlessly elegant look that brought out our model Maya’s inner Jackie O.

 

In addition to these two bridal options, Mandy built upon these influences and pulled from images of Amal Clooney and Beyoncé to include two show stopping non-bridal looks. The first, a floor length purple and red Marchesa gown, with its unique design lines in red lace and a modern floral textile, is a perfect fit for a stylish bride darting off on her honeymoon, or even a bride looking for a non traditional dress option for her elopement or wedding. The second, a yellow Saylor NYC dress, with its flower lace appliqués, brought all of the team’s swooning Beyoncé “Lemonade” visions to life. Emblazoned across the chest with lace floral cut out appliqués, the dress is equal parts feminine and fierce, delicate and bold. With her handsome, doting groom on her arm, our model radiated all of the confidence of the women who inspire us (and then some), both past and present.

 

For our groom, Callef, the team chose two classic menswear options, a slim fit black tux from Men’s Wearhouse and a classic modern fit light navy suit by Tommy Hilfiger. To give the traditional looks a modern touch, the black tux was paired with the St. Pierre feather bowtie, lovingly handcrafted by Brackish Bowties. A textured boutonnière completed the look. The blue suit was paired with a light purple dress shirt and brown leather dress shoes, worn with no tie and, for a business casual finish, the top neck button undone, for the sophisticated groom unconstrained by the formality of tradition. His final look, a button down shirt, grey slacks, and black suede shoes to play off of his bride, Maya’s gray suede shoes and grey textured earrings, was the perfect look to walk off into their honeymoon sunset in style.

 

The cake, provided by Amanda of Oakleaf Cake Bake Shop, added a hint of modern 60’s whimsy with it’s marbled pink royal icing, decorative pearl dollops, reminiscent of the ubiquitous pearl necklaces of 60’s era housewives and socialites, lining the conjoining cake tiers. The staggered rectangular icing tiles with a graphic pattern strategically placed along the different tiers added to the 60’s feel, while the sash of delicate white orchids crafted out of icing sugar lend a romantic modern touch. The jewelry, provided by E. Scott Originals, was similarly classic with an updated twist. Keeping the accessories simple to let the dresses’ neckline and details shine was a priority, and the ring collection was similarly understated. Set in rose gold, the collection included a diamond solitaire engagement ring with accompanying textured wedding band, and a groom’s wedding band which was deceptively simple, with it’s classic rounded shape interrupted by three squared off points, for a modern, masculine shape. Fete Collection provided classic yet modern invitations to complement the visual narrative.