Nicole Gilbert and Rich Hartman

Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.

September 27, 2014
Linden Place
Bristol, Rhode Island

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

After Rich Hartman proposed to his love Nicole Gilbert during their vacation in Turks and Caicos, the couple set forth a celebration channeling the decadent vibe of the Roaring Twenties. “We wanted our wedding to be classy, timeless, and fun,” explains Nicole.  And where better to go back in time than at Linden Place? This Bristol manse is the historic home that hosted Hollywood for the filming of 1974’s The Great Gatsby starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. In addition to the classic setting, every detail—from the spectacular fonts on the paper to beaded bling and a gold tone palette—hit a vintage or Art Deco tone. Take a look into their exciting day.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

To accompany him down the aisle, Nicole bought Rich collar stays emblazoned with mottoes for a happy marriage. 

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Nicole’s friend Charlene helped the bride gather items for the out-of-town guest hotel bags—event details, stuff to do, a door tag (in a Great Gatsby-inspired font, of course), ChapStick, snacks, and more.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Clad in silk robes (a gift from Nicole, sourced from an Etsy shop), the ladies got ready at the Omni in Providence and upstairs at Linden Place. To keep everyone energized, they sipped mimosas and noshed on a catered breakfast from Whole Foods.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Rosaries were incorporated into the bride’s bouquet. “One of my grandmothers is still alive and the other has passed away,” says Nicole. “Family is very important, and it was an ode/remembrance to them.”

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

A nod to the name of Nicole’s family parish, the couple was married at St. Mary’s. “It love at first sight when I saw the church,” she remembers. “It’s stunning inside, the pastor was a hoot, and Linden Place is a block away.”

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

The couple and the wedding party took photos outside in Independence Park, including this groomsmen shot in front of an artillery battery.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

The couple chose to give edible keepsakes, in part inspired by Nicole’s childhood home. “I grew up on an alpaca farm,” she explains. “My mom loves honey and has hives at our house. She worked with a local farmer to actually process it.”

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Surrounded by friends and family, the couple chose “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
as their first dance. 

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

“We wanted to do something special and unique for a guest book, and we loved the idea of a custom puzzle where guests could write well wishes that we could frame,” she says of this DoubleTroublePuzzles wooden puzzle.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

A last-minute transportation decision, the couple shuttled guests and groomsmen from the church to the reception in a big yellow school bus. The bridesmaids traveled in style in an SUV Uber.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

The wedding’s hashtag #meetthegilmans was a riff on their nickname—a combo
of the couples’ last names.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

The beaded chevron pattern of the handmade table runners (found on Etsy) channeled a decadent era.

Photograph by Allegro Photography

Photograph by Allegro Photography

The wedding palette was rich in gold and ivory, with black as an accent. “There was mercury glass, and lots of candles were also really important,” says Nicole.
“I think they create a really romantic vibe.”

THE FILE

Bride’s Jewelry: Saks Fifth Avenue
Cake: Patticakes (mix of carrot and salted caramel with a chocolate base)
Catering: Blackstone Caterers
Music: Protégé
Gown: Oscar de la Renta
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Florist: Stoneblossom
Groomswear: Banana Republic
Hair: Jaclynn Kate
Rings: Barmakian
Invitations: Impress Me Designs
Lighting: DesignLight for chandeliers, draping, and mirror arrangement behind fireplace

 


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