Once Kelley and Thomas chose Villa Montalvo for their Northern California wedding, the rest of the design choices fell into place. The 175-acre estate includes a Mediterranean-style villa and formal garden. Says Kelley, “When I saw the venue, I knew in an instant that it was the place. It allowed for an outside wedding that was also private. I loved the idea of a fancy garden party, and Villa Montalvo felt very Great Gatsby-ish to me.”

Kelley’s custom dress was inspired by the Vera Wang gown Michelle Williams wore to the 2006 Academy Awards. She accessorized with vintage jewelry that she has collected over the years.

Groomsmen wore blue seersucker neckties. Thomas wore a bow tie made from the same fabric, and a custom suit in navy sharkskin wool.

Bocce ball!

Kelley’s good friend is the owner of Thread Social, so Kelley asked her to design three different bridesmaid dresses. “Since I was in light gray, I thought it would be nice to keep the ladies in light colors, but to mix in metallics so it would work from day to night,” Kelley says. “I loved that all three were so different, but together they made total sense.”

From Kelley: “My mother deserves credit for sewing 155 napkins for the tables! The tablecloths were a white textured linen, and the centerpieces were white flowers in silver mint julep cups, so I wanted a little bit of color and pattern on the table. I found a navy ticking stripe fabric that was perfect and bought 40 yards of it. The great thing is, I was able to give family and friends sets of napkins from the wedding.”

Thank you Kelley and Thomas for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us. It’s a perfect example of how simple can be utterly stunning, and classic can be totally unique.

Photography: Cliff Brunk / Venue: Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California / Planning: Kristina Taheri Special Events / Bride’s Custom Dress: Alireza Massoumnia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thread Social / Groom’s Suit: Tom James / Seersucker Ties: The Hill-Side / Flowers: Ingela Floral / Stationery: Regas New York / Catering: Le Papillon
  • Great Gatsby Wedding at Villa Montalvo

    9 August 2010
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    1. marissa

      Wow. I absolutely adore this wedding! So lovely!

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    2. silvana

      I love the fact she didn’t wear white. Super stylish wedding! Awesome!

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    4. a thousand mason jars

      gorgeous dress & LOVE the bridesmaid dresses! the white, green & navy all look so fresh & timeless.

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    5. lydia {ever ours}

      so posh and so stylish. love how gorgeous and unique her gown was.

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    6. Aleah + Nick

      I adore her dress! What a charming celebration! {Aleah}

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    7. Jules

      Beautiful, beautiful dress and I love her hairstyle too. Seems to be a bit of a trend of lightly toned wedding dresses at the moment – so flattering on paler skins.

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    8. Katie

      The bride’s dress is gorgeous. And those are some of the best bridesmaid dresses I have ever seen. Beautiful wedding.

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    9. forget.me.knot.weddings

      This is a gorgeous wedding! Love the colors and simple tablescape! The Brides dress is amazing!

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    10. Kira

      So timeless! but the dresses (all of them) give it a super modern twist. Wonderful!

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    11. Jennifer

      Just FABULOUS!

      This is the second “Gatsby” wedding Ive seen this week and it is still classic- a timeless theme!

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    12. Kate/MagnoliaRouge

      I adore her dress, it’s just beautiful, as are the bridesmaids dresses. Love how they all work together.

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    13. Annie @ Marry You Me

      Such a stunning wedding! Love the new site by the way Kathryn!! It looks amazing :)

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    14. Kristi

      Villa Montalvo is such a stunning location! Add to that a reference of The Great Gatsby and an you have one heck of a STUNNING wedding! Just love it all – from the dresses (gorgeous) to the sewn napkins (simple and perfect)!


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    15. oddsundays

      i just love the palette of this wedding. how simple but elegant. beautiful and yet not traditional. gorgeous gorgeous…i aspire towards such a wedding : )

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    16. Heidi@TrulyEngaging

      Incredible… full of comfortable glam and sweet elements! I adore this wedding and how it was captured!

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    17. Sam

      Very stylish wedding, superb photography work.

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    18. Amanda Bevington

      Beautiful wedding!!! Funny thing…My Mom has that exact same beaded handbag and I borrowed it for my own wedding! I’ve never seen another like it – very special!!! Congratulations to the lovely couple!!

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    22. Marie Drangfelt

      Very beautiful! :-) I love the green flower decorations! :-) Love from Norway:-)

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    23. Wedding Invitations Online

      Is it just me or the bride kinda looks like Katherine Heigl?

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    24. Lee

      Really lovely article and great photos. This type of Wedding is ideally suited to the type of wedding catering that our Caterers York service provides, we’ve found that a Wedding hog roast or barbecue food is really special both indoors and outdoors but with a fantastic location like this, a bbq party for the food in the garden would be fantastic!

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    25. Lee

      ps here is the link http://www.caterersyork.co.uk for our barbecue and hog roast wedding catering as mentioned above…

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