Belle Epoque

It’s June, otherwise known as the  Un-Official Wedding Season. Every Saturday bridal parties are spotted around town shuffling in and out of beauty salons, uncomfortably posing for pictures, and the oh-so-popular act of getting trashed at a nearby sports bar between the ceremony and reception. Even though every bride is wearing a white dress, they all look so different. Every woman has a unique style and vision of how they want to look on their big day. Some want to be a princess, others the sexy bride, and some are just downright entertaining. It’s quite the spectator sport.

I have to admit, I don’t have a clue as to what kind of wedding day I would want, or how it would look. My nuptial hopes basically consist of having a kick-ass ring husband and a baller Bachellorette Party. Nights in drinking wine with my girlfriends always result in someone, whether or not they even have a boyfriend, pulling up their “Dream Wedding” Pinterest page and we all weigh in on the pre-thought out day of eternal love. They have so much fun showing off their fantasy dresses, flowers, and cake while all I have to contribute is “I can’t wait to get T-Shirts made for my Beyonce themed, “Drunk In Love Tour” Mexican Bachellorette Getaway.” (And, yes. That WILL take place one day, regardless if I actually ever get wifed).

Despite my lack of interest in planning a wedding, I was immediately on board when my friend/photographer extraordinaire Megan Thiele asked if I would team up to produce a bridal themed photoshoot. Um, duh. My life revolves around visual storytelling. Just check my IG account.

Ever since I moved into my apartment I’ve wanted to throw a bridal shower in the lobby. Ornate mouldings, a brass chandelier and minty hued walls are the perfect backdrop to a feminine fete, I knew it would be the perfect stage for our shoot.  We decided to go for a fresh, French, femme, Marie Antoinette inspired aesthetic and have titled our shoot, Belle Epoque.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

BelleEpoque001I hauled down my round back Louis chairs and placed one of my beloved busts on the mantle to oversee the soiree.

BelleEpoque019BelleEpoque008BelleEpoque020We were lucky enough to have Poppies Design Studio as the most beautiful co-collaborator. Becky, the owner/designer, is a true artist outdid herself with the gasp-worthy floral arrangements. When hauling in her lovely loot into my building she was greeted by one of my crotchety, old, nasty neighbors yelling at her for not parking close enough to the curb. That wasn’t embarrassing at all. At. All. But her arrangements still turned stunning. I mean, gorgeous. Le sigh.

BelleEpoque013Two Blue Doors Studio designed custom invitations and menu cards.

BelleEpoque018I borrowed my parent’s wedding China, Wedgwood’s Wild Strawberry and used vintage gold flatware I scored at a flea market years ago.

BelleEpoque014For glassware I mixed classic French coupe champagne glasses, my vintage green and gold rimmed tumblers and Megan’s adorable vintage, pink wine glasses.

BelleEpoque015Cheers!BelleEpoque009This is a bouquet I would love to catch.

BelleEpoque006My bar cart got to play dress up in a beautiful floral garland Backy made and I served, what else but Pink champagne!

BelleEpoque043BelleEpoque003BelleEpoque045BelleEpoque002At the last minute I asked one of my sweet neighbors if her furbaby Lulubelle would play model for the day. I know Marie Antoinette would want to be accompanied by her precious pugs…

BelleEpoque021BelleEpoque023Empress Eugenie, who currently lives in my foyer, oversaw dessert table. A fitting hostess, as Marie Antoinette was her predecessor.

BelleEpoque027BelleEpoque028BelleEpoque032BelleEpoque048Shanna, who is a stylist extraordinare at The Chase Salon & Spa, was a perfect bride for the day. Go visit her. Not only is she as beautiful on the inside as the out, she is my absolute go-to for all questions beauty. She knows everything from fitness to false eyelashes. Love her.
BelleEpoque038I love getting a creative fix styling fun shoots like this. Hopefully Megan and I can find some time to collaborate again. For the next shoot we are thinking a mid-century, modern vibe in her amazing 1960s house. Stay tuned.

All images via Megan Thiele Studios


  1. Jan Miller says:


  2. Karen Burton says:

    Beautiful Jessie!

  3. Jackie Florian says:

    Simply Beautiful!!. Love the soft colors!!

  4. I wish your florist was local for me! Those flowers are beautiful–the entire set looks heavenly. And so glad your bust made an appearance on the fireplace mantle. Wouldn’t be you without it! Your styling job here is perfection!

  5. Stunning! I would comment on one thing but that would indicate it was better than something else. It is all perfection. Pink and green is a fav combo for me.

  6. Transcendant!

  7. Stunning! You can never go wrong with florals for days. 🙂

  8. Goodness that’s a lot of pretty. Beautiful job (everyone involved)! xxx

  9. Oh my goodness! This is so pretty. I love the photography and the styling of everything is so beautiful. Really inspiring!


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