The Wait is Over. Open to see ILM’s 1st Gatsby Lawn Party Photos

Vanessa & Tully enjoying the reverie at Wilmington’s 1st Gatsby Lawn Party
Photography: Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography

When I posted a photo earlier this week on Facebook from Bella Rose’s coverage of Wilmington’s 1st Gatsby Lawn Party, Chef Lori Eaton commented: “I think that was one of the best parties I’ve been to in Wilmington. Fantastic event, from beginning to end!”

It truly was a magical afternoon on Paula & Albert Corbett’s beautiful lawn. Thank you again to Kusek Financial Group, James Zisa Attorneys, The British Taxi, Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography, A Second Time Around, Elizabeth’s Tres Chic, En Vie Interiors and Style Girl Vintage for making my Gatsby dreams come true.

And without further ado, I give you Wilmington’s 1st Gatsby Lawn Party —





L :Outfit of the Day – Authentic 1920’s lace dress, Esther Jean headpiece via Style Girl Vintage, Charleston Rice Beads, vintage floral wood choker from Francine’s on Castle
R: Presenting Sponsor Pat Kusek of Kusek Financial Group



L: Our lovely lady of the lawn – the beautiful Paula Corbett
R: Gatsby Lawn Party guests were escorted to the lawn in true vintage style via our friends at The British Taxi.


Making the way to the lawn.


Let the preparations begin!



My beautiful friend Shannon Dunne as a bohemian flapper


Our “Best Dressed” Daisy of the Day, Rachel Rowell


Vintage vignette styled by Melanie Bowe of En Vie Interiors


L: Anna Slaughter wearing the “Gatsby dress” from Elizabeth’s Tres Chic with Aileen Hernandez
R: Sydney Williams and Mckenzie Bass


Cheers to the lovely Juliana Williams!


Treasures from Melanie Bowe of En Vie Interiors


Melanie Bowe of En Vie Interiors


L: The gorgeous and talented Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography
R: My favorite photo of the day: Rebecca Olivia Royal Medina looking devastatingly chic.


Vintage jewels from A Second Time Around


L: Personal Chef Lori Eaton making her stylish arrival.
R: Brilliant star Rosemary Burke in a headpiece by NYC designer Esther Jean
(from Style Girl Vintage)


Picnic lunch by Little Pond Caterers


R: Event Sponsor Pat with her husband Walter


Thank you for coming, Madiana. You looked gorgeous in Gatsby as always!



Talented songbird Tyler


Lisa & Steven Schnitzler outfit details


Jason & Carly Brooke Forman even restyled their own deco table and brought along Carly’s grandmother (pictured in the frame) to enjoy the picnic. So sweet!


L: Florida-based Travel Writer Margie Casey’s dapper date
R: Steven Schnitzler in a smart vest and deco tie





1920’s inspired makeup by Kristin McLoughlin of Groove Jet Salon


The matriarch of The Teachey family Linda Teachey attended the Lawn Party with her daughter and granddaughters, and took home the grand prize from En Vie for Best Picnic Display



Having a laugh with my Gatsby Girl Amy Hammond


Photographer Harry Taylor making some tintype magic on the Paper Moon


Elena Masters & her husband


“Old Sexy” Allen Walker holding court on the lawn


One of the most fun couples in town – Dan & Rosemary Burke, owners of The British Taxi


The High Cotton Steppers in action led by choreographer Rachael Goolsby


L: A baby at the Lawn Party? Nope, only a vintage pram filled with bubbly! Brilliant.
R: Catherine Yearwood, owner of Hallelu, strikes a pose with her sister-in-law



Why hello darling, Miss Dagmar!


Two beauties – Donna Starling & Jessica Sopencer both wearing attire from Style Girl Vintage





My Fitzgerald. Heart.


The party has now arrived!


Tarot card readings with Susan K


Nnenne Terzian, beauty in the grass




L: The High Cotton Steppers
R: Rachael & Thom Goolsby – such a beautiful couple


The always chic Gail Burke







Sharon Hyland (right) who is planning a Gatsby-themed wedding
came to the Lawn Party for inspiration for the big day.




These two lovely ladies bonded over their love of vintage through Carole Sullivan’s (right) grand-daughter Carissa (the owner of Tusc Boutique) who connected and encouraged them to meet up and attend the Gatsby Lawn Party together. A new friendship is born!


No Gatsby Lawn Party is complete without a bit of The Charleston on the lawn!



With the “Downton Gals” led by Rachel Rowell (our Daisy in white) with her grandmother, mother & sisters who took home the prize for Best Picnic Display. Now, this is a family affair!


Nnenne & Drew Terzian getting into the picnic spirit.


Tintype of the Day: The Schnitzler’s embodying 20’s swag


Fashion Parade


Best Dressed Male & Female (with help from our cheering section)


All in the Details: Walter Kusek looking sharp


Yayyyy, Brad & Jamie Bass have arrived!








Thank you to friends new & old for coming out to support Wilmington’s 1st Gatsby Lawn Party. Only time will tell what next year will hold in store. xo





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