Dazzling Gatsby Inspired 1920’s Style Wedding at the Crystal Tea Room by J&J Studios

written by Dolly Marshall

From the photographer J&J Studios, “We were so excited to celebrate Elizabeth and Edward’s Crystal Tea Room wedding in Philadelphia, PA last February. From iconic Philadelphia City Hall bridal portraits to reception entrances in T-rex costumes, this is a wedding you don’t want to miss!”

How They Met

“We met roaming the halls at Gloucester Catholic High School. We lost touch for awhile after high school graduation, but started talking again our junior year of college and the rest is history!”

married couple in front of philly city hall
bridal invitation suite
bride, groom and bridal party
groom puts on shoes
groom details: bow-tie, watch and black wing-tipped shoes
groom getting ready for wedding
invitation suite
bride and groom in ballroom

The Proposal

“Eddie proposed just as Liz envisioned! When the topic of engagement would come up, Liz would say “I want to be at home, in my pajamas, drinking coffee and eating a bagel.” A few days after Christmas, just as she finished drinking her coffee and eating her bagel, Eddie got down on TWO knees to ask for Liz’s hand in marriage!”

wedding and engagement rings
bride and bridal party toast in hotel room
white lace wedding gown
bridal slippers
bride, mom and maid of honor help dress bride
maid of honor helps bride into wedding dress
white, open-toed wedding heels
bride and bridal party get ready

Wedding Planning

“Planning our wedding was a blast. We tried to stick with local vendors all from Philadelphia, and they are the ones who truly completed our vision.”

bride and father walk down cathedral
bride and groom kneel during Catholic wedding ceremony
groom kisses bride in cathedral
bride and groom just married

The Crystal Tea Room

“We chose the Crystal Tea Room because we loved that there was space for a big band and big dance floor, but also that it had a classic and elegant feel that complimented our colors and Art Deco/Gatsby decor.”

crystal tea room table decor
crystal tea room place setting
bride and groom first dance under chandelier
father-daughter dance at wedding reception
bride and groom enjoy reception

Wedding Inspiration

“With our wedding date set for early 2020, we thought of incorporating some roaring 20’s Art Deco/Gatsby details into our day. We were cautious about  maintaining an air of elegance—- not too many feathers and pearls, but just enough! Truthfully, the team at Fabufloras helped create our vision with our bouquets and centerpieces!”

bridal invitation suite
white 4-tiered wedding cake with crescent moon topper
bride and groom cut 4-tiered white wedding cake
appetizers in mini martini glasses at wedding reception
mini desserts at wedding reception
feather and white floral bridal bouquet

Best Moment

Liz – “My favorite memory was looking out during the ceremony and seeing everyone we love together just smiling!! Everyone was so happy.”

Ed – “Everyone’s response to us all day was just positive and full of love. Even walking around City Hall and Broad Street, strangers just wished us well and congratulations. All we felt all day was love and happiness.”

guests dance and have fun on dance floor
guests dance and have fun on dance floor
wedding guest and inflatable t-rex
guests dance to band on dance floor

Wedding Planning Advice

“Find the place where you can envision everyone just having a blast! Stay organized, but don’t let it consume you. Enjoy the process.”

bride and groom eat wedding cake
bride and groom crescent moon wedding cake topper
bride and groom on grand staircase


“Amazing! Everyone exceeded our expectations and made our vision a reality.”

Vendors: Photography: J&J Studios | Videography: J&J Studios | Accommodations: The Loews Hotel Philadelphia |Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church – Fr. Allain Caparas and Fr. Felipe Doldan|Reception Venue: Finley Catering – The Crystal Tea Room |Florist: Kerry Fabrizio of Fabufloras |Hair and Makeup Artist: Philly Hair and Makeup by Abby Leoncini | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia |Wedding Dress Store: The Sample Rack|Band: London Bridge, EBE |Venue coordinator: Stacey Lee Mullen Finley Catering | Bride and Groom’s Rings: Bario Neal |Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto |Invitations: Paper on Pine |Seating Chart: Hillary Carr Calligraphy Cake: Termini’s Bakery |Photobooth: EBE