A Glam Roaring Twenties Wedding at Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas

For their late-fall wedding, Ken Sharples (56 and a designer and consultant) and Pat Soffner (55 and a business analyst) pulled off a glamorous roarin

For their late-fall wedding, Ken Sharples (56 and a designer and consultant) and Pat Soffner (55 and a business analyst) pulled off a glamorous roaring twenties-inspired soiree that would make Jay Gatsby envious. A seasoned event designer with A-list clientele, Ken left no detail overlooked. “Pat is the love of my life. I wanted our wedding to be perfection—every detail you could imagine, right down to the fireworks and a green light illuminating Lake Austin, just like in 'The Great Gatsby,' ” Ken says. The festivities got under way at Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas, a landmark filled with old-world flair. The ceremony took place before a striking stone fireplace in the Stone Room, where mosaic floors and a hand-carved ceiling infused the affair with undeniable Gatsby glamour. White taper candles displayed in tall candelabras cast a warm glow over opulent space, while the Sharples family's coat of arms added a note of masculinity to the decor. A close friend (who happened to introduce the pair) officiated, giving the proceedings a highly personalized feel. After saying “I do” and a quick costume change (complete with slick wigs to mirror the fashion of the day), Ken and Pat ushered guests outdoors to the pool for an alfresco blowout bash. “We chose the pool area because of the initial party scene in 'The Great Gatsby' movie,” Ken says. “That’s how we wanted to celebrate our reception.” Dancers decked out in 1920s duds joined the couple as they made their reception debut and a firework display signaled the start to the evening’s celebrations. Dressed in flapper dresses and tails, guests sipped on martinis and champagne while period music played in the background. Dinner was served under the stars, where guests gathered around tables adorned with candelabras dripping in garlands of shimmering crystals and bouquets of blue hydrangeas arranged atop glam beaded swags. Vintage crystal stemware, gold cutlery and beaded glass chargers added to the evening’s swanky old-world feel. After a meal of era-inspired eats, Ken and Pat treated guests to a Venetian room filled with decadent bite-size eats. Live music and performances from a 1920s-inspired dance troupe and a drag queen kept guests laughing and dancing all night. —Libby MacCarthy

The ceremony unfolded in the Stone Room at Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas. A stone fireplace complete with an ornate iron grate provided a refined backdrop for Ken and Pat’s vows, with details such as silver candelabras and lush bouquets of white hydrangeas, stock, dendrobium orchids and phalaenopsis orchids adding to the romance of the scene.
Ken and Pat asked their close friend (who had introduced them) to officiate, which gave their ceremony a highly personalized and intimate feel. While the couple donned formal tuxedoes for the reception, they opted for more low-key attire for the ceremony. Ken wore a tan linen suit, while Pat completed his “I do” look with a pale pink jacket. “Our wedding ceremony outfits were custom linen suits to match the fashion of the 1920s,” Ken says. “We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen in our wedding, but we requested our guests arrive in 1920s attire.”
Ken and Pat wined and dined their guests outdoors, the poolside setting mirroring the lavish opening scene of the “The Great Gatsby” film. During cocktail hour, guests sipped on martinis and champagne while a live band churned out lively period tunes.
Reflecting the evening’s opulent vibe, alternating reception tables were topped with gilded candelabras draped with beaded swags. Halos of lush white florals stood at the base and white taper candles flickered softly in the moonlight.
Ken and Pat created three centerpieces for the reception at Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas, creating a textured, visually intriguing aesthetic. Bundles of brilliant blue hydrangeas were piled high atop gilded candelabras and surrounded by cascades of glittering crystal beads to achieve a refined look.
Details such as etched crystal glassware, brass cutlery and gold beaded chargers upped the elegance of the reception tablescapes, while bringing to life the couple’s "Great Gatsby" theme.
In lieu of traditional wedding cake, Ken and Pat treated guests to an over-the-top Venetian room jam-packed with a variety of decadent desserts. In the center of the Venetian room, a lavish five-tier faux wedding cake was displayed to maintain a traditional feel for the postdinner indulgence.
After a traditional sit-down dinner by the pool, Ken and Pat invited guests to visit their Venetian room and indulge in a showstopping spread of bite-size sweets. Parfaits, petit tarts, cookies and were offered instead of a standard wedding cake.
Ken and Pat kicked off the evening’s festivities with a bang, making a grand entrance into the reception. The duo did a quick costume change into formal tails and period wigs, then stepped onto the custom-built stage joined by a brilliant fireworks display and a 1920s dance troupe. “We had so much fun becoming 1920s gentlemen,” Ken says. “It just added a whole other level of fun.”