A Vintage, Art Deco-Themed Wedding at NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

Originally opened in the 1920s, the NorVa music hall—located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia—had the historically rich atmosphere that brou

Originally opened in the 1920s, the NorVa music hall—located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia—had the historically rich atmosphere that brought this art deco-styled wedding to life. Lindsey Carter (25 and a tax accountant/live music photographer) and Chris Bates (35 and in digital marketing/graphic design) attended a concert on their first date, and so they wanted to incorporate their love and gratitude toward music through their reception space. When guests arrived, they were greeted by the old-fashioned marquee board that spelled out "Just Married/Lindsey and Chris/July 25, 2015." The large hall seated 150 friends and family members at round dining tables, draped in sparkly gold runners and black linens that followed the day's color scheme. Lindsey and Chris sat at the head table, which faced all the rest of the tables, along with the wooden dance floor that illuminated their last name in lights. Even Lindsey's and Chris's looks embodied the Roaring Twenties style—from Lindsey's Alvina Valenta gown accented with English netting and Chantilly lace to Chris's black tuxedo with mint green vest and bow tie. The best was truly saved for last, with the gold and mint tiered wedding cake, designed with sunburst motifs and filled with delicious flavors of Funfetti and chocolate. Check out more of art deco-inspired details, captured by Ashley Lester Photography, below.

"Our invitations were black with gold accents and nailed our art deco theme," Lindsey says. "Every detail perfectly showcased our theme to give our guests a hint of what to expect on our wedding day."
Lindsey wore a simple white tulle blusher that covered her face for the ceremony, which went with her classic wedding day look.
Lindsey embodied the day's gold and mint green colors within her choice of shoes—a gorgeous pair of BHLDN open-toe heels with an art deco style.
"I took the bridesmaids to David’s Bridal and pulled anything in the mint green that fit the 1920s theme," Lindsey says. "After trying on several dresses, we settled on a short lace dress with a V-neck."
The bridesmaids all held yellow and white bouquets filled with ranunculus, roses, yellow crapsedia and dusty miller. The flower arrangements created a nice pop of color against their mint lace dresses.
Lindsey wore a gorgeous Alvina Valenta white dress with a V-neck, accented with English netting, Chantilly lace and jewels throughout. "My maid of honor, who dressed me throughout high school, picked out my wedding dress," Lindsey says. "She saw the dress on a mannequin and told me I had to try it on. As fate would have it, I fell in love with the dress from the moment I slipped it on."
An elegant gold-framed chalkboard displayed the wedding program for all guests to see, showcasing everything from the series of ceremonial events to the wedding party members.
Chris's face lit up with happiness when he saw Lindsey for the first time in her ivory dress, while he sported his black tuxedo with a mint green bow tie and vest.
"Chris took a screenshot of every engagement ring I posted on Pinterest and took them to our jeweler," Lindsey says. "Eventually, he landed on the perfect round-cut diamond ring with an art deco style."
At the Norfolk Church of Christ, Lindsey and Chris shared their first kiss as a married couple. They decorated the space with an orchid and hydrangea flower arrangement that hung from the altar, inspired by a scene from "The Great Gatsby."
Lindsey held onto her bouquet filled with white roses, green succulents and yellow craspedia. "I chose the flowers for all the bouquets based on our color scheme," Lindsey says. "Trying to find mint flowers is difficult, so I made that the starting point for choosing florals."
Lindsey, Chris and their wedding party stood in front of NorVa, a historic music hall in Norfolk, Virginia, that opened in the 1920s—perfect for their art deco-style wedding. The bridesmaids wore knee-length mint green dresses accented in lace, while Chris and his groomsmen matched them by wearing mint vests and bow ties.
Lindsey and Chris used NorVa's vintage marquee sign to display a message that greeted friends and family. The sign read "Just Married/Lindsey & Chris/July 25, 2015."
Lindsey wore art deco-style earrings that sparkled and shined. The fashionable pair of earrings matched her vintage bracelet, which she had purchased from a local antiques store.
The reception took place inside NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia, where dining tables filled the dimly lit space. "All of our dining tables were round, while the wedding party sat at a long banquet table on the stage," Lindsey says. "It allowed us to be with our guests while having dinner, but removed enough that we could eat and enjoy our meal."
This dining table had a low white and yellow centerpiece filled with roses, chrysanthemums and ranunculus, positioned on top of a bed of fern leaves. Tall centerpieces with similar flower combinations decorated dining tables at the reception as well.
Chris sported a classic black Vera Wang  tuxedo paired with a mint vest and bow tie, to go with the color scheme of the day.
Black linens with gold sequin runners draped down dining tables, in addition to tall centerpieces filled with white blooms that decorated the middle of the displays.
The four-tier gold and mint green cake had alternating tiers of Funfetti and chocolate (Lindsey and Chris's favorites flavors). Gold sunburst motif designs decorated the layers, incorporating some art deco flare into the dessert.
"We had a sparkler exit under NorVa’s famous marquee, which read “Just Married/Lindsey & Chris/July 25, 2015," Lindsey says. "Then we walked to the after-party at a 1920s-themed piano bar around the corner."