Those of you who followed along on my IG stories last weekend saw that my cousin got married — and had an epic Great Gatsby-themed wedding party. It was so much fun! I know quite a few of you have been waiting for a post showing more of the dress I ended up wearing to the wedding. But, much to my dismay, we actually didn’t get many photos of me in it. Since it was my cousin’s big day, my boyfriend was mostly focused on shooting her, her family, and of course, the party.
For those of you who missed my IG story selfies, I ended up wearing a stunning royal blue sequined maxi. It was tight-fitting and flattered me surprisingly well, at only $20 from Burlington Coat Factory! I normally never shop there but the one time I stopped in, I got lucky. Does anyone else love that feeling?! It was definitely a steal — I’m hoping there’ll be another fancy event that will give me the perfect excuse to wear it again and this time, actually get photos in it.
So, why this gold dress today, then? Well, when I was first shopping around for dresses, I went to Macy’s and started looking around for gold sequined dresses. After all… when you think of 1920’s/Great Gatsby, that’s what you think of, right? Of course, I was planning on wearing it with my headpiece, pearl necklace, glittery clutch… and you know, make it all Gatsby-like. I got this dress for just under $300, right before I happened to find myself at Burlington and found the royal blue dress which I decided I liked more for the occasion. Anyway, this number is still super gorgeous, and since I had already purchased it… I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to at least get photos in it!
I live just five minutes away from The Griffith Observatory, so David and I trekked up there during sunrise to grab some shots which turned out quite ethereal looking. Just thought I’d share them with you here 🙂
For the wedding, I got my hair done by my cousin’s best friend who is the queen of hair! Again, I’m a bit bummed I didn’t get a good photo of it before it totally fell apart by the end of the day. I had an idea of how I wanted it, and for this shoot, I basically did a “practice run.” Loose layers to frame my face, and the rest tied back somehow. The real deal involved intricate braids which I could not create myself. I wish I was talented with hair but really, I think I’ll stick with make-up when it comes to getting adventurous… haha.
On the day of the wedding, I was glad I ended up going with the blue because literally everyone (okay maybe like 60%) showed up in a gold dress of some sort. The blue dress was a little different and I was able to make it Gatsby-looking with a hair piece and matching statement necklace.
Do you have any exciting themed weddings to attend this year?
Photos by David Potter
Omg you look stunnnnnnning in that dress!!! So glad you got some photos in it since you didn’t end up wearing it to the wedding. Happy Friday babe 🙂
Thanks, Jasmin xo
You are a vision, Sharon! These photos of you are so breathtaking, and the sequin details of this number are to die for. Have a great weekend!
Thank you, Destiny! So sweet of you xx
I love this! You look stunning in that dress!
Thank you so much!
I am so incredibly mesmerized by this stunning dress! It suits you so well. What a DREAM to attend a Gatsby-themed wedding. How fun?!
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Thanks, Danielle! Yes, her wedding was a blast!
That dress is gorgeous! I love the design and how simple the silhouette is. Is it two layers?
Thanks, Michele! I guess you could say it’s two layers! The top layer is more see-through and holds all the sequins and the layer underneath is just basically like a nude slip ish. Haha!
Such an elegant dress on an elegant lady! Love how you did your hair here too!
Thank you, Miranda! It was my first time attempting a hair do like that and I have to admit I was pretty happy with it too haha xx
the dress is so elegant and flattering on you! one of my favorite reads 🙂
Thanks, Samantha! xx
The dress is absolutely gorgeous but the price of the blue dress!!!! That’s such an amazing deal!! I know the blue dress was gorgeous because the gold dress is stunning and you have amazing taste in fashion!!! Love the pictures too!
Thank you so much sweetie! xoxo
I have no words for your beauty babe! Love this dress — it’s the perfect length on you too!
Thank you, Anna!
Absolutely stunning! Love this dress it looks beyond beautiful on you. and your hair and makeup looks perfect too.
Happy weekend beauty! Xx, Raysa
Thanks, Raysa! xx
That dress, these pictures, the setting, you, seriously stunning! I agree, very ethereal indeed! I always bemoan the fact that I was born in the wrong era. As soon as I soon this dress on IG I knew I had to check if you had more pictures. You and David did a great job, seriously stellar shots. I did see your blue dress and that was equally gorgeous and by the sounds of it, you made the right call going with that one for the wedding. I don’t have any themed weddings coming up alas, but I am going to a bridesmaid next year for my brother and sister in law to be! I think it will be my last time so I am very excited by that 🙂 xx
Thank you so much, Jess! You’re so kind <3 The blue dress was super pretty as well and I think I'll probably find some time to do another princess shoot in it ha! Congratulations on your brother getting married, and you being a bridesmaid! Must be really exciting 🙂 I'd love to read a post on your experience as one then. Is it your first time being a bridesmaid?
You look absolutely stunning babes! I can’t believe you so live so close to the Griffith Observatory! I have never been to LA and definitely want to visit soon!
Thank you so much, Mariann! Let me know if you’re ever in the area! xx
Haha, I can see how frustrated you must have been when David actually was doing his job and not taking pics of you, but I do agree it’s a pretty we didn’t get a closer glimpse at it. Now it’s left to our imaginations to imagine what a Great Gatsby queen you were entering the wedding in your blue dress. But let’s not be beat down by that, the fact is that this photo shoot is so incredibly awesome. I could go on with superlatives all day long, but as I’ve already proposed to you today (one might think) with all the compliments I’ll just end this by saying you look stunning (and that David did a great job!) 🙂
Thank you so much, Thomas! Haha actually I was fine with him taking photos of the wedding… I can always take pictures of me in that dress another time 🙂 It’s sitting in my closet now waiting for the next special occasion haha!
This look is stunning Sharon. I am so glad you decided to have David snapped some shots of this beautiful look which is pretty much flawless from head to toe. I am sure you looked just as beautiful in that blue dress which is really a great deal! You need to tell David that he is one lucky guy in this world to have you as his girlfriend and date to your cousins’ beautiful wedding!
Thank you, Jo! You are such a sweetheart! I hope my boyfriend sees your comment here hahaha!
This dress is just too beautiful! Love it when you find the right dress! I love the details on it! You look like you should be in the movie! ❤️❤️ I need to make my way up to the observatory when no one is around for pictures like this! Can’t wait to see the other dress if you do a shoot with it!
Thank you darling! The Observatory is definitely a great place to shoot! So pretty up there especially during sunrise and sunset. 🙂
wow what stunning dress and your photos are so magical
Thank you, Darlene! xx
You look stunning! The dress is so elegant and I love the color too. Sounds like you had a great time at the wedding. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Jenni! It was a ton of fun 🙂 xx
Wow this dress is just absolutely gorgeous.
Thank you, Rachel! x
This dress just screams Great Gatsby!! Love all the detailing. Adrianna Papell always has the most romantic gowns.
Thank you, Kathryn! I do love her dresses very much!
These are some of the prettiest photos you’ve posted yet! I absolutely adore that gown on you – ethereal was definitely the right word to describe this! I’m so glad you chose a fun blue for the wedding though, because it’s nice to stand out sometimes as well 😉 Hope you have a great occasion coming up to show this piece off soon!
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You’re too sweet, Stephanie! So good to me, always. I’m so lucky to have you in my life! Hope you have a wonderful weekend x
This dress is amazing babe! You are gorgeous!!!!
Thank you so much sweetie <3 xx
WOW!! Stunning dress, and it looks amazing on you!
Thank you Brittany!! xo
You look perfect darling! The location is just perfect for this look too. So dreamy! Happy weekend my love xo
Thank you so much! Hope you have a great weekend as well xo
You look so beautiful babe!! I’m obsessed with this blush color on you! Have an amazing weekend <3
Thank you so much love! xoxo
Holy moles, how is that dress only $20?! You look like a million, mamas! 🙂 I love your stuff, sending lots of good vibes <3
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Haha nah, this gold one was almost $300 LOL but the one I ended up wearing was just as pretty (in its own way) for only $20 😉 thanks hun xx
Gatsby themed events are always spectacular! It’s great you had an amazing time and the wedding and I’m sure your hair was as fabulous as always. I really love the intricate beading of these kind of dresses. Jaw dropper!
So true!!! We had a blast. Thank you so much, Bernice! xx
You look wonderful! Queen of hair indeed. Weddings are so fun, I wish more of my friends were getting married. Living in Vancouver, I feel like that step is skipped in order to acquire property (I’m guilty of this myself).
Haha I actually feel the opposite about weddings… normally don’t love them but this one was a ton of fun and the theme was incredible! 😉
Absolutely gorgeous! I love the dress, and you look so beautiful!
Thank you, Leah! xx
This dress is amazing. I love the beading and the color is absolute perfection!
Thank you, Sara! xo
You look so stunning in that dress! The beading is so gorgeous. Love your hair too!
Thank you, Jo! Yes, the bead detailing is gorgeous on this dress!
That dress is REEDONKULOUS! It is so gorgeous I cannot stand it. You look freaking amazing. Beautiful environment too!
Hahaha thank you hun! So sweet of you to say! xo
that dress looks so fabulous! you’re stunning! 🙂
Thank you, Rae! xx
I LOVE this dress! It looks perfect on you. I love Griffith Observatory! It’s so beautiful and the view is spectacular. This dress is timeless and a great piece to have in your closet. You look gorgeous ‼️
Thank you darling! Yes, I love the Observatory too and I live so close to it so it’s great! xx
So stunning! I’m in love with the photos! And that hair! And that dress! Simply gorgeous!
Thank you! xx
$30??? That is one amazing deal! And it fits you so well. Love this photo shoot location too. Getting up at sunrise is dedication.
Haha the gold dress pictured here was just under $300 but the blue dress I ended up wearing was only $20! Yes, talk about a steal! Thank you for stopping by babe xo
That is one stunning and gorgeous dress! I love what you did with your hair too Sharon. You look so perfect for the occasion. xx
Thank you, Kandja! I’m glad you like the hair because I literally spent 5 minutes on it haha was hoping it wouldn’t turn out looking too sloppy!
I’m in love with this stunning dress you wore to your cousin’s wedding! Hehe loved it when I saw your Instagram post of it. That’s so neat that your boyfriend was the main photography for your cousin’s wedding. I hope it was a beautiful day for your cousin and your family.
Thanks, Atsuna! It was a beautiful day indeed xx
Omg how cool! A Great Gatsby themed wedding sounds fantastic! This dress is so stunning on you! So glad you got in a shoot with it for memories, even if you didn’t go with it! I reaally like your hair this way! You should wear it up more often! It’s a shame that you didn’t get too many pics from the actual wedding in but I’m sure that your bf got awesome shots of the bride, groom, family and wedding itself. I do hope you make time for a shoot with your blue dress! Dying to see it 🙂
It was a ton of fun! Thank you, Jenn! I actually am sort of self-conscious about my hair up and don’t really know why… I guess I just feel most comfortable with hair framing my face but I think I’m liking this half up half down look 🙂 I’ll have to get some photos in the blue gown one of these days too! Thanks for stopping by xo
Literally this dress and you in this dress are breathtaking! I love it and it’s a shame you couldn’t wear it to the wedding but I guess you can’t take the eyes off the bride!
Thank you so much dear! Ohhh the bride was beautiful haha even if I wore this one I would have been safe 😉 but both of the dresses were beautiful so it was hard to pick. The blue one just stood out a little more (not in the way where I’d steal the show of the bride, but just different from what everyone else was wearing) so I liked that. Thanks for stopping by! xx
You are absolutely stunning! And these photos are drop dead gorgeous! I’m inspired to find a wedding to go to ASAP! Great inspo xoxo
Thank you babe! Glad you enjoyed it xo
you look so beautiful Sharon! this dress and is so romantic and chic I love it. Ive been wanting to go to a black tie party so badly lately just so i get to wear one of these lol
Thanks, Fe! Romantic is a great way to describe this dress, too!
Girl I wish you came to my wedding because I had the same theme!! You look sooooo amazing and love how you’ve styled your hair perfectly for that 1920s flapper style!! Love you long time girl! I can’t wait to head to LA next year to see you ladies!!
AHH! I would have had a blast! Give me a reason to fly to Sydney 😉 haha thank you so much Helen! I can’t wait to see you in March; next year can’t come sooner. Love you too! xoxo
This dress is incredible! I love this on you. It’s so glam and I totally see how this fits into the gatsby wedding! Blue is definitely more exciting for the party though. I think everyone would’ve worn white, sequins and gold. Your hair didn’t look like it fell apart. It looks really pretty! What incredible photos though, really. 🙂 So awesome to keep a dress like this for occasions.
Thank you, Miki! When I first tried this dress on actually, I thought it looked big on me but then it grew on me a bit more. Not all dresses are supposed to be tight-fitting and this one just has a naturally more “drapey” feel to it. On the contrary, the blue one I ended up wearing to the wedding was tight-fitted and that was probably one of the reasons why I leaned toward that one just a tad more, haha!
Oh wow babe! This is absolutely stunning! The dress is just so amazing and your hair and makeup looks so glam!
Thank you, Emily! x
You look sooo stunning! I can’t get over how gorgeous your gown is!
Thanks, Tina! xx
You looks amazing !! Love that dress, your hair your make up !! beautiful !!!
Thank you, Ada xx
You look so beautiful as always! We can’t wait to see pictures of you in the blue dress as well!
Thank you babes! Happy weekend xoxo
This dress is to die for. Absolutely gorgeous and gorgeous on you!!
You look so stunning in that dress! Very lovely hair too!
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Thank you, Joyce!!
I love the Great Gatsby era and it is actually one of my favorite books! This gown is so stunning and all the details are incredible! Love the Observatory as well and what a perfect place to take these photos. The blue dress was a lovely choice as well for the wedding! Can’t wait to see more of that dress too! xoxo, Christine
It’s one of my favorite books, too! So when my cousin told me her wedding was going to be Great Gatsby themed, I was thrilled. Thank you for always being so sweet to me and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed these photos! I hope to get some pictures in the blue dress soon 🙂 xx
Wow.. this dress is so beautiful on you. You make me want to go dress shopping.
Thank you Deddeh! Next time you’re free let’s go shopping together! xo
I absolutely love themed parties!! We did a great gatsby themed birthday for my niece a few years ago. Your dress is stunning and I love the simple updo that goes with it! Well done!
Me too! They’re so fun! I actually hate weddings usually… they are stressful and can be boring depending on who’s wedding it is but this one was definitely not one of those. 🙂 I haven’t been to a Great Gatsby themed birthday party but that sounds like a blast!!!
Oh my goodness! This is the first time on your blog and you look incredible! These photos are stunning and I love the whole layout, true beauty!!
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Aw thank you so much, Lorna! And welcome to my blog 🙂 Hehe I’m glad you enjoyed the photos xoxo
That dress looks absolutely stunning on you!! That tone is a perfect fit for you, and the location of your shots are wonderful!
Thanks, Kate! Hope you’re having a great weekend xo
I love this modern take of the Great Gatsby look! So elegant and pretty. You boy friend did a great job of capturing the perfect moments! The cover photo is my fav 🙂
Thank you so much, Jessie! xoxo
Girl this dress is stunning and looks so beautiful on you. I love all the beaded detail!
Thanks, Fawn! xo
Odd comment but you have amazing bone structure LOL. I feel like such a creeper but you look so good. all I have is chubby cheeks! You’re pictures are perfect too btw!!
Haha!! Thank you love! Not a creeper at all 😉 Hope you’re having a lovely weekend sweetie xo
Love your hair and makeup and lovely dress! You look stunning!
Thank you, Yvonne! x
You look stunning!! I am planning on buying this dress but i’m debating between sizes, can you give me some advice with the sizing please, xoo
Hi Monica, this dress is pretty true to size. It is on the longer side though so if you’re any shorter than 5’8″ ish you’d definitely have to wear heels… and by heels, I mean 4 inch heels at least. I got it in the smallest size which is a 0 and it fit me pretty well. It could have been a bit tighter but then again someone like me with a 23 waist can always go smaller 😉 Hope this helped! xo
Oh my goodness you look stunning!! This dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love the 1920’s vibe to it!
Thank you so much sweetie xx
These pictures are amazing!! You look like an angel!
Thank you so much!
such a great post! hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!
Thank you! x
You looked stunning. Love your make up. Would have loved to see more pics of the wedding & other guests too.
Thanks, Nicole! I’m glad you like the make-up since I totally just winged it at 6:30 in the morning! My boyfriend is still working on the actual wedding photos (these photos were taken days prior to the wedding after I decided I was going to wear a different dress to the wedding haha). Thanks for stopping by!
Sharon, you have done again fantastic post, nice layout, beautiful pics. It is very inspirational for me. 🙂 Kisses
Thank you so much sweetie! Glad you found this post inspirational xo
You look so stunning on that dress, sharon! xx
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This is so beautiful, Sharon! I wish we could have seen what you wore to the wedding because your description sounds so lovely, but this dress and entire look is so gorgeous! A Great Gatsby themed wedding sounds so fun! I’m sure you guys had a blast 🙂
Thanks, Marlena! So great to hear from you. Hope you’ve been doing well and let’s catch up over tea again soon xo
You look absolutely stunning in this dress Sharon!! Glad you had fun at the wedding!:) – Mitra
Thank you, Mitra! xo
Wow you look absolutely stunning! This dress is amazing!
Thanks, Violette! x
Omg you are so stunning , and this dress its amazing .
Great work girl <3
Wow!!! You look so super beautiful!! The photoshoot is extraordinary beautiful and your dress… WOW!!! Perfect as well for the Great Gatsby theme! Unfortunately I don’t have that many themed weddings, but if I ever have something similar like you, I will keep this article in mind! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com
Thanks, Susanne! You’re so sweet! I am done with weddings for a while haha 😉
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Thank you Leta xx
Looks gorgeous!!! 0__o
Thank you, Denise xx
Absolutely stunning! and the dress is divine!
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Thanks, Sammy! x
I absolutely LOVE this dress! It’s gorgeous!
Thank you, Aisha! x
Love this! The Great Gatsby theme is so popular, (one of my favorite themes!) but people always wear similar things. I bet the blue dress was gorgeous! Love the one in the pictures above as well though!
Thanks, Kendra! You’re right… people do sort of end up wearing really similar things, which was why I decided to switch it up some with a blue sparkly dress hehe 🙂
Thanks Hillary! xo
You look gorgeous pretty! Your hair and dress, spot on.
Thanks, Tessy! You’re so sweet!
This post is really amazing and this dress looks great in you 😍
Thank you babe xx
You are absolutely stunning in this glamorous dress!! Your hair and makeup are also so flawless! I hope you had a great weekend! Xox, Adelina
Thank you, Adelina! I hope you had a great weekend too xo
I LOVE your dress, you look stunning!
Thanks, Rachel! xo
you look sooo goegeous in that dress babe!
Thank you Yuka! Happy belated birthday sweetie xo
Omg I love love your outfit..
You look absolutely stunning
Love the the dress, the hair, the make up, just everything
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Impressive dress! but all your blog is amazing!!
Thank you so much! Glad you like it 🙂 x
Wow Sharon,, you look absolutely stunning!!
Thank you, Nina! Happy Monday! xx
That dress is stunning on you! Gorgeous as usual Sharon! xo
Thanks, Lauren! Hope you’re having a great week xx
nice pics … you are looking great
Thank you darling x
This dress is stunning! It looks great on you!
Thank you so much! xx
You look stunning! That dress is so pretty! Love it!
Thanks, Maryam xo
Wow!! This is so stunning! You look breathtaking and you definitely nailed the look.
Thank you, Louisa! xx
I love this dress! The fit is perfect and it’s glam yet chic. I’ll definitely keep it in mind not to wear gold to a Gatsby theme!
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Thanks babe! This dress would have been perfect for the wedding but it definitely didn’t hurt to be a little different in the blue dress I ended up wearing xx
I can’t believe you got that dress for only $20. You look stunning!
Haha I wish I got this dress for $20! It was closer to $300 but I found another dress which was super pretty that I ended up wearing to the actual wedding for $20 🙂 Thanks! x
this is such a fun theme!!! Now I wanna go to a gatsby wedding! this dress is a dream
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It was a dreamy wedding indeed! Thank you love xoxo
Lovely dress! You look like a princess!
Thanks Gabby x
You look incredibleeee! Such great inspiration – I’ve got a similar themed birthday party to attend soon.
Thank you! Have a blast at that birthday party — I’m sure it’ll be a blast!
These photos are gorgeous and that dress is so amazing. I love all of the line detail in with the beading.
Thank you, Hannah! I love the detailing too!
You look amazing doll. Love those dress. SO PERFECT on you!
Much love, Len
Thank you Len! xo
OMG OMG OMG, you look stunning and flawless babe and that dress seems to be made for you! Love the color and style, what a great dress for a Gatsby wedding (I do hope people looked at the bride too and not just you ;)).
And yes, I totally know the feeling of finding something at such a steal, now I cannot wait to see what kind of blue dress that is?
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Thank you Kusum!!! The bride was super stunning, believe me! Haha I looked nothing like her 😉 I’ll have to do a shoot in the blue dress soon since I’ve peaked so many people’s interest haha!
This dress is so stunning !
I looooove the sequins details, so georgous ! Totally perfect for a gatsby wedding !
Thanks, Margot! xx
This dress is stunning and perfect for the occasion! But I’m glad you decided to wear blue. I bet you stood out and looks AMAZING as always!
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Thanks, Molly! xoxo
you look gorgeous hun, its been ages since i wet to a wedding, i miss them 🙂 xx
Thanks, Jasna! I’m actually done with weddings for a while and am relieved haha!
So absolutely beautiful!! You are working this look, girl! I’d love this in my closet!
Thanks, Cathy! xx
Just, wow… You look so graceful and beautiful! Like a modern Disney princess.
Thanks, Mira! xoxo
You look absolutely stunning Sharon! Beautiful!
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Thank you so much babe! xx
Oh my god, the hair the makeup the dress! Everything is so perfect with this look!
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Thank you sweetie! xo
I love how this turned out! This dress definitely reminds me of the Great Gatsby! The hair is perfect
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Thank you so so much! xo
This dress is absolutely gorgeous and I love the backdrop to these photos!
You look beyond beautiful!
Thank you darling xoxo
That dress is beyond beautiful, and you look stunning in it. And I really like how you opted to wear your hair in a low and loose chignon.
Thank you so much!
I really love your blog. You are awesome
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Aww thank you so much! xo
You look so beautiful
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I really like your dress.