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Father’s Day + Groomsmen Gift Boxes with Free Printables

DIY Projects, Favors and Gifts, Free Downloads

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we couldn’t help but share gift box ideas for the OG man in your life (*ahem* Dad). The card for Dad is just the beginning, so we laid the groundwork in case you wanted to write some sweet nothings to your groom before the big reveal, and even added a thank you printable for the groomsmen to boot. Now that we got a few important men in your life covered, it’s time to grab these free printables!

Father's Day + Groomsmen Gift Boxes with Free Printables
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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Dare To Be Dapper With Generation Tux

Fashion & Beauty

Whether you’re a bride helping out your beau or two stylish grooms, we’re here to give you more deets on just how flawless a suit rental process can be. Gone are the days of treks to the rental store and ill-fitting duds. George Zimmer’s Generation Tux is changing the game on how tux rentals work. With super 130’s wool suits, they offer the finest of the fine and will have anyone donning them looking like a perfect TEN.

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Anytime leading up to the wedding, your groom can test drive his outfit with a free Home Try-On Session to get a taste of Generation Tux firsthand. They make the process as simple as can be so all you have to do is fill in the blanks! First, you can browse through their Generation Tux Studio to try out different color + style combos. Their variety of wool suits and silk ties, pocket squares and leather shoes is actually quite large – so we’d say that this is a suitable service indeed! And for the boys that are a little less decisive, there’s a team of personal stylists at the ready to share their advice and help style complete looks.

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Once your groom + groomsmen has their look down, it’s time to talk logistics. Generation Tux offers a lifesaver of a service that keeps all the gentlemen in the bridal party updated throughout the rental process. They’ll receive automatic email reminders to collect measurements, payment and shipping info for each individual. The event dashboard also allows the bride or groom to see where everyone is in the ordering process. Grooms with 5+ suit rentals in their party receive theirs for free to boot!

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Ten to fourteen days before the wedding, the suits will arrive. So all you have to do is get dressed up and remember your lines. After the wedding, you can just mail the suit back in the same package it arrived in, using their prepaid return label. With all the to-do’s that go into wedding planning, this is the kind of service that can really help you breathe. Not to mention make an entrance.

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Modern wedding inspiration -photo Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Visit their Generation Tux Studio today to figure out your favorite looks. You might surprise yourself!

This post was sponsored by Generation Tux. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

Wedding Vendors

Groom's Fashion

Generation Tux

Photography

Marc & Anna Photo and Film

Event Design

Ivy Marie Weddings

Venue

The Corner District

Wedding Dress

Sweet Caroline Styles

Engagement + Accessory Ring

Trumpet & Horn

Luxury Jewelry Sets + Rings

Melanie D: Custom Jewelry Design

Hair Stylist

Melissa's Hair Beauty Health Salon

Makeup Artist

Love Thistle

Cake

Cakes by Carissa

Macarons

Sweet Cheats

Decor

Twigs & Lace Event Design

Calligraphy

Along the Lines

Wedding PR

Something New For I Do

Paloma’s Nest

Sponsored

By now, the majority of us are familiar with one of our fabulous sponsors, Paloma’s Nest’s and its superb Ring Bearer Bowls. What some of you may not know, however, is that Paloma’s Nest is quickly expanding her art and has loads of precious wedding keepsakes for you and yours. We particularly love the quirky “Key to my heart” in a keepsake bag and the new ceramic picture frames, perfect for swapping with your spouse-to-be or new in-laws!

groomsmen gift ideas

Until May 1, Paloma’s Nest is offering a special coupon code to get free standard US shipping on any item from her new “For the Gentlemen” collection (the code is FORTHEBOYS). We picked just a few of our very favorites for you to peruse…We just love the vintage feel of this monogram pin pictured above!

wedding bouquet brooches

Be absolutely sure to head over to Paloma’s Nest to check out all the other goodies, and don’t forget to take advantage of the free shipping by May 1st!

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Anna Campbell

Inspired by vintage romance, yet influenced by the relaxed elegance of modern weddings, Anna Campbell creates breathtakingly beautiful dresses that enhance, rather than define, the natural beauty of our bohemian, romantic and free-spirited brides! Featuring decadent, sparkling hand-embellishments, intricately hand-beaded laces, soft pretty tulles and floating silk organza, every sparkling Anna Campbell gown is handmade with love in our local Melbourne studio, and shimmering hand-embellishments are similarly finished in-house.

From the beautiful collection of dresses that Anna designs each year, every silk gown is custom made and customizable for our brides, ensuring each wedding dress is specially tailored to our bride’s shape, style, wedding and dreams!

Find your dream Anna Campbell silk dress or shimmering accessory at the flagship Melbourne boutique, via our exclusive network of Australian and international retailers (across the US, UK, Europe, Canada and Brazil), or by working direct with our Online Stylist.

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Spring Groom’s Looks Part II

Fashion & Beauty

Once you have the shirt and suit picked out, the fun truly begins. Thanks to creative etsy sellers and whimsical shops, there’s now an abundance of fanciful and playful accessories for grooms. Sadly, as we’re unable to include them all, we’ve selected a few of our favorites to provide a jumping off point for your accessory search.

groom outfit ideas for summer

1. Liberty print bow ties from Etsy seller something’s hiding in here / 2. Belsay navy & white nautical stripe woven tie / 3. Granville Bow / 4. Caxton pink & white grenadine tie / 5. Southside Bow / 6. Manor navy & white Prince of Wales narrow tie

groom outfit ideas for summer

1. Blue & red Liberty floral handkerchief / 2. Happy Socks / 3. Compass cufflinks / 4. Hand-stamped tie clip / 5. Natural Panama hat / 6. Antique Map Cufflinks

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Clarence Chan Photography

www.clarencechanphoto.com

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It should be full of fun, laughter, and love; so should your photos. My goal is to capture beautiful moments by using a natural, artistic, and light photographic style. I’m passionate about story telling and I seek to document moments big and small—from the moment the bride walks down the aisle to laughter shared among friends—so that your photos will be cherished and shared for generations.

I have covered weddings across the United States and internationally and am a member of the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and Fearless Photographers.

In 2012, I married my inspirational, creative, and loving wife. When I’m not shooting a wedding and traveling, I’m often at home with my wife, playing with our rambunctious corgi.

Based in New York City and the Greater Washington D.C area. I also travel domestically and internationally.

Featured in: Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, Borrowed & Blue, Be Minked, District Weddings, Artfully Wed, Bridal Musings, Intimate Weddings, United with Love

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Spring Groom’s Looks Part I

Fashion & Beauty

Today, we have a special two-part treat for both brides and grooms. With such a bevy of utterly gorgeous bridal gowns, shoes, and veils available in the fashion world, groom’s looks can easily appear, well, a bit mundane after a while. We scoured the internet to find the best shops and clothing available, from etsy sellers and handmade artisans to our partners Jos A. Bank and Charles Tyrwhitt. Luckily, with spring quickly approaching, there are so many fresh and exceptional options available for your future husband! So, whether you’re searching for looks for a vintage groom to match your style or americana charm, look no further:

vintage groom suits

Seersucker suit colors (clockwise): grey, pink, taupe, tan and blue. Stays Cool 2-Button Seersucker Suit / Stays Cool 3-Button Seersucker Suit

vintage groom suits

1. Grey Birdseye Jacket / 2. Charcoal chalk stripe waistcoat / 3. Stone unstructured jacket / 4. Navy twill suit waistcoat / 5. Summer tweed dogstooth jacket / 6. Mid-grey twill suit waistcoat / 7. Summer Tweed Jacket / 8. Charcoal sharkskin waistcoat / 9. Navy blazer

1. Aikin pink large gingham check dress shirt / 2. Wilkes pink mini-grid non-iron slim fit dress shirt 3. Pearson lilac Prince of Wales non-iron classic dress shirt/ 4. Priestley navy and green fine stripe non-iron classic dress shirt / 5. White twill non-iron slim fit dress shirt / 6. Wentworth pink and white Bengal stripe non-iron classic dress shirt / 7. Prestwich pink gingham non-iron classic dress shirt 8. Wilkes green mini-grid non-iron slim fit dress shirt / 9. WollAston blue Bengal stripe non-iron slim fit dress shirt

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best day ever floral design

We are a boutique floral design studio based in los angeles that believes beauty creates magic. We’re talking about that whimsical, golden-hour, moment your never gonna forget kind of magic. We live for that. We love pairing different textures and adding in surprising elements to keep our designs original, organic, playful, and ethereal. We think flowers are pretty rad around here and are extremely passionate about making a brides vision come to life. We are driven by creating beauty and believe that filling a space with fresh blooms brings it to life.

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DIY Fall Inspired Boutonnières

DIY Projects

Continuing with our DIY Contest weekend extravaganza, next project up was created by Alana Olsen. She created the perfect boutonnières for fall and winter weddings, but the woodsy feel is adorable year round.

diy woodsy guinea feather boutonniere

What you’ll need:
– 3 sprigs of a hearty stemmed herb, such as rosemary, as used here, lavender, thyme, etc.
– 2-3 small/baby magnolia leaves
– 4-6 birch branch tips, or curly willow tips or any small twig tips found outside!
– 2 pins
– ½ yard of vintage ribbon
– Guinea feather
– Scissors
– Floral tape (can be found at craft stores)

rosemary groom boutonniere
guinea feather rosemary wedding bout

Instructions:
Step 1: Take 2 small magnolia leaves, turning one back side up, hold ends of leaves together and tape with floral tape. Floral tape is tacky and sticks to itself, it may take a couple tries, but just pull the tape and wrap around and it should hold!
Step 2: Cut the feather down to appropriate size for the boutonnière and attach using the same technique with floral tape.
Step 3: Take 4-6 twig tips and trim down to appropriate size. Tape together with floral tape and then attach to rest of boutonnière, again using floral tape.
Step 4: Take 2-3 herb sprigs, trim to size and strip any foliage that will be taped and place on boutonnière and tape in place.
Step 5: Take ribbon and leaving one end at the top, wrap from the bottom up, tie into a small knot and trim ends at an angle.
Step 6: Insert pins and your fabulous fall inspired boutonnière is ready to wear!

Such types of boutonnières are very hearty and can be made days ahead of an event. Just spritz with water, place in a zip lock baggie and place in the Frigidaire!

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Plan My Wedding Please

Ever since I was in grade school, I was obsessed with my penmanship. I would not turn in my homework until it was perfect; it drove my mom crazy! I practiced writing every chance I had and eventually fell in love with this art form. Little did I know, it would be the reason I would fall in love with the wedding industry.

Plan My Wedding Please exists to make every wedding and event magical. My role as wedding planner and calligraphy artist, as cliche as it sounds, is to make your wildest dreams come true. From the little details in signage and invitations, to the big details in wedding gowns, caterers and florals, every detail is important. Every young girl dreams of her wedding day, and I am here to make those dreams become reality. I look forward to working with you!

Nicole Presley, owner, is available for wedding planning throughout the United States and sends paper goods worldwide.

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DIY Feather Boutonnières

DIY Projects

We’re on a lace kick today! Next up is Aimee’s DIY non-floral boutonniere, made with crochet doilies, gold paper leaves and feathers. Our favorite part? The versatility. You can bookmark this project whether you’re having a winter or summer wedding. More to come!

 diy feather boutonniere groom

What You’ll Need:
– Floral Tape
– Floral Wire
– Scissors
– Hot Glue Gun
– Satin or Wired Ribbon
– Feathers
– Faux Berries
– Embellishment/ Scrapbooking Leaves
– Vintage Buttons
– Wooden Flower
– Crotchet Doily
– Lace

 diy groom bout non-floral
 doily DIY groom boutonniere
Instructions:

Step 1. Gather all of your neat supplies and millinery items you have collected and bring them to your work space. Have your glue gun hot and ready!

Step 2. Begin by choosing anything with stems that you will be using for the boutonniere such as leaves or faux berries. Cut/arrange the stems into a position that you like. Take the wire from a stem or floral wire, and begin to wrap around the rest of the wires. You may also use a floral pick or toothpick to wrap the wired stems around. Using a hot glue gun, neatly glue down items without stems such as feathers, ribbon, lace, flowers, or whatever else you plant to use into their desired positions. Only a small dab of glue will be needed to adhere your items down, this will ensure the glue is not visible on your completed boutonniere.

 DIY doily feather boutonniere

Step 3. Once all items are in place, take your floral tape and begin to wrap it around your stems until they are no longer visible. You may want to adjust the length of your stems by cutting them slightly shorter. The average size boutonniere is anywhere between 3 -4 inches long from top to bottom.

 Gold leaf DIY boutonniere groom pin

Step 4. You’re almost done! Once you have chosen your matching ribbon, glue one end of the ribbon at the top of your wires neatly. Glue down so that the ribbon is angled downwards and slowly begin to wrap your ribbon around the floral tape covered stems. The floral tape is sticky but not stick enough to hold down the ribbon so be sure to wrap around snugly.

 DIY vintage millinery boutonniere

Step 5. As you make it to the bottom begin to wrap back up the stem neatly as this will be the pattern you see. Again, pull snugly and space the over lapping ribbon as you desire. For additional embellishment you may add a thin string, or colored wire up the ribbon covered stem for an extra pop of color. In this case I have simply tied a little piece of lace in a knot.

 DIY vintage sweet boutonniere

Step 6. You now have your perfectly cute and unique boutonniere. This is sure to be an easy DIY project that is nothing short of fun and creativity!

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Whim Hospitality

Since our launch in 2012, Whim Hospitality has set about distinguishing ourselves by offering unique products in a unique way. While we may offer traditional services – catering, event and tent rentals, florals and venue management – we are innovative by offering all of them. Whim has brought to the special events industry the uncommon experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors.

We bring people together!

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Jeline + CJ’s Fun Wisconsin Wedding

Real Weddings

I jumped out of my chair when I saw Kodi of Adam LeSage Photography email with images from Jeline’s wedding. Jeline, the stylish bride, wore a charming tea length wedding dress and yellow suede ankle boots that matched the yellow bridesmaid dresses they purchased at Modcloth. Jeline found her wedding dress at, drumroll please, David’s Bridal. Isn’t it a gem? CJ, the stylish groom, wore a slim fit white suit to contrast with the black suits the groomsmen wore. More from their sweet yellow and white wedding below:

From Kodi:

We’re really excited to share this wedding with you, the Jilane (the bride) has such great style and the couple worked hard to keep the wedding affordable yet beautiful. It was a fun day that resulted in some great images. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Heritage Hill State Park, the ceremony at 11:30AM and the reception immediately following. The centerpieces at each table were birch logs tied with ribbon with pies made by a family friend of the bride on top of them, and guests were assigned to tables based on the kind of pie which they then ate for dessert. After the meal everyone participated in swing dancing lead by friends of the couple. Jilane is also a photographer and gave us complete creative freedom to get the images that she wanted.

shirt wedding dress
White suit summer groom looks birdcage veil bride hat
 Yellow Bridemaid dresses tights leggings boots
Yellow and white vintage wedding in Wisconsin

Wedding Vendors (Green Bay, Wisconsin)

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Heritage Hill State Park / Photography: Adam LeSage Photography / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dress: Modcloth

More images coming up soon!

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Bespoken

Based in Greenville, SC and serving the Southeast and beyond, Bespoken is a premier wedding planning, coordination, and design service. We are dedicated to designing, planning, and coordinating elegant, chic, and memorable weddings full of grace and hospitality. Each wedding is unique with tailored details and elevated service. Paying attention to every last detail, Bespoken’s main priority is to thoughtfully coordinate an unforgettable wedding day for you so that you can focus on what matters most.

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Retro Location Boutonnieres

Fashion & Beauty, Wedding Ideas

It’s my first time to WPPI and I even though I thought I’d never say this, I am loving my time in Las Vegas! Ever since I posted this vintage wedding last week, I’ve fallen in love with their animal bouts from Drinking Stars. Their current bouts are themed by touristic locations with a retro flair: Las Vegas and Coney Island. When I spotted the Las Vegas collection I thought it was only appropriate to share! Coney Island themed bouts are perfect for a carnival inspired wedding.

Themed Location Boutonnieres Las Vegas Casino Quirky Wedding
Themed Location Boutonnieres Las Vegas Casino Quirky Wedding
Themed Location Boutonnieres Brooklyn Coney Island Quirky Wedding
Themed Location Boutonnieres Brooklyn Coney Island Quirky Wedding

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Kara Anne Paper

Kara Anne Paper specializes in luxe, illustrated wedding invitation suites and custom calligraphy. Her one-of-a-kind designs are tailored to reflect her clients personality and wedding vision. Kara Anne provides a personable experience from the first introduction and throughout the entire wedding planning process! To see what is going on in the studio, visit www.karaannepaper.com and @karaanne_paper on instagram.

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Black and White Bridal Style

Fashion & Beauty

Nathalie from Luxe Fête sent over this photoshoot and instead of focusing on decor I thought it would be great to spotlight the couple’s style – and how you can do it on a budget. The bride’s fluffy short wedding dress with layers and layers of tulle is by Dolce & Gabbana, but you can find an equally gorgeous short wedding dress for a more affordable route (see our round up of 15 Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses for under $500 and last year’s 10 Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses for under $500). The groom’s vintage tuxedo is from C. Madeleine’s Vintage Boutique, proof that grooms can also find vintage clothing to wear for their wedding.

I am loving the black gloves – it reminds me of this post I made about darling gloves for vintage weddings nearly one year ago.

Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch
Black and White Style for the Bride and Groom with a Rock 'n Roll touch

Photography: Ambrosio Photography / Wedding Dress: Dolce Gabbana / Groom’s Black and White Tuxedo Jacket: C. Madeleine’s Vintage Boutique / Furniture Rentals: Ronen Bar and Furniture Rental / Florals, Decor and Styling: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio / Hair and Makeup: Brittany Lammon/ Models: Maya Breykin and Buddy Krueger

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Callista & Company

Callista & Company offers personalized planning and design services for beautiful weddings and events around the world. With meticulous and organized coordination, warm and attentive support, as well as custom and creative design guidance, we create stress-free events that showcase your unique vision. Our team provides the highest level of service and showcases strong relationships with leading venues and renowned professionals to ensure you have an exceptional team on your side.

We are a consultant and collaborator, working with you to ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Callista & Co. offers advice and personalized
recommendations based on years of experience and etiquette studies, while always considering your specific preferences.

Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.

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Jess + Mike’s Intimate City Wedding, I

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

We’re kicking off this week with a sweet city wedding shot by photographer Heather Waraksa. I always get very excited to share NYC weddings, not only because it’s where I live, but its atmosphere emits such an amazing sense of style that it comes off effortlessly. Jess and Mike are no different. While on a modest budget, they had a meaningful and intimate wedding surrounded by close friends and family.

Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding

From the stylish bride, Jessica:
My dress was borrowed from a friend who was a stylist for many years, the coat was also borrowed from this friend, the gloves were vintage and a gift. My shoes are Dieppa Restrepo, unisex handmade shoes by two young Colombian/New Yorker designers. My bracelet is by Aesa (Randi Mates), a close friend and amazing jewelry designer, who also made us our rings. I bought the flowers for my bouquet at the flower market in Chelsea and two of my best friends put it together. The locations are my friend’s Randi and Gregory’s apartment in Brooklyn, City Hall and the Chelsea Hotel. Mike wore clothes found at various thrift stores, and Spanish handmade boots we’d bought this summer while in Andalucia.

Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Vintage New York NYC indie wedding
Check back soon for their wedding!

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White Runway

White Runway was created to offer brides and bridesmaids stylish dresses that will be loved, cherished, worn again and that your best friends will thank you for. After all, what goes around comes around and it’s good to know that you’ll be safe when it comes to their big day.

All the dresses that you see on White Runway have been carefully selected to provide a flattering fit and timeless style. We offer a wide variety of dresses available in numerous colours and sizes and different budgets to match. If there’s anything you want that you can’t find, please do contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Finally, there’s a reason to always be the bridesmaid!

Visit our Pop Up Showroom in New York or shop online at www.whiterunway.com. We ship worldwide!

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Boutonnières for Spring

Fashion & Beauty, Wedding Ideas

If you follow me on Twitter, you might remember my tweet about how much I wished for snow. Well, I’ve changed my mind. With a snowstorm coming up this weekend, I am longing for warm weather. Loving these cheery vintage inspired, handmade boutonnieres. So pumped for spring!

Here are some of my favorite finds, and first up are striped bouts:
Vintage boutonnieres bouts non floral stripes handmade
Orange and aqua bouts (loving the leaves on the side):
Vintage boutonnieres bouts non floral stripes handmade
Vintage inspired bouts. The vintage beach bout is beyond adorable (loving the doily detail, it reminds me of coral):
Vintage boutonnieres bouts non floral stripes handmade
Woodsy bouts:
Vintage boutonnieres bouts non floral stripes handmade

Rows 1 and 2 by Peppermint Cloud and rows 3 and 4: Erica Cavanagh; both from Etsy.

Michelle + Dave’s Classic Vintage Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

Michelle and Dave’s gorgeous rockabilly inspired wedding took place at the Baldwin School in Philadelphia. The bride’s gorgeous vintage inspired look is just perfection! Another beautiful wedding shot by the talented Nadine from Love Me Do Photography. Fabulous hair and makeup by Alanna from I Love Salon Blush.

Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly
Classic Vintage wedding morning jacket birdcage veil 40s forties updo by Love Me Do Photography Philadelphia Philly

See more photos from this 50’s inspired wedding on Love Me Do’s blog here.

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ARTE DE VIE

Husband and wife wedding photographers based in New Orleans, Paris and destination locations.

It all starts with “Yes.” There was a feeling when you knew; that gut feeling that told you, your partner is the one. We won’t allow you to settle for anything else when choosing your photographer. Emotions, stories, and experiences power our photos. Let us document the best of yours.

“It doesn’t end with “I Do”. That feeling of forever will dance through your spirit as you relive those special moments with the photos captured by Arte De Vie.

A wedding isn’t a job for ADV, it’s a partnership in trust. We’re excited and ready to capture the magical nuances that make your love special!

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Sartorialist Groom

Wedding Ideas

The Sartorialist is a huge source for groom style ideas. Here are some of my favorites:

Glenplaid suit and striped shirt combo. Loving the mix of patterns on the photo on the left.
Plaid Suits and striped shirts groom outfits and suits
Bow ties, vests and rolled up shirt…
Groom outfits bow tie and vest
I usually don’t care as much about black suit ensembles, but I love how sharp these two look:
Groom outfits modern black suits
These short ankle pants are not formal wedding attire per se, but they would look so cool for a casual summer wedding.
Short ankle pants and colorful dress shoes groom outfit ideas
Gray slim fit suits and skinny ties. Love the simple lines of their pocket squares.
Gray slim suits for stylish grooms

50s, 60s and 70s Men’s Fashion

Fashion & Beauty

1950s: From 1950s and later, men’s attire were scaled back and much more conservative. Pants, jackets and ties slimmed and lapels became smaller. The gray flannel suit was a staple of menswear in the 50s. Dark brown, navy blue and charcoal were popular colors for businessman’s suits. A hat, pocket square, tie clip and cuff links were must haves in any men’s wardbrobe at the time (along with cigarettes).

How to make it work: 50s fashion is not much different than today’s men’s suits. A slim fit suit and a hat is chic and your fiance can wear them again. A pocket square is a nice alternative to the boutonniere.

(left, J.Crew; Don Draper in Mad Men)

1960s: Men’s suits finally became more fitting. Tailored jackets and narrow lapels worn with narrow collared shirts and skinny ties became popular thanks to Italian designers’ influence. Men’s fashion palettes expanded, which was not surprising, considering that clothing choices for men during the 1950s could hardly have become more conservative. The result is sleek and modern suits that we can see on tv series Mad Men. Popular shoes for men at the time were winkle pickers, an exaggerated pointy toe shoe.

How to make it work: slim fit suit and a skinny tie. The whiskey in one hand and cigarette on the other are optional.

(Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven and Mick Jagger on his wedding day)

1970s: “Men’s fashion between the anything goes and designer groups may be a little less-defined. However, it is evident that men wore either casual or dress clothing of distinct styles. One of the most popular formal wear outfits for a man during this time was the white suit. One of the prime examples of the white suit is seen worn by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. It is a full suit with a vest and black collar underneath the vest that appears in one photo to either to come from a black shirt worn under the vest, or to be a collar attached as part of the vest”. (source)

How to make it work: skip the tie and go for a retro collar shirt and suit. The guys at Men Style talk about when is acceptable to a man to wear a shirt collar outside his suit lapel here.

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Tinggly

Tinggly is the ultimate wedding gift for couples that love to travel and try new things.

With 100s of incredible experiences to be tried around the world, and an easy-to-use gift voucher system, the only limit is the imagination. 

From cage-diving with sharks and cookery lessons from local chefs, to pampering spa retreats and skip-the-line entry to renowned cultural attractions, Tinggly is all about giving the gift of choice. 

Tinggly gift vouchers can be sent either in a stylish presentation box or via email, and can be redeemed against whatever activity takes the couple’s interest. With over two years to use the voucher, and a whole world of inspiring adventures available, it makes the perfect wedding gift for any couple. 

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Vintage Groom Suits

Fashion & Beauty

(Bottega Veneta and Wikipedia)

1900’s-1920’s (Edwardian Period): A frock coat (a double breasted long coat) was widely worn as part of men’s formalwear during the Edwardian and Victorian periods. By 1910, 3 piece suits became more popular than frock coats, but the slim fitted jackets and trousers were still worn.

How to make it work: Nothing better than a slim fit 3 piece suit like the one above to recreate the period.

(Casual men’s attire during the 20’s – left: Paul Smith and 2)

(Formal men’s attire in the 20’s – left and right)

1920’s: Tail coat, top hat, bow tie and patent leather shoes were must haves in any men’s wardrobe during the Roaring Twenties. Daytime events required less formal attire, such as the sack suit (which consisted of jacket and slacks in matching fabrics), worn with colored shirts and silk ties in small geometric patterns. Wing tip shoes were also very popular at the time (commonly in white/tan or white/black). Informal men’s clothing of this time consisted of baggy pants (called Oxford pants), pullover sweaters and soft caps or fedora hats (which actually dates back from 1882, but only became popular in the 20’s). Tweed and flannel were the most popular fabrics used in men’s clothing during this decade.

How to make it work: what about a trendy slim fit tweed suit like this one? Check out thrift stores and flea markets for tweed suits. Is worth it investing in a good tailor when the quality of the fabric is good (and when you get it at a great price).

(1930’s men’s fashion – left: Dolce & Gabbana; right: Esquire)

1930’s: The old tradition from the 1900’s of wearing multiple outfits throughout the day had come to an end with the 1929 Wall Street Crash. People had little or no money to spend on clothing, and often times men would wear their old suits for their weddings. Double breasted suits became popular during 1930’s, which was also adopted by gangsters at that time. Gangsters often wore bold color shirts, wide stripe suits and bright plaids, making 1930’s fashion their own.

How to make it work: a classic tuxedo will never go out of style, but if your groom is feeling courageous, what about a double breasted suit and wing tip shoes for a gangster look?

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1940’s: The beginning of this decade started with strict rationing due to WWII. There weren’t natural fibers available to make clothing other than soldier uniforms, and men’s clothing lost their vests, pocket flaps and trouser cuffs. Grooms often wore their uniforms to their weddings. Formal evening wear was a privilege of the upper class and very few could afford to buy tuxes. Hand painted silk ties became popular at this time.

How to make it work: if your fiance is in the Armed Forces, he can skip the tux and wear his own uniform.

Next week I’ll be sharing groom styles from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, so check back for more!

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