On Sunday I had brunch with fellow blogger, Erica of Thoughtful Day….she’s getting married in Jamaica (how fabulous!) and we had a really great time chatting about weddings and all the “fun” stuff we brides go through. She was nice enough to bring a copy of the save the dates she designed and they were just too beautiful not to post….her color scheme is a new favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see how it turns out in the end…..
[images by Thoughtful Day]
I love the Grecian draping and dramatic bubble skirt from Elizabeth’s collection…
[images from Brides]
Margot from Atelier Isabey contacted me recently with some of her beautiful designs….a Brooklyn Bride herself, she’s really got some great stuff, so check it out. [how great is that envelope liner??]
[images from Atelier Isabey]
Emily from Chicago emailed me yesterday asking about other options for suits and tuxes for men other than Mens Warehouse and JCrew…..here’s some of my recommendations…feel free to include your suggestions in the comments!
If your guy is considering buying a tux, I can only vouch for the NYC area, but Linus is a great option. They have a great classic tux at a reasonable price, and tons of suits. For a more modern look, I recommend looking at places like yes, JCrew, but also Express Men, or similar stores. They will have great suits that won’t break the bank. Also try outlet stores…us tri-state area girls have Woodbury Commons and Century 21, but I’m sure there are equivalents all across the US. Barneys, Saks, even Neiman Marcus have outlets, and you can get an Armani tux for a fraction of the cost.
For rentals, you should know that Mens Warehouse is joining forces with Afterhours, so expect a bigger selection and more locations nationwide starting next year. Also, you really don’t need to be renting a tux more than 2 months before the wedding….Chad and I went a few weeks ago and got laughed at! Save yourself the embarrassment!
Chad wants to go completely James Bond classic: black peak lapel, white shirt (no ruffles!!), no cummerbund, black suspenders, black bowtie…you get the idea. I tried talking him into some green socks but he won’t have it. He’s pretty against boutonnieres too, but he’s not really getting a choice in that I do think that classic is the way to go.
I think for some weddings putting your guy in a tie thats made out of your bridesmaids dress material, or just any colored tie for that matter, can end up looking dated in your photos down the road. Don’t get me wrong, many people have done it and it looks great, but if those ties are not done right, they can end up looking cheap. Try bringing some color in with a colored pocket square or socks….minimal pops of color when you need them. Some more tips can be found here….
[image from NY Mag Weddings, MSNBC]
Sarah has a new favorite and wanted to share! How could I deny her?
This shot was taken at the Metropolitan Building in Queens. I just
love how this couple meshed style and elegance with the shabby chic
environment of their venue. The formality of their pose is a cool
juxtaposition to the busy-ness of their backdrop. Also, you can see a
hint of silliness in their smiles beneath this “serious” formal
portrait. It’s a shot that really makes you want to know more about
[image by Sarah Sloboda]
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