How This Groom Rocks Turquoise & Coral - {Cool Shoes Alert}

A lot of guys say, "aqua / teal is a pretty hard color to work with".

Well. Not to this well-groomed groom.

Today we leaped back to last year in August, when this gorgeous glittery wedding happened! Matt has a story to tell about how he worked with the master mind (aka the bride) to create the perfect look for their wedding day!

Matt and Amanda for Well Groomed August 11th, 2013

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Since we had a California casual summer wedding, Amanda wanted the guys in light gray 3 piece suits. She actually didn’t want us to wear our jackets, and just have rolled up white shirts with vests and pants. I didn’t think that would look good and wanted to wear the jacket. We initially wanted to stay away from tuxedos thinking they were too formal but then we realized no one rents suits, only tuxedos. So we found a tux shop that actually had a light gray, informal looking 3 piece tux.


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I tried it on and Amanda really loved it, but I was on the fence. I felt like I wanted to see more options before just accepting the first one we saw. Unfortunately that lead to a couple frustrating weeks of going to all the different tuxedo rental places and being disappointed. First, none of them would let us try on the tuxedo. I felt really uncomfortable making any decision without knowing how I would look in the tux. Then we went to the Hollywood Suit Outlet where you can get a suit for $99. We actually found one that would work, but then realized that all my groomsmen (I had 4, 2 of which lived far away) would have to come in and get sized, and then we would have to get them all tailored. By this time we were cutting it close to the wedding and all that coordination was really starting to stress us out.

We dropped the subject for about a week and then went back to the first tux we saw and were able to try on. I got the rest of my groomsmen’s sizes, put in the order, and everything was fine. For the rental we decided to skip on the tie and the shoes in order to customize our look a bit. 


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I have always been a big fan of Nikes and since we were going for a casual vibe, I really wanted to buy Nikes for all my groomsmen. I’m kind of picky about shoes so I thought this was going to be a challenge to find the right ones. But one day when we were out, we stumbled across the perfect shoes—light gray suede with bright turquoise laces.


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 Our wedding colors were turquoise, gold, and coral pink. As Amanda was pulling all the decor together, she realized there wasn’t a lot of pink being used, so she suggested we get coral pink ties. I was fine with that idea, and she actually found a light red chambray tie and they ended up being a fun way to incorporate our wedding colors.


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Our whole look was envisioned by Amanda but she knew I wanted to be a part of the process and heard my concerns. We collaborated on it and I really like how everything turned out. Over all my clothing was just a minor part of the incredible experience of getting married, but it helped set the tone and made our day feel even more special.


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Can't get enough? See more from Matt & Amanda's beautiful wedding on the photographer's blog and Green Wedding Shoes - and let's wish them a very happy Anniversary! 


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Photography: Let's Frolic Together


Tuxedo: Heather Gray Allure Suit by Allure Men rented from Friar Tux

Shoes: Braata LR by Nike purchased from Zappos

Ties: Classic Chambray Red with Anchors purchased from The Tie Bar 

Well-Groomed: The Handmade Groom - Bow Ties

We cover wedding fashion for the guys from bespoke suit to bold pattern socks and we want to highlight non-cheesy, well crafted, sophisticated handmade items that will get you ready for the big day! Thankfully, we got the help of an expert - Brett Torrey Haynes of IAMTHELAB.

Aloha! It’s my privilege to bring a touch of handmade to Well-Groomed and I couldn’t think of a better first post than one that focused on that quintessential groom & groomsmen accessory: the bow tie.

I’m a huge fan of the bow tie and it seems that a lot of other gents are too these days. Thankfully, there are some amazing makers out there, producing some snazzy little bows perfect for the handmade lovin’ groom. Here are a selection of bow ties that are not only handmade, they’re also easy on the eyes. The great thing about buying a well-made bow tie is that you’ll be able to wear long after your special day is over. Enjoy!

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  1. Forest Colony 0203 by Bond & Burlington: FOREST COLONY is a folk-inspired collection born from the collaborative work between BOND & BURLINGTON with Anna, a talented australian artist best known as LILA RUBY KING, based in Athens.

  2. Colorful Bow Tie by April Look: One of the many bows in the April Look shop, this one is actually double sided, with blue, cyan an purple on one side and eggplant on the other. 

  3. Gray Cascade Linen Bow Tie by Richmond Thread Lab: Part of the BLUE MOON COLLECTION for 2014, this bow tie is made from Japanese linen in a soft gray with a wave pattern in white and goldenrod. 

  4. Harbor Pink Stripes by Forage Haberdashery: Philadelphia-based Forage is a LAB favorite. This particular textile is made of wide stripes making each bow tie slightly different. perfect for weddings so the groomsmen each have something unique. see images for variance. 

  5. Make Way for Ducklings V2 Bow Tie by OOOTIE Boston: This whimsical bow is made form 100% silk and is sure to be a keeper. It’s a classic tie with a sense of humor that groom and groomsmen will want to wear again and again. 

Brett Torrey Haynes is the owner of IAMTHELAB.com, a site dedicated to showcasing the best of modern handmade. He currently lives on the Big Island of Hawaii and is known for his endless collection of neckties and shoes.

A Well-Groomed Dream Space: How to Creat the Most Awesome & Stylish Man Cave for Mr. Well-Groomed

Something special is happening today in the blog: Well-Groomed has teamed up with Dyson to talk about a dream space at the couple's nest. Even better, you've got a chance to win a Dyson DC59 Motorhead for your own dream space (details at the end of the post!)



First, what guy wouldn't want to have a space for all his gears and toys, to lounge with our buddies on college football Saturday? Now that, to me, is a dream space. But I'm over the overly themed look, a catalog of Red Sox memorabilia type room ... Let's talk about how to turn a standard stereotype man-cave to a sophisticated, modern gentleman-cave - without forgetting our own personalities, whether it's music, movie or Star Wars geek, surf dude, tech nerd, or a USC fan like myself....

Here are the 4 essentials to consider when creating a dream gentleman-cave:

Yes, our dream space should reflect who we are
Start by defining your style. If you're here, most likely you're someone who care about how you look. Whether you are laid back, preppy or classy, your space and the design elements in it should reflect that as well.

Build the play, fun and function
The idea about this space is to have fun! For me, part of building the fun includes the following lively luxuries like a fridge - fully stocked with six packs drinks, a wine cooler / storage, plasma TV (note that plasma is a must!), XBOX 1 - or any game console of your choice, second plasma TV + Tivo + cable - hey, we're multi-taskers, right guys?, high speed internet  + bad ass wireless router gateway to keep us fully connected,  a complete home console stereo instrument - gotta be wireless though, because we try to #cutthecord , constant cool air, computers, laptop, tablet, kick ass laser printer, and charging stations in all 4 sides of the walls. In short: hard-core gadgets all in one place - add a pool table as you wish.


The thoughtful details
Preserving our passion, collection of pride and joy, can be done in unexpected yet classy ways. Put together your curios and memorabilia in uniform frames for a cohesive look. Creating a wall art is one approach, but if you're not careful, it can quickly feel like a museum. I like narrative, mixing it up with family and friends' photos. Think of it as a way to tell a story,  incorporate moments that you share with loved ones.



3 Cs: Comfortable,  Clutter-free, and Clean
Everything about this dream space should feel effortless. Fosho, we need a super couch to relax. I'm not really a leather person, but I'm looking for a clean, modern lines, and deep seatings with down feather filling. But it's not just about the couch - it's the whole environment. Too many things create clutter and it's the opposite of the relaxing virtues that we want in the dream man-cave. The narrative approach to displaying my mementos above is a great way to filter and be more organized. I get to pick the most incredible and heart pumping experiences - and rotate them once in a while for a change. The rest should be stored neatly in boxes or closed cabinets.

My one big key to the dream gentleman cave is to keep the room clean. I'd hate to come home to a messy, dirty place, when what I need most is to refresh! And it's extremely easy to do so, when you have the right power tool. For this, I rely on yep, you guessed it: the Dyson DC59 Motorhead. Because of its streamlined look & space-saving form, it fits into the scheme of things with whatever your dream space looks like.


I can display it in the open, right there, next to my gears -  no need to dig into the utility closet, no need to move around the cord, (hello, it's cordless), and I can do a quick clean with ease in any part of the room. This kind of convenience is a luxury. And when your vacuum has a turbo mode, well, it feels more like playing with a dirt buster weapon. 

What a blast we're going to have! 
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Now, how can you win a Dyson DC59 Motorhead - valued at $600, you ask?

Easy, peasy! Follow these 2 easy steps:

1. Visit this page to learn all about Dyson DC59 Motorhead #cutthecord

2. Come back to Well-Groomed and leave a comment below this post, answering the question: "What is your dream space and what Dyson DC59 Motorhead feature do you enjoy the most?" 

This campaign runs until Aug 17, 2014 and is a collaboration amongst several blogs. US residents only. One winner will be randomly selected by the comment they leave on one of the blogs participating in this campaign. The winner will be announced Monday, August 18th, and will be notified through a response to his/her comment. Winner will have 5 business days (by 8/25/14) to submit email address, contact info and claim the prize. 

Update: Winner has been chosen and the prize has been claimed. Thanks so much for participating! 

| This post is sponsored by Dyson, but the man cave guide and must-haves are all the opinion of Mr. Well-Groomed |

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