Well-Groomed Engagement: Boudoir for Two

This guy shows a little skin in a joint boudoir engagement session. Opting to keep most of their steamy pics private, he cycles through several wardrobe changes for the rest of the G-rated pics. The most striking look? White slacks with a navy dress shirt and coordinating boat shoes.

Would you be up for a couple's boudoir session or should we leave this wedding trend to the ladies? Would you share the pics or keep 'em private?

images by Cendino Temé

Featured: Utterly Engaged Issue #16

The latest issue of Utterly Engaged has hit the virtual newsstands, and I'm happy to say that I made the pages of the e-mag. When the ladies at UE asked if I'd contribute some destination wedding wardrobe ideas for grooms, I jumped on the challenge. The result is two looks, one informal and one formal, for the stylish groom who's headed seaside.
Check out my picks (on page 67 & 68) for informal and formal wedding beach wear. And, don't worry, I even threw in a few gift suggestions for the groomsmen.

Be sure to breeze on over to UE to check out the entire destination-themed issue.

Hardware 005: Rose Gold Rings

Hear me out. I know you're thinking, "Seriously? A pink ring?" But, before you dismiss the idea, give rose gold a chance. On it's own, the pink tone is subtle, but gives the ring a warmer, richer look than traditional yellow gold. Pair it with platinum or white gold if you really want the pink to pop.

Tiffany, Tiffany, Pompeii 3, Shane Co., Furrer-Jacot, Pompeii 3

Week In Review & Style Snapshot

A vintage 'Vette makes a great backdrop as This guy recreates when he met "The One."
A little ring bearer brings big style in cowboy gear at this wedding.
This guy and his girl battle the undead for their e-shoot, proving love conquers all.
A rocking guy picks two locales and two looks for this engagement session.
A peacock feather boutonniere, seersucker, and monogrammed cuffs create this groom's signature look.

image by 2 Brides via Ruffled

Well-Groomed Engagement: Big City, Little Beach

This groom takes his rocker look to two locales. A black jacket, popped collar, and hat in the city make way for a guitar, tee, and rolled cuffs on the beach.
images by Christa Elyce Photography

Well-Groomed Engagement: Love is Killer

Zombies + love = the most unique e-session ever. Ever. I'm confident that you've read my bio extensively, perhaps over a scotch at the end of a long day, so you know I'm a fan of The Walking Dead. Given that fact, I had to share this engagement shoot which centers on a suited-up, spectacled groom, his lady, and a field of flowers. Cue the creepy music...

I know. You're thinking, "What does this have to do with love and marriage?" Well, if you can band together to fight off the undead and come out of it united, then your marriage can probably survive anything, right?

images by Amanda Rynda via Bridal Musings

Well-Groomed Engagement: Curbside Connection

If your best friend asks you to pick his sister up from the airport, just do it. This guy did, and now he's recreating his first meeting with his bride-to-be with a runway engagement session. A deep V-neck cardigan and jeans suit the impromptu first date as he waits for her to exit the plane. And, you know I'm always looking for the money shot. Here we get several, in the form of a C1 Corvette.

Want to incorporate a ride into your e-shoot? Check out these classic W-G posts of planes, trains, and automobiles for inspiration.

images by KT Merry

Week In Review & Style Snapshot

We had some great posts this week, so let's dive right into the W-G Recap.

We announced a winner for the Droplet Studios custom poster giveaway.
This groom's classic look is a well-worked variation on the groomsmen's style.
Drums, guitars, and a music store set the stage for this engagement shoot.
A recent groom shares his tips to creating the perfect wedding look in this W-G Guy interview.
Bright reds, intricate patterns, and a touch of gold stole the show at this groom's Indian wedding.

image via paper antler

Well-Groomed Guy: Dan Young AKA Gringo Groom

I interviewed The Gringo Groom (aka Dan Young of Eggs and Logs) for his insight on finding inspiration and creating his unique wedding look. You may remember that Dan boldly chose shorts for his Spanish wedding, which is unconventional to say the least.

Well-Groomed: You're a photographer and you designed your amazing wedding suite, and it's obvious that you have style. Was it easy for you to decide what to wear for the wedding, or was it a struggle to decide to break with the suit/tux convention?

Dan Young: Ha ha! I know what I like and I know how to 'borrow' other people's style but I wouldn't say I have a great deal of my own. The photography is only a hobby and even though I'm a graphic designer by day, it still took an excruciatingly long time to arrive at the final artwork [for our invitations]. I had expected the choice of outfit to be relatively quick and straightforward in comparison but like many of the wedding decisions, I was soon proved wrong. Deciding to ditch the suit was easy but choosing what to replace it with turned out to be anything but. 

W-G: It's not often that grooms opt for shorts, boat shoes, and fedoras, but you did and it totally worked. What tips would you give guys who want to make unconventional style choices for their wedding?

DY: Even though Rommalee, my wife, was concerned about how such a casual style would sit visually next to her dress, we both wanted the occasion to be relaxed and an honest reflection of both our personalities. I've never been a frequent suit-wearer and although I have nothing against them, the sun scorched rustic setting in southern Spain didn't seem like the right place to change this habit. I wanted an outfit befitting of such a major life changing event but I hadn't anticipated how hard it would be to achieve this without using trousers–I believe you call them pants! It was only after a great deal of dithering and some serious style guidance from Rommalee and Mat (one of my best hombres), that I decided on the the ivy league/preppy/boaty look. We found a couple of images on the internet and then spent the next couple of months desperately trying to re-create the look; it was as much through luck as judgment that this particular style gelled so well with Rommalee's dress...I do know that I wouldn't have enjoyed my wedding day half as much if I'd sold out and opted for more traditional attire.

W-G: What influenced your style choice most?

DY: I think the location and the climate were the main factors that contributed towards the decision to wear shorts but all of those things were considered. The same look would have been totally inappropriate for your average (more sedate) English wedding but it seemed like the obvious choice for an informal Spanish hilltop wedding in the height of summer. A traditional suit (or anything more substantial than shorts and shirt for that matter) would have rendered me a sweaty flustered mess and I was determined that my choice of outfit should add to my enjoyment of the day rather than compromise it. I don't imagine the vision of my skinny white chicken legs added to anybody else's enjoyment but it was my wedding day and the perfect opportunity for some selfish indulgence.

W-G: You also had custom boutonnieres for yourself, the groomsmen, and the fathers. Did you make them or did you have them made for you?

DY: The boutonnieres are the creation of a local creative genius called Zoe. Her name was given to me a couple of years back when I was looking to buy Rommalee some sort of unusual Mother's Day gift and after contacting her by email, I was surprised to find out she actually lived at the end of my street. Her creations are so unique and charming that we've been been back to her on many occasions since and we knew that she would be able to help us on our quest for some exclusive button-holes. I sketched some designs on paper and she soon brought them to life using nothing but her nimble fingers and some leather she cut from old jackets found on second-hand market stalls. She's got a collection of stock products that you can find at Love From Hetty and Dave and you can also contact her for custom orders.

W-G: Tuxes and suits are the "go-to" style choice for most grooms. Besides shorts, what other style trends do you think grooms should try more often?

DY: If we had chosen to get married in England, I'd have liked to wear a bow-tie and braces... I can confidently say that there's always something you can do to put your own stamp on a wedding. Whether it be through the clothing, the wording of the vows, the music for the first dance or whatever else you can think of, there's loads of opportunities throughout the day to add some of your own flavor. We spent a lot of time scouring various blogs...The internet is an amazing resource and I think with a little investigative work and a whole lot of patience, everyone can find something that suits.

W-G: As I mentioned earlier, you designed your wedding suite. Do you have any plans to release a line of wedding stationery or to create custom designs for interested couples?

DY: If I'd been left to my own devices, I'd have probably veered towards a more classic typography based design for our stationery but Rommalee was keen to have something softer and more fun for our wedding. I'm glad she stepped in because I think the final artwork really suited the occasion and it gave me the freedom to go to town on the illustrations and create something a bit more unique for the day. Despite it's lucrative possibilities, I don't have any grand plans to start specializing in wedding suites but I really enjoyed working on our own artwork and I'd happily consider any future inquiries for custom orders. I can be contacted through my website and will provide more details on request.

images via Eggs and Logs and Mister Phill

Well-Groomed Engagement: The Sound of Music

We've seen a wedding with masks, but this guy's engagement shoot has those, drums, and a trip to the record store for good measure. Converse and a fitted sweater fit the laid-back vibe perfectly.
I found this great shoot while cruising around Pinterest yesterday. If you haven't discovered Pinterest, yet be sure to check out the W-G pinboards.

Style Snapshot: One of a Kind

image by Tec Petaja

Giveaway: Droplet Studio Custom Poster Winner!

The winner of the Droplet Studio custom poster giveaway is Nicholas! The guys at Droplet will combine a photo of you and your girl and the art work from Blade Runner into a new custom poster. The poster art for this movie is awesome, so I hope you'll share a pic of the finished design with us. Email me at hey[at]wellgroomedblog.com to redeem your prize. Congrats!

Well-Groomed Q&A: Brown Shoes with a Grey Suit?

Q: I'm a groomsman travelling from London to Orlando for my best friend's wedding. The suit colour we have is a light grey TM Lewin Wentowrth 3 piece, to match the groom's  slightly darker, tailored, grey.
The groom, and maybe the bride, insists we wear black shoes to what is supposed to be a fairly informal wedding. I'd like to wear brown shoes considering it is an outside wedding and (relatively) still summer, and the fact that its a warmer colour that really 'suits' the suit. How can I persuade them that the groomsmen would look better in brown shoes than black?And what is your opinion on brown vs black? --Joe

A: Joe, you've come to the right place. Style isn't about rules, it's about intention. As long as your grey/brown pairing looks intentional, not accidental, then it will read as stylish. So, don't just choose brown shoes, mix in other brown elements like a belt, tie, or pocket square with the suits. If your friends are the kind that like nifty diagrams and stuff, then perhaps this figure will be helpful.
Can I mix grey and brown?

Need some photographic evidence for your stylishly conservative friends? Here ya go.
Obviously, in the end, it's their wedding. Some people are just more comfortable playing it safe. So, if they still won't bend, just suck it up and break the style rules at your own wedding. Let me know if you win the battle. Good luck!

shoe/suit cheat sheet: adapted from Esquire, shoes pictured: Kenneth Cole oxfords, image 1: Patters & Purples, image 2: Testament to Turquoise, image 3: source unknown


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