You've seen wedding filmmaker Joel Serrato and photographer Jose Villa's anniversary shoot right here, and it was so popular (W-G's second most popular post ever, in fact) that I had to get some answers straight from them about their wedding style, what they look for when shooting grooms, and really any other knowledge they wanted to drop.
JS: In our opinion, if you are
wearing a suit you should consider having it tailor-made or fit to your
body. This will make you feel and look amazing! for example, Jose and I
were traveling in Paris, France when we decided to walk into HUGO BOSS
and then one day later we both had a complete suit made and tailored for
us. It's that easy and...the options are
there so it's ok to make time and schedule these important details in and it was our style from the beginning.
JS: Thanks for the congrats on our wedding! We honestly have to say
that our dress style & color came from our taste and style in
general. I was drawn to a light grey suit and Jose was drawn
to a dark chocolate one. They fit our wedding perfect because our
wedding was a reflection of our home and our everyday lives. We
wouldn't advise anyone to wear something that doesn't feel right to
them, it will make you feel uncomfortable and not yourself and that will
reflect in photos/filmmaking. We both felt great, because the suits
were tailor-made for us.
W-G: For your recent anniversary session, you both chose jeans, jackets, and
bow ties, but you styled the looks to create different vibes. Jose's
version feels classic (as classic as jeans and jackets can be), while
yours is more contemporary. What advice would you give a groom trying to
create a complimentary look with his fiance if they don't share the
same style sensibility?
JS: I would encourage some compromise if your styles
are completely different. Styles range with personality and people so
they should be embraced and colors, tones, and textures should be
considered on how they will photograph/film in the surroundings of your
Our anniversary photo session was meant to "exchange" our custom made
wedding bands from Waxing Poetic that never made our ceremony on time
(this is because of our last minute ideas of course). Our dear friend Leo Patrone flew in from UT to photograph us two, making the same
promise one year later, under the same surroundings that we love near
our home. Our styles again were definitely slightly different, going
back again to what naturally feels right to us both this time. We both
wore bow ties from Boutaugh. This happened organically while
running out of the house, just because they had just sent them over for
us to try out someday, thanks Boutaugh! This is how everything happens
for us really... naturally and non forced, we love to go with the flow.
W-G: I often post examples of guys mixing and matching patterns, selecting
unusual color combinations, or in some way breaking from the norm. Is
there a trend that you'd like to see grooms embrace more often?
JS: We do see many trends come and go, we are starting to see classic come
back strong but have grooms play with textures that make the classic
different. This being fitted suits with a handmade tie. DO NOT get the
tie from the same designer. Try something different. The hunt is worth
the wait! I searched so long for my wedding bow tie and I was so happy
to have worn a grey chambray bow tie from forage it went perfect with my
suit. Jose opted for a skinny tie from John Varvatos.
wedding images by Elizabeth Messina
boutonnieres Mindy Rice Floral & Design
ceremony site design by Mindy Rice Floral & Design and Oh, How Charming
anniversary images by Leo Patrone
anniversary cake Enjoy Cupcakes