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Colorado Wedding Men’s Clothing

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It’s becoming more and more popular for grooms to buy their wedding suit or tuxedo than rent something. Of course I’d say that, right? Being a bespoke provider and all, but it’s true. It makes sense. A great looking suit can be worn many times over after the wedding ceremony. However, when you decide to buy a suit or tuxedo in lieu of renting, you have some decisions to make. Here’s everything you need to know about Colorado wedding men’s clothing and style.

#1: Occasion

Fortunately, you already know this one, but we still need to consider what time of day you’ll be having your wedding. For instance, events at night usually require a darker fabric, while lighter shades like grey and tan are better for occasions held during mid-day.

Sure, you can bend the rules a bit here and there and sport an elegant white or cream tuxedo for an evening event, but as a rule of thumb – lighter shades for during the day and darker shades of fabric for the evening.

#2: Formality

As you may expect, a very formal wedding will likely be a black tie event. How about a very casual wedding? Or someplace between the two extremes?

Let’s go over a few examples.

Casual

For discussion’s sake, let’s take a look at a beach wedding. This will likely mean a linen or linen/wool blended suit is appropriate. Or, at the very least, a 100% cotton suit. The weather is going to be warm so your fabric will need to breathe well to keep you comfortable and your shoes will probably be relatively casual, since you may be standing in the sand.

And you’re probably going to want to stick with a tan or other light colored fabric to refer to the beach theme.

Semi-casual

But what if you’re someplace between a formal, black tie event and the beach?

You’re not going to be wearing a tuxedo in this instance. And maybe you’re considering a venue outside. It could be a grassy open space, a chic barn, etc.

Consider the featured image above; the couple had an outdoor wedding, but the groom still opted for a 3-piece suit. He chose a softer shade in almost a grey tone, but up close the suit fabric still had a lot of texture and character.

It’s a great look.

Formal

This is the look that you’re probably most familiar. It’s what you see at a lot of weddings and it’s become the go-to standard. On one end of the spectrum, you have a full tuxedo with a black bow tie, and on the other end, a dark suit.

Regardless, a formal wedding means that you will want to make sure that everything else in your wedding is at a similar level of formality. Mason jars at the reception will clash with your elegant tuxedo, for instance.

According to Heather Dwight, of Calluna Events, “The groom’s individual style should match that of the bride, neither being more formal or less formal than her but right in line. For example, if the groom is wearing a tux the bride shouldn’t wear a short dress, but a more formal gown…The groom could opt to match the bride’s coloring – if her dress is more of a champagne his tie or pocket square could also be in that tone.”

Peaked or Notched Lapel?

The lapel style is another important consideration. Generally speaking, notched lapels will be more versatile and just a little bit more casual than a peaked lapel.

#3: Versatility

This is an important consideration. When do you think you’ll be wearing the suit after the wedding? Hopefully, you’ll be wearing it to the office now and again. Or, maybe for fancy events with your significant other?

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:

Office

Let’s say you’re going to end up wearing your (former) wedding suit to the office. If it’s your first suit, then go with something dark, like a charcoal or near black shade. It will be the most versatile for your needs.

If it’s going to be your second suit, then you have a few more options. I would recommend a navy or grey suit. Not many men own grey suits and that will help to set you apart. Navy is a little more conservative, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sport something with a subtle plaid or textured look.

But remember, whatever you opt for, it can’t be too wild and crazy because it’s going to be your wedding suit after all!

Date night

Do you want a suit that James Bond would approve of? Then a tuxedo is the obvious answer, but a dark suit with a custom fit would be a close second.

You could go with a handful of different suit fabrics, but the takeaway is that you need something dark. Why dark? Because you’re going to be wearing this suit out and about. Whether it’s a swanky bar, another wedding, or a gala-type event, it’ll likely be at night, and so therefore, you need something dark.

#4: Fit

A wedding suit is still a suit and that means that fit is very important – in fact, it’s the first thing people are going to notice.

So, regardless of whether you end up with a tuxedo or a dark suit or a very casual outfit, fit is key.

Even if you don’t decide to go bespoke, make sure whoever is helping you knows what he/she is doing.

#5: Customization

A wedding suit is a very special thing, and so we want to encourage you to go the extra mile and add a few unique customizations.

At the very least, have your name monogrammed on the inside of the jacket. Remember when you wrote your name on your jacket in grade school so that the other kids wouldn’t take it by mistake? Same thing here!

And something else that you may be interested in is adding your wedding date to the jacket, and your bride’s name. That way when you wear the suit again in the future, you’ll find a thoughtful reminder of your wedding date.

From here, you can select a handful of other customizations that can nod to the overall wedding. Maybe you want to highlight your lapel button hole with a contrast thread color that will refer to your overall wedding colors? Or maybe you want working button holes on your jacket – one of the signs of an indisputably custom suit.

Whatever you choose, make it your own. It’s your wedding, and so no one else but you and your bride should be making the decisions above. And when you know you look great in a custom suit, you can devote your attention elsewhere, where it belongs.

Remember, if we’re building a custom suit for your wedding, we’ll need at least 7 weeks to get your suit manufactured. We want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect!

Need some more resources? Check out our Weddings page here.

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Pink Diamond Events – a Fort Collins gem

A few weeks back, I discovered an event planning company located in my hometown of Fort Collins called Pink Diamond Events. Casey Muller, owner and Lead Event Planner, is an industry veteran in the area and she has been planning weddings since 2009.

I had a cup of coffee with Casey to talk shop and it became clear very quickly that her level of service and quality in her event planning is a perfect fit for what we do here at BE.

Therefore, I wanted to make sure that I had a chance to ask her a handful of good questions and publish the interview here. We are always on the lookout for Colorado’s (and Arizona’s) finest wedding vendors, and I’m pleased to say that Pink Diamond Events certainly qualifies!

[Ryan] How did you get your start in the industry?

[Casey] I started working in the industry by working with a wedding planner in Southern California when I lived out there. I started working as one of her Day-of wedding assistants. When we moved back to Colorado, I worked as the wedding coordinator for an independent catering company in Vail, working on high end weddings at private residences, ranches and other various mountain venues. From there I worked for a Fort Collins hotel in their catering department and then finally worked as the full service wedding planner for a local wedding planner in Fort Collins. Unfortunately, her company went out of business and I then proceeded to open my own company in 2009. Since then I have established my status as the veteran wedding planner in Northern Colorado and Estes Park!

What do you enjoy most about being a wedding planner?

My favorite perk of the job is getting to see all the amazing wedding venues in Colorado. I am so lucky to work in such a fun and exciting industry that allows me to travel throughout the state! There are some amazing venues that expose you to new design ideas and styles. It’s really great to have the opportunity to be creative and stretch my talents to benefits my clients.

Can you describe your own personal wedding style for us?

For my own personal wedding style, I prefer a more modern approach. I love the look of clean lines and contemporary design. I find that I am drawn to neutral color pallets, but that have a pop of color to bring some wow factor into the picture. I also love dramatic lighting and adding statement pieces to a wedding. It’s a great way to add a bit of wow without going overboard (and staying on budget!).

What is one thing you tell all your couples?

Something that I always tell my brides is that once they have a vision and a direction, it’s time to stop messing around on Pinterest! There are so many options out there a bride can waste hours going back and forth about a decision she made or trying to incorporate every cute idea she has seen. Find your vision that fits your personality and style and then stop looking! It will only drive yourself crazy and you won’t make any progress actually planning your wedding!

Also make sure to hire professionals. We’ve all heard the sayings “you get what you pay for” and “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”. Well, the same thing goes for hiring your wedding vendors. This is going to be the biggest party you’ll ever host, and while it doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank for it, if you’re getting quotes from vendors, just realize that the cheapest isn’t always the best option. I have seen it time and time again when the wedding is over, the bride wishes she would have invested in a quality vendor instead of going with the cheapest one, and you are not able to ever get that back.

Contact information

Website: Pink Diamond Events

And learn more about the team here.

Email: weddings@apinkdiamondevent.com or via the contact form here.

Phone: 970-692-1645

Sunshine & Reign Photography, a rad duo out of Arizona

As part of our ongoing effort to seek out the finest wedding photographers around, I recently flew out to the Scottsdale area where I met with a lot of great people. I was simply amazed at the amount of talent and entrepreneurial activity in this area. One of my meetings really stood apart from the others: My visit with Amii and Andy Kauth, of Sunshine & Reign Photography.

Andy and Amii are really wonderful people. They are so kind and easy to talk to, that when paired with their professionalism and obvious talent, it’s clear that they are one of the area’s finest wedding photographers. In addition, they have written content for SLR Lounge, Arizona Weddings Magazine, and they even present at industry conferences.

We met at a rather kitschy place called The Duce. It’s a 1928 warehouse turned boxing ring / yoga studio and part-restaurant / part-old-fashioned jazz club. Yes, you should visit. It was over a meal of brisket sliders (eaten very carefully in my BE suit, I should add) that I picked their brain on a handful of topics…

[Ryan] I know that the two of you have some eclectic backgrounds in Education. How has this experience shaped your photography style or process?

[Andy and Amii] Between the two of us, we have three master’s degrees in education-related fields and spent well over ten years in education (K-12 plus a bit of graduate student work at the university level). Then we cashed it all in to run our own wedding photography business. Education is really customer-service oriented. You interact with children and their families daily. You have to care about people and communicate well. That translates so well into wedding photography. We are in constant communication with our couples, and on a wedding day, in particular, our job is to capture epic images, which involves a lot of communication (directing posing when necessary, getting everyone comfortable in front of the camera, etc.).

We also do quite a bit of writing and teaching, photography-wise, and are currently authors with SLR Lounge. Our backgrounds in education lead us to feel confident in our abilities to write on any number of photography-related topics and also allow us to be comfortable speaking in front of other professionals.

When shooting, where do you draw your inspiration from?

We love each other. We love life. We love people. You could say we love . . . love! Ha! We really focus in on the love that the couple shares when we photograph engagements, anniversaries, elopements, and weddings. And we always say that our couples are the raddest of rad lovers! Just like us! Yeah! Beyond that, we are inspired by good wedding photography, which is why we are involved in the Fearless Photographers community. They are a group of international wedding photographers, and they not only put out some of the best wedding photography and wedding photography education on the planet, but also do a lot to help the world be a better place by promoting donations to worthy causes among the community.

You seem to use a lot of different gear including prisms and copper pipes, what’s the motivation behind this?

We are always stoked to create images that wow our couples–images that they can display in their homes and that will stand as pieces of modern art for generations. We style ourselves as both modern and artistic. All our effects are in camera, and we strive to stay up on the edgiest and freshest techniques in digital photography.

If there is one thing you want people to remember your photographs for, what would it be?

We want our clients to look at their photographs and be able to relive their session with us, whether it’s a 4-hour elopement, 5-hour engagement adventure, or a 15+-hour wedding day. We want them to use those images as a talking point to reflect upon their love for each other. And we want other photographers, and really whoever comes across our work, to be drawn in to the images and to be inspired to go out into the world. To adventure. To create. To become love as they enjoy this awesome planet and its amazing people!

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Contact information

Be sure to check out Sunshine & Reign Photography at their website here. And their instagram is amazing! @SunshineandReign

Further reading: Here’s a behind the scenes look at their process via Resource Magazine.