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Interview with photographer, From the Hip Photo

Every time we build a suit for a groom it’s a huge privilege. It’s an opportunity for us to build a very special suit for a very special day. And as you may imagine, being a wedding vendor means that from time to time we have the distinct opportunity to meet some other great vendors – ones that reflect our same level of service and quality. Just this morning, I had coffee with Nina and Danny de Zayas – the power couple behind Denver’s From the Hip Photo. They are both very kind and gracious people and they are incredibly skilled at what they do.

So, I couldn’t help but ask them a handful of questions that I think are very relevant to any of you that may be getting married in the spring – or thinking about proposing in the coming months :).

1. [Ryan] How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes From the Hip Photo different?

[Nina and Danny] Our commitment to creating a stress-free, seamless experience for our couples is a huge part of why we’re the best reviewed photographers in all of Colorado. The moments we capture are obviously the most enduring piece of the work we provide and we have a distinctive style that is vibrant, fresh, and honest. However, I think where we’ve really been able to set ourselves apart is on that relationship front.

We understand how crazy-making the whole wedding planning process can be and we try to be good guides to our couples and make sure they are totally taken care of throughout. Whether that is helping them make quality connections with other vendors, giving honest feedback about locations and timelines, or simply being proactive about ways we can provide support, I think that intangible aspect of what we do is priceless. It’s something that comes up in pretty much every review a bride or groom leaves us (and is probably a reason why we wind up befriending so many of our couples after the fact!).

2. What kinds of things can a groom do to look his best in his wedding photos? Any common mistakes that grooms are making in your experience?

It’s strange to point to a Greek philosopher for fashion advice, but Epictetus said it best: “Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”

Our best piece of advice is to make choices that reflect your personality. That keeps things sincere and comfortable, and also creates space for injecting who you are into the wedding day mix. Cufflinks, socks, and ties are all easy jumping off points for sneaking in some quirky, fun choices. More generally, if you’ve never worn a tuxedo, don’t opt for a black-tie affair. If you’re comfortable in your wedding day attire, you’re going to have a much better time.

3. When searching for a wedding photographer, what are the important qualities that a couple should be looking for?

The single-most important aspect of selecting any vendor is doing your homework to see what other couples have had to say about the experience of working with them. A photographer can cherry-pick a few pretty images to put up on a website, but they can’t fake their track record.

After that, look for a portfolio that resonates with you. Almost no one is a photo expert; instead, trust your gut. Most photographers have a clientele that is self-selecting in this manner, and we know that we here the same sorts of “values” about photography from our couples.

Lastly, artists and creative types are notoriously bad at running businesses. Look for things like how quickly and effectively a photography company communicates with you. Are they speaking to you on a personal level and interested in your priorities or vision? Is there enthusiasm about you and your specific wedding day? Look for passion, positivity, and the feeling that this is their true calling in life!


Reach out directly to Danny at 720-251-5329 or email the From the Hip Photo team at today and get started!

How to build the perfect Scottsdale wedding suit

peaked lapel suit

At Bespoke Edge, it’s safe to say that we know our way around a wedding suit. And although the warm months of summer may be winding down here in the Denver area, our Arizona clients still have several months left of hot weather. Consequently, a lot of folks have been asking us how to build a wedding suit for a Scottsdale wedding.

I want to focus on the Phoenix and Scottsdale area because as we all know, when Phoenicians dress up, they do it very well.

So, with this post, I want to spend some time talking about how to build out the perfect wedding suit to wear in the desert. In my opinion, the perfect Scottsdale wedding suit is one that is both elegant, but cool and ventilated. It’s a fine line to walk, but let me show you how you do it.


I’m going to suggest two options: wool or a wool/cashmere blend.

Now, right off the bat, you may be asking, “buy why not cotton or linen, aren’t those your typical choices for a summer sportcoat or suit?” Indeed, cotton or linen can be great summer picks for a jacket. I love the look of a slightly wrinkled linen suit, but here’s the thing, these fabrics are inherently casual. Their texture just isn’t going to be sophisticated enough for a wedding.

Even if you’re planning a casual barnyard-chic event, I still feel that a frumpy-looking cotton or linen suit won’t be dressed up enough.

That being said, let’s take a close look at my two picks.

First up, wool.

Wool is your go-to suit material. But there is wool and then there is wool. The latter can be very breathable (i.e. help keep you cool) and sophisticated at the same time. Furthermore, the right wool will have a very clean and crisp look.

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The other fabric pick that I feel is a strong candidate is a wool and cashmere blend. As you probably know, cashmere is a very luxurious and soft yarn. But you probably have a predisposition that it is strictly for keeping warm in cold weather.

Not so.

Trust me when I say that there are some amazing cashmere fabrics that appear to be as thin as linen with a breathability factor that rivals the more traditional fabrics. The reason I suggest a blend with wool is to give the finished fabric a little bit of an elegant sheen and to help with creating a real nice drape.


When it comes to construction, you have a choice to make.

If you want to keep your suit as breathable as possible, then you’ll want what’s called an “unconstructed” jacket. What this means is that the canvas that usually covers much of a suit is now gone. Therefore, you’re going to stay a lot cooler since there is one less layer involved.

However, this doesn’t mean that the shoulder is completely unpadded. There will still be padding there, but it will be noticeably thinner than what you may be used to wearing. Again, this reduction in material will help to keep you cool.

Taking this unstructured route is your best bet if you tend to get warm easily in your clothes, or if you expect to be out in the sun for any amount of time.

Alternatively, you can go the more traditional route and build your Scottsdale wedding suit with a full canvas. Sartorially speaking, this is the way to go. And this is what a bespoke suit is all about. Integrating an authentic horse hair canvas into your suit will make for an impressive drape, as well as a suit that will last for many years to come.

By the way, here’s a refresher on full canvas versus fused construction if you’d like to learn more.

Bottom line: If staying cool is a priority, then go unstructured. Otherwise, consider a full canvas construction for an amazing looking suit.

Special considerations

If your Scottsdale wedding is poised to be outside for any length of time, you’ll want to do everything you can to stay cool for photos and/or the ceremony. And one more special consideration is the jacket lining.

Sure, you could do away with it entirely, but I think that would be a mistake. In my opinion, nothing makes a jacket look more casual than having no lining whatsoever. However, a lining is rarely made of a very breathable fabric.

Instead, I think you should consider what’s called a “1/8 lining” or “butterfly” lining. This means that the lining is only around the upper back and around the arm hole. This way, that nice wool/cashmere fabric you fell in love with will have a little protection from sweat and it will also facilitate the jacket’s breathability factor.


And here are some of our available suit linings to get your creative juices flowing.

scottsdale suit lining

Wrap up

Dressing for an outdoor wedding in the desert doesn’t need to be complicated. Just remember the key points above and you’ll have no problem keeping your cool while looking sharp!

By Ryan Wagner

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Everything he needs to know about finding the right wedding suit


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Recently engaged? Congratulations! As you dive into the wedding planning, you’ll probably begin with the big ticket items — the venue, the photographer, the caterer, etc. But one item that is often left until the very end is finding the right wedding suit or tuxedo. What will he wear? Will he be pulling something from his closet or renting or buying? And what’s appropriate? A suit, a tuxedo, a vest with tie, something else entirely?!

Don’t worry. When it comes to finding the right wedding suit or tuxedo for your groom, it can be relatively straightforward. However, there are some things that you will want to keep in mind. And the earlier you begin this process the better.

All you need to remember going into this is that your groom’s wedding suit is going to be something very special. The following tips are some of the most useful tidbits of advice that I can provide to give you some practical guidance. So, read this article carefully, share it with your fiance, and you’ll be well on your way to having a sharply dressed groom waiting for you down the aisle.

How formal will your wedding be?

Black tie or country casual? Beach or ballroom? These are some of the venue questions that you’ll be asking yourself (or maybe you already have!). It should come as no surprise that the level of formality of your venue will go hand in hand with your wedding day attire. What this means for your fiance is that he will need to consider the wedding’s level of formality when choosing what he will wear.

As you may expect, a very formal wedding will likely equate to a black tie event, but what about a very casual wedding? Or someplace between the two extremes? Let’s go over a few examples.


For discussion’s sake, let’s take a look at a beach wedding.

Your groom will need a breathable fabric to keep him comfortable; something like a linen or a cotton. And his shoes will probably be relatively casual as well — after all, the two of you may be standing in the sand! Also, I’d recommend opting for a tan or some other light colored fabric to refer to the beach theme.


But what if you’re someplace between a formal, black tie event, and the beach? You’re probably not going to be wearing a tuxedo. And maybe you’re considering a venue outside. It could be a grassy open space — a ranch, a chic barn, etc.

In this instance, something that I see quite often is a groom choosing a 3-piece wedding suit. Now this may seem quite formal, but not if he chooses a softer shade in something like a gray tone or navy. And steer clear of pin stripes; they belong in the office.


This is the look that you’re probably most familiar with. It’s what you see at a lot of weddings and has become a 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.

A tuxedo is probably self explanatory, but what about the dark suit? A dark wedding suit will be pretty special. Go for one with peaked lapels, which will give the jacket a formal and confident look. In addition, it will be made with a very fine and soft fabric — something smooth to the touch, almost like silk.

Sample attire for a black tie event

Fit is the most important thing

It doesn’t matter whether your groom wears a suit, tuxedo, vest, or even a t-shirt — the fit must be right. Sloppy clothes — baggy shirts, short sleeves, pants that are too long, etc — don’t just look bad, they obscure the man wearing them! You want people to see your groom on your wedding day, not him in a suit that doesn’t fit well. And when clothes appear a bit sloppy looking, it can be very noticeable and distracting both in person, and in the photos afterwards.

So, what can you do? When it comes to wedding suits and tuxedos, it’s best to consult with an expert. Regardless of where you end up shopping, make sure you can find someone who can help your groom get an amazing fit. And if you’re reusing something that’s already in the closet, the same advice applies. Sometimes some careful tailoring can update an older suit, but always be honest with yourself — if it just doesn’t look right, then it may be time to go shopping.

Splurge, just a little

Almost all couples have to stick to a wedding budget, but one area that I can justify spending a little more in is the clothing, be it your wedding gown or your groom’s suit. In the years after your wedding, you probably won’t remember much about the food you served your guests or the table settings, but you will remember what you wore because you’ll have so many wonderful photos.

Personally, I think that a very special day calls for special clothing. This doesn’t mean that your groom needs to wear a ridiculously expensive suit, but spending a bit more than you would on a day-to-day basis is part of what makes your wedding special for you as well as for your future husband.

A great watch and cufflinks will elevate your wedding day attire

Finding the right wedding suit

I hope this post gets you thinking a bit about your groom’s outfit on the big day and helps you in finding the right wedding suit. Tailoring of store-bought suits can take upwards of a week, and custom suiting can take up to 6 weeks. So, the sooner you start thinking about menswear the better. Good luck, and don’t hesitate to send your questions my way!

Did you enjoy this post? Then you may also enjoy reading about some of the easy ways that your groom can look his best on the big day.

By Ryan Wagner

Photo credit: Emily Sacco Photography


Colorado vintage wedding inspiration

This past summer we had the pleasure of being included in a Colorado vintage wedding styled photo shoot. The photo shoot was organized by Ashley Kidder, of Urban Safari Photography, and with collaboration of some really awesome Denver vendors.

Ashley’s inspiration behind the shoot came from wanting to blend a bold color palette with a touch of vintage. Our contribution to the styled photo shoot was a custom shirt and heirloom cufflinks.

So, we worked to build a shirt that was both timeless and had enough depth to match the vintage theme. We settled on a white and blue tattersall with contrast paisley french cuffs. The shirt allowed the groom to stand alone without a jacket, yet not overpower his bride. And he got to wear a killer bright red bowtie.

While it depends on the theme of your wedding, we always recommend wearing a suit. Granted we are a little biased since we are a suiting company. However, if you’re going for the casual approach without a jacket, here are a few things to think about:

Keep it simple:

A timeless shirt will always stand up to the occasion. It’s all in the details. Some details are for you and your bride like embroidering both of your initials on your shirt or cuff, or having the date embroidered on the inside pocket of your suit jacket. While other details can be more colorful like contrast stitching and fabric inlays.

Plan ahead:

If you’re investing in a custom suit or tux for your wedding, think of how you can wear it in the future. Will this be your next date night jacket or fall blazer? As for this tattersall shirt, this is something you can wear again at the office or out on a date.

Subtle Matching:

I love being able to match my date with subtle highlights in stitching and fabric inlays. Everything about you for the day is considered, whether that is your highlight stitching or a simple collar inlay.


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custom dress shirt in a Colorado vintage wedding





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Colorado vintage wedding: Local vendors

Venue: Lionsgate Event Center
Photography: Urban Safari Photography
Planning: Uptown Planning
Coordination + styling: Long Ago Love
Floral: Bella Calla
Dress: Felicé Bridal
Rentals: Patina Preferred
Wine box: Bohemian Woodworx
Hair: Lauren Arnke Hair Design
Paper: Sweet Zion Paperie
Makeup: Steele the Spotlight
Desserts: Cupcake Libations
Bowtie: Knotty Tie
Menswear: The Bespoke Edge
Models: Ashley + Brett Foy #foreverfoys