Interview with Moreau & Co wedding photography

If you follow the BE blog then you are well aware of our interest in interviewing Colorado’s most talented wedding photographers. And this past week, we chatted with Shawn and Jennifer Moreau, of Moreau & Co Photography.

Here’s what happened:

[Ryan] How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes Moreau & Co different?

[Shawn] We specialize in candid photography. On your wedding day, that translates to a lack of photos prefaced with “can you pause there for a moment” and “okay, now pretend to be laughing”. We always tell our couples that we will never ask them to stop half way down the aisle so that we can get the perfectly posed shot. We thrive on authentic, genuine, raw emotion.

Your wedding will inevitably come with details, moments, and factors that you could potentially miss because you’re preoccupied, nervous, or overwhelmed by emotion. We make it a point to capture all of these for you and preserve them with our photography. We always take the obligatory posed family photos – but we love being a part of the moments that you’ll remember forever and those are the photos that we specialize in providing to our clients.

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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?

Admittedly, groom’s kind of have it easy when it comes to looking good on their wedding day. That said, it all starts with good planning and preparation. Get a suit that fits nicely. Have it tailored (it makes a huge difference). And unless your photographer tells you otherwise, keep your hands out of your pockets!

When shooting, where do you find inspiration?

We’re driven by the raw emotion that comes with a wedding day – whether that be the first time he sees his beautiful bride, or when the father of the bride dances with his daughter to a sentimental song that stir memories and soon after, tears. The love that is captured in those moments can be frozen in time because we’re there, and that means the world to us.

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How to spot a custom suit – 4 subtle giveaways

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Custom suiting for men has certainly grown in popularity over the past five years. Many men are discovering the advantages of buying a custom suit or tuxedo that’s made for them, and as individual as their own signature.

As you can imagine, there are many, many attributes of a suit that can be customized when you shop bespoke, but there are four that I would call the tell-tale signs of a bespoke suit. These are subtle things that are almost exclusive to the world of men’s custom clothing.

Does it fit?

Obviously, fit is the most important thing. You’ll know a good fit when you see it.

The sleeves will be of an appropriate length, the body shaped and neatly contoured around the torso, and the shoulders right where they should be. Less obvious to the untrained eye, will be that the jacket lapel lays flat on the chest and without a gap between the shirt collar on the back of the neck.

Working sleeve buttonholes on a custom suit

Working sleeve buttonholes (surgeon cuffs) are a throwback to the old days, when all jackets where bespoke and had functional buttonholes on the sleeves.

Historically, military field surgeons wore jackets that they could roll up when helping a wounded soldier in the field. At one point in time, many of these surgeons lived in Saville Row, London. When the tailors moved into the neighborhood, a little cross pollination happened that resulted in working buttonholes becoming the norm on men’s suiting.

Pick stitching

Pick stitching is often neglected on off-the-rack suits. It’s labor intensive (when done right) and somewhat difficult to do well. It’s easiest for most manufacturers to simply forget it altogether.

But that’s a shame, because pick stitching is a subtle detail that can really add some life to a men’s jacket. Look for it along the lapel and pocket flaps.

Pattern matching over pockets

This is something that you have to look closely to see. What you are looking for is that with patterned fabrics (plaids, stripes, etc), do the pockets line up with the rest of the shirt? In other words, was the pocket fabric haphazardly sewn on or was care taken during this process to line up the pattern on the pocket with the rest of the suit or shirt?

signs of a good custom suit

Know your shirt fabrics

custom dress shirt fabric

Gingham

A gingham pattern is a checkered pattern with white and colored checks that are the same size. This pattern is made up of horizontal and vertical stripes on a white background.

Your go-to necktie: Solid

Tattersall

Similar to gingham, this is a very popular pattern. The pattern consists of regularly spaced thin vertical warp stripes and repeated in the weft direction, forming squares. Usually, the background color will be white, or something very light, but it can really be anything.

Your go-to necktie: Solid or a bold stripe.

Tartan Plaid

This is the plaid that is most often associated with Scotland. It is a very traditional plaid made up of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical stripes in multiple colors. During manufacture, each thread in the warp crosses each thread in the weft at a 90 degree angle. When a thread in the warp direction crosses a thread of the same color in the weft direction, the result is a solid color. On the other hand, a thread crosses another thread of a different color, it produces an equal mixture of the two colours. What this means is that the two base colors result in three colors!

This makes for a relatively casual dress shirt.

Your go-to necktie: None. Or, if you must, try a square-bottomed knit tie for a nice casual look.

Shepherd’s check

The shepherd’s check pattern was originally a plaid worn by Scottish shepherds. Right off the bat, you’re probably wondering “isn’t this a gingham?!” While it may look close, the difference lies in the weave. A shepherd’s check is woven with a twill weave, whereas the gingham is not.

Your go-to necktie: Solid, but steer clear of a similar twill weave.

Madras

Madras is a really fun plaid that is most often see in cotton. Its namesake comes from the former name of an Indian city, Chennai. And similar to champagne, only real madras comes from Madras. Also, both sides of the cloth must have the same pattern and it must be handwoven. Because it comes from a unique short-staple cotton fiber, one that can’t be combed, only carded, the resulting fabric has noticeable bumps called slubs.

Your go-to necktie: None.

Windowpane check

Depending on the colors, this can make for either a very bold dress shirt, or one that’s a bit like a subtle plaid. Regardless, the pattern is a lot like — you guessed — a windowpane. This is a very common dress shirt and certainly one that deserves a place in your closet.

Your go-to necktie: A solid is the safe pick, but consider a stripe or paisley for a refined look.

Houndstooth

The houndstooth pattern is one of those traditionally masculine designs. The classic look is in black and white, but it can really be in any color. It is made up by broken checks that are reminiscent of a dog’s tooth. Again, we can thank our friends in Scotland for originally creating this pattern.

Your go-to necktie: Solid

Glen plaid

Also known as Prince of Wales plaid, this is a classic menswear pattern. We see it most often in suiting, but it’s also very common in dress shirts. Simply put, it’s a twill weave made up of small and large checks.

It first made its appearance during the nineteenth century in the Glenurquhart valley of, yes, Scotland. Prince of Wales Sir Edward VIII maintained a particular affinity for the pattern, so sometimes you’ll see it labeled as Prince of Wales.

Your go-to necktie: Typically, this is a pretty versatile fabric, so you have some options. But be careful with plaid neckties.

Awning Stripe

There’s no doubt about it, the awning stripe is one bold stripe! It’s the widest there is, usually coming in at over 1/4″ wide. When paired with the right suit, this can make for a very bold look. Although not a great option for a very formal event, it can look great in the office — so long as you own the building!

Your go-to necktie: Solid or soft paisley

Bengal

A bengal stripe dress shirt is one with repeating stripes that are 1/4″ wide. The stripes can be any color, but usually sit on a white background. While not as bold as a awning stripe dress shirt, the bengal shirt is still a very commanding dress shirt pattern.

Your go-to necktie: Solid

Know your shirt fabrics – Wrap up

We hope that this article helps to shed some light on the wide world of shirting patterns.

How to wear a pocket square in the office

how to wear a pocket square in the office

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, pocket squares are a lot of fun. I can’t think of a better way to add a little personality to your wardrobe than by artfully adding a little color into your chest pocket. While many guys don’t see any problem wearing one at a wedding, they get a little timid when it comes to the workplace. Do you know how to wear a pocket square in the office?

It’s easier than you think. And with this article, I hope to give you some guidance on choosing a great looking pocket square.

In a nutshell…

How to wear a pocket square in the office:

  1. Pick the right material by matching the fabric to that of your jacket.
  2. Choose something with a pattern for a stylish look.
  3. What you need to know about matching is that your pocket square should refer to and complement the rest of your wardrobe, as opposed to matching it exactly.
  4. Fold your pocket square with the puff method (described below).

Let’s go a little more in depth.

paisley pocket square

Material

Pocket squares come in all shapes and sizes. They are most commonly silk, and made up in a 12″ x 12″ square. But we also see linen and cotton pocket squares. If you look real hard you can even find flannel and cashmere(!).

How do you know what to choose?

The rule of thumb when choosing a material is that you want to match the fabric of the pocket square to that of your jacket.

For most office use, you’ll be just fine sporting a silk pocket square because you’re probably wearing a nice woolen suit. Whereas, for linen and cotton suits, you will want to consider choosing a more textured pocket square fabric, like linen or cotton, because silk will look a little too refined for a more casual suit.

Consequently, a cotton or linen pocket square will always be more casual than a silk pocket square. A notable exception is a crisp white cotton pocket square that always looks great for black tie events and when you’re wearing a white dress shirt.

a cotton pocket square and how to wear a pocket square to the office

Patterned or solid?

Solid is obviously the easiest to match, right? But a patterned pocket square is so much more fun!

That being said, there are many different types of office environments and therefore many different answers to how to wear a pocket square in the office. If you’re in a creative field, then you’re probably OK sporting a colorful pocket square with a unique pattern. However, for a more conservative environment, it’s always a safe bet to stick to a nice crisp look — a pressed cotton pocket square that extends just a quarter to a half inch above your chest pocket.

Which brings us to…

blue check pocket squares and how to wear a pocket square in the office

Matching

If you only remember one thing after reading this article, I hope it’s this: That your pocket square should refer to and complement the rest of your wardrobe, as opposed to matching it exactly. The standard approach is to pick up some of the colors in your necktie. If you’re not wearing a necktie, then pick up some of the pattern in your dress shirt. You can even look to your socks!

If you’re just starting out learning how to wear a pocket square in the office, stick with some very basic patterns, like simple stripes or a check pattern. And something in only a couple of colors. As you become more comfortable with matching your pocket square, maybe you want to try some more unique patterns…

skull and bones pocket square and how to wear a pocket square in the office

Folds

There are many ways to fold a pocket square, but you already know that. In fact, I’d argue that the internet has made it a relatively intimidating endeavor to learn how to fold a pocket square, there are just so many options that it’s easy to feel like you won’t get it right.

In my opinion, there are two basic folds. And guess what, they’re super easy.

They are the puff and the reverse puff.

How to wear a pocket square in the office: Wrap up

Remember, in the early twentieth century, a well dressed gentleman would have never left the house without a pocket square in his chest pocket. It’s a great piece of tradition that’s certainly worth bringing back to the office.

Further reading

Our favorite summer pocket squares

Should you wear a cotton or silk pocket square?

When should you be wearing a pocket square?

elephants pocket square

nautical themed pocket square