This one is for the guys. Yes, I'll admit it, when I started writing these blog posts, I wanted them to be focused solely on advice for brides. However, we have so many devilishly handsome grooms, with impeccable taste, that we thought we would (with Joey's help) offer up some advice for you grooms out there.

With the evolution of terms like "modern fit" and "slim fit" there is no reason that any groom should be faced with a baggy suiting scenario on his wedding day. Although there are many options to rent suits or tuxedos for your big day, we highly recommend splurging to purchase whatever it is that you plan to wear on your wedding day. You'll be hard pressed to find a better excuse to look dapper than your own wedding. There are plenty of affordable options to buy vs. rent right now. Websites like Combatant Gentlemen offer insanely affordable options for purchasing high quality suits and tuxedos at rental prices. Most grooms pretend not to care about things like fashion, but our grooms do and we are grateful for that. Here are a few recent groom suiting options that were outside the box and flawless across the board.

Also, if you want some all around awesome manly wedding advice like "how to make a toast" or "how to fold a pocket square", hop on over to the Combatant Gentlemen blog and get schooled. It will serve you well. Promise.

It's certainly one of the most asked questions amongst brides-to-be these days: Should I do a first look? There are certainly merits to both approaches but if you are on the fence, allow me to give you some food for thought on the topic (full disclosure: we are pro-first-look).

1) A stress-free timeline:  The one thing that all of our brides have in common is that they all want their wedding day to be as stress-free as possible. It just makes for such an awesome day when things flow easily and no one is in a rush. Can you shoot all of your family photos, wedding party photos and bridal photos (of just you and your new hubby) in 60 minutes during the cocktail hour? Absolutley. Is it stress-free? Absolutely not. If you plan on seeing one another before the ceremony, you have so many options to truly enjoy the day in a stress-free way because your timeline will allow for more photos to be taken ahead of the ceremony. It definitely allows for a more laid back day.

2) Crying should not be a spectator sport: In addition to being a romantic, Joey is a full blown crier. And not just a "shed a tear" kind of crier. He's what we refer to as an ugly crier. He hates it, but in all honesty, I love that he can show me that sensitive side of himself. There is nothing worse than having an amazing moment that brings you to tears and then becoming a bigger mess because 150 sets of eyes are staring at you. Whether you are a crier (or ugly crier like Joey) or not, there is no telling how emotional you might be when you first see each other on your wedding day. If you choose to do a first look, rest easy knowing you will be sharing this moment with the one person you love and trust more than anything in the world.

3) Spending time together on your wedding day: Without a first look, there is really no time throughout the day to spend time together as a couple, away from the hustle and bustle of all that comes along with a wedding. Trust me when I say that having a few minutes together as a couple, away from family and friends will be some of the most memorable moments you share together on your entire wedding day.

We feel so lucky to be a part of every wedding that we shoot and we can honestly say that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. So, whatever you choose, embrace it and remember that we are thrilled to be there to capture it all on camera.


April ;)

They say that cleanliness is next to Godliness. So why is it that this rule goes directly out the window on wedding days? Keeping clutter and chaos under control in the bridal suite is a great way to ensure low stress and a laid back atmosphere as you prep for your big day. Here are few tips to keep your bride suite looking neat and tidy and chaos free on your wedding day:

1) Splurge on a room upgrade. If you are staying in a hotel, this is a great time to spring for a suite, or even upgrade to a room that has a bedroom and separate living area. The extra space is super handy when it comes to "quarantine-ing" room service carts, snack wrappers or remnant Starbucks containers.

2) Designate a bridesmaid.  Ask one of your most polite and gentle (read as "not bossy") bridesmaids to politely ask the girls to clean up after themselves. She will be happy to help.

3) Call for turn-down service ahead of time. Let the hotel staff know your plan of attack. Tell them that you will be prepping in the room but are scheduled to be back after the reception with your new hubby. Ask if they provide turndown/cleaning service in between for special occasions like this. More often than not, they'll be happy to oblige :)

4) Ask for a room with lots of natural light. Our awesome bride Alison (pictured below) upgraded to a suite and requested a bright and airy room with as much natural light as possible and she scored this amazing suite at the Hotel Palomar. There was so much space that she could use certain areas for prep, and other spaces to hide any clutter, and of course, her doggy beds :)

Regardless of where you are getting ready on your big day, whether it's your home, a hotel or a venue's bridal suite, work with your bridesmaids to keep the space neat. Not only does it help to create beautiful, clutter free images, but less mess = less stress. It's a great way to start your wedding day.


April ;)