Thursday, June 3, 2010

Garden Wedding Style by Providence Classic

Emporio Armani Linen Suit - $1195.00; 9tailors shirting in Snow or Blue Windowpane - $60.00; Allen Edmonds "Weybridge" Oxford - $325.00; The Tie Bar Green Silk Plaid Tie - $49.99; Jos. A Bank Blue Plaid Tie - $60.00; Forzieri Mini Flowers & Dots Tie - $135.00; Heather Moore Cuff Links - $565.00 (chic steal - Tiny Token Designs for $60.00!); TW Steel Chronograph Watch - $875.00; Remo Tulliani Belt - $65.00. Autumn  boutonniere by Saipua; Summer boutonniere via Martha

Our groom has an Indian Summer wedding (think early September) in upstate New York, complete with a garden ceremony and reception in an historic barn. No bales of hay here, instead it will be a fabulous fete held in the beautiful outdoors - simple, elegant and with a few fun references to the guest of honor, Mother Nature.

I chose this classic cut navy suit because it's timeless. And Italian. There's no way around it, they cut the best fit for men's suits. And in linen, it's also perfect for warm weather occasions (the old bridesmaid dress adage - "And you can wear it again!" - is actually true for this groom!). The rich cognac brown of the Oxford shoes, belt and watch lends a less formal touch that is just right for an outdoor wedding, while the punch hole details on the shoe's toe playfully reference the barn. 

There are several options for shirts and ties - mix and match as you please! Feel like showing a little personality? Pair the windowpane shirt with a plaid tie. It is fall, after all. Desire a more classic look, with a dash of fun? Pair the pale blue floral pattern tie with the windowpane check. And if your groom favors simplicity, choose the ever-stylish white button down, a backdrop for any color combination. 

And heck (since I was a florist), I threw in two boutonnieres - a deep, pinky-red tulip and berry combination for autumnal contrast, or a fresh, light green option (made of unripe blueberries!) with mahonia leaf for a garden feel.

Who says boys don't like fashion? Those are just boys who haven't met a B&BT stylist. ;)

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