Top 3 Preppy Looks for the Summer Groom

Jul 23, 2014

I discovered Jared Bailey, of Summers in Newport, on Instagram (@summersinnewport) and quickly became a devoted follower due to his impeccably classic East Coast style. After thinking time + time again how great his looks would be for a preppy + polished groom, I decided to reach out and see if he'd be interested in putting together a few favorite summer looks for grooms to share with you guys. Well, Jared obliged (yay!!) and put the following ensembles together for us while he was on vacation in the Outer Banks. It's all yours, Jared!

"When it comes to summer, the heat can pose a problem as no one wants to sweat out their special day while also sweating out the details and making sure everything is just right. So let’s lighten up the colors and fabrics and go through three looks that can help you get through the day without worrying about what you look like or posing a secret fear of ending up on the front page of GQ’s 'What Not to Wear' page.

Look No. 1 | The Prep.
There is nothing wrong with having a lot of fun on what it supposed to be the happiest day of your life. This combination is perfect for the beach wedding. With a linen jacket, light blue shirt, madras tie and sockless in white bucks, its a win. If you don’t like how I did it, switch out the tie for a bow tie and bucks for some loafers or boat shoes.

Look No. 2 | The Classic.
If you’re slammed with time, lack of preparation, or little funds, there’s no need to spend time and break the bank if you already have a basic light gray or navy suit in your closet. Easy to wear and easy to pair, these basic suit staples are also really easy to dress up and make special for that special day. If you don’t like this look, these suits will also pair well with a pink or blue shirt, almost any tie, and a nice pair of dress shoes. For a more formal look add a red tie and black shoes to a light gray suit. If you’re stressing the day make it easy with something you should already be familiar with.

Look No. 3 | The Seasonal. 
Nothing says fun and tells her “I prepared” like a seersucker suit. Although it's more traditionally known for the striped blue and white version, this navy seersucker is one of my favorite suits. Cool like only navy can be, and light as a feather, this suit is for those that want to have a little more fun. Even though I played it safe and paired it with a pink linen tie, consider having some fun and incorporating a gingham or madras tie.

Which look is your favorite? Mine is definitely The Prep but I'm also loving that navy seersucker suit - so chic! Thanks so much to Jared for stopping by and sharing these wonderful summer styling tips! And make sure you stop by his blog for more inspiration for your groom. :)

Intimate Garden Chic Wedding in Berlin, Germany

Jul 22, 2014

Today's Berlin wedding is a lovely example of how beautiful a civil ceremony can be with the right resources in place. Nona and Roland wed at the local city hall (Rathaus) and held a garden chic reception at a nearby tavern for 40 guests with the talented help of Beautiful Occasions and Botanic Art. / Photos by Ashley Ludaesher Photography.

Says Bettina, of Beautiful Occasions, "At the end of September 2013, Nona and Roland tied the knot at Rathaus Schmargendorf in Berlin. Although a civil ceremony is typically a rather simple affair, Nona and Roland wanted to create an extra special afternoon for their guests, many of whom had traveled from abroad to be there to celebrate."

Nona + Roland's Love Story
Says Nona, "Roland popped the question while we were in Paris. I had to take the European ophthalmology exam in Paris and Roland had some work to do. After the exam Roland asked me to come for a walk through parque Monceau, a very romantic little park in Paris. He had a picnic arranged with the help from the event planners and designers from Beautiful Occasions and Botanic Art. It was so lovely, we had cupcakes, champagne as well as cheese and bread, a little instax camera to take pictures, delicious food and after he popped the question, I was given postcards with our names as well as the dates and the words 'we got engaged' to send to all our friends and family."

Says Bettina, "There was Cremant served after the ceremony with lavender flowers and small bands on the jars with the inscription 'To have and hold from this day on.' For the little party, we went to the tavern on the Rehweise for a lunch with about 40 guests. The team of Botanic Art transformed the small room into a lush garden paradise and created a stunning bouquet for the bride."

Credits: Planning & Coordinating: Beautiful Occasions / Floral & Event Design: Botanic Art / Photographer: Ashley Ludaesher Photography / Macarons: Makrönchen Manufaktur / Wedding cake: Mistress Cake / Ceremony: Rathaus Schmargendorf, Berlin / Reception: Wirtshaus an der Rehwiese

Preppy Central Park Engagement with a Collegiate Feel

Jul 21, 2014

These classic images from Jillian and Marc's spring engagement in NYC's Central Park are the epitome of polished perfection. There's a freshness and crispness that feels so collegiate to me and I love that the couple planned their session to coincide with the cherry blossoms. The day of their session also happened to be super windy but everyone embraced the elements and I think you'll agree that the results were nothing short of magic. / Photos by Patricia Kantzos.

Patricia Kantzos Photography is a current CB sponsor.