This is Zam. Lily from Wild About You Photography photographed Zam and his bride Athena in Hong Kong, and I think we can all agree that he totally freaking ROCKED his groom gear. He claims that his style has been heavily influenced by NBA stars (HA!) but we think he's totally got his own thing going on — you're going to lose it when you see his shoes.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of Offbeat grooms posts.
Oh, we LOVES us some offbeat menfolk in these parts. Pompadors, purple beards, orange suits, down-home suspenders, and especially the dudes who loves to get involved with their own wedding planning… Gentlemen, we salute you!
We see a LOT of wedding photos of brides getting ready on their wedding days. The "hanging dress" shot. The "doing make-up" shot. You know what we see way less of? Gorgeous grooms (like Andy here) getting ready. The turquoise details, the impeccably parted hair, the inked arms, the lighting coming in through the window… this is just one of those photos that becomes an instant family heirloom. Personally, I'd love to see more wedding photography celebrating everyone's pre-wedding preparations…
Husband of the Future and I made an appointment to go to a major retailer to get a start on our registry. We ended up leaving when they totally ignored by groom, stating "Oh, he doesn't matter. Grooms don't matter at all! Everyone knows it's the bride's day!" So let's talk about standing up for groom-inclusion and voting with your dollars.
While shopping for his outfit, my future husband goes straight for the shoes that cost twice as much as my dress did. Like an evil-but-sensible Bridezilla, I say no to the beautiful shoes. Then my bridesmaid pointed out that if it was the bride saying "I want to spend X amount on shoes because they're perfect and wonderful, and they'll make me feel just like a princess." Then everyone, including the groom, would be telling the bride to JUST BUY THEM!
Maybe you don't want to totally buck tradition, or perhaps you might get a lot of flack for showing up for the wedding in your favorite leather jacket. You can still channel a refined rocker vibe with a few unexpected accessories.
The key to coming up with an alternative to suits is mixing and matching. Branch out to different brands and price points to create a look that's an unexpected showstopper. Here's one example…
When it comes to styling grooms, it's easy to go the rent-a-look route, but that usually results in a ho-hum, afterthought look for the groom and his guys. Channeling a casual vibe for your nuptials? Ditch the suit, and punch up your look with mix-n-match separates. Stick to a cohesive palette, and you can work lots of stripes (and a few dots) to give a casual groom's style some creativity.
Ok, so I guess today we're just all about fashion. That's ok, right? Especially when it involves the amazing fashion of groom Anthony Barlich, one of the founders of Chicago's Hitch & Sparrow. Anthony rocked a navy suit, silver tie, and gingham shirt, with striped socks and grey Vans. (Topped off by Warby Parker glasses.) Darren from Well Groomed recently did a two-part post series interviewing Anthony about his fashion and guidance for grooms looking to find their own vision in a sea of anonymous suits.
Nikki and Nick were married at Elliston Vineyards, an estate in Sunol, California surrounded by sprawling vineyards and a century-old stone mansion. While the wedding included some gorgeous details, the fashion was the scene-stealer here. Nikki's 1969 Gunne Sax gown makes my knees weak, but it's Nick's custom-made embroidered country suit that bugs my eyes out like a cartoon