Borrowed and Blue: What to wear, groomsmen edition

Alicia Ann Daw is a film & digital wedding photographer who specializes in New York City and European destination weddings. With over 15 years of experience photographing weddings, she's spent two decades globetrotting to over 37 countries and working with clients around the world. She delivers images that are effortlessly romantic and chic, telling a story about the start of your heritage in a way that will leave you in awe.


Boys, boys, boys. What to do about the boys? I’ve been to a few weddings in my day. Certainly enough to know that, if it came down to me having to wear a wedding dress made from plastic garbage bags or having the guys rent suits from name-your-mainstream-rental-shop, I am 110% sure that the garbage bag dress would have fit me more properly than any of the guys suits. If I had a dime for every time I’ve seen a groomsman in clown-like tuxedo pants, I’d be able to buy said groomsman a custom Armani suit. And don’t even get me started on how often the cufflinks are missing. This, among many other reasons is why I much rather prefer hanging with the girls on a wedding day. So when it came time for Adam and I to decide on what to clothe he and his buddies in, I immediately vetoed name-your-mainstream-rental-shop.

I digress.

I reasoned with Adam that for the cost of renting a suit, the guys might as well spend a little bit extra and buy one. And if he felt bad for asking them to do that, we could say they should all just be in the same color. After a few conversations over what would work best, what would fit our wedding vibe the most and, ultimately, what would make all the guys more comfortable, we made our decision. And because I like to micromanage just a bit, or maybe because I was afraid that when he said to his buddies “Any shade of blue”, one of them would show up looking like Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber, I made a style board. Because we all know how obsessed I am with dragging pictures off the internet and into photoshop. And because, quite frankly, it made me look super organized for about .02 seconds. Which means that Adam actually believed I was organized for about .01 second. And although I didn’t ask them, I am 100% sure that his groomsmen totally swooned over their inspiration board. Because that’s totally what guys do, right? I mean, how could a group of tough military guys NOT swoon over the pink blush bowties that made it to the board? I knew, though, that even if I lost them at the blush bowties, I had them at Barney. Because there is some guy code they have about suiting up. So without further ado, I give you the inspiration board for our guys.

I originally thought Adam would have 5 guys but he only ended up having 2, so plans changed after I made the board. Whatevs. At least they got to swoon over blush bowties even if they never got to wear them, which I totally know they all secretly wanted to. But because the big boys wouldn’t wear them, we made the little guys wear them since they didn’t have an opinion.

Like, seriously? Be still my twitter pated heart. And, yes, it was FREEZING on our May 25 wedding day, in case you couldn’t tell by the faces of the children..

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