If you have been hiding under a rock for the last while, you may not know of the trend that’s sweeping across men’s formal wear, and that is the blue suit; and for those who like to go all out, the men’s 3 piece blue suit. Personally I am a huge fan of this trend. I’ve spoken before about the importance of the groom and his boys’ outfits just as much as the bride and her girls. It’s about the bigger picture and imagining what your wedding photographs are going to look like, as I’m sure you all have, many times. There has got to be a balance and certain colours work really well with others to compliment each other and make other colours “pop.”
There’s the well known saying which dates back to Victorian times, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” and I love the idea of incorporating this across the entire day: outfits, accessories, venue and décor. But there’s more to blue than meets the eye, not to mention that we’ve dropped the “and a silver sixpence in your shoe” part of that rhyme; as if the corsets of that era weren’t uncomfortable enough, they had to throw a coin in the shoe! If we go even further back, to biblical times, blue was considered to represent the virtues of purity and fidelity – hence the reason why images of the virgin Mary always show her wearing blue. This is where the blue ribbon on the garter comes from, the blue wedding shoes, bridesmaid dresses etc., but why not include the groom and groomsmen as well? Let me introduce you to Laurence and Sam….
Sam, or “Little Sam” as we called her then, is one of my good friends from University and she recently got married to her uni sweetheart – I remember the first time she introduced me to Laurence, he thought I was one of the tutors which we all thought was hilarious! This was a fairy tale wedding from beginning to end, set in the Laura Ashley Manor in Hertfordshire, Laurence and Sam both looked equally amazing and I think you’ll agree the groom and his boys looked particularly dashing in their blue suits from Next.
The brown shoes go perfectly with the look, and just wait until you see the boutonnières! I think I’ve spoken about this on Instagram if you follow me there, but I love it when wild, meadow flowers are incorporated into the floral decorations and arrangements at weddings. Also, what girl didn’t at some stage of her childhood, make herself a daisy-chain as a pretend wedding crown and jewellery?! I rest my case. Sam’s bouquet was just as gorgeous with a beautiful, personalised sentimental touch. Can we all just appreciate the cotton lace ribbon?!! Their chosen florist was Forget Me Not from Stotfold in Hertfordshire.
The bouquet charms were made by A Charmed Life in Scarborough, who you can find on Facebook and Etsy. This is such a lovely way to include and remember loved ones who have sadly passed away prior to your big day. For Sam, she chose to include her grandparents by having them both close to her throughout the day, on her bridal bouquet.
“My granddad died the year I met Laurence and my nan died a couple of months before we got married. I know they would have loved the wedding day and I was the first grandchild to get married. By having them on my bouquet they were with me for the whole day and I wanted them to be a part of it as they played such a huge part in my life.”
But what about the groom, what did he choose to accessorize his suit with? Well, a rather spiffing car as it happens! Again, I’m all about that equality life, so if the bride has a fab car, why not the groom too?! And for all you OCD people like me out there, you will love that the colour of the car matches the colour of the blue suits perfectly! It’s the little things in life that please us the most!
If you are not already in love with this couple and their style, here’s a few more pictures from their wedding day. Sam’s dress is by Allure Bridal, bought from Sara French Bridal Boutique in Sandy, Bedfordshire, and her shoes are from Carvela, which can be found in various department stores.
And finally, I’ve left my favourite image until last. There is nothing better than a ramble through an English meadow, not to mention it makes for the most stunning photographic shots. The man behind the lense for Laurence & Sam’s wedding was the fabulously talented Paul Ingram-Tedd Photography.
I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to step away from the black/brown/grey suits for your wedding and venture into all things blue. Blue suits compliment all skin colours too, even those who are a little pasty, as grey and black suits can sometimes make your man look a little washed out and in need of a serious kiss of sunshine. Now, I have seen a few purple suits recently, but I’m not loving that look so much and pray to God that it doesn’t get as far as being a “trend!”