Groom’s Fashion

Hiking It Up Before He’s Hitched!

These groomsmen are upping it before the big walk down the aisle! Mary and Jake Matthewson said their “I dos” after Jake had some quality male bonding time. Kori and Jared Photography captured this sneak peek of the guys letting loose before the big ceremony that took place at Oak Farm Vineyards on June 21, 2014.Jake &Mary- Photo by:Kori & Jared Photography

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The Gatsby Effect by BCM

Baz Luhrmann’s take on the classic novel promises to be a captivating fusion of dashing period style and 21st-century sensibility. Inspired by the highly anticipated release of the 2013 “The Great Gatsby”, our Publisher Mira Jantz set out to create her version, bridal style.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
Above, soft charmuese sleek silhouette with high slit by Enzoani, 2013.  Earrings and bangles by Tejani. Hair accessory by Erica Koesler.  Platform heels by Benjamin Adams. Provided by Mira Bridal Couture.
Below, Kenneth’s Fine Menswear styles our Jay Gatsby in his men’s Corneliana I.D. SPT Coat, Zanella two tone slacks, Eton of Sweden light blue with white collar and french cuff button-up, accessorized with a Vitallano Pancaldi tie and pocket square.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
“Ah,” she cried, “you look so cool.”  Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space.  With an effort she glanced down at the table.  You always look so cool,” she repeated.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
Twilight illusion bateau neckline and deep scoop back by Watters WTOO Spring 2013
collection. Bangles by Tejani. Provided by Mira Bridal Couture. Vintage Chanel scarf provided by Fashion Editor, Mira Jantz.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture MagStrapless rouched bodice ballgown in Twilight by WTOO Watters 2013 Collection. Provided by Mira Bridal Couture.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
Twilight strapless, sweetheart fit and flare gown with 3-tiered ruffled tulle skirt by Watters WTOO Spring 2013 collection. Earrings by Tejani.  Provided by Mira Bridal Couture.  Vintage fur provided by Fashion Editor, Mira Jantz.
Two button, single breasted styling featuring a satin shawl lapel and satin double-besom pockets. Swarovski crystal bowtie. Provided by Kenneth’s Fine Menswear.
Gatsby Effect shot by Grover for Bridal Couture Mag
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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The Gatsby Effect::What inspired our most recent fashion shoot.

We are so excited about the highly anticipated release of The Great Gatsby scheduled for May 10, 2013 we couldn’t help but be inspired to create a few looks for our Spring/Summer 2013 issue.

Take a peak at our look into the Gatsby era at The Gatsby Effect.


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Twisting Tradition

Down the Aisle in Altered Fashion

By Josh BendahanNyberg_Murti_Bethany_Carlson_Photography_bridalCoutureMagazineSick and tired of the same old uninspired getups for your friend’s wedding party?
Fear not!  There appears to be a paradigm shift as the rules of groom and groomsmen aren’t so black and white anymore.

Only until recently have we started seeing an injection of color into groomsmen’s attire. There are more accent colors being introduced to spice up the mundane traditional look, like that of their bridesmaid counterparts. Men have now started investing in custom made tuxedos and tailored suits, a versatile look for the big day instead of the played out cookie cutter rentals. This way the fashionable male is now equipped to rock their purchases to any other event or  occasion in the future.

Now more than ever we’re seeing an increase of colorful socks, candy swirl suspenders and bright accent pocket squares.  Meanwhile, the less adventurous ones are going with more lapel play; a suede midnight blue or navy color really sets the tone for a fashion forward groomsman.
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The old school cummerbund seems to have gone extinct all together and replaced by the dapper three piece suit.  Even the traditional bowtie has been given a facelift with colorful stripes and patterns. Ultimately, the color scheme for each wedding says a lot about the lucky couple, while it also sets the mood and tone for each unique special occasion.

Guys, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a suit or tux for an entire day that you hate or didn’t even pick out. At times the bride and groom can be quite oblivious to the heinous outfits they force onto their entourages, sometimes it’s downright criminal. For those fortunate enough to attend a destination beach wedding somewhere warm, we commonly see a light khaki theme, along with flip flops and some shades. Nyberg_Murti_Bethany_Carlson_Photography_NybergMurtiBridalCoutureMagazine
On the other hand, it’s now more acceptable at indoor weddings to see a fitted crisp black or blue suit along with some Chuck Taylors or Nike’s to play off the cool, comfortable look. We all want to look handsome and stylish while playing our part on the big day, which usually consists of   getting wasted and busting a move on the dance floor. It is nights like these that we sacrifice our self image and dignity for our dear friends’ enjoyment. At least we can now look good doing it, because no one wants to be tagged in candid pictures they can’t stand to look at!  “I don’t think there is a specific reason for the change. I think people are just doing what they want now and not going by what everyone expects to see at a wedding by adding something to make it their own” – Leanne Stratton, wedding hair stylist for LoveLee Promotions.

Amidst all this color influx, we look to see who or what has inspired this booming trend. It’s hard to pinpoint a definitive culprit in this case but guys, we can all agree that we are happy with this change. Color isn’t just for the bridesmaids anymore; we’re starting to get noticed and stand out now!

More grooms are becoming aware that they too have a voice in what is being planned on their big day. Make sure your buddy pipes up next time when finalizing the groomsmen’s attire, ensuring you’ll look just as cool for the wedding as you would at any red carpet event. Just make sure he says ‘please’ when he asks her.BridalCoutureMag-Twisting tradition-GriverPhotography

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Better than a Trail of Bread Crumbs

With the 2013 spin on the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel in theatres now, BCM wanted to share our version of the children’s fairytale. Editor-in-Chief, Mira Jantz created the bridal style set inspired by Hansel & Gretel in our Spring/Summer 2012 issue. With so much buzz over the newest release we thought we’d bring back our interpretation.

As Hansel and Gretel were tempted into the woods by the promise of something magical, let the gowns on these pages lure you into the same. The shadows breathe of intrigue and draw you into a dream.  If you can be enticed by something pleasing and mischievous, these dresses will suit your sweet tooth and inspire your passionate fairy-tale event.
Hansel&Gretel_BridalCoutureSteel tulle surplice draped bodice with metallic beaded and embroidered lace applique ball gown with dramatic pleated ruffle skirt by Watters. Grey pin-stripe suit by Selix. Suspenders from Kenneth’s Fine Menswear. Jewelry by Tejani.Hansel&Gretel_BridalCoutureMag3Champagne tulle and shimmer taffeta ball gown with Swarovski crystals by Watters.Hansel&Gretel-BridalCoutureMagazine
Airy blush silk mousseline tiered strapless dress, bodice is embellished with beaded and hand embroidered flowers in blush by Watters. Grey pin-stripe suit, Selix. Silk polk-a-dot tie Kenneth’s Fine Menswear.  Ivory silk short sleeve low collar belted blouse and tulle ball gown skirt by Fancy New York at  All jewelry by Tejani.
Left, Tara Keely gown, Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Satin Pump, jewelry by Tejani.
Right, Tara Keely gown, Christian Louboutin Glitter Platform Peep Toe Silver Slingback, Jewelry by Tejani, tuxedo by Selix.

Hansel and Gretel interpretation by Mira Jantz
Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Hair stylist::Aliesha Lechuga and Ashley Rocha of Bella Vagos Salon, Modesto
Make-up::Amber Cromwell
Set Design::Fiore Event Design
Writer::Betty Mantel Lee
Cakes & Desserts::Valerie Elizabeth Confections
Models::Rebekah Adams, Aliesha Lechuga, and Josh Williams.

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