Our Wedding / Groom style

019_Brumley & Wells_fine_art_film_photography_California_destination_weding_Figueroa_Farm_HousePicking out the suit was the easy part, it was putting together the details that took time. I knew right away I wanted Church’s shoes, I mean, they were at one time James Bond’s favorite footwear. The watch was from Megan’s Grandfather which he was given during his time in the Navy, it was a great vintage and personal piece. I also had some vintage black cuff links which stood out against the white shirt. Finally the bow tie, have to keep it classic. There were so many options to choose from, one was from J. Crew, but the tie I ended up using was from Hackett, a London based brand. If I could add one more thing it would have been a simple white pocket square, it just steps up the outfit and looks very formal. When it comes down to it, the suit is the staple but the the devil is in the details.

As soon as Megan said “yes” it was time to start planning. When it came to buying a suit I knew exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want a rental or a simple suit, I wanted something that I could wear over and over again while looking more formal that an average two piece suit.

What typically happens is most men go for a tux rental. You show up for a fitting with your groomsmen, pick your colors and then you open it the day of your wedding and something is missing or a wrong size. I wanted to avoid this all together.

128_Brumley & Wells_fine_art_film_photography_California_destination_weding_Figueroa_Farm_HouseChoosing the suit was not clear right away. I first tried on a ready to wear Hugo Boss black suit and while it fit nicely, I just didn’t feel entirely comfortable in it. I told Megan I wanted to check out one more place, a custom tailor called Klein Epstein Parker. We went in and right away I knew it was perfect. I was able to choose everything from the color and fit of the suit to the lining and different lapel options. The tailor was incredible and listened to everything I wanted and in the end I walked away with a suit that was custom fit for me and looked amazing for the SAME price as the ready to wear Hugo boss suit.

In the end I’m really glad I invested in a custom suit. It wasn’t cheap but in the long run it was worth it. I asked a few friends what to do, a Tux or Suit? I finally realized a suit would be more practical and decided to make it more formal with a simple black color and peak lapels. This suit resembles my custom style with a perfect modern fit while staying classic.

Men, if I could give one piece of advice it would be to invest in a suit instead of renting a terrible rental tux. You will continue to get use out of it long after the wedding, unlike a wedding dress (sorry ladies).

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Our Wedding / The Guest List

044_Brumley & Wells_fine_art_film_photography_California_destination_weding_Figueroa_Farm_HouseI started this series last fall and then life happened and the blog got neglected, yet again. But I’m back with full force and promise to be better with this blog this year. I’m so excited to start sharing all of the details of the happiest day of our lives! I wanted to wait to share all the nitty gritty details of planning a wedding (in less than five months) until our wedding was published and now that it’s here, here, and here I can share with you what we couldn’t live without, what we could have done differently (not much) and what vendors to invest in.

So, you’re engaged! Hooray! What next?

009_Brumley & Wells_fine_art_film_photography_California_destination_weding_Figueroa_Farm_HouseThe first thing to do is find a coordinator/stylist that you love and hire them immediately. I wrote a post about how the ladies of Beijos Events saved our wedding. Honestly, without them it probably wouldn’t have happened. Well, maybe it would have but it definitely would not have looked as good. Next, and this is the painful part. Start figuring out your guest list. You can’t start venue/date shopping until you know how many people your venue needs to accommodate. We kind of went the opposite way on that one only because our venue was my DREAM and I couldn’t not have our wedding there. I wrote a bit about it here.

046_Brumley & Wells_fine_art_film_photography_California_destination_weding_Figueroa_Farm_HouseFor us, our venue was a top priority, which meant that our guest list took a backseat. Figueroa Farmhouse is a magical place to get married but they only allow 75 guests, including vendors. Yes, you heard that right. So we really had to think long and hard about who we wanted to be there with us. I know we hurt peoples feelings along the way but we made a decision that #1. We didn’t want to meet anyone for the first time at our wedding (with the exception of a few family members, and I mean like two). #2. No one could bring a date if they weren’t married or in a serious relationship. #3. We only wanted people there that knew us as a couple . If we had only hung out with one person in the relationship then we didn’t feel that close to them to have them on our a list. You kind of have to get brutal when it comes to this but when you have about 60 people you can invite you have no choice. Thankfully we both have really small families and chose to only invite immediate relatives which helped a lot.

For a little more help, Style Me Pretty recently shared a post about ways to trim your guest list, which was a great read!

Next up, the grooms look because why should brides have all the fun?

All photos by the amazing Brumley & Wells

Making our space a home

Adam and I are huge homebodies and mornings spent together are our favorite. We just soak up that time together, while everything is still and quiet, drinking our coffee and watching our favorite morning show. It’s just a couple of hours but we really treasure it so you can imagine our need for a really, really good sofa. I’m excited to share our journey to finding the one!
Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 001 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 002 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 003 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 004We’ve lived together for a couple of years now but really didn’t start making our little apartment our home until after our wedding. I was the type that would say “This isn’t our real home yet. We aren’t going to be here forever so there’s no need to decorate or worry about the perfect pieces” but boy was I wrong. Once we started making the space our own we really felt at home and loved our time spent here. We had a sofa from my previous place that was cute but not at all comfortable, so we then got a second sofa but ended up not liking the color of it and it just wasn’t right either. It was like a real life Goldilocks problem in here! We finally decided to be grown ups and do something more customizable that we knew would be perfect for our space. We decided to go through Jonathan Louis since they have sooo many options. We knew we could create the perfect sofa for us with all of their options and stylish furniture. One of our main concerns was finding one that was just the right length for our odd square living room. JL has great sizing options that we were able to choose from and we were so happy to be able pick out the size that worked best for us. As far as the color went, we knew we wanted to go with something light to open up the room and lucky for us they have hundreds of swatches to choose from too. We loved that we were able to see a swatch of each of the fabrics we liked online before we made a decision. Ordering online can be pretty intimidating but we are so in love with how it all came out! If you’re not the online sofa ordering type you can browse their furniture at stores like Macy’s, Living Spaces, Z Gallery and a ton of other local stores. Find one here!

Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 005 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 006 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 007 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 008 Jonathan Louis Furniture - Megan Welker Photography 009The second it arrived and we sat on it it was like sitting on a cloud. It really is the most comfortable sofa we’ve ever sat on and we love how deep it is. No more fighting for “the perfect spot” because really, it’s ALL the perfect spot. Since we spend a ton of time in our living room it is the most perfect sofa for us. We also love the fact that it can double as a bed since we don’t have a guest room. Even Adam can comfortably fit on it (and he’s super tall 😉

Overall we are so thrilled with our experience with Jonathan Louis and we would recommend them to any and all of our friends and family! They made the process simple and painless and we are so excited to have a space that really feels like us!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jonathan Louis but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The Mens Gift Guide

fb10899d-376f-486c-bd70-cb71ef2cf965Holiday shopping is either the biggest pain or the most exciting part of the year. As a man I find it hard to tell my wife what I want. It doesn’t help that I have a hard time identifying what kind of guy I am.. Am I an active guy wanting sportswear, or a classic guy needing ties and dress shoes. Honestly I need it all but lets be real, who can afford all that.

db159a45-33e0-4f12-82e7-2c07320696d6Mr Porter does a great job of showing off the different types of men and what gifts to get them. From the creative to the hands on worker, they may not be the cheapest gifts but they give a good structure for what to get your man this holiday season.

Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Features Writer, MR PORTER

b375f614-8335-4657-b4e2-6df6b4c2df91This one’s for the marathoners, the CrossFitters, the ceaselessly active, Lycra-clad fitness junkies. If the first thing he does on Christmas morning is get up and go for a 5k run, then something from our dedicated sports department, MR PORTER Sport, is sure to charm him. Sleek sneakers that put style and performance on equal footing, sports watches from Suunto, recovery foam rollers from TriggerPoint and sunglasses from Oakley are all among the selection.

110306e2-8d95-4d45-815e-134035cd1601Don’t call Mr Laid-back unmotivated. He’s highly motivated – to do as little as possible. For this professional lazybones, this really is the most wonderful time of the year; a few days when lounging around in the house isn’t just accepted, but positively encouraged. Make his holiday season even sweeter with an indulgent gift from our loungewear selection, which includes pyjamas from Sleepy Jones, slippers from Savile Row’s very own Derek Rose and, of course, the greatest stocking filler of all: cashmere socks.4e7f738e-53de-4d37-aa14-e41abeecc456This man is a fan of all things modernist and minimal. He knows his Le Corbusier from his Pierre Jeanneret, believes that form follows function and has a deep mistrust of anything that could be described as “decorative” or “ornamental”. We know what you’re thinking: “What on earth am I going to buy for this guy?” But don’t panic. This expert selection of sleek shoes, minimalist watches and neat, tastefully appointed accessories is sure to do the trick.

90f8fea9-b3ec-40cd-8b5d-abc5f7fa3d70Mr Utility may live in the city and work a nine-to-five desk job, but that doesn’t stop him dreaming of owning a log cabin out by a lake. He has been known to whittle his own kitchen utensils out of driftwood and, at some point in the past three years, has probably grown a beard. Do you know someone who fits this description? If so, indulge his fantasies with our selection of flannel shirts, down gilets and sturdy work boots.

Make sure to visit mrporter.com to see more gift and style ideas.

Make sure to visit net-a-porter.com for the woman in your life, or ladies, so you can send your man the gifts you want.

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Friday Favorites / Happy Halloween!

meganwelker-pumpkinpatch-135Hey guys!! Happy Friday! How fun is it that Halloween is on a Saturday this year? What do you have planned? We’re heading to our friends for a pumpkin carving fun and later the crazy ones who are into scary things are headed to a haunted house. I (megan) am SO not into that stuff but Adam lives for it! Have a great weekend friends!

The holidays are coming up. A post about how to find cheap airplane tickets may be helpful.

I finally upgraded my phone and am the new owner of a fancy iPhone 6s. Now I need a case, loving these.

Fall book list. I have Big Magic up next on my kindle, but I’ve been listening to her podcast every chance I get.

We actually WON a giveaway and recently got these bad boys! We love them and they’re the perfect desk chairs!

Fall foilage map is everything!

Love these beautiful leaf projects.

Haven’t had time to carve a pumpkin? No worries, try these instead!

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