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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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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. 

Fall Style

meganwelker-bravwelstyle-16meganwelker-bravwelstyle-19  meganwelker-bravwelstyle-6So lately the weather in SoCal has been anything but cold. It’s freaking HOT! But fall is here and i’m trying to transition into more of an autumn style (without sweating to death). I think a chambray (J. Crew) is a great essential piece that works in every season. At work you have to be able to look nice but also willing to move a giant couch with out breaking a sweat… yea right. So a solid pair of utility chinos (Club Monaco) are a must. Paired with a vintage watch and leather belt (Club Monaco), you should be good to go for the hot October month.

What I’m loving / St Tropez Tanning Mousse

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I don’t know about you but for me having a tan makes me feel about a million times better (and like 10 lbs skinner!) This summer has already been so nuts that I haven’t had a lot of time to just go relax on the beach and work on my tan so I’ve enlisted the help a sunless self tanner. I’ve heard excellent things about all St Tropez products so I decided to give it a try. I was nervous to try it being a self tanner virgin and all but it was SO easy guys, really!

bravwel-dwell-5I love the tanning mousse so much and having the tanning mitt was really helpful. There’s nothing worse than self tanner hands, yuck. Start with a little bit of mousse on the mitt, you can always add more as you go.

bravwel-dwell-30Make sure you blend in circular motions. You can go over one spot more than once if you need to later since you’ll be able to see where you’re blending. The aloe in the mousse makes it really moisturizing and your skin ends up looking so natural and golden. bravwel-dwell-27

Make sure you wait until your skin is touch dry before getting dressed. I recommend putting on something really light and nothing too constricting after applying. And remember, you can’t get wet for 4-6 hours. They suggest applying before bed and sleeping overnight in it, just be sure to have sheets on that you don’t care that much about. bravwel-dwell-28

I woke up this morning with the prettiest golden glow and know that over the next couple of days it’s going to just get richer. I highly suggest this mousse guys, give it a try and let me know what you think of it! bravwel-dwell-25

 

Self Tanner – St Tropez Tanning Mousse

One Piece – Asos (sadly just now out of stock) Similar here, here and here

Robe – BHLDN

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The Sofa Struggle

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Photo By Lucas Allen

Lately Megan & I have been discussing redecorating our small apartment, but we get discouraged easily. Mostly because we don’t want to spend money and we can’t decide on the same furniture. Most recently we have been trying to figure out which sofa we want. Either a more expensive one that will last longer, or a cheaper one that will give instant gratification but won’t stand the test of time. The struggle is real.

Tell us which one you like….

29290657_012_bOption #1 – The Velvet Willoughby Sofa by Anthropologie ($1,998.00)img57oOption #2 – The Antwerp Sofa by West Elm ($1,299.00)Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 7.52.12 AMOption  #3 – The Stocksund sofa by Ikea ($599.00)

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