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Our Wedding / Why we chose to do a First Look

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We always knew we wanted to do a first look. The idea of getting the portraits out of the way before the ceremony, being able to enjoy our cocktail hour with our friends and family and (hopefully) getting out some of those pre ceremony jitters were our main decision makers but I don’t think either of us anticipated the emotions we’d have. Being able to have that time alone with each other on an otherwise kind of insane day was so, soooo good.

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I know a lot of couples worry that if they do a first look it won’t be as special when they walk down the aisle and see each other. Let me tell you, the feeling doesn’t change, well it didn’t for me at least. It’s still SO incredibly special to see each other, surrounded by all of your loved ones. That walk is like none other BUT the wonderful thing about it is that I (Megan) was just so, so happy and was able to look around at our friends and family AND at my groom and not feel like I was going to throw up from nerves.

I (Adam) was genuinely shocked when I turned around and saw Megan. I obviously had no idea what her dress was going to look like and for a moment I was actually speechless. It was a moment when I realized “woah, this is happening. This is my bride”. When I saw Megan walking down the aisle I saw our future together. I’ll admit that I wasn’t as taken back as I was when I saw her during our first look. But it was a different feeling, I was calmer and just really excited for this moment to seal our commitment to each other.

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If you’re considering a first look, be sure to talk about what you want with your partner and talk to your photographer about the timeline of your day and what the best options are. Sometimes, if your ceremony is towards sunset having a first look is somewhat necessary and on the other side, if you are having an earlier ceremony, say in the summertime when the sun sets way later in the evening you would have more than enough time to do portraits after your ceremony BUT remember, you will be missing your cocktail hour. In the end, it’s your day and you should do whatever feels right but just know all of your options!

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Megan’s Details

Dress: Clementine by Sarah Seven

Belt: Sarah Seven Gilded Belt

Shoes: Betsey Johnson “Blue”

Hair: April Warford of Eclectic Chic Salon

Makeup: Wynter Binder

Adam’s Details

Shoes: Church Footware

Bow Tie: Hackett

Suit: Custom from Klein Epstein Parker

Beautiful photos by the talented Brumley and Wells

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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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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.

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