By Kim Wadsworth
Photography by Dustin Lewis
There’s an art to being a gentleman and behaving like one. What better time to start than as a groom. You have far more wedding responsibilities than merely showing up. Your involvement in the planning process; the food and music selection; and what you and your groomsmen wear are all important decisions that will make the difference. Once the time and location have been determined, you can define your wedding style accordingly. Whether you get married in a tuxedo, suit, or linen shirt and khakis, one thing is for certain: you will share the spotlight and be continually photographed so taking the extra time to attend to your appearance should be a welcome priority.
At the relaxed and modern Work | Release venue, Rohan wears a blue and white print shirt $49. Steven Land, paisley silk handkerchief $20. and paisley bow tie $49.50 by Bruno Piatelli Roma. All from Philip Michael Fashion. Slate chambray blazer $295. by Ralph Lauren, white cotton trouser $30. Murano Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Stainless steel watch by Citizen (price upon request) from Madison Jewelers. Shell and floral boutonniere from Virginia Beach Florist.
Al wears a navy blue suit $149. by Andrew Fezza, pink dress shirt $39.99 by Modena, paisley tie $29.99 by Setazone. All from Philip Michael Fashion. Blue enamel cufflinks $40. by Murano. Dillard’s MacArthur Center.
Striped socks $7.99 by Tallia Orange from Philip Michael Fashion; ’Hannigan’ brown calfskin double strap slip-on $279. from Johnston & Murphy MacArthur Center; Hair styling and manicure from Jake’s Place Ghent; Pattern socks $7.99-$12.99 from Philip Michael Fashion; The Lexington Shave Set $150. from The Art of Shaving MacArthur Center; Silk bow ties $29.-59. Dillard’s MacArthur Center.
Where to start? Step up your workout routine; be mindful of what you are eating and drinking leading up to the big day; get plenty of rest; and plan to get groomed the week of the wedding. This includes a haircut, a professionally trimmed beard or shave, a facial, and a manicure (yes, people will ask to look at your ring as well.) Consider scheduling your dental cleaning close to the wedding day. If you’re into outdoor sports, wear sunscreen and be mindful of sunburns – there’s nothing worse than a overly flushed face, complete with hat and sunglass markings that even photoshop won’t correct.
Your sartorial skills don’t have to be extreme– use common sense when organizing your checklist of what you’ll need for the big day. As silly as it sounds, make certain everything you wear is new, right down to your underwear and socks– your partner certainly is! Whether you are renting or buying a tuxedo or suit, make certain you try on your tailored garments before you leave the store to be certain your measurements were correctly executed. Nothing is more frustrating than an ill-fitting jacket or trousers discovered hours before a wedding.
Create a checklist of items you’ll be wearing and keep it with your wedding day attire so you don’t forget anything (like cufflinks from your parents, a new watch to mark the day, or lucky striped socks.) Loving eyes will be on you at the end of the aisle so look just as unforgettable.
Al wears blue chambray blazer with ivory trim $149. by Tallia Orange from Philip Michael Fashion. Dress shirt $49.50 by Ralph Lauren, plaid bow tie $49.50 by Ted Baker London, navy trousers (not solid separately from suit). Dillard’s MacArthur Center.
Work | Release offers a hip background to Rohan’s greige colored suit $795. by Hugo Boss, blue pima cotton dress shirt $79.50 by Cremieux, graphic orange silk tie $85. and paisley pocket square $35. by Ted Baker London, hammered silver tie clip $34. by Kenneth Cole. All from Dillard’s MacArthur Center. Black woven leather bracelet with sterling silver detail $139. Silver and diamond wedding band $2,002. Both from Madison Jewelers. Rose boutonnière from Virginia Beach Florist.
The Slover Library in Norfolk offers an architecturally modern and hip reception venue. Looking like a composed groom, Rohan wears a grey tuxedo with vest, shown with white dress shirt and silver tie by Jim’s Formal Wear $139.99. Tuxedo rental from Philip Michael Fashion. Antique silver deer lapel pin (shown as tie tack) $25. from gentsmode.com. Diamond checkerboard cufflinks $1,099. Sterling band with engraved wave detail $716. Silver engraved link bracelet $595. All from Madison Jewelers.
Enjoying Slover Library’s expansive terrace with stunning views of downtown Norfolk, Al wears a navy blue tuxedo with vest, shown with white dress shirt, salmon tie and pocket square by Jim’s Formal Wear $139.99 Tuxedo rental from Philip Michael Fashion. Vintage tie. Rose boutonnière from Virginia Beach Florist.
Fashion Styling and Concept Coordination: Kim Wadsworth | Wadsworth Style
Fashion + Style Assistant: Mia Byrd | Prowess Consulting & Design
Style + Accessories Assistant: Natalie Orlando
Photography: Dustin Lewis | Dustin Lewis Photography dustinlewisimages.com
Photography Assistant: Bryan Brough | Eyecaptures Photography
Hair Design + Barbering: Jake’s Place Men’s Barbering Lounge and Spa in Historic Ghent. Our thanks to Lauren Lesley, Barber and Michelle Myers, Barber jakesplaceghent.com
Floral Design: Virginia Beach Florist virginiabeachfloristinc.com
Models: Rohan Shetty and Al Ungerman
Jake’s Place Ghent is Hampton Roads’ Men’s Barbering Lounge and Spa catering exclusively to gentlemen. A private setting for complete men’s salon and spa services including barbering and grooming, hand and foot detailing, skin treatments, and massage. Call 757.627.5253 or visit jakesplaceghent.com.
Work | Release is an arts venue, exhibition and events space located in the historic Texaco building in the NEON District in Downtown Norfolk. Their in-house kitchen and bar allow guests to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail while experiencing contemporary art exhibitions, live music and other creative programming. In addition to weekend exhibits and private events, Work | Release offers its venue and catering services for event rentals including engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and intimate wedding receptions. For more information about hosting a private event email email@example.com or visit workreleasenorfolk.com.
Slover Library is a spectacular architectural jewel that merges three spaces: the renovated historic Seaboard building, a retrofitted Selden Arcade, and a new modern six-story addition that connects the Seaboard and the Selden with a three-story glass atrium and tower featuring custom ornamentation by sculptor Kent Bloomer. To learn more about their innovative venue opportunities for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions including outdoor terraces with fantastic views of downtown Norfolk call 757.664.7323 or visit sloverlibrary.com