Groom & Groomsmen
Dapper Gents Wedding Inspiration with Floral Beards
With a name like ‘Chic Vintage Brides’ you would be forgiven for thinking these pages are all about the girls. But I know there are just as many vintage loving guys out there and today’s fabulous styled shoot is for you! Inspired by the imaginings of the inimitable Wes Anderson and given a distinctly vintage vibe it is eclectic, quirky and beyond creative – you’re going to love it!
The ever-amazing duo known as The Gay Beards, were the perfect couple to inspire this wedding shoot (if you haven’t seen the work of these fabulous best friends before, you should definitely pop over to their Instagram profile to see how they’re spreading love and laughter with their colorful beard creations!) Looking delightfully dapper in casual looks that were a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designer pieces.
The designer, Something Borrowed PDX, shared these words with us “Our initial inspiration for this shoot was Wes Anderson. We love the styling of his films — specifically the vivid color palettes, the symmetry of the scenes, all the rich textures, memorable characters, and playful details. The fresh spring color palette included vivid teal blue, bubble gum pink, mustard and tan, which contrasted nicely with the all the greenery and dark wood furniture. We chose to use flowers sparingly. Instead, Wildflower PDX incorporated lots of interesting potted plants, tropical foliage, and locally foraged moss, mushrooms and ferns. The stark black and white interiors, super high ceilings and natural light of The Evergreen in Portland provided the ideal backdrop for our lively scene.”
The Re.al Creative made the beautiful and colorful invitation suite, custom vow books and mushroom place cards, which featured quotes from some of our favourite Wes Anderson films.
Their beard bouquets consisted of snap dragons, angel wing begonia leaves, seeded eucalyptus, carnations, straw flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and vintage wooden daisies. Then later they adorned their beards with vintage buttons for a few shots, and confetti to finish the day!
The folks over at Mint + Mirth created a custom apple brandy and aquavit cocktail especially for the shoot called, “Boy with Apple” — a reference to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The head table was created from three mismatched smaller wooden tables from Something Borrowed and decorated with something of a Victorian vibe consisting of mushrooms statues, bell jar terrariums, vintage novels, an assortment of colorful glassware and vintage cutlery.
For the dessert table Lux Sucre created an array of fantastical and sparkly sweets to surround the gorgeous four-tiered cake that featured the quote “I think we’re just gonna have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that”. They even made tiny replicas of Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat – another reference from The Grand Budapest Hotel.
How fabulous are those two?? I am so utterly smitten with The Gay Beards and every detail of this shoot – I love it all! A huge thankyou to all the wonderful creatives who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and especially to Sarah of Hazlewood Photo for not only perfectly photographing it, but also for letting me share it with you here on Chic Vintage Brides. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Sarah’s work you might want to take a peek at Seana & Brian’s 1920s inspired wedding (especially if you love beards because Brian’s is a-maz-ing!) before popping over to her website at hazelwoodphoto.com. And don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Contributors & Credits
Photography – Hazelwood Photo // Venue – The Evergreen, Portland, Oregon, USA // Event Design – Something Borrowed // Planning – Something Borrowed // Floral Design – Wildflower // Hair & Makeup – Kirstie Wight Makeup // Stationery – The Real Creative // Signature Cocktails – Mint and Mirth // Wedding Cake – Lux Sucre // Desserts – Lux Sucre // Rentals – Something Borrowed // Models – The Gay Beards // Needlepoint Pet Art – Rayasthings // Gift Box – With Love From PDX