Carol + Rich’s Boots, Burlap and Moonshine Bash | Real Frederick Wedding

Carol and Rich’s love story started as so many great relationships do. First, they were best friends, for nearly 10 years. Then, their love for each other deepened. They celebrated their engagement with a Mount Airy-based engagement session with Spence Photographics and then married at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Libertytown, surrounded by family and friends. The real party began afterward at the Myersville Fire Hall, where sunflowers and burlap dressed up the hall and the bride and groom were toasted with moonshine.

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Ask the Experts: Guy Style (or Don’t Fear the Boutonniere!)

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Words by Molly Fellin Spence | Photos by David S. Spence
Spence Photographics

Back when my parents got married in the 1960s, most (probably all) of the wedding planning was done exclusively by the ladies. (Think: Steel Magnolias, ”My colors are blush and bashful…”).

All eyes were on the bride, and little attention was paid to the guys. But modern grooms are stepping up to the plate and getting way more involved in the planning process. (Think: midnight taco trucks at the reception; engagement sessions featuring his favorite ride; or a signature cocktail mixed up for the cocktail hour.)

During the last decade or so, guys have really started to show off their personal style on their wedding day, with great results. For some guys, this comes naturally. Others may need a little nudge.

So, in the spirit of nudging, here are 6 ways to show of your Guy Style on your wedding day:

1. Take inspiration from the season. Having an outdoor, summertime wedding? Consider going without a suit jacket and throwing on a vest or an interesting pair of suspenders, like Lucas and his guys did (below). Bonus points for completing the look with colorful bowties!

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2. Get creative with headwear.
 Love wearing hats? Trade out your baseball cap for a vintage fedora or stylish newsboy. Or, go old-school, like Jon Paul, and add a pocket watch, too.

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3. Don’t fear the boutonniere! Flowers can be fun… and manly! (Sort of.) Try a single flower or small succulent instead of an elaborate rose. Or ask a crafty friend to create something unique (See Jon Paul, again, above). One of the most creative ways we’ve seen florals on guys is Henry’s lapel decoration (below). We love how his flowers were set inside an old shell casing, a nod to his military service.

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4. Shoes can be comfy AND cool. Love to wear cowboy boots, Doc Martens or Chuck Taylors? (I feel you.) Then buy a nice, shiny new pair and don them on your big day! The casual and formal can work well together!

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5. Show off your heritage. Got some Scottish blood? Go for the kilt, like Raymond did on his wedding day.

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6. Even if you’re feeling conservative, add a little bit of flair. Sure, it’s always OK to go with a traditional, classy tuxedo. But try to add a little something fun and unexpected to your outfit. How about a great watch or cool cufflinks? A pair of stylish sunglasses at an outdoor wedding or colorful socks anytime of year are some small but great ideas.

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Molly Fellin Spence is an editor for Heart of Frederick, and co-owns Spence Photographics, a Downtown Frederick photojournalism studio, with her husband, David (who has quite a bit of Guy Style himself)!

Megan + Alex’s lush August nuptials | Real Frederick Wedding

Megan and Alex had been together for 10 years before their wedding day last August. They chose Turf Valley for its central location and staff’s attention to detail. Not to mention the garden on the property! It’s in full bloom at that time of year, complimenting the wedding’s fresh colors of green, white, khaki and lilac. Megan and Alex’s gorgeous day was captured and submitted to us by Kirsten Smith Photography.

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Wedding planner: Stephanie Day Events
Flowers: Laura Gibson at Floral Legacies
Hair/Makeup: Lisa Hawks at The Chop Shop
Dress: Paloma Blanca, purchased from Elegant Touch Bridal and Tuxedo