It was quite an honor to be on the other side of the marital party this go round! I’ve made quite a few dresses for the ladies, but when Tim and Andrea decided to get married, it was Tim that I had the pleasure of working with. When his wedding was a few months away, Tim asked me to help him with his outfit. We started on Pinterest drawing up images of styles and he would comment on the elements he liked, and what was even more helpful, the ones that he didn’t.
I’ve had this experience with men a few times: They’re not sure what they like or want to wear, but they are damn sure about what they don’t like! Being a non-traditional wedding, our options were very open. And when the world is your oyster, it’s a little more difficult to narrow it all down. But through it all, we had a good time laughing at the things that Tim would not wear. After some time and hundreds of photos, we had it all figure out. Until….
Andrea’s custom-made gown (that was stunning!) turned out to be a little fancier than initially anticipated! A week before the wedding, Tim and I were back to square one: nothing too traditional and boring, but kickin’ it up three notches on the fancy department. As luck would have it, we live in an awesome little city and we decided to check out those funky shops on Lexington Ave (downtown Asheville). The first place we went into, there was a vintage pin stripe suit that was exactly Tim’s measurements. Tim had mentioned pin stripes in a previous conversation, and it was fate. No alterations needed, no more dreaded last minute shopping. We stuck in a purposefully mismatching vest, which also happened to fit Tim like a glove, and we were outta there. Hip Replacements, you rock!
Through the months of planning and searching for Tim’s outfit, we had settled on green. Earthy, mossy, olive greens that bring out Tim’s eyes and look great with his complexion. With a black and gray ensemble, we decided to stick with this green for his tie. And I got to make it for him! Here are some shots of the tie I made, and sweet Tim as he watched his bride walking towards him.
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By Amy Purfield-Clark
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