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Inspiration for the Gents


September 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Every man wants to feel like a million bucks on his wedding day, and there are many ways grooms can personalize their attire. For the modern groom, this can include different colors schemes, shirt patterns, vests, ties, suit styles, shoes and more. The list of accessories groom’s can choose from to make a fashion statement goes on and on. Scroll down for a few ideas we’ve loved recently!

(Below, left photo by Jen Fariello Photography; Top right by 3 Cats Photo; Bottom right by Anagram Photo)

  • Military Dress Uniform. The groom’s ranking, the time of year and formality of your celebration will determine which formal military uniform the groom should wear. Note: No boutonnieres should be worn with ceremonial military uniforms.
  • Embroidered Tie or Bow Tie. Consider embroidering a tie with the wedding date or another special detail to turn an accessory into a wedding keepsake.
  • Custom Cufflinks. These are a great way to showcase the groom’s Alma mater and heritage, and can be another way to commemorate the wedding day.

(Below, top left photo by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography; Bottom left by Tom Daly Photography; Right by Sera Petras Photography)

  • New Dancing Shoes. The groomsmen can coordinate with more than just their tuxes, suits and socks. Consider a leather lace-up or a chic derby shoe to finish the look.
  • A Special Time Piece. A watch always makes for a special gift to the groom on the day of his wedding and is a great accessory for any look.
  • College Ring. A wedding is the perfect place for a groom to wear and showcase his college ring to honor his Alma mater.

(Below, photo by Sera Petras Photography)

No matter how a groom chooses to highlight his personal style and interests—with his clothing or accessories—there are many ways he can incorporates a true sense of self on his special day. Find more ideas in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings.

(Lead photo by Anagram Photo)


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

All About the Groom


January 19, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Small details in the wedding planning process can ensure that the groom’s personality will be just as evident as the bride’s on their wedding day. The modern groom has plenty of options to let his own style shine through as he marries his best friend. Gathering the right ensemble will leave him feeling cool and confident on his special day. Whether its a traditional black tux paired with a bow tie or a more modern linen suit adorned with a navy tie, like the polka-dot tie below, every groom is sure to find the perfect pieces to complete his style. (Left and top right photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom right photo by Sarah Cramer Shields Photography)

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While groomsmen traditionally wear the same colored suit and tie, additional accessories, such as fun, lively socks, not only look great, but also allow the wedding party to show their own flare. These unseen additions to the groomsmens’ attire are amusing links between the men and definitely toast-worthy. Customized cuff links are great accessories that also make for personalized gifts that can be worn and remembered long after the wedding. (Left photos by Rachel May Photography; right photo by Robert Radifera Photography)

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Another growing wedding trend is the groom’s cake. Given as a gift from his bride, this delectable wedding feature is another fun way to showcase a groom’s personality or a special time in his life. This chocolate strawberry cake adorned with the UVA logo will make any alumnus proud.

Whether a groom’s personality shines through his attire, accessories or other facets of the ceremony and reception, he can surely find ways to incorporate intimate details for an unforgettable and meaningful day. (Top left and right photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom left photo by Robert Radifera Photography)

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Dressed to impress his bride, the groom can now turn his attention to what matters most—marrying his perfect match and celebrating the beginning of a new adventure. (Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields Photography)

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Lead Image by Jen Fariello Photography

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

For the Gents


March 21, 2016 | Ivy Publications

The modern groom is a man who understands what it means to wear his father’s cuff links and his grandfather’s pocket watch on the day of his wedding. This blend of vintage charm with personal meaning will remind any groom of the men who helped shape him into someone worthy of marrying his bride.

With a fresh haircut, fitted tuxedo, crisp shirt and polished shoes, grooms will be ready to confidently wait for their soon-to-be wife as she comes down the aisle—a vision of loveliness.

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Personal touches, like custom-embroidered ties, will help make the day unforgettable for the couple. Matching cuff links are a classic way to add personality to an attire and are a tried-and-true gift for groomsmen. After all, a groom has shared a lot of adventures with his groomsmen, who are about to see him off on his biggest adventure yet. So, why not thank them with a little gift?

For other gift ideas, choose from a wide array of leather goods from Charlottesville artisans. Leather-tabbed braces, personalized belts and grosgrain key fobs to match the wedding palette or school colors are all great keepsakes. Or, consider something more traditional such as an elegant money clip similar to that pictured below from local jeweler Jason McLeod. It is both practical and classic.

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While getting ready for this new adventure, grooms remember the memories and moments that have led them to this very day. The woman of his dreams has agreed to spend the rest of her life with him, and everything is set and ready to go! “You may kiss your bride.”

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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography

Second Set of Photos, Right Image: Rachel May

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.