How to pin a groom’s flower on

After countless weddings where neither myself nor any of the men at the groom’s accommodation knew how to pin a flower to the jacket, I decided to reach out to the lovely ladies of Judy Chirnside Flowers and write a super simple tutorial. Better save this link for the wedding day, gents!! After visiting Judy to get these pics, the following weekend I actually had to put one on the grooms’ dad! And it lasted the whole wedding, so I can vouch for this tutorial!!

 

Step 1. Placement.

Hold the boutonniere with your left hand on the left side of the jacket (groom’s left, not your left), on the lapel. This is the ideal placement. You don’t want the highest point of the flowers to extend higher than the buttonhole on the lapel. It should also be on a slight angle, so that it is in-line with the shape of the jacket.

 

Step 2. Pin.

Whilst holding the flowers in place, fold over the lapel so you can easily see where you’re pinning, therefore avoiding accidentally stabbing your groom on his wedding day.

Pushing up from the bottom, you want to go through the jacket, through the stem/string, and back through the jacket, all in a 45-degree line.

 

Step 3. Pin again.

Your florist should have given you at least 2 pins, which are both essential to the stability of it all. Repeat Step 2 and chuck the second pin through.

 

Step 4. Admire. 

Admire your handywork. Make sure the groom knows just how amazingly talented his Best Man is.

 

And there you have it folks; the most simple tutorial to nailing this seemingly-difficult task! Be sure to share this post with those who need it!!

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How to tie a tie in 11 steps

If you’re anything like me, and only wear a tie once every blue moon, then tying your tie in a mad rush before big occasions is a highly stressful and difficult task. So, with the help of the highly recommended folk at Eddy Elias (and our agency-represented model/salesperson/mate Chris), I present to you: A Simple Visual Guide to Tying A Tie For Your Wedding.

I highly suggest saving this link, and using it on your wedding day if you get stuck!

Step 1.

Do your top button up, pop your collar, and hang the tie around your neck. Make sure the thicker end of the tie is on your left side.

Step 2.

With your right hand, take the thicker end of the tie and cross it over to your right side, to create the ‘X’ shape shown above.

Pinch at the join with your left hand, leaving about a fist-sized space between your top button and the ‘pinch’.. Hold the thicker end of the tie in your right hand.

Step 3.

With the thicker end-point of the tie in your right hand, bring it under the tie, and pass it between the ‘left hand pinch’ and your top button (through that gap mentioned in Step 2.). Bring the tie over the top and hold it out in front of you again. This is basically the “loop-de-loop” part, for want of a better phrase…

Step 4.

Hold the tie as shown.

Step 5.

See the part in your right hand from the previous step? You need to bring that UNDER the shorter-hanging-bit (between your chest and the shorter-hanging-bit), and swap hands.

Your right-hand is now holding the shorter-hanging-bit at the pinch, and your left hand is now holding the longer part of the tie, as shown.

Step 6.

Using your left hand, bring the tie upwards in front of your face, and then downwards through that gap (between your top button and the ‘pinch’). Once it has gone through, the back of the tie should be facing outwards, as shown.

Step 7.

Swap hands. Grab the ‘pinch’ with your left hand for this step, and let the long part sit on your chest (behind that shorter-hanging-part).

Now, grab the longer-part with your right hand, and bring it over the top of the shorter-hanging part, and then upwards through that gap at your collar.

Step 8.

Keep holding that pinch! Now that the tie is facing the correct way, grab the point of it with your right hand, and point it through the ‘pinch’. The spot to push it through was created by the previous step. Just gotta poke it through and you’ll see how it all ties together (see what I did there?).

Step 9.

Pull the tie through that gap.

Step 10.

Hold the tie with your left hand and wiggle the ‘pinch’ part upwards til it’s snug.

Step 11.

Ideally the endpoint of the tie should sit just above your belt line. So just a tad longer than pictured (Chris had a million customers lining up behind me).

Step 12.

Fold your collar down, and BOOM! Now that’s a neat, professional tie. Dress to impress, lads.

Be sure to hit up Eddy Elias for all your wedding suit needs. Highly professional group of people that have hooked me up with each of my 4 suits over the years, and have provided the suits for about 15 of my weddings so far. Head in to Eddy Elias, and be sure to like their Facebook page.

 

My move to Torquay

Hi! Remember me? The guy that hasn’t blogged in about 6 months? Yes, I still exist!! Let me fill you in briefly on my recent business decision that has already proven immensely beneficial. I won’t get too in-depth/emotional, but I want to share my thoughts.

After shooting 16 AMAZING weddings over summer, I hit a flat spot. In a job where I get to shoot beautifully happy people, as they bring together their friends and family to celebrate the power of love, I felt alone standing at my desk so many hours per week. There was just something not right with how I was going about things during the 6 days of the week when I wasn’t shooting weddings.

Working from my desk in my room seemed like the greatest luxury when I fully kicked into this business about 2 years ago. I got to work in my pyjamas, wear ugg boots, listen to music really loudly, and just generally do my own thing. I needed to change things.

So, after a long-winded intro, here’s my big news….

I have moved into a co-working space called ‘The Workers Hut‘ in Torquay, and have rented myself a permanent desk. Surrounded by other professionals + creatives + awesome people, and about 3 minutes away from the beach. WHY DID I NOT DO THIS SOONER?!

Yesterday I went to the beach with my cousin for lunch, got my feet in the cold water, and felt the sand between my toes. Tomorrow I’m going to jump in the kayak off front beach and paddle around til my arms get sore. Getting my mind out of the computer has actually made me more excited to get back in front of it, and that’s the beauty of being based down the coast.

So stoked on my renewed focus (FYI, the love of the job never left, just the focus to keep doing the computer side of things locked away in my little room on my own). Even more stoked that you’ve read this far; you’re quite clearly a legend.

Keep an eye out for lots of new work over the coming weeks. I have so much love, beauty, and happiness that I’ve captured over summer to share with you all.

Big love,

Jake.