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A relaxed wedding is always a popular choice and there is a certain beauty in the moments of Jolene and Joseph’s relaxed New Zealand Riverside wedding captured by Meredith Lord. From the groom’s surprise that was a year in the making to the beautiful traditional dancing, the heartfelt ceremony – every part of the day, into which the couple had poured their heart and soul, shone in the brightest way.

Joseph wore a blue suit from 3 Wise Men that was perfect for their relaxed outdoor wedding location. He reflects on his experience shopping for the suit: “The experience was a bit different for me as I didn’t have the help of anyone except for Jolene. She came along with me to try on a few suits. I always wanted to wear a blue suit. Not navy blue but a brighter blue that would pop. I looked around a few stores in Wellington and in the end I found the one I was after at 3 Wise Men. They were great there and I ended up buying my white shirt with a silver tie, and also some brown leather shoes there too.

I chose blue because I wanted a different colour to my groomsmen (who were all in grey, white, and light brown) and obviously wanted to stand out. I was a bit worried about the hot weather in the Hawke’s Bay and thought a suit would be too hot to wear, however we had a gentle breeze on the day and the merino suit kept me cool.”

 

Photographer: Meredith Lord / Groom's Attire: 3 Wise Men / Groom's Shoes: 3 Wise Men / Groomsmen Attire: Hallensteins / Groomsmen Shoes: Number One Shoes
Suit by InSitchu. Image by Ali Rasoul.

Suit by InStitchu. Image by Ali Rasoul.

Wedding pocket squares, they’re wily beasts. Often tough to tame but so vital to piecing together your wedding outfit.

It still gets my heart rate up when I cast my mind back to wrangling my own pocket square on the morning of my wedding.

The basic white square just refused to stay put!

But if you’re not used to wearing a pocket square, or a suit for that matter, you might be asking yourself: do I even need one for my wedding?

Sally McKinnon, who runs Styled By Sally, which places an emphasis on “real style, for real people,” says a pocket square can add “personality” to your wedding day look.

“Whether it’s a simple white pocket square folded in a square or a satin paisley, a well-chosen pocket square will complete the outfit.

“Pocket squares can help to differentiate a suit from the everyday to a special occasion.

“It allows the groom to stand out from his groomsmen or for the wedding party to stand out from the wedding guests.

“It also allows the wedding party to have some fun with colours, prints and patterns.”

Australian model Sam Wines knows a bit about donning suits, after all he does it for a living, and he’s on the same page as Sally.

“Never underestimate the humble pocket square,” he says.

“A mystery to some and a downright essential to others, this fantastic square of fabric allows you to add a pop of panache and inject some personality into your overall look.

“For those venturing into unfamiliar territory, even a plain old white square can really top off a look, especially if you are unsure about how to mix and match colours, or want to play it safe.”

It’s at this point those of us who fall under the category of ‘pocket square challenged’ are asking: Yeah, but do I have to have a pocket square?

Image by Amelia Soegijono Photography via Nghi and Henry's romantic Sydney Engagement

Image by Amelia Soegijono Photography via Nghi and Henry’s romantic Sydney Engagement

Good news! Melbourne tailor and men’s fashion expert Carl Nave says “not necessarily.”

“It really depends on the overall look, but I generally recommend avoiding a pocket square if a lapel pin (floral arrangement) is being worn,” Carl says.

“I feel sometimes there is too much happening on one side of the jacket.

“Having said that, a very subtle white pocket square just poking out of the breast pocket can look really elegant on a black tie or formal look.

“It doesn’t need to match your tie, rather it should complement the colour of your shirt and tie.”

Despite their seemingly being no escape from the pocket square, Institchu Weddings Manager Miles Ruge says they are still “chronically underused.”

“Like a tie, the pocket-square can be used to bring a sense of balance to an outfit, likewise it can bring life to your ordinarily drab suits.

“For this reason, it is a really prudent addition to your wedding-day outfit.”

Suit by Oscar Hunt

Suit by Oscar Hunt

Miles Ruges three classic pocket square folds:

The straight fold

Easy and classic, the straight fold is halving the pocket square from left to right, and then folding up from the bottom to the height of the pocket itself, so as to only have one layer visible above the pocket.

The singletip fold

Rotate the square 90 degrees so it’s a pocket diamond. Fold up from the bottom so as to make a napkin like structure, then fold in a third from each corner. The result should like an opened square envelope.

The dualtip fold

Position the square exactly as above for the single tip, except instead of folding bottom tip directly to top tip do it roughly 2-3cm askew, creating the second tip. Bring the bottom corners in a third either side.

Personally, despite my challenges on the mornings of multiple weddings I’ve attended and been a part of, I’m all for a pocket square.

Try a brightly coloured square with a plain coloured tie, for example, black suit, white shirt, black tie, pink pocket square. It’s the touch of class that takes your outfit from something you might wear at the office, to something that says it’s your wedding day.

As Carl says, a pocket square “completes an outfit.”

Just like in Jerry Maguire.

You had me at pocket square… you had me at pocket square.

Ms Zigzag says: Don’t overlook the little details when planning your wedding outfit (or wedding!). The little things, like a stylish pocket square, can really tie your outfit together. Well researched and detailed account of all things pocket square, Mr Houndstooth! 

About Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as I said ‘I do’.

I love the sunshine vibe of Sarah and Luke’s relaxed summer wedding. They shared so many intimate and special moments with each other and the people they love that day. One of the parts I love most, is the sweet picnic they took with their bridal party overlooking the wide open fields, with champagne and cheese as they enjoyed the moments of their wedding day together.

Luke shares his own favourite memory of the day with us, “We wrote each other letters to read on the morning of the wedding. My favourite memory was reading this out, with all of Sarah’s blessings and hopes for our future.”

It’s little gestures that make a big difference.

Inspired Memories Luke 2
Inspired Memories Luke 3

All images by Daniel Milligan Photography