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« on: June 20, 2013 10:12:08 AM »

I got married in September 2012 at Burning Man. It was where I met my husband, where we got engaged, and where we feel most free to be whatever we want, particularly ourselves. Jason and I designed his whole outfit together. We wanted it to be an even more colorful version of what he normally wears.

I've been making Jason these capri-length shorts since the first time he visited me in New Orleans. This time I made his pants from a metallic striped cotton that my mom got in Jordan a couple years ago. They have a zipper fly and elastic waist. We added bands of fabric at the bottom to correspond to my own skirt.

Rainbow socks were also a natural choice (he brought me rainbow socks on that first visit too). We got the Converse right before we left for Burning Man, and I replaced the white laces with a metallic woven ribbon.

His shirt is made from a weighty linen that I washed the fabric three times to soften it up. Its the perfect color to bring out Jasons eyes!

We wanted the look of our wedding to be colorful, exciting, and exotic, but we didnt want to be the white people dressing up in another cultures aesthetic. Inspired by: yes; appropriating: no. With this in mind, I waffled back and forth on the Nehru collar and tunic length of this shirt. But Jasons wonderful mind never saw the styling as Indian; in his mind a stand-up collar is spacey. Great design, great rational: we make a good team.

The shirt is a modified version of Simplicity 5366, which I had tested a couple months prior and so I knew exactly what changes needed to be made for the best fit.

The fabulous J cufflinks belonged to Jasons dad Jack, who passed away shortly after we met. Two weeks after our own wedding, Jasons nephew Jack wore them for his beautiful wedding.

I based the pattern for this vest from one he already owned. The front stripe is another Jordanian cotton from my mom. One of my favorite elements from the entire outfit is the back of the vest. This metallic fabric was hand-made in Guatemala in the 60s, and was given to us by a longtime friend of the Siadek family, Valerie Maxwell (thank you Valerie!). It was exciting to work with, and in pretty great condition.

The lining is a vintage poly that was in my cabinet. The buttons are aligned so that the top jewels represent chakras (although we arent into that, but it seamed as good a reason as any).

I think Jason looked very handsome and very himself! If youd like to read more and see more photos, see my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/grooms-outfit/

And check out my dress: http://madebyjulianne.com/rainbow-wedding-dress/

Most of these gorgeous pictures were taken by Blake Gardner, Aleck Gandel, and Dan Hamilton many thanks to these talented photographers as well as all the friends who both captured and contributed to our wonderful day!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013 11:53:37 AM »

Wonderful. Every detail is an expression. Love it all.

Your guy looks very happy!

Off to comment on your dress, which I missed somehow.

Thanks for sharing! Smiley

« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013 01:22:05 PM »

It looks so great  congratulations!

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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013 05:11:45 PM »

I love the fabric. And the concept and outcome. beautiful job!

« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013 06:47:07 PM »

This is amazing! The both of you look fantastic!

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