THE FINER DETAIL
This weeks’ guest blogger is Paul Bolt. Paul and his now wife, Alexandria got married at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda, Italy on the 5th September 2016.
But, before we reveal all of Paul’s hidden wedding day secrets, we thought we’d better ask how he ‘got the girl’. Paul reminisced of a banquet at the Celtic Manor, where ‘I filled her belly, fed her copious amounts of wine (just to be sure), then went down on one knee outside the hotel, and proudly asked, Alexandria Morris, will you marry me’? How could she say no Paul?!
Paul and Alexandria’s wedding looked the perfect balance. Timeless elegance mixed with the ever so important personalised finishing touches. From unique wedding gifts to unusual groomsmen attire, this was one of a kind planning. Paul recalls that his Groomsmen all wore boxer shorts on the day with photos of pugs on them (we have a pug called Missy) so we thought this would be an appropriate addition’. Oh Paul, you naughty pugger!
Even though he may not wish to admit it, we think Paul is one for the finer details. When asked what he bought Alexandria for a wedding present, Paul said, ‘A tree of life personalised bracelet from Mercia Maman and, I also had champagne waiting in the hotel room on our wedding day for when Alex and her bridal party arrived back from the hairdressers. Oh, and of course she couldn’t go without a Tiffany & Co. Bracelet’ …Smooth operator!
But Alexandria wasn’t shy in pulling out the stops either. Paul fondly recollects his wedding present, ‘she got me a personalised watch, and a personalised bracelet with indivisible beads. Each bead with different personalised sayings. From one saying, ‘love your pudding’ (a personal joke), to the exact co-ordinates of Malcesine Castle where we tied the knot!
Paul told us that everything about his wedding was absolutely perfect! Watching the fireworks over the lake and having a drink with the lads the night before wedding, to the boys jumping into the lake in their pug boxer shorts before the wedding breakfast to ‘cool off’ – The real Italian stallions! Paul finished by saying, ‘I wouldn’t change a thing! Well – maybe the bride?! Haha, no seriously it was perfect!’
Missy the Pug
if the shoe fits…
Beginning life in Wales’ Capital city in November 2013, The Brogue Trader is now the go-to retailer for quality footwear throughout the UK.
Set up by the Macnamara family, the business has grown to 10 stores nationwide but continues to maintain the core values of a small family run business. I caught up with Keiron Macnamara after a number of visits (and a few pairs of shoes later) to their Cardiff and Bath stores.
Why did you start the brogue trader?
The Brogue Trader family set out to bring back the lost art of traditional retailing. With great customer service and exceptional products being the driving force behind the business. The decision to open the Brogue Trader was because we felt that the current offering for this type of quality of footwear with exceptional customer service did not exist, so we took it upon ourselves to change the status quo.
why should we buy from the brogue trader?
At the Brogue Trader we only stock the very finest shoes available to the modern man. From British historic brands such as Loake Shoemakers, Crockett & Jones, Trickers, Joseph Cheaney & Son, Sebago and Herring.
Our main ethos is that customer service and a quality product is paramount, and if you visit any of our locations you will understand that. We strive to make every single person who walks through our doors feel special and cared for. However, don’t just take our word for it, why not ask the Welsh Rugby and Football National squads, as we are the official footwear supplier to both teams!
Finally we have a loyalty scheme that is unique in the footwear industry, whereby after 6 shoe purchases your 7th pair of shoes is free! This Loyalty scheme is perfect for large wedding parties as the groomsmen can buy their shoes and then gift the Groom with a free pair!
what is the difference between the brogue trader and other high street shoe stores?
The biggest difference is that we have taken a step back in time to a more traditional way of retailing. Too often do you see high street stores follow the lazy “Stack ‘em high, sell ‘em fast” approach and we are far removed from that.
Where else on the high street are you able to enjoy purchasing footwear of this kind, whilst sipping on a complimentary beer and having your feet measured by a professional to make sure you are buying the correct size and style of shoe?
These little things are standard practice in our business, and we thrive off knowing customers are walking out of our stores with a smile on their face and confident they have purchased the right shoe for them.
what is the brogue trader’s vision for the future?
We are currently launching our brand new website, this will feature an e-commerce system for customers who are unable to get into one of our stores, with the ability to purchase from us online and fill up their loyalty card.
Along side this, we are working on our own brand of footwear which will be exclusively available at The Brogue Trader, in-store and online. This new brand will feature classic styles but will also be very reactive to current trends and one day hoping to set them!
So if you’re looking for a quality pair of British made shoes with excellent customer services, I cannot recommend The Brogue Trader highly enough. Again, an investment purchase that treated correctly, will last you for years to come.
And, for you Grooms, 6 is the magic number!
The Brogue Trader | Bath | Cardiff | Canterbury | Chester | Edinburgh | Exeter | Glasgow | Leeds | Manchester | Oxford
A suit fit for a Groom
Overlooking the bustling streets of Milsom Street in Bath, City Tailors is a hidden gem and a must-visit for grooms looking for a suit that will truly fit them on their wedding day. I met with Ben, the owner of City Tailors after being recommended by a friend and it was soon clear what a passion Ben has for the industry and giving guys (Grooms) a tailoring experience to remember.
How did it all begin?
I started in 2010 with my brother Mehmet Aydin and now have team of ten tailors and dressmakers offering clothing alterations to most high-end retailers and boutiques in Bath as well as offering our services to the general public.
I would like to think the main reason we have been the first choice for tailoring in and around Bath for many years is due to the attention we give to detail. Even for the small jobs, we want to complete any work in the best possible way. As well as clothing alterations, we offer bespoke suit making for both men and women and made to measure suit making for men.
Where did you learn your trade?
I have been in the clothing business from a young age. With 25 years’ experience I have worked on most types of garments for both ladies and gents.
Having been a master tailor for the past 15 years, I learnt bespoke tailoring (English Tailoring) from my master called Mr. John Verger who is now a retired master tailor. John has been a tailor for around 60 years.
What sets City Tailors apart?
We make fully bespoke suits the same way as traditional English tailoring would, using top quality cloth from British fabric suppliers such as Holland and Sherry, Dugdale, Harrisons etc.
Our Jackets are full canvass and mostly handmade, chest, lapels and collar hand shaped to achieve the best possible fit.
What is the process and timescale of creating a fully bespoke suit?
It takes around three to four fittings to complete a suit which can take between six to ten weeks. Initial appointment would be a consultation, deciding on design, choosing fabric, lining, buttons etc. Then within two to three weeks there would be a first fitting where we just hand tuck a basic shell to try the shape.
Two to three weeks later, there would be second fitting where the pockets and canvass are completed.
Third fitting and the trousers are finished, jackets are all but complete, apart from collar and sleeves. The final fitting would be just to check if suit fits perfect and to collect it.
With this process we can make suits for any size and shape and are still able to achieve the best possible fit!
What’s the difference between bespoke and made-to-measure suits?
Made-to-measure garments are constructed to fit each customer individually based on a few body measurements to customise the pre-existing pattern. Made-to-measure garments always involve some form of standardisation in the pattern and manufacturing.
Bespoke tailoring is entirely made from scratch and based upon a customer’s specifications and body shape with far more attention to minor fit details. By using multiple fittings during the construction process, this achieves the best possible fit.
For me, a bespoke suit is an investment. An experience that can be enjoyed time and time again. I knew that I really wanted to look and feel my best on our wedding day, and this meant having a suit that fitted perfectly. Yes, it’s more expensive and arguably a little extravagant, but it wasn’t just a wedding suit, it’s was a lifetime investment!
So, what’s your choice? #Bespoke #MadeToMeasure #OffThePeg
City Tailors | 1st Floor, 25 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DG | 01225 920 263
NO MORE FREEEEDOMMMMM!
This weeks’ guest blogger is Alan. As you can see from the awesome photos, Alan is a proud Scotsman and married his English bride Kimberley with a fantastic display of ‘Scenglish’ character! Alan and Kim got married on the 7th April 2012 in the breathtaking Roman Baths.
When asked how he proposed, Alan said, ‘We were in the Dominican Republic and I dressed up as the one and only Santa Claus! Why not, it was boxing day! The problem was that Kim couldn’t hear what I said because I had a beard over my mouth!’ – Nearly a lucky escape Al – Nearly!
Alan quickly learnt that to be a good wedding planner, you have to enjoy the process! He recalls, ‘I actually secretly enjoyed the planning. I liked tasting the different menus, designing the stationery and going and visiting live bands. I even enjoyed dance lessons in prep for the first dance!’ Ashley Banjo eat your heart out! However, Alan did say that if he could change anything about planning, ‘I would start it as early as possible as we packed in too much.’
Prior to getting the vows pronounced, there was a stag weekend to attend. Alan’s groomsmen took him to Bath on the Friday night for a ‘cheese and wine tasting’ evening – Pinocchio was number one on the guest list! Saturday was an activity day, including quad biking and go karts, followed by a cheesier affair in Bristol in the evening – Pop World being the location of choice!
Alan and Kims’ wedding sounded top draw from start to finish. Alan commented, ‘The wedding was pretty bespoke as we were organising everything separately ourselves. As such, we had total control over everything, which meant we could do things exactly the way we wanted. As I’m Scottish and live in Bath, it had some Scottish themes, i.e. pipers, kilts etc.’
‘We also used some pretty cool venues such as the Guildhall and the Roman Baths. Above all though, we had a brilliant group of friends and family there who really made it. We also hired out a great venue the day before the wedding to allow everyone to meet and get to know each other beforehand.’ Alan also had his groomsmen around his house the night before the wedding just so they could get to know each other better. Alan promised that, ‘Only a couple of whiskies were consumed – Nothing too heavy!’
On the day, the couple had some great entertainment such as a brilliant band, a string quartet. Alan added, ‘My wife had organised dancers from her school to come in and perform and we also had a Scottish pipe band at the Roman Baths and musicians in the church’. We asked Alan what the best part of his wedding day was? In true gent style, Alan said ‘It’s a bit cliché, but seeing Kim walk down the aisle!’
The happy couple decided to get each other a present for their wedding day. Kim opted to get Alan an engraved iPad (as Alan is a bit of a tech geek), whereas Alan got Kim a set of diamond earrings to match the engagement ring – Well played sir!
We asked Alan to tell us a funny story about his wedding day. Hiding the smirks, Alan said, ‘We were the last people standing on the dance floor at the end of the night and had to be practically chucked out of the Guildhall. My wife and I had planned the wedding down to a tee, except for how WE were actually going to get home. We therefore had to walk to the taxi rank in our posh frocks and hail down a cab! So much for ending the night in style!’ – Don’t worry Alan, no one saw you, the kilt and wedding dress was very inconspicuous!
Bath Chauffeur Services – Wedding Cars | Watt Brothers Glasgow – Groomsmen Presents (crystal galsses)