January 2, 2014

Here it is, the BIG Announcement: We’re Having TWINS!!

Ahhhh!!! It’s finally January 2nd…the day we told you all to mark your calendars for because we had a BIG announcement!! And here it is…..we’re having TWINS!!!

Well, twin wedding blogs that is!! :) :)

Today we brought into the world, two bouncing bundles of joy that we’re calling The Black Tie Bride & The Well Groomed Groom!!

This has truly been a labor of love putting these two sites together (working with the absolutely incredible Jennifer Olmstead for our logo design!) and one that we SO believe in. For so long, we’ve just been feeling that there should be a place on the web where classic, iconic weddings (and the gorgeous wedding photography that shows them off!) are celebrated. A place where stunning black & white images are not only accepted, they are highlighted. A place where the moments and emotion of the day are just as much the focus of the posts as the pretty details. Even more so. Because what we know is that there is a new generation of brides out there looking for inspiration on their wedding days. And our “Why” is to show them that long after the day is over and the details are packed away, it will be the moments, and the people, and the laughter, and the tears that they will want to remember. That it’s not just about how the day looked, but how the day felt that matters.

We looked around and felt like that was missing. So we went to work, and tried to do just that! Here is our manifesto:

We believe that Black Tie is a state of mind, not a state of budget. We believe in grandparents wedding pictures in silver frames. To remind us that whatever it is, it always started with love. We believe in elegance and grace and good manners. We believe in history, and legacy, and leaving something behind. We believe in emotion and moments, and rich black & white images that tell a story. We believe in Day 1 and Day 62 and a half years in. We believe that timeless always trumps trendy. And no matter what, there is no replacement for authenticity. Because more than anything what we believe is…classic never goes out of style.

So please join us in welcoming the newest part of our family: The Black Tie Bride & The Well Groomed Groom!! Your two-stop shop on the web for all things sophisticated, timeless, elegant & iconic weddings! Head on over & check us out, and be sure to add us to your blog readers & bookmarks because we’ll be updating both of these blogs two times a day with brand new inspiration for you to soak in. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the two contests we have running to help us spread the word!

Ahhh we are a bundle of nerves & totally freaking out over here! And I just pray we’re not the only two people reading along!! Which could very well happen.

But for right now, they’re here! And if we had cigars, we would totally pass them out!

  1. Tiffany Farley

    I admittedly refreshed my browser all morning to see this. You guys. I am so excited for you. All hail the black and white. I would LOVE to see something like this for portrait features!! This is amazing. You are amazing. love love love.

  2. Tira J

    So proud of you both! What an awesome new adventure! Congrats and Happy New Year!

  3. Urška Majer

    Amazing & i can’t wait to read both blogs :)

  4. Heidi

    So amazing, congrats!!!

  5. ashley barnett

    Yes yes YESSS – also, best post title everywhere. I know there are some people trying to steady their breathing right now hahaha! Love you guys!

  6. sharon elizabeth

    SO excited for y’all!!!!

  7. Sarah Hoppes

    Congratulations on this! They’re both stunning!

  8. Jan B

    You guys are amazing!! Love everything you do… have a wonderful 2014! :)

  9. René

    Justin and Mary! It’s about time!! I echo Tiffany – all hail the black and whites! So excited to watch these babies blossom. Congratulations on a job and concept well done. Looking forward to seeing how the new brand plays in.

  10. Debbie

    You guys are so spot on with this!! Timeless trumps trendy alllll day!!! We’ll be sharing these sites with our couples for inspiration! Congratulations!!

  11. Deborah Zoe

    This is fantastic, congratulations you two!

  12. Melania

    This is just WONDERFUL! Congratulations!

  13. Kristin H.

    You guys are just awesome. Do you ever stop?!? I love this! I will totes magotes be following along :)

  14. Caitlin

    Congratulations on the amazing new additions! So excited about this. The sites look beautiful. Forwarding to Mike as well in case he hasn’t checked in (unruly freshmen make that difficult during the day) because this is so up my buy-his-own-tux/shave with a safety razor-brush-soap in a bowl/pocket watch and all things classic husband! Even if it is a few years post-wedding :) Love and happy new year J&M!

  15. Spring

    ‘Because some traditional things never go out of style’ you said that to me back in 2010 and I’ve used it as a filter for my own work ever since!!! So so soooo happy and proud of you guys! Congrats! Just what the wedding industry needed!

  16. Jessica Haley

    This is amazing!! You guys hit it out of the park :)

  17. Natalie

    YAY! Oh my goodness! Welcome to the Wedding Blogging world! It’s a crazy amount of love, fun, and hard work – you both are going to rock it! Great job guys!

  18. Ashley Cochrane

    Ahhh!! I am so excited for y’all, this is incredible!! I can’t wait to follow along :) Congrats on a HUGE win! I will definitely be sharing this will all my brides in my "Faves" on my blog! xoxo

  19. Emilia Jane

    I am SO EXCITED for you all and thrilled to be a part of it :-D <3 <3 <3

  20. Lelia Marie

    OMG I love this! What a brilliant (and true) message and idea. I am so excited to follow this blog. And wow what stunning weddings are already on it. :-)

  21. Jennifer Bacchiocchi

    Amen & hallelujah! Could not agree more! This is amazing. So excited for you guys!

  22. Christy Tyler

    FABULOUS!!!! Congrats you two! Can’t wait to follow along!

  23. Rosa

    No one could have put these blogs up better than you two! I drool over the emotion you capture in your black and whites, truly inspiring. Congrats a million!!

  24. Abbey

    Congratulation you two!!!!! This is awesome!

  25. Cathy & Jeff

    Congratulations!!!!!! This is truly fabulous & you two are definitely the most perfect people to make it happen!!!! We cannot wait to see how these sites take off for you both! Wishing you so much success in these endeavors!!!

  26. Michelle Feeney

    We are soo very excited for the both of you. The sites are really beautiful. Well done. Looking forward to all that you share this year!!

  27. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    My heart just sighed looking at both blogs! Absolutely stunning! Congratulations and thank you so much for these two inspiring sites!

  28. Brittany Weiss

    AWESOME! I am IN LOVE with this idea! I am a new follower of yours and even more excited to have stumbled upon you guys! Thanks for the inspiration you’ll be providing! :)

  29. Evonne & Darren Wong

    Congrats, Justin & Mary! Can’t wait to read your 2 newest blogs!

  30. Suzy VanDyke

    YES. I am SO EXCITED for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing idea. I love the manifesto too! Cannot wait to follow along <3

  31. Lisa Cour

    I just love this. I’m also in awe of the amounts of work you take on, while keeping up with what you already have. Amazing and inspiring.

    I know these sites come straight from your heart and think its great that you are using your voice to say that bride and grandma hugging is an important part of the day, maybe even more than a flower in a vase.

    Love your hearts, you two…thanks for 1. keeping it real 2. striving for excellence in all things.

  32. Rici

    This is so incredible! I loooove your twins!! What a great place to hang out and get inspired! You are unbelievable!
    I have a question: is there a reason there is no about section, as in about the authors? Or did I miss it?

    This is such a great way to start a new year! All the best for 2014!

  33. Karen

    Fun times! Hope you post some of the highlights on this blog still …. after having a baby, I follow only 2 blogs now on a regular basis. I just can’t handle any more commitment! So would love to see some high points from time to time!

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