Gay Wedding Ideas: Flower Beards

January 18, 2021

We took flower beards to a beautiful new dimension with this same-sex wedding shoot—their cat included!

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

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Beardaments. Flower Beards. Beard Decorations. Never heard of these? You’re not alone! While doing this gay couples’ photoshoot in Queens, my floral design colleague and I decided to see how flower beards—or beard decorations, if you want to be fancy—looked in practicality.

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

The result? Stunning, beautiful, soft, but still masculine.

Flowers in beards are an awesome men’s wedding accessory for ALL guys with beards, no matter their sexual orientation.

I loved how the colors and textures really drew us into their faces rather than taking away from them. Oh, and the beautiful couple? It’s Queens residents and #GayCouplesGoals Tre and Zack.

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

Zack and Tre own Portmanteau New York, a curated vintage store in Queens, NY that does in-person and online selling. The second you meet these two, you know they’ve got style. Plus, with their own store at their disposal, they can accessorize like nobody’s business. I loved the color everywhere, and when floral designer Edith of Garden of Edith Floral Design came in to add the flowers, we knew we had to go with our flowers in beards theme.

You may have heard about glitter beards, beard ornaments, or Christmas light beards, but we wanted to try more subtle, complimentary types of beardaments: The glue-less flower beard. A lovely neutral flower crown added dimension.

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

We started outside and walked around this quiet part of Queens. The industrial background provided a simple element with Tre and Zack’s bold reds and purples standing out. There were so few people around that no one even stared at the beard flowers! Every NY wedding photographer knows how rare it is to have 0 people in the background of their shots, so this was quite the treat!

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

After the chilliness of the December air set in, we headed inside for some more unique pet photos. Our couple changed stylish outfits and got a flower crown on a hat, a boutonniere, and a second flower beard! Edith again put every single little sprig in Tre’s beard, by hand, as we coordinated colors and Christina Dior scarves.

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

Being a creative wedding photographer / nontraditional wedding photographer means I’m used to dreaming up unique wedding photos for my clients. This was no different, and Edith’s floral design was an integral part of the day.

Several other flower wedding ideas for guys that we incorporated, thanks to Edith’s gorgeous designs:

  • A guy’s bouquet. Why do only females usually get bouquets, while guys can’t even see their own boutonnieres? Each guy had a bouquet—and they looked beautiful.
  • Cool men’s wedding accessories: A flower crown hat!
  • Pocket boutonnieres that slide right into your breast pocket (no pins required!).
  • A men’s flower crown. Isn’t it a great men’s wedding accessory? Especially if you’re having a bad hair day…
Men's flower bouquet grooms bouquet

Flower beards and flower accessories weren’t the only awesome part of this shoot: We were joined by Dax, their beautiful cat!

Cats in weddings - cat with flower wreath by Kathryn Cooper Weddings

He also was adorned with a flower crown made specially by Edith. (Yes, I melted inside when I saw the 6” cat flower crown.)  Flower wreaths, flower crowns, hat flowers, pocket boutonnieres, and beard flowers all made an appearance, with each little sprig painstakingly and beautifully applied by Edith herself.

While I can’t say Dax was the biggest fan of posing for photos, I still think he did a great job for his first professional photoshoot. Look, being a cat model isn’t easy! Plus, you try signing autographs with paws ‘n’ claws and let’s see how well you do.

Still, hysterical expression.

Funny wedding photos with cat dressed up for wedding

We’ll call it an outtake.

But I digress. This photoshoot with Zack and Tre was really fun, and even during Covid times we were able to get some really unique, artistic images while wearing masks. And without the creative vision of Edith’s incredible floral design, we would have had 0 flower beards!

Not everyone can pull of wedding flowers in beards, but hopefully these colorful ideas can inspire some other wedding accessories for grooms—or simply for fun guy couples’ photoshoots. Having a moustache certainly helps, but is not necessary.

Gay wedding ideas - flower beards by NY wedding photographer

Some fancy lighting, and we ended the evening with a romantic and mysterious image (below) in their Long Island City loft. Dax the cat, meanwhile, took a well-deserved nap.

As a New York wedding photographer, I rarely get to do in-studio sessions with cats involved–so this was a real treat to work with a wonderful group and a feline whose career may be on the rise.


Flowers and floral design:

Vintage store & accessories:

Location: Long Island City

As seen on LA wedding group SBSN Bride, who called it “boutonbeards.” 🤣 (Love it!)

Kathryn Cooper Weddings

Long Island City Wedding Photographer | Gay Wedding Photographer | Cats in Weddings | Queens Wedding Photographer

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Wow– I have NEVER heard of this idea before!!! How wonderful and unique! And you did such an amazing job capturing them. LOVE the kitty!!! <3

Thank you, Heather! I can’t take credit for making it up, but it’s not super common so I’m so glad you loved it (and the cat!!)

Dax! I love you! What a great concept, the flowers in the beards are such great touch! Beautiful work!

I love Dax too! Thank you for your inquiry ;) ;)

Oh my goodness! These are so cute! I love all of the bold flowers. Nice job!

As a cat lady, seeing their kitty being included just made my heart all sorts of happy! Love the editorial vibes of this session, and such a gorgeous way to incorporate florals. More flower beards, please!

I’m so glad! I want more flower beards too…I have a lot of hair, but it’s on my head not on my chin…

Wow!! 😍 This is such a cool idea and a florists dream! Great photos and with Dax – classic cat photo – love it! 🙌 Exceptional all around and love the creativity/out of the box elopement day concepts brought to life. ❤️ Love it!

THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL. Such a great idea to show personality. How fun!! Saving for future reference for clients and friends! Honestly wishing I had a beard at this point.

🤣🤣 That’s amazing, because I also wanted a beard all of a sudden!

This is definitely something you do not see everyday ;) Like the bold color style!

This is such a cute idea! I love the flower beards, and that they included their cat 🥰 amazing photography as well!!

I’m so glad you love it too!!