When I finally made it to First Presbyterian, the first thing I noticed was how absolutely gorgeous it was outside. Blue skies with white, cotton ball clouds framed the exterior of my childhood church, and the temperature was at an absolutely perfect 72 degrees. It was crazy windy, though, and as I climbed out of the car, my dress bag got caught in the updraft and almost flew away from me! I held on for dear life, however, and marched inside to camp out in the church’s parlor, where a few of my girls had already assembled.
Meanwhile, Mr. A and his groomsmen had picked a room upstairs to assemble and put on their duds. A friend of my mom’s had offered to put together the groomsmen’s baby’s breath boutonnieres, and she was there to pin them on along with the one our florist made for Mr. A.
After they were all dressed, MOH Henna delivered my wedding gift to Mr. A. We agreed to write a love letter to each other and exchange small (read: INEXPENSIVE) gifts.
So, what did Mr. A get….?
Custom cufflinks, of course!
Mr. A was a Geography major in college and has kind of an obsession with maps, so I hunted for a seller on Etsy who was able to crank out a custom pair of map cufflinks for Mr. A as his wedding gift. One represents the town where we met and fell in love…
And the other is the town where we would begin our new lives together as husband and wife:
I have been told from both our photographer and Mr. A’s groomsmen that the cufflinks were a major hit. In fact, since the wedding, Mr. A has placed them on display on a shelf in our living room and hasn’t moved them since. I’m pretty sure that means I did good!
Once they were all dressed, the guys headed out to the alley behind the church for a few pre-ceremony shots. These pictures are so fun!
Now, you might recall my previous post about ordering mismatched ties for our groomsmen. We ordered four slightly different ties from The Tie Bar, and they turned out awesome! The ties were amazing in quality, shipped quickly and were reasonably priced. And I think they look just different enough to give our guys a bit of individuality.
Up next, I get ready for my wedding day debut and get to have a photo-op with my lovely ladies!
- I gave you guys a recap of my recaps.
- I cried over cupcakes, we rehearsed, and stayed up until ungodly hours the night before our wedding day.
- We spent the whole morning and afternoon of the wedding day setting up the reception venue, and I massaged my own feet in the shower.