Two Wheels Become One: The Men Do Manly Things

Sometimes recap posts about the men getting ready bore me. I mean, what’s interesting about a bunch of guys wearing matching penguin suits, laboring over cuff links? Luckily/unfortunately, we don’t have any photos of the men pretending to get dressed. They all got dressed separately and then met at a hotel for a manly photo op. (The hotel is actually the place we stayed on our wedding night, and it’s probably the swankiest thing in my home town.) I mentioned previously that there was a bit of a mixup with the second shooter, and it was my fault for rescheduling and forgetting to tell the photographer. So for the most part, I think the dudes were just chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool until the photographer showed up.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Bro-ing it up. Can you guess which two are my brothers?

Since I wasn’t there, and I’m sure the real story is boring as all heck, I’m going to make up a story of what went down.

First, the men all met up by the doors and each dude said “hey, man” to each other dude, for every possibly permutation of dude greetings. They all did the man hug too, where you start with a high five which turns into a handshake/handgrip combo, you pull your torsos together, and you slap each others’ backs masculinely.

Mr. Unicycle: Well, what do we do now?

My bro: Let’s grab some seats and bro it out for a while, brah.


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Mr. Unicycle with my bro-iest of bros.

So they went upstairs to the lounging area (this hotel lobby is enormous) and all sat down, making sure to leave at least one seat in between all of them, as men do. They then proceeded to chat about fantasy sports, whiskey, Breaking Bad, video games and hot chicks.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Mr. Unicycle’s college roommate


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Mr. Unicycle’s other college roommate.


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Mr. Unicycle’s bro.


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My lil’ bro

At some point, Mr. Unicycle’s parents showed up and assisted with the pinning of the boutonnieres, which is always a memorable event. I made the bouts using another Martha Stewart tutorial (I blogged about them here, too), and my MIL fluffed them up to make the petals curly.


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Father and son


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Father and sons


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The whole family

After a morning of chillaxin’, abusing the word “dude,” and taking photos, one of the guys said “hey man, maybe we should head to the church for the wedding or whatever.” And they strutted out like p-i-m-ps.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Did your husband bro it up before the ceremony? How believable is my story?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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  1. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:14 am

    Your story is amazing.

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    ilikeballet 277 posts, Helper bee @ 8:40 am

    I heart the way you tell stories. So funny and amazing…brah.

  3. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:49 am

    I bet that’s exactly what happened.

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    cookie, Guest @ 9:55 am

    I was looking at some photos of the guys getting ready from our special day and saw one of my husband and his brother, deep in a really emotional conversation. I asked him what they were talking about and he said, “I don’t know.” Really?! Your story is totally what happened and further proof that guys really aren’t thinking anything when you ask them, “What are you thinking right now?” You’re hilarious.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:02 am

    Hahaha. I am sure your story is dead on. That sounds about right.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:53 pm

    Your story sounds totes accurate.

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    lechevalnoir 277 posts, Helper bee @ 11:18 am

    Your writing style is the best! You have to keep recapping forever. =)

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