Last I left you fabulous people I was just about to reveal my special gift to Mr. Farmer. I thought really hard what to gift my groom. You see, Mr. Farmer is incredibly romantic and when it comes to gifts—he blows me out of the water. He is constantly doing things to let me know that he is thinking of me or to show me how much he loves me. Because he is so awesome in the gift giving department, I knew that I would need to come up with something extra special for his wedding gift.
Let’s face the facts, Mrs. Barn is NOT a great writer (I think we can all agree on that), but I have kept a journal off and on for the past several years. It’s what helped me through some very dark years before I met Mr. Farmer, and I just sort of kept going with it. When Mr. Farmer proposed I started adding more and more to my journal, and I think you can see where I am going with this. I decided to gift Mr. Farmer my journal, starting from the day we met. I made sure to bring it with me to our rehearsal because I wanted to get it documented, and I also wanted to be there when he opened it.
Mr. Farmer is not an emotional person, but seeing him start to cry was all that I needed to lose it as well.
I kept my journal in a Microsoft Word document (real creative, I know), and I transferred it over to Lulu.com to print it. It was incredibly reasonable and it was the perfect gift. He later told me that he while in his hotel room, the night before our wedding, he read the whole thing cover to cover. He told me that he laughed, cried, and had a lot of “oh, that’s what you meant” moments. It’s exactly what I had in mind when I created it. I left all the entries as they were written, only going through and adding pictures with captions. I loved it and he loved it even more knowing how much time and effort I put into putting it together.
After I presented Mr. Farmer with his gift we spent the remainder of our rehearsal dinner mingling with our guests and taking pictures. I’ll spare you all those photos and only post a few of my favorites.
Yours truly with Matron of Honor Fluff and Maid of Honor K:
Mr. Farmer with Junior Best Man R and Best Man N (like I said, not a smile kind of guy, although he just proposed to Bridesmaid K this past weekend and we got to be there—yay):
A ridiculous photo of the Farmer family:
And the whole fam looking sharp:
As an added surprise to our parents, Mr. Farmer and I rented them a special vintage limo. We didn’t want them to have to drive, and we wanted to give them a chance to speak to one another, as this would be the first time they had really had any interaction, other than the rehearsal hours prior. After the rehearsal dinner they took the children back to the hotel while we went out with our bridal party for a quick stop downtown.
Fun story time. It wouldn’t be a Barn blog post without a fun story that has nothing to do with anything. You see those big “buses/RVs” in the background? Well they were all over the parking lot and, knowing that quite a few concerts were going on in the area, I wanted to know who they belonged to. I marched right up the the guys sitting outside grilling and said, “Hey I’m getting married tomorrow, what’s with all this?” After I assured them I was not some crazy groupie and had no intentions of following them, they confided they were the band and sound crew for Steven Tyler, as in, from Aerosmith! They happened to be on their way through, and stopped for the evening before heading to their next concert spot. No I didn’t spot Steven, but it was way cool nonetheless, and they wished us luck on our nuptials and toasted us as we left to join the rest of our friends.
OK, back to the details. We headed to downtown Eau Claire for a quick stop at The Pickle for a celebratory shot and drink with our bridal party. Mr. Farmer and I wanted a chance to hang out with our entire bridal party before we parted ways in a few hours. Since it was the summer and college wasn’t in session downtown was empty and we had the entire place to ourselves; it really was perfect.
(a very blurry shoddy photo)
We only had the bus for an hour after we left our rehearsal dinner, so we didn’t stick around for very long. We all loaded back onto the bus for the short ride back to our hotel. GM R was playing DJ for the evening and turned on the song “Friends in Low Places” right as we pulled into the hotel parking lot. Despite being at the hotel, our entire bridal party continued to sit on the bus belting out the lyrics. It was quite honestly one of the best memories of the day. All our friends sitting on a bus singing, what could be better?
You can see BM N really getting into it, above. He was the person who started our singalong. Our bus driver even joined in about halfway through (I am sure he was confused why nobody was getting off the bus). I know there is a video floating around somewhere, but I have no idea where it is.
After our American Idol moment, everyone piled off the bus and headed to the hotel bar. Even though it was light out, I knew that I would need a good night’s sleep in order to be a functional human being, so I retired to my room for the last time as Miss Barn. I kissed my groom goodnight, and I spent the evening alone writing my final post and getting a few things ready for the following morning. I knew ahead of time that I would be too excited to get any good sleep, so I discussed a plan of action with my doctor and took some medication to help relax me to sleep. It was one of the best decisions that I made. Getting a good night’s sleep is pretty important, and I am so thankful that I was able to get a full eight hours. I fell asleep thinking about walking down the aisle, and that was a pretty perfect way to end our rehearsal day if you ask me.
Did anyone else have any funny bridal-party moments? What did you do after your rehearsal dinner? Were you able to sleep well the night before??
**all photos personal
Missed a recap? Catch up here:
- Wedding Bales: Let’s Get The Party Started
- Wedding Bales: Special Cargo
- Wedding Bales: Rehearsing it All
- Wedding Bales: Food and Friends