To date, Jeff has been a groomsmen in eleven weddings (with his 12th coming up in October), and I have been a bridesmaid in six. In keeping the tradition alive, we're starting Sam's count early:
#1. "Ring Bearer" in Jeff's cousin Benjy's wedding.
When Benjy first asked if Sam would do the honor of walking his wedding rings down the aisle, I was hesitant... to say the least. Kid is a pro at looking cute; but, walking slowly in a straight line while carrying two expensive rings --- that's asking for trouble....
His role was simple - dress in adorable outfit, walk down the aisle, deliver book with rings tied to it, sit quietly with mom and dad during ceremony, walk back down the aisle at the end. BUT, after a less than ideal run at the rehearsal, I prepared myself for the wedding with a complete bribery kit (Dum-Dum lollipops, Teddy Grahams, and a new book), and significantly lower expectations.
When it was all said and done, Sam completed approximately 2/5ths of his assigned tasks (the dressing up and walking down the aisle parts), and I'm calling it a success...
Never mind that he literally threw the book with the rings on the ground with his first step - luckily, one of the four flower girls picked it up and safely got it up front - and then proceeded to say "uh oh" loudly and pick up each of the petals the girls dropped as he took his sweet time getting down the aisle then immediately ran off to play, he looked precious and and didn't completely ruin the wedding. #win
Later, he showed off his flat-footing on the dance floor, ate an unnatural amount of wedding cake, and tackled several of the older kids (#notmyfinestmoment). All in all, it was a good night.
Call it the southern girl in me, but I have a soft spot for a boy in a bow tie - especially short, bald ones. ;)
When wedding talk first began, I knew I wanted him to wear a sweet bow tie and suspenders. I, of course, scoured the internet and eventually came across Cotton Kandy on Etsy*. Not only are Kandace's clothes and accessories absolutely ADORABLE, but she also has some of the BEST prices around - we're talking $20.00 for hand-made bow tie and suspenders, versus $65 that I found at other shops.
The groomsmen were wearing khaki suits in the wedding, so I wanted something neutral with a touch of "little boy flair" (that's a thing, right?) for Sam. Kandance was SO easy to work with and helped me decide on the Cream and Brown Circles Adjustable Bow Tie and simple suspenders in solid light brown. The order came SO fast and the quality was fantastic. Sam kept both on all night, got TONS of compliments, and will definitely be wearing them again in the future.
If you're interested in getting your own bow tie and suspenders set (or at least one for your little boy - haha), go enter Kandace's give away on her Facebook page right here for the chance to win $25.00 Cotton Kandy Dollars! (You better believe I'm entering!!)
If you just can't wait... Use coupon code FALLFRENZY in the shop to get 10% off of your order now! Trust me, the new fall items are ridiculously cute, you'll be finding all kinds of excuses to dress your little man in a bow tie! :)
Hope you guys had a great weekend!
*I received Sam's bow tie and suspenders for free in exchange for this review. However, I found the shop all on my own, and I think Sam's photos speak for themselves. We are hooked!!