The Mother-of-the-Groom Diaries: The Day Before the Big Day

A bridegroom wearing shorts and T-shirt on the day before his wedding carries his patent leather wedding shoes. Photo by BF Newhall

The day before the wedding we picked up Peter at his place in suburban Minneapolis and headed over to the local Men’s Wearhouse, where he and Jon tried on their wedding tuxes. Photos by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

In a little more than twenty-four hours our son Peter would be a married man. But first, he and Jon had to pick up their wedding duds at the local Men’s Wearhouse. Our daughter spent the afternoon getting fit in the hotel gym. My dress and accessories were ready, so I took pictures.

Father of the groom Jon Newhall tried on his wedding tux at Men's Wearhouse in Eden Prairie, MN. Photo by BF Newhall

Jon’s vest, shirt and jacket fit just fine.

Purple vest and ivory shirt for the groom at Men's Wearhouse

The bride chose purple as her color and Men’s Wearhouse had vests and neckties in a handsome shade.

Groom tries on fashionable purple tie and vest at Men's Wearhouse, Eden Prairie, MN. photo by BF Newhall

Ivory shirts complemented the vests and ties worn by the men in the wedding party. Photos by BF Newhall

















Bearded groom wearing purple necktie and vest with tux at Mens Wearhouse. Photo by BF Newhall

A relaxed groom in red t-shirt smiles and carries his Mens's Wearhouse tux in a bag. Photo by BF Newhall

His wedding clothes in order, our son Peter was a very relaxed groom.

Young woman working okut on the eliptical machine at Marriott City Center, Minneapolis. Photo by BF Newhall

Christina got a workout in at the Marriott City Center gym on the day before her brother’s wedding.

Writer Barbara Falconer Newhall wearing long purple knit gown & swarovsky jewelry for son's wedding. Photo by BF Newhall

My outfit was complete: Purple knit gown by Lauren from Bloomingdale’s, black stretch sandals by Impo from DSW. (Cheaper and more comfy than the the silver sandals I’d been looking at.) The gown was less than $200 and the shoes around $40 — so I splurged and bought myself the earrings and bracelet by Swarovsky.




  1. Great pictures, Barb! The one of you is stunning–love the cuff! Everyone looks so happy. Well done, dear cousin!

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      Thanks, Jeanie. Went jewelry shopping again today. But this time it was at the Open Studios in Berkeley. Stay tuned!

  2. wonderful to see you all. more photos please.

  3. Sharie mcnamee says:

    Barbie, I know you’re not supposed to focus on the mothers instead of the bride and grooom, but that’s going to be hard for people because you look so stunning – but cute at the same time. No wonder peter is so good-looking. I’m glad you took pictures because it does give me a sense of being there with you. I’m happy for your family. Sharie


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