Hoppily Ever After: Family Matters

Hive, I have so much love for my family. We Skype every Sunday night, we travel back and forth between Houston and Seattle as often as we can, we text each other all the time…we stick together. My parents both work in the oil industry, and with all the company mergers during the ’90s, we moved around a lot when I was a kid. Moving can definitely bring a family closer together. So naturally, it meant the world to me that my parents and little bro were there to watch me get married.

After Mr. W and I frolicked around in our fancy duds for couple’s portraits, it was time to line up with the fam for a second round of photos. A few strands of Mama Wallaby’s updo were astray, so I helped pin them back in place.


And then the photo blitz began. Our photographers had sent us a “family photos checklist” to complete a week before the wedding to make sure they didn’t miss anyone. That really sped up the process. I think we got those bad boys done in, like, 15 minutes! As she and her assistant clicked away, Kat shouted out: “Liz and Mom!”…”Dad, you’re next!”… “Liz and Dad!” until we had taken photos with every possible arrangement of family members.

Mama Wallaby and I shared a private mama-daughter moment:


Papa Wallaby and I posed together. Cute side note: his workplace is very casual, so he doesn’t own many suits. The suit he’s wearing here is actually the same one he wore on my parents’ own wedding day! Isn’t that sweet? (Also, the man has not gained a pound in the last 30-plus years. I can’t believe he wore that suit when he was 25.)


And of course we snapped a photo with my whole immediate family. Naturally, we lined up by height, prom-style.


I really didn’t see too much of Little Brother J all day, so it was nice to catch up with him during the family portraits. He always puts a grin on my face.


Here’s Mama Wallaby and me with my grandmother. I always love studying family photos with multiple generations. You might see some likeness between the three of us—although I look more like the women on my dad’s side. My grandmother is Mr. W’s and my only surviving grandparent, and she recently celebrated her 80th birthday—so it was very special that she made the trip down to Houston to celebrate with us.


Right before we started taking photos with Mr. W’s side of the family, we realized that all of the boutonnieres and bouquets were just chillin’ in the fridge inside. We are all definitive amateurs when it comes to pinning flowers to ourselves, so Teri, our incredible day-of coordinator, stepped in to get everyone all pinned up.


Mama Wallaby looked on. She is such a beauty.


Finally, all the bouts were pinned and everyone was in place. Hive, meet the whole Wallaby clan! My family just got a whollllle lot bigger. 😉


Afterward came Mr. W’s family photos. In one of my faves, Mr. W posed with his parents. You can’t tell here who he got his height from, huh? Mr. W and I are pretty much human giants…our poor future children. 😉


As we were wrapping up family photos, I took a quick photo with Mr. W’s two sisters—the two sisters I never had. R and H were also bridesmaids, so this isn’t the last you’ll see of them. Aren’t they gorgeous?


As much as I loved standing around taking pictures until my face fell off (false: my cheeks were starting to actually ache), it was time to get the show on the road. Up next: the ceremony starts! (Dun-dun-dun-duhhh!)

*All photos by the marvelous Mustard Seed Photography.


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Wedding Date:
November 2012
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  1. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:37 am

    Aww – I love family pics! :) So adorable. Also, hot damn your dress is beautiful! Love it.

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    von1976, Guest @ 7:14 am

    Gorgeous! Such wonderful family photos. I love our dress–I can’t wait to wear it!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 7:33 am

    I love that your dad wore his wedding suit!! :)

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:21 am

    I think it’s awesome that your dad wore his wedding suit. This is proof that a classic suit never goes out of style!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:01 am

    What a beautiful, stylish family! I love the picture with your mom and grandma, so sweet!

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    Subie 150 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:20 am

    Such beautiful pictures! Do you know where your mom got her dress? Or who made it? My mom is looking for something with sleeves thats not so “old lady” and your mom’s dress is perfect!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:36 am

    @Subie: My mom got her dress at Nordstrom about 6 months ago. The designer is Kay Unger New York. I would check out her designs, or make a trip to Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack – they have a lot of beautiful dresses that aren’t so “old lady” :)

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 12:06 pm

    Both the MOB and MOG dresses are beautiful!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:34 pm

    yay, i love bees who love their families and share those special family shots!

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    mrshollinger 1109 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:31 pm

    Love the MOG dress! Where is it from?

    Also my maid dresses are VERY similar just in a blush colour. I have actually been panicking a little and wishing I got long dresses but your bms look GORGEOUS.

    You are such a stunner! Your dress was soo pretty and you looked SO GOOD.

  11. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:43 pm

    So. many. awesome. dresses. Wow. You guys all look amazing.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 10:16 pm

    I love the bridesmaids dresses…love them a lot.

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:52 am

    I am officially in love with your veil. Who did you buy it from on Etsy?

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:14 am

    @mrshollinger: The MOG dress was from Dillard’s, I’m not sure who the designer was. I think they sell it at other department stores, though, because I could’ve sworn that I saw it again at Macy’s! I can’t wait to see your recaps – I LOVE blush BM dresses. They’re so dreamy :)
    @ChicagoDreamer: Those are just two of them… The other BMs picked out 3 other styles in 2 other colors. Wait til you see them all together 😉
    @Ms_Maple: Aw thanks!! I bought it from Teri Huang who owns the Etsy store “Bridal by Teri.” My veil was the 9″ French/Russian netting birdcage veil. It arrived, like, a week after I ordered it in great shape, and it was only $23 – I highly recommend it!

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    itsel 14 posts, Newbee @ 3:04 pm

    I am in love with your color scheme. If you dont mind can you please tell me the exact colors?

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:25 pm

    @itsel: We didn’t have a very strict color scheme, to be honest – but I’d say our color palette was a mix of pastels and muted earthy tones: blush, ivory, champagne, gold, gray, and sage green.

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