Hoppily Ever After: Moments Before

While we were wrapping up family photos, the first of our guests started to arrive. Remember how we were really behind on hair and make-up, since the stylists were running late from another wedding? That threw off our timeline a little bit, so I snuck inside the Oak Tree Manor house as soon as the photos were done so I could hide from the guests. I figured that running into them before the ceremony would be pretty anti-climactic.

Outside, our two ushers, sweet family friends, were greeting the new arrivals and handing out programs.




And behold—behind the ushers was our “wedding wall,” a divider made of wood pallets that helped block off the ceremony area and served as a nice rustic gallery of sorts. We hung engagement photos and family wedding photos on both sides of the wall. It was a little tribute to some of our loved ones who have passed away—and it made me so, so happy to see their faces smiling back at me from the photos.



And beyond the wedding wall, the beautiful sofreh assembled by the women in Mr. W’s Persian family lay waiting.


The large mirror is to bring light and brightness into the future, and the candles symbolize fire and energy. The bite-sized cookies (yumm) are to be shared with guests after the ceremony.


The glass cloches and wood flowers made me positively swoon. Ugh, so pretty! Mother-in-law Wallaby gifted me several for Christmas, and they’re now perched on our living room shelves.


At the center of the table, the pomegranates—the fruits of the heavens—are for a joyous future.


Every wedding sofreh includes decorated eggs and nuts, which symbolize fertility. (Hopefully good luck for future Walla-babies? 😉 )


From a window inside, I could see our guests seated and waiting for the ceremony to start.


And our string quartet (four music students from Rice University) jammed out. I hired them a few weeks before the wedding, and I gave them a lot of creative license. So I’m not exactly sure what they played, but they sounded great. The classical music created a romantic ambiance outside under the trees.


The wedding party lined up in order of appearance inside the house, and I spent the final moments before the ceremony with my dad. We had found the living room completely abandoned, so we plopped down on one one of the pretty antique couches and tried not to cry. There’s no one I’d rather have spent those last moments with than my dad. He managed to come up with some pretty good dad jokes, and I cracked up. Then we both admired my bouquet, which I hadn’t had a spare moment to really notice before that point.

The bouquets had been dropped off much earlier in the day, but I was so busy setting up decorations and being made up (tough work, being a bride!) that I completely forgot about my bouquet. Someone handed it to me during those minutes before the ceremony started, and I was blown away by how beautiful it was. Lisa, our florist, took my inspiration—garden roses, dahlias, craspedia pods, hanging amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus—and ran with it. She wrapped the bouquet with lace and twine to match my romantic, natural theme.


And the flowers smelled divine. Look what was tied to the bouquet for good luck:


I was equipped with the best luck: bee luck.

Two weeks before the wedding, I checked the mailbox and found a small, thin package addressed from New Orleans. Inside was the sweetest note from Mrs. Beanstalk, and two bee charms which she had passed on to me for good luck.


Of course those charms made their way onto my bouquet, and sneaking a peak at them right before the ceremony gave me a feeling of love and support from this awesome community.

From inside Oak Tree Manor, I could faintly hear the first few lines of the wedding party recessional (“Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” by Handel). Hive, it was finally game time!

Up next: Mr. W and the wedding party storm the altar.

*All photos by the superlative Mustard Seed Photography.


Miss a recap? Previously:


Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
Getting Hitched: Guest Photos
The Day Before THE Day
Add a comment


  1. Member
    mrsskeletonkey 3459 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:10 am

    Sooooooo beautiful! Congrats on a day with TONS of love and style :)

  2. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:42 am

    Yay for the bees!

  3. Member
    jbarker09 382 posts, Helper bee @ 8:42 am

    this is amazing! So many beautiful details.
    How did you get the wedding wall to the wedding? Who put it together and took it apart? Actually, how did you get ALL your decorations there? I’m worried now that I’m planning, getting all the STUFF that I have made for the wedding to and from the venue quickly and without renting something

  4. Member
    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:51 am

    The Persian touches are so meaningful AND beautiful!
    The wood pallet wall was AMAZING! I wanna know who built that!!

  5. msmongoose Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 9:06 am

    Wow wow wow–the details of your ceremony are simply stunning. And that bouquet?!?! SWOOOON.

  6. Member
    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 9:16 am

    Love the programs, wedding wall, and sofreh!! Everything looks gorgeous!!

  7. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:16 am

    Ya’ll are too sweet! Seriously, your sweet comments just turned around my Monday morning.
    @jbarker09: The wedding wall was actually provided by our venue. Another bride (or maybe her handy husband) created it, and they donated it to the venue after their wedding. It’s made of wood pallets, and it looks really, really simple to make if you’re handy with a hammer and nails. Transporting the decorations took one pick-up truck and two cars – Mr. W and his brother loaded up the pick-up truck and dropped the stuff off the day before, and the BMs and I loaded up two cars with the rest and drove them over when we went to the rehearsal. The day after, we drove as much stuff home as we could, and we stored the rest in a closet at the venue and picked it up after our honeymoon.
    @lealorali: Another bride made the wood pallet wall and left it at the venue. But if ya’ll are interested, PM me and I can email you some more photos of it that might help you reconstruct it!

  8. Member
    togetherthroughlife 1107 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 am

    Congratulations! Everything looks so beautiful and perfect! I absolutely love the programs! Who made them for you!? :)

  9. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:48 am

    @TogetherThroughLife: Aw thanks! I designed the programs myself using Pixelmator (a very cheap Apple version of Photoshop) and my printed them out at home on recycled kraft paper. My dad helped tie them up with baker’s twine while I was at work the week of the wedding. I’ll post some photos of the inside of the programs in a recap of the wedding details :)

  10. Member
    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:42 am

    Everything looks beautiful! I’d love to see more of your programs– the cover is gorgeous!

  11. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:28 am

    Your ceremony details are just gorgeous, and I love your bouquet!

  12. Member
    Whitney818 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:51 am

    what a beautiful wedding! I love all the creative, personal details! can’t wait to see more pics of the programs. What font is that on the front?

  13. Member
    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 12:00 pm

    Since I’m home sick today, I just read through every one of your posts trying to find more details on your programs. PLEASE post more on them soon! (And after re-reading all that, I remember why you are one of my favorite bees of all time!) Such a beautiful, thoughtfully planned wedding and a beautiful bride, as well! Can’t wait to read more – keep those recaps coming!

  14. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:06 pm

    The sofreh is beautiful!

  15. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:34 pm

    @Whitney818: The script font is Carolyna Pro Black, and the serif I think was Copse but I’ll have to check to see if I have the template at home. PM me and I can email it to you!
    @TexasAggieMom: I will, absolutely! I never had a chance to write a post on all of our paper goods but I’ll include more info in the details post! You’re so sweet, I’m glad you’re enjoying the recaps!

  16. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:43 pm

    i really love your programs!

  17. Member
    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:19 pm

    Everything looks like the perfect setting for a magical day. I love how all the decor aspects came together! And program title? The best.

  18. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:42 pm

    everything is so beautiful. I love, love, love the symbolism involved, and those decorated eggs are amazing!

  19. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:18 pm

    I’m in love with your wedding! It’s delicious. And I want your programs! Beautiful.

  20. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 10:25 pm

    Gorgeous, darling! Seriously, everything looks so well thought out and put together. You did a fabulous job! Beautiful!

  21. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:42 am

    Your details came out beautiful! The bees looked amazing on your bouquet! So happy you enjoyed the note! That wall of family photos was such a unique touch. I remember being alone with my dad in our villa moments before the wedding and it was such a special time because it was just the two of us, one last time before I became a Mrs.

  22. Member
    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 4:33 pm

    Gorgeous details for your ceremony! Your bouquet is amazing!

  23. Member
    MrsPocahontas 306 posts, Helper bee @ 7:55 am

    your wedding was absolutely beautiful! love the “wall”!!! congrats!

add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors