Treely, Madly, Deeply: All the Things (The Details Post)

I know that the Wedding Industrial Complex is A Thing and it puts a lot of pressure on brides to have the “OMG MOST PERFECT DAY EVA”—but hive, all outside pressure aside, our wedding day really was one of the best days (if not the best day) of my life.

Looking through these detail pictures makes my type-A heart happy because I really do feel that my vision (even if it changed a bit) was brought to life.

All photos via Limelight-Images unless otherwise noted

Our centerpieces:

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Our centerpieces started out as a grand idea that would be a semi-nod to Zelda lanterns and fairies, combining two loves of both Mr. Palm Tree and me, and resulted in what you see in the above pictures. Like quite a few of my ideas, this got pushed to the “if I have time” list. I had purchased much of the items needed sporadically throughout the course of our engagement, and the week prior to the wedding I sat down with my cousins B and O and we threw them together. Aqua colored marbles that I purchased from various craft stores, blue fairy berries hidden amongst them, this shredded filler that BM Y amazingly found and purchased for me that I still can’t remember the name of, and they were topped with assorted yellow silk flowers purchased from JoAnn. The lighting in the above pictures really doesn’t do them justice but, then again, there isn’t a lot of justice to be done: simple yet effective. Moving along.

Fun Stuff:

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Our bride and groom Mickey ears, purchased by BM Blackout as a surprise for us.

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One of the best inventions ever, our tumbler cups that I originally gifted to my girls at my shower. These were purchased from Debi DelaCruz on Etsy (on Cyber Monday—hint to all brides-to-be planning to shop: DON’T FORGET ABOUT CYBER MONDAY! I scored so.many.deals).

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Our favors, bride and groom cookies, homemade by a wonderful baker friend of mine. You can find her website here. She’s pretty fabulous.

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Above is our cake, by Brenda McGee, which was included in our package at The Fez. I did not care one iota about our cake so this was Mr. Palm Tree’s baby. My wonderful DOC/Friend E decorated the cake table with the extra flowers and, even though you can’t see them in this lighting, assorted fairy berries.

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Our place cards, another “they’ll be cool if I have time” thing. Bought the templates from Staples, I think, and printed these out the night before our rehearsal dinner. Boom.

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These programs were nearly the death of MOH Mem, Mr. Palm Tree, and me. I painstakingly designed them and was super proud of them, but hive, please learn from our mistakes and unnecessary hard work (also mentioned in the post about our invitations): OUTSOURCE ALL OF YOUR PRINTING. Getting the right parts to print on the right sides and then figuring out how to turn them around and dealing with the ink running out and computers freezing and just…it was a mess. We were in tears of laughter over it the night before the rehearsal dinner because, by the end of it all, some things that were supposed to be gray were pink and what else can you do at that point?

As you can see, DIY played a veeeeery tiiiiiiny role in our wedding. This is super representative of real life. I am far from DIY savvy, as I’ve stated many times. Our personal touches came more from the decisions we made and our actions: the music that we played, the reasons behind our wedding colors, our vows.

I made a sort of haphazard inspiration board way back when. Let’s revisit and compare, shall we?

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Once again, my MS Paint Skillz hard at work. From left to right: One via Bells and Whistles; Two via Style Me Pretty / by The Rhoads; Three via Sun Kissed Weddings; Four via Sakura Photography; Five via Wedding Channel; Six via Curbly; Seven via Wedding Wire; Eight via Etsy; and Nine via Etsy

Reality

All photos courtesy of Limelight-Images except for the top left, which is courtesy of BM Y

In this case, I’d say reality beats the inspiration by a landslide.

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Mrs. Palm Tree

Birthday:
March 20
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:21 pm

    Dude, formatting/printing our escort cards was the biggest pain. I feel ya!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 1:01 pm

    Those tumblers really were inspired–no party fouls on the dance floor counts for a LOT!

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    nicolelyn1218 961 posts, Busy bee @ 1:36 pm

    LOVE the tumblers and thank you for the tip on the cyber monday….it’s coming up soon so I will be sure to watch out for it! :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:20 pm

    Cannot agree with you more about outsourcing printing!

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 5:38 pm

    We did all of our printing and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be save for a few hiccups!

    Love all of these details – especially those cookies, OMG!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:11 pm

    Love the reality vs inspiration thing. Pad and Pie look like such tiny badasses. Haha

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    cateyes 355 posts, Helper bee @ 9:53 pm

    i’ve already got my cyber monday shopping list as a “tasks” list in gmail…and i’ve warned the man friend that i’m gonna be droppin’ some cash that day. :-D

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:18 am

    Your cake and those cookies are amaaaaazzzing and are making me hungry at this bright hour of 7:17 AM! haha :) Pretty details girl, I love it all!

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    pyramid 97 posts, Worker bee @ 6:07 am

    your centerpieces were made to look like fairies inside omgiloveyouletsbebestfriends.

    And I love your comparison board – Palm Trees totally win hands down!

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    BlinginBride 25 posts, Newbee @ 7:05 am

    Your inspiration vs. reality section was awesome! Loved seeing all of your details too :) Thanks for the reminder about Cyber Monday! I would have never remembered this. Glad I didn’t do too much online shopping yet for my wedding!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:20 am

    @Mrs. Campfire: HATRED. So. many. curse. words.

    @Mrs. Road Trip: YES times a million. I absolutely would’ve been the ass to have dropped/broken my glass – so not worth it.

    @NicoleLyn1218, @cateyes, @BlinginBride: You ladies will NOT regret it. I was reflecting earlier on all I purchased that day and it was seriously a shit ton – every single gift for every single person in our wedding was purchased on Cyber Monday. I legitimately saved hundreds. Go in armed with a list and do not emerge until you’re satisfied! :) One more random tip: Things Remembered and Etsy were GREAT sources for personalized items!

    @Mrs. Pony: Definitely part of my “what I would change” column!

    @Mrs. Jet Setter: Jelly. I hated every step of our printing. MOH Mem’s printer is ancient, so maybe that had something to do with it, but regardless I still get frustrated when I think about it and I know she does, too.

    @Mrs. Waterfall: Agreed! They’re total badasses.

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I’ve heard that the cake was super yummy! Haha. The cookies I can personally attest to being absolutely deeeelicious.

    @Miss Pyramid: Haha YES! Unfortunately it didn’t work out QUITE how I wanted it to but whatever – in the grand scheme of things, I’m not complaining.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:34 pm

    Those programs may have been a lot of work, but they are gorgeous! I love your cake too!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:33 am

    @Mrs. Gondola: Thank you SO much. I really appreciate you saying this – I feel like they got lost in the hubbub of everything else (and rightfully so, they’re just programs), so this means a lot. :)

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