The time has come, dear friends, to lay down the first brick of the Pyramid Wedding recaps!
The day in a nutshell: cheesy smiles, kisses, and beautiful flowers. / Photo by Eau Claire Photographics
I’ve been popping in here and there since the wedding, but after a year of writing on the ‘Bee, a little refresh of some of my favorite posts seems in order:
Hi, hive. Mrs. Palm Tree here, excited to be back in action as a participant in the “After the Wedding” series. This part’s prompt focuses on what we’ve learned and how we’re different as a couple as well as individuals since being married.
Mr. Palm Tree and I are almost at exactly a year and a half of marriage—my most recent post was our anniversary post from May. If you’re familiar with us, you know that Mr. Palm Tree and I were together for nine years before we were married. It’s safe to say that going into marriage, we knew each other for better or worse.
Personal photo | Mr. Palm Tree and me, Halloween ’06
The first year of marriage was pretty much like every other year we’d spent together: We laughed, we cried, we went on dates, we maintained our individual lives as well as our lives as a couple…nothing out of the ordinary. Sure, we’d refer to each other as “husband” and “wife” in a joking, loving manner because we could, but other than that, I wouldn’t say anything changed. “How’s married life?” people would ask, and I’d respond, “Same as always.”
One really awesome thing about having a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort is that my hair and makeup for the wedding day are included! One crap thing about having a destination wedding at an all-inclusive resort is not having a makeup or hair trial in advance of the big day. (Technically I could make an appointment with the resort salon and pay out-of-pocket for a trial, but it’s expensive!)
After spending the last five months with me on Weddingbee, I’m sure it’s a surprise to no one that I am not that girly…I wear yoga pants and flip-flops on the reg, and wear my hair in a ponytail most days. I don’t wear very much makeup; on a (work) daily basis my beauty staples include: 100% Pure argon oil moisturizer with SPF 30, Neutrogena mineral powder foundation, 100% Pure eye shadow in cocoa plum, Revlon Colorstay pencil eyeliner, 100% Pure mascara in blackberry and…well, that’s it. Here’s my normal work face:
Sorry, coworkers! In my defense it was a Monday morning, and I’d slept terribly the night before. I do not know what that white ring on my neck is. Hopefully it’s the light. Yikes!
Yes, I’m still talking about our invitations, concentrating today on the inside bits. This gets fairly technical so I won’t be offended if you choose to skip the words and just look at the pictures.
Design. I designed our invitations in Power Point. I searched far and wide for the perfect fonts and finally settled on Jellyka—Nathaniel a Mystery (the scriptier font) and Artisan12 (the blockier font), both free downloads from DaFont.com. And because I love making things harder for myself in the name of aesthetics, for the Artisan12 font I used only the uppercase letters and denoted the capital letters by using a slightly larger font size. For example, in the picture below the “B” in “BROOKLYN” is in font size 11 and “ROOKLYN” is in font size 9.
eternalsmiles shares a photo of her brooch bouquet
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Ceremony, ceremony, ceremony. Thinking about our actual wedding day ceremony gives me slight anxiety. I’m so excited to be exchanging vows with the love of my life, and heck, that’s the most important part of the day! So why all the dramatics? Unknown to my friends and family, I am a very private, quiet person. But I’m not an introvert. Kinda strange.
My entire life, I’ve been a competitive dancer, cheerleader, piano player. I’m very used to being in the spotlight. But on the day of the wedding it will be all eyes on me. This terrifies me. I’m painfully goofy, and I laugh and giggle out of embarrassment or to disguise my shyness or being uncomfortable.
Now the problem that I will have with our wedding day is the fact that not only will we have our 350 guests attending, but like I mentioned before, Mr. W’s father is a well known pastor in the city of Detroit. He has friends that are featured on television shows, and he is pretty involved in his church’s COGIC (Church of God in Christ) denomination across the US.
During our venue search, we toured A LOT of places in the DC DMV area. One of those places was the Washington Navy Yard, which is right across the street from where we used to live (and where FMIL still resides).
On Friday, we had the opportunity to attend a Strawberries and Champagne Charity Gala there, and I was glad to get a chance to see the venue in action. Here is my score for the event, if you’re interested in the Washington Navy Yard for your wedding.
Here are my comments on Venue, Dress, Food, and Overall Experience on a scale of 1-10. If you have seen the show Four Weddings on TLC, you will recognize my categories and grading scale.
Venue – 7
The Washington Navy Yard has a lot of history. Placed perfectly on the water of the Potomac River in Washington, DC, the Washington Navy Yard is a perfect mix of military tradition and modern urban swag.
Image via Examiner.com
The Catering and Conference Center sits on the edge of the base, with a gazebo that faces the water. Unfortunately, I had to deduct points from the venue because there are MANY guidelines and restrictions to allow civilians onto the base. You would have to have a military sponsor to even rent the facility, and then you would have to collect the names, driver’s license numbers, and vehicle information of every guest to submit to the guard at the gate. Then, once you get past all the security at the gate, there are A LOT of twists and turns on the base to get from the gate to the Catering Center. I would suggest making cool signs with arrows (and maybe balloons) to direct all the vehicles.
The inside is great, though. The entire place can seat over 300 guests, but it can also be sectioned into smaller rooms if you are having a more intimate wedding (or want one room for the ceremony and one for the reception). Unfortunately, this could be a drawback, as they do book more than one event in an evening if you aren’t planning to buy out the entire venue. At the event we attended on Friday, we were in one half of the full ballroom, and we could hear ALL the music from the party next door. Our smooth jazz dinner music was easily overpowered by sounds of the line dances and dance jams. But when dinner ended and we transitioned into our own dance music, I no longer noticed.
Dress – N/A
Since this wasn’t a wedding, there was no bridal dress to score, but if you’re looking for a venue that lends itself to formal attire, this place is for you. This is definitely the cocktail, formal, or black tie optional event location.
Mr. A and I got a chance to get dressed up! / Personal photo
Food – 4
I’m not going to lie, the food was a little disappointing. When we arrived there was a tray of fruit and cheese. Then for dinner we had our choice of London broil or apple almond chicken; I had the former and Mr. A had the latter. The beef was lukewarm and tough, but the vegetables and potatoes were well seasoned and tasty. Mr. A said his chicken was pretty good, and he agreed the sides were the highlight of the plate. Dessert consisted of a chocolate fountain with globs of chocolate and a vanilla sheet cake that looked beautiful, but tasted a little dry.
Overall Experience – 7
Despite the disappointing food and the distracting dance music next door, I really enjoyed myself! The room was decorated nicely in red and white, and the DJ played some GREAT line dancing music.
Look who also attended! It’s BM Motivated!
Have you been able to attend any events at venues that you looked at for your wedding? Did you reconsider your decision?