A Little Extra Meaning


“Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories,” – William Faulkner

It was important to me when we were planning our wedding to incorporate special elements and meaning into the details of our day. Here are some of the stories behind pieces of our wedding that carry extra meaning to us.


Pastor Joel is very special. He’s been a part of Eric’s family for a long time, and has welcomed me with open arms. He was so kind to travel from Cincinnati to marry us, and shared with us the meaning of marriage through faith. The time he spent to really understand our relationship and offer guidance and support as we grow together as husband and wife will make us (and has already) stronger as a couple. We thank him for this.


My wedding bouquet included two items, one from Eric’s family and one from mine.

Eric’s grandmother, Ellie, had English Ivy in her wedding bouquet. The ivy was saved following her special day, and is now passed down to each Palm woman getting married. Eric’s mom and sister both had it in their bouquets, and Eric (bless his heart) worked to keep a cutting of ivy alive in our garden for more than year to have just enough to include in mine.

The other special element in my bouquet is a brooch from my great grandmother Gertrude. I had the tremendous opportunity to get to know her quite well growing up. Spending many summers at the lake with her, she always let me play dress up with her shoes, makeup and jewelry. I truly believe her strength and love of celebration and life have carried through the ladies in my family. Her brooch reminded me to enjoy the moment, feel glamorous (and a bit sassy) on this day.



My mom handmade my garter for me. She used lace and beads from her wedding dress, which was also her mother’s dress, as well as pieces from my great grandmother Cahalan’s lace collection. To me, this garter represents not only three generations of women who committed their lives to the tradition of marriage, but of all of the women in my family who have the strength to love unconditionally.


When we first got engaged, Eric’s mom mentioned the ring bearer pillow for our ceremony. She had made one for her daughter’s wedding, so it meant so much to Eric and me for her to make one for us. I have to admit, the funny part about this pillow are the “fake rings” we tied to it so the 4-year-old ring bearer didn’t accidentally lose the real ones.

Following the ceremony, my dad said he was walking back down the aisle, and noticed something “shiny” (the center stone of the fake ring had popped out onto the floor). Let’s just say he wasn’t “in” on operation “fake rings” for the pillow.



I met Rachel and Jacey in Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Kansas. Our sorority’s motto “We live for each other,” can’t ring more true; these two ladies have been through it all with me (including the time we got fro-yo and I sat there gushing the whole time over “this guy Eric” I had just met). It’s tradition in ADPi for our sisters to place our sorority pin over our heart, the pin representing character, respect, faith and loyalty.


I’ve mentioned my love of antiques before, so of course there were a few vintage items at the wedding. All of our desserts were displayed on my grandmother’s antique cake plates and sterling silver platters.


Eric and I love to travel, and our first big trip together as a couple was to Napa Valley, California. We thought it would be fun to share our Napa story with guests and have everyone sign a giant bottle of our favorite sparkling wine – TBD on when we’re having everyone over to drink it!





Eric and I wanted to take a moment to pause while getting ready for the big day to share a few private words with each other and start a new tradition. Eric got me the most beautiful tennis bracelet and I got him a watch and watch box, all of which we’d like to pass down to our family someday.

The heirlooms from this special day will stay with us forever, and we look forward to creating more extraordinary memories as we build our lives together.

A big thank you to Sara Marie Photography for capturing all of the moments from our wedding.

Vendor Details | Gown: Kenneth Winston from All My Heart Bridal  / Her Accessories: Givenchy, Vince Camuto, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bella Bridesmaids / Hair: Lindsay Wolf / Makeup: Jessica Kissinger Artistry /  Men’s Attire: Jos A. Banks Clothiers / Venue & Flowers: Studio Dan Meiners / Cake & Desserts: McLain’s Bakery / Catering: Deco Catering / Hotel Accommodations: Sheraton Crown Center / Entertainment: Atlantic Express

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