Real Bride: Molly W.

Dress from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Real Bride Molly W

Dress from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier

Dress from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Real Bride Molly W

Dress from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier

Flowers by River Market Event Place, Real Bride Molly W

Flowers by River Market Event Place

River Market Event Place, Real Bride Molly W

River Market Event Place

Flowers from River Market Event Place, Dress from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Groom's Suit from Houndstooth, Real Bride Molly W

Flowers from River Market Event Place, Dress from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, Groom’s Suit from Houndstooth

From the Bride:

The Proposal:

Scott’s proposal was amazing. We were in Los Angeles visiting family and out for a
drive. His brother wanted to stop at the LA Arboretum. After walking around for a
little while, we came upon an alcove with live music. I immediately recognized one
of my favorite songs, a song that was very meaningful to us. At that moment, I knew
what was going on and thought Scott hired a band to play that song. However, we
turned the corner, and I saw that it was actually our favorite band playing. Scott had
hired Mansions on the Moon, an indie pop band, to play a private concert for us
while he proposed. I was so surprised. Then, we drove back to his brother’s house
where all of my family and his family had flown out to San Diego and were waiting
to surprise me.

Save the Dates:

For our save the date, we decided to make a video that illustrated our love for
competition, playing games, and ultimately having fun. To start, Scott wore a suit and I put on my mom’s wedding dress. Then, we had friends film us playing volleyball, basketball
(we were both college athletes), a college drinking game called beer die that
includes the use of dice, and the table game bananagrams. At the end, we used the letters from bananagrams and numbers from the dice to spell out “Save the date: 4-22- 17”. It was a blast.

Rehearsal Dinner:

Our rehearsal dinner was at Three Points Event Space. We had a small dinner for
just family and wedding party but then opened up the beautiful rooftop space for all
wedding guests. Scott designed playlists for both that night and the wedding since
we chose not to have a DJ. He picked every song and made sure each song had
meaning to us or to those attending. Also, my uncle served as our MC announcing
speeches, etc.

Special Memories:

We had several ways to remember our relatives that have passed away. First, in my shoe,
I had the same dime that my great grandmother had worn in her shoe on her
wedding day in 1917. In addition, I wore another great grandmother’s necklace, and used her wedding band as my wedding band. I also made my own veil using a hair clip from
my great grandmother. A family friend made our desserts (crème brûlée and French
silk pie are my favorite things so we had to have those), and she used Scott’s
grandma’s zucchini bread recipe. 

Unique Touches:

For our wedding inspiration, we wanted a relaxed and fun vibe. We also wanted
every detail of our wedding to fully represent us. So, during our first look, we opened a
bottle of nice champagne we had saved from the day we got engaged. We also ordered a
full-sized Pop-a- shot game and giant Connect 4 board for the cocktail hour, and
brought the game corn hole as well. In addition, our wedding favors were custom dice for the above mentioned beer die game.

We took the streetcar from our hotel to the wedding venue. Then, we used a food truck for
our caterer, which was so fun and delicious! I spent a lot of time painting and
embossing menus, signs, place cards, and thank you cards for the wedding. I  also used
nicknames for most guests on their place cards, and we asked everyone to take a
polaroid of themselves when they picked up their place card. Then, we used those
polaroids in our guest book.

Scott’s brother officiated our wedding, which was very  special. We also had the other siblings give speeches during the ceremony, so it was really meaningful. Finally, Scott and I stood up to thank our guests. However, instead of just saying a few words, we had pre-recorded a rap song we wrote that thanked our guests. This was because Scott and his friends used to make up silly rap songs in college.

We had the most amazing night, and so many of our guests told us they appreciated
how unique the wedding was and how it truly reflected us as a couple!

Molly  and Scott
4/22/17
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: River Market Event Place
Dress: #16212 from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier
Hair: Hello Lovely
Makeup: Maria Morris
Photography: Aaron Phelps Photography
Videography: Wooten Media
Groom’s Suit: Houndstooth
Flowers: River Market Event Place
Cake: Rachel King
Desserts: Gwen Shirkey
Food: Blue Moose Truck
Hotel: Westin Crown Center
Rehearsal Dinner: Three Points Event Space

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