A Perfectly Scripted Soirée
From the gooms...
We wanted our wedding to be fun and funny, emotional and memorable with some unique, one-of-a-kind moments, and above all, personal and representative of us as individuals and as a couple. To that end, we wrote and made our own invitations, which were scripts (we’re both film and TV writers) that were customized to each individual guest, featuring them as characters in a mini-screenplay about people receiving our wedding invitation. We continued with this theme at the wedding, where every place setting at the dinner was another script that starred all the guests at each particular table. We also made our own place cards out of paint samples from Home Depot, served cookie cakes as dessert based on an in-joke between us, and performed a fully choreographed first dance that we spent months rehearsing.
But the most personal aspect of the wedding was our ceremony, which was officiated by a close friend of ours, who is a playwright. In preparation, he interviewed several of our friends and family members in addition to us and had us all fill out detailed questionnaires about our relationship. The ceremony told the story of how we first met, how we became a couple, and how we got engaged, and included re-enactments of our first emails by two friends maneuvering hand puppets, a message from our dog via video, and a precisely timed explosion of confetti at the end. So much confetti.
From the moment we got engaged to our first steps walking down the aisle was only six months, so we had to put everything together in a very short period of time. We managed to find a spectacular venue that, since it had just re-opened, was available on our preferred day (we were the first wedding to take place there), and coincidentally had a personal connection to one of the top catering companies in Portland. Because we live in Los Angeles, most of the planning had to be done remotely, with just a couple visits in between, but with the help of our wedding planner, family in Portland, and lots of online shopping, we were able to pull everything off in spectacular fashion. We miss our wedding every day and wish we could do it all over again.