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Molly & Malachy: Novel Wedding

May 29, 2011 — Spill The Wine

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    The bride, in her mother's dress, posed for a few snapshots with her groom by the river.
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    The second floor of Spill the Wine.
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    The bride's wedding band was from 1910, while her engagement ring was from 1930.
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    The groomsmen wore gray suits of their choosing with yellow ties.
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    The bridesmaids donner gray dresses of their choosing.
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    Billy balls were scattered throughout the reception.
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    The bride's brother (right) provided acoustic ceremony music.
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    Each table was named after a book.
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    Dessert included cakes and pies from Country Cake Cupboard.

Total book geeks. That’s how Molly and Malachy describe themselves, and it’s one of the things that first connected them when they met through a mutual friend in 2006. So when the Chicago couple started planning their Twin Cities wedding (Molly grew up in Apple Valley), they knew books would play into their big day. “We wanted books everywhere at our wedding,” says Molly.

The literary theme was introduced early, with the typewriter-like font on their programs. The couple also collected stacks of vintage books to place on the reception tables, and each table was labeled by book. (Many of Malachy’s Irish relatives sat at the Dubliners table, for instance, while his high school friends got Confederacy of Dunces.) Even the favors were literary-minded. “We gave books to everyone as a wedding favor, so we spent a whole year and a half going to garage sales and out-of-business sales and getting more than 200 books,” says Molly. “It was really fun picking them out for everyone and thinking about our friends’ personalities.”

That personal attention was important to Molly and Malachy. When they started planning their wedding, they didn’t start with venue or color scheme or dresses; they thought about the feeling they wanted to create. “We decided that we want everybody to feel loved and welcomed and to have it be joyous more than formal,” says Malachy.

That idea helped inform the color scheme (a cheerful mix of yellow and gray) as well as the ceremony, which included songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It also helped the couple keep their cool when, six weeks before the wedding, their wedding planner called to say the rising Mississippi River was threatening their venue at Harriet Island Pavilion. “I drove my car up to Minneapolis after work on a Friday and re-planned the whole wedding on a Saturday and then drove back on Sunday,” says Molly. With that dramatic tension resolved, however, this tale of two book lovers found its happy ending.

Ceremony/reception: Spill the Wine • Dress: Molly’s mother’s wedding dress from the 1970s • Bridesmaids’ dresses: Medium-gray dresses of their choice • Groom’s attire: Personal suit • Groomsmen’s attire: Gray suits of their choice, Target ties • Rings: Steve Quick Jeweler in Chicago • Catering: Spill the Wine • Cake/pie: Country Cake Cupboard • Flowers: Summer Harsh Botanical Artistry • Invitations: Homemade • Ceremony music: Bride’s brother, John Each, and his bandmate Mike Hoolihan • Reception music: Instant Request DJ Entertainment • Wedding planner: Geri Wolf of Style Laboratory • Hair: Gaire Ebben of Hair District • Makeup: Lisa Kosloski • Honeymoon: Belize

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