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The Michaels + The Brides

{The Grooms + Their Brides}

On Saturday, I had the honor and pleasure of attending THE MOST FUN WEDDING OF ALL TIME in sunny Malibu, California. It was billed as “the wedding to end all marriages,” with a Bar Mitzvah-carnival theme and an invitation that encouraged women to wear a wedding dress if they had one. It surpassed all my wildest dreams.

Me + Jason + Todd

{Me + two of my besties, Jason and Todd}

Both grooms are named Michael. I initially met one of the Michaels through Groundlings, and quickly realized he is one of the funniest people to ever exist. (This is a completely unbiased statement. Billy Crystal agrees with me.) A few years ago, he created a show called Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over and I remember thinking, after first seeing it at UCB, that it was one of the most unique and hilarious spectacles I’d ever experienced. Now, it’s world famous. I got to be in it last summer, and it is the most fun I have ever had onstage. EVER. And it was at the end of a Fairy Tale show that Michael surprised Michael with a proposal:

Proposal

Michael is just as funny as Michael. And has just as big a heart. And is just as much fun. Being around them will make you believe in love, a sentiment that was echoed by many people throughout their wedding. I love them very much.

Michael and Michael

{Michael + Michael at our wedding}

And, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them for giving me a chance to wear my wedding dress again. I use the term “wear” very loosely – in reality, I stuffed myself back in (with assistance from 3 people) and got light-headed if I had to sit any longer than 5 minutes at a time. WORTH IT. It was truly a dream come true for me. I call this series We’re Late But I Still Need Help Wrestling Into My Gown:

fixing dress 1

fixing dress 2

fixing dress 3

fixing dress 4

fixing dress 5

{Thank you for getting me into the dress, Jason. I’m sorry for sweating all over you.}

We were also instructed to wear flats so we could rock the dance floor all night… But, I elected to pay homage to one of my favorite movies, Father of the Bride, instead and wear white platform high-top Nikes.

wedding kicks

dancing shoes

This wedding was truly a labor of love; they planned it themselves and every detail was executed by them and/or a loved one. The menu was designed by Michael’s writing partner and best friend, Debbie, who is the greatest cook I know, and co-designed and executed by Chef Will Pentecost, a friend of the couple’s. (It included Persian cuisine and the best Mac N’ Cheese I’ve ever had.) Other DIY projects/friend wedding achievements: The chuppah. The stringing of the lights. The decor. The DJ. The candy bouquets in vases instead of flowers. All of the cherry details, poking fun at their meeting at the disgusting Cherry Pop bar that is no more. The ceremony, performed by the groom’s Rabbi father… The list goes on. And in my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful, special, unique or personal than a wedding born out of the love, blood, sweat and tears of the people who care most about you.

Me + Tony

{Me + the hubs, pre-ceremony}

Reasons this unforgettably epic wedding truly was the wedding to end all marriages (because there is no possible way to top what they achieved this weekend):

First Dance

{First dance. Photo cred: Our friend Sam, who clearly had the best photo op seat in the house}

Their first dance was to a beautifully, melodramatically crooned version of “Shut Up And Dance With Me” by a guy on a keyboard.

ring bearer

The ring bearer was a rainbow-farting unicorn.

Flower girl

And the flower girl was the groom’s 30-something-year-old writing partner and best friend, Debbie. She shyly approached the aisle, made it about halfway down before freezing from nerves, and another friend had to help usher her down the aisle… We all died laughing.

Their suits (see all photos).

table number

All the tables were named after a famous Michael.

This was the welcome sign:

welcome

This was the name card table sign:

Rolling Stone cover

And this was the Save the Date:

Save the Date

The fact that one of the Michael’s vows (and I’m going to totally butcher this – sorry, Michaels!) included that he knew Michael was the one for him because he used to fantasize about how his other relationships would break up, but with Michael, he fantasized only about death.

Two words: GELATO BAR. (Sorry, didn’t take pics, ate it too fast.)

crowd

This wedding was bursting with love, and is one of the most personal, genuine, hilarious marriages I have ever witnessed. All the colors, the sparkle, the bar stocked with shot glasses, the playful “spins” on wedding traditions – that is what made it feel like a wedding. I guarantee Pinterest has never seen anything like this, because every little detail was a reflection of the couple and a celebration of their love, not what was “expected” at a wedding. They didn’t take themselves too seriously, nor did they take The Wedding (or, more accurately, the wedding industry) too seriously – in fact, the only thing taken seriously was their deep love and commitment to each other, and their marriage. Which is exactly what a wedding should be, and what is so easy to lose sight of in the madness of planning.

Me + Steven

They found a way to make every traditional aspect of a wedding their own, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. And I can’t imagine a more joyful way to celebrate a marriage than laughing all night; what a perfect way to start your new life together, surrounded by the laughter of your loved ones. And what a gift to your guests, to give them all the feels and crack them up at the same time. I feel very, very lucky to have been a part of this epic, beautiful night. Thank you, Michael and Michael! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainbow flag

  • David Roth

    wow so much hilarity!

    • Annie

      There really was. Which is the best thing ever to have at a wedding!! Thanks for reading!

  • Kim DeJesus

    OMG this looked like so much fun!!!!!!!

    • Annie

      SO FUN. I can’t believe I got to wear my dress again!!!!!


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