This was the second wedding for both Ruth and Jay — the second in which they married each other! Though divorcing ten years after they were first wed, this pair never truly lost their feelings for one another. So thirty years after making their first marriage vows, this couple knew it was time to do so once more! Choosing the Phoenix, Arizona museum and event venue the Phoenix Art Museum as their venue, Ruth and Jay desired the theme of their wedding to fit the museum’s fresh, artistic atmosphere. Focusing the event on René Magritte’s Son of Man painting couldn’t have been a more perfect choice! The bowler hat and red tie worn by the mysterious man in the painting…as well as the green apple concealing his face…were all used flawlessly throughout the event, from the green apple sign holders and lamps to the cake wearing a bright red tie. Even the waiters were arrayed in white shirts, red ties, and bowler hats as they happily served wedding guests! All in all, an utterly unique and dramatic affair! Images by Phoenix based wedding photographer Foskett Creative Photography.
Tell us how you met…
Jay and I met on a college ski trip to Telluride. He drew the short straw and ended up spending the day with me. I cannot ski. I can fall really well. I managed to pull down everything and one within reach. Poor guy, he spent a lot of time on the ground that day!
Now for the proposal… details!
Jay proposed at an IHOP over breakfast. We were on our way up to Tahoe. No we were not going skiing…thank God!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
I decided since I got married in Las Vegas the first time around and did not have the ‘big white wedding experience’ I was going to pull out the stops which included a fancy wedding dress. I choose an ivory strapless ballroom gown with beaded bodice by Allure #8753. I found a beautiful jacket with ruffled stand-up Edwardian collar that matched the dress perfectly. My favorite color is pink and my Coach shoes were pink sequined flats with pearls and gold charm embellishments on the toes. The only person in the wedding party other than Jay, who was dressed in a classic black tux, was my daughter who gave me away. She wore a beautiful gray suit with an ivory sequined cowl neckline blouse.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Spring wedding held at the Phoenix Art Museum located in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a second marriage for both me and Jay. The twist is this is our second wedding to each other. We got married 30 years ago and divorced 10 years later. We never really let go of one another. We have an amazing daughter together and after 19 years we decided ‘who are we kidding’ let’s get married….again!
Was there a specific theme or style?
The theme of the wedding evolved around the ‘Son of Man’ picture – green apples, red ties, bowler hats…oh my! Victoria Canada did an amazing job bringing our unique theme to life.
What inspired the theme or style?
Jay and I were looking for something appropriate for a modern museum wedding and he came up with the ‘Son of Man’. Absolutely perfect! So many possibilities to play with for something unique and fresh.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Jay and I had a large poster made of us posing like the ‘Son of Man’ picture which greeted the guests when they arrived at the museum. Before the ceremony the waiters dressed in white shirts, red ties and bowler hats offered guests champaign and sparking water. Instead of a guest book we had a large framed picture of the ‘Son of Man’ which everyone signed. Female guests were given apple green pashminas and our male guests got bowler hats. The three tiered cake was designed so the texture of each layer mimicked the background in the ‘Son of Man’ picture. A bowler hat was made of fondant which was leaned up against the cake and a funky red tie fell from the top tier. The cake table was covered with red ties and the cake stand (which I made) looked like the bottom portion of a gray man’s suit jacket, top portion of his pant and even included a black belt. A lamp of greed apples with a bowler hat shade was made for the bar. Signs on the tables were held by green apples.
Did you DIY any of the details?
I did all the paper goods from the invitations to the signs with the help of my daughter and her partner. The invitations were made out of cards from the museum which featured a picture of the museum. The ‘program packets’ included a green apple fan. All the signs featured green apples or bowler hats.
What was the most memorable moment?
The wedding ceremony performed by Mike Kenney was just wonderful. Mike recommended a wine ceremony where Jay and I each write a love letter which we place in a box with a bottle of wine to be opened on our first anniversary. Jay handmade the box out of oak for the wine and letters. The concept was just perfect for us and we will continue the tradition of writing a love letter every year and placing it with a bottle of wine in the box to be opened on our anniversary.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The reception was catered by Santa Barbara Catering included green apple quesadillas with raspberry dipping sauce, tempura battered squash blossoms filled with goat cheese and corn, chicken Caesar skewers and Dungeness crab salad on edible spoons. After the champagne toast the food stations opened and guests enjoyed Rosemary Scented Shrimp over Creamy Parmesan Grits, Beef Tenderloin on top of Gorgonzola Risotto and Squash and Ricotta Ravioli in Spinach Bisque and a table of favorite Cheeses, Hummus and more served on a custom made table centered around an enormous tree provided by Petal Pushers. Aside from the cake provided by Piece of Cake, guests satisfied their sweet tooth on Chocolate Cheesecake Lollipops, Raspberry Shortcake and of course, Baby Caramel Green Apples.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Given the venue we wanted something fun and kind of classy so we had a jazz quartet for the reception. For the ceremony we had a classical guitarist. The groom’s song was ‘A Classical Gas’ and I walked down the aisle with my daughter to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Have a good time!
Venue: Phoenix Art Museum | Event Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events | Photography: Foskett Creative Photography | Catering: Santa Barbara Catering | Floral: Petal Pusher | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Cake: Piece of Cake | Officiant: Mike Kennedy Weddings | Music: The Giant Steps Jazz Combo and Roger Paull | Wedding Gown: Strut Bridal Salon