When her matchmaking mom called in January 2002 to say she'd met the perfect guy for her at the local kosher deli, Molly Stern was skeptical. But David Schlussel, the pastrami guy (now a screenwriter and director), soon won her heart. When David invited Molly to his apartment for a traditional Shabbat meal, he handed her two candles to light. Molly reminded him that only married women light two; since she was single, she should light one. As they were eating, the candle suddenly split in half and the wick unraveled, creating two flames. Says Molly, "For two very spiritual people like us, it was clearly divine intervention."
Chocolate-iced cupcakes stood in for wedding cake. "I just love cupcakes," says Molly. "Everyone gets their own." They were made festive with little flags (created by folding paper around short skewers and securing with double-sided tape); each was printed with a monogram, a palm tree, or polka dots.
Parasols, paper fans, and bottles of sunscreen were set out on a table near the entrance for guests to use. The parasols were held shut with paper bands displaying the icons that also decorated the cupcakes' flags; the bottles were wrapped in the same fabrics used for other details of the wedding.
Location: Wright Ranch, Malibu, California
Wedding Planner: Yifat Oren & Associates Special Events
Photographer: Lara Porzak
Rentals: Regal Rentals
Bride's Dress and Veil: Molly R. Stern for m.r.s, 323-782-0480
Hair: Jay Diola from Goodform, 323-658-8585
Makeup: Jillian Dempsey, from Delux Beauty Products