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Mo & Sam – A Winter Solstice Wedding

Mo & Sam – A Winter Solstice Wedding

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Winter Solstice is a romantic day. The shortest day of the year that we’ll remember for the longest time. – Sam and Mo.

Sam and Mo are perfect for each other. Sam has a very “musical theater” personality and Mo mumbles. Together, they work. They met at a bowling alley, where all the lovers do. Sam tried talking to Mo, but she was too focused on bowling. Eventually, they went on a date at Mohawk Bend, and the rest is LA lesbian history. 

They picked out our own rings at Trumpet & Horn in LA. Both are one-of-a-kind, vintage rings. They were going on a trip to Paris and Barcelona and decided to get engaged. Mo would propose at some point in Paris and Sam would propose in Barcelona. That’s all we knew. Mo proposed in the rain, under a willow tree by the Pont Neuf Bridge. Honestly, it was too perfect, and Mo was fully expecting it to go wrong. Sam proposed in a beautiful stained glass room in Barcelona with her parents (sort of) watching from below. They joined us for a glass of wine, and then we went to dinner together and got really, really drunk. 

They decided to get married in Sam’s childhood home with just closer friends and family. If felt right – felt like home. Luckily, the house also has a gorgeous view of the ocean. The ceremony was simple, with Sam’s father marrying them, and it was truly touching beyond belief. 

Sam is a TV writer. Mo is a cartoonist and comedian. It’s her famous cartoon Blair on the wedding favors, and she also designed their cake topper based on characters she drew on a card for Sam the night she asked her to be her girlfriend. So they’ve traveled with them through their entire relationship. 

Why did you decide to have it at Sam’s childhood home?

Because Mo’s childhood home was bulldozed, and I guess we wanted the event to be low-key. It’s not our style to go all out for a day. We’d instead remember every moment of the day with few people. It felt right at Sam’s house. It feels like home to both of us. Luckily, her parents have a gorgeous view of the ocean. 

How did you select your wedding date, vendors and location?

Winter Solstice is a romantic day. The shortest day of the year that we’ll remember for the longest time. It’s around the holidays, so a lot of people were off work. That allowed us to have the wedding from 3-6:30 on a weekday. I mean, we still feel bad about making people come out in peak traffic hours, but whatever. We’re worth it! 

Tell us about your outfits.

Mo couldn’t choose between a faux fur jacket and a cape, so she got both. She decided on a jumper because she wanted to wear it again (she hasn’t) and Sam wore a beautiful princess dress. 

How did you personalize your ceremony?

Mo made the cake topper. She drew these weird characters on a card she made Sam the night she asked her to be her girlfriend, and they’ve traveled with us through our relationship. 

If you could offer any advice to couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. The best compliment is, “you two look so in love.” Don’t invite your enemies. 

We waited for the sun to start setting so it would be dark by the time we were done. Our friend Alana yelled EVERYONE OUT when the night was over. I recommend having a friend who will do that. It was funny and helpful. After that, we wanted to eat dinner. 


Photography by Mandee Johnson

Cakes SuzieCakes
Outfits BHLDN
Shoes BHLDN, Diane von Furstenberg

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