Danny Moder married Julia Roberts on July 4, 2004 at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico. The wedding was a surprise to the 60 guests, who were invited to an Independence Day party.
After a long day of football and barbecuing, Roberts urged her friends to hang out until midnight. At that time, she asked them to be seated in lawn chairs around a 19th-century adobe meeting house on the property. As candles and Chinese lanterns were lit, guests began to suspect something was up. Then Roberts and Moder stepped under an arch constructed of white and pink sheaths, and into a circle of red, white and pink rose petals. The groom got down on one knee and proposed to the bride. She replied “Yes, yes, yes.” Guests then realized they were about to witness a wedding.
The bride wore a pale pink Judith Beylerian cotton halter dress embroidered with pearls and antique beads. Resting on the crown of her head was a wire crown, decorated with antique hand-carved buttons, pearls and cut glass. Moder wore a red ruffled shirt by Beylerian to go with tan pants. The couple exchanged simple handwritten vows in a 20-minute ceremony officiated by Roberts’ lawyer Barry Hirsch.
Following the ceremony, guests danced under the stars to a mix of Sade and Bob Marley, and after 2 a.m. retired to local inns and guest houses on the property.
The following day, the party continued with a Fourth of July barbecue and reception. Sweet peas, peonies and geraniums were flown in from Cornucopia Flowers in Manhattan and displayed in terra cotta pots. Local catering company Wooden Spoon served an all-American feast of hamburgers, hot dogs, lemon chicken, steak shish kabobs and corn on the cob. For dessert, the couple cut into four different lemon wedding cakes made with pink icing and decorated with images of Indian deities.
After dinner, the Austin, Texas-based Toni Price Band sang country and blues. The newlyweds danced their first dance to “Don’t You Think I Feel It Too?” Later in the evening, the band played R&B classics, and Bruce Willis, who arrived that day, joined the them onstage for “Hound Dog” and “Chain of Fools.”
Later, as fireworks lit up the sky, the bride turned on disco music and danced with guests until dawn.