Marcia Cross married Tom Mahoney on June 24, 2006 at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish in Pasadena, California. The wedding was attended by 220 guests, including Eva Longoria, Tony Parker, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy. The bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her parents. She wore a custom Reem Acra gown, and clutched a bouquet of white roses and white peonies created by Hidden Garden Floral Studio. She was joined by five flower girls carrying silk dupioni baskets and tiny bouquets. Her sister, Ellen Cross, played acoustic guitar and sang Paul McCartney’s “Only Love Remains.”
The couple exchanged traditional vows officiated by Reverend Eva Cavalleri. And, though serious, the ceremony included a loud laugh when the groom’s cell phone accidentally rang during the vows.
Following the nuptials, a reception was held at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California (now known as the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa.)
Coordinated by Julie Pryor of Pryor Events, the ballroom was transformed into a cocktail lounge and area for dinner and dancing. The lounge was decorated in all white, with couches, ottomans and vases of Casablanca lilies, tulips and peonies.
The main ballroom was decorated to resemble the flower shop where the bride and groom first met. Large trees were set in each corner and centerpieces of pink tulips, white tulips, hydrangeas, burgandy roses and pink roses were set on each table.
The couple shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James, a playful nod to being married for the first time in their late 40s.
Dinner followed, featuring filet mignon and sea bass. Dessert was a five-tier wedding cake decorated with roses and hydrangeas courtesy Layers Cake Studio. Before ordering the cake, Marcia invited several friends to a cake tasting, and they each got to choose a flavor. The bride picked white cake with raspberries.
In addition to the cake, a self-serve candy bar was set up for guests to load up on saltwater taffy, jelly beans, rock candy and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Later in the evening, in a twist on tradition, only married couples were invited onto the dance floor to participate in the bouquet toss. Each couple was eliminated one by one until the pair married the longest — over 50 years — got to keep the bride’s bouquet.
The couple spent their wedding night in the Tournament of Roses Suite on the fourth floor of the Ritz Carlton. As guests retired back to their rooms, they found pillows on their beds embroidered with “Sweet dreams. XO, Marcia and Tom.”