American actors Beth Behrs and Michael Gladis fell for each other at a screening of Casablanca at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, bonding over a rare (for L.A.) love of country music, and their love of classic film later led them to the picturesque spot they said ‘I do’ on Saturday, July 21, 2018. The couple wed under the shadow of the Grand Teton Mountains, at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor, Idaho, a location that reminded Behr of the classic westerns she loved to watch with her father as a child.
Behrs, 32, who starred with Kat Dennings on 2 Broke Girls, and Gladis, 40, who in recent years appeared on Mad Men and House of Cards, met through his photographer sister Chion. They dated for years before he planned a summer 2016 proposal on the rooftop of a friend’s New York apartment, with one of Behrs’ favourite jazz songs playing in the background.
Travelling in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to view the total solar eclipse in 2017, Behrs spotted Moose Creek Ranch in a bridal magazine, and they stopped to check it out on their way back to Los Angeles. Falling in love with everything from the scenery to the baby goats who greeted them at the gate, they booked a wedding for 105 guests on the spot, later booking top wedding photographer Sylvie Gil to shoot the rustic nuptials.
On the big day, planned by Angel Swanson of Love and Splendor, Behrs pulled up to the wedding with her father, Dave, in a cherry red pick-up truck. The couple made sure that music meaning the most to them played at pivotal moments, including Behrs approaching the alter with her father to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, and the newlyweds walking back down the aisle to “Jackson” by Johnny and June Carter Cash. Gladis recalled that a passing herd of bison at Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park, where the brial party photos were taken, was “like a blessing” to the couple’s plan to spend their lives together.
Behrs wore spaghetti-strap lace Monique Lhuillier with a peekaboo front-slit full skirt. Gladis wore a custom navy tux by Brooks Brothers, while bridesmaids wore flesh-coloured Joanna August wrap dresses, and groomsmen donned grey suits from The Black Tux. Gladis’ Mad Men costars Rich Sommer and Christina Hendricks were among Gladis’ attendants, with Hendricks wearing the same dress as Behrs’ bridesmaids. Behrs topped off her bridal look with olden hair accessories from jewelry designer Jennifer Behr. For the reception, Behrs and her bridesmaids slipped into custom-embroidered vintage Ariat cowboy boots.
In keeping with the local flavour, guests sipped local beer and spirits, as well as three signature cocktails, and dined on appetizers from Spoons Bistro, a Victor-based business. Spoons also prepared the light sit-down meal, incorporating the couple’s homegrown honey, while their honey-lavender wedding cake was prepared by Wild West Bakery in Jackson Hole. For their first dance at the twilight reception, Behrs and Gladis danced to Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.” The brial bouquet and floral arrangements incorporated some of Behrs favourite blooms with local in-season flowers, prepared by Flowers by Chloe, accenting the simple wooden decor and string-lit outdoor reception.
To close out the celebration, the couple gifted guests (including Behrs’ 2 Broke Girls costar Jennifer Coolidge) with locally-made huckleberry jam and honey from the couple’s at-home hive in L.A. (with roughly 40,000 bees), with wedding programs designed to look like Broadway playbills to honour their theatre backgrounds.