Abby Grimmett & Ryan Morimura
In May 2009, Abby Grimmett and Ryan Morimura were both working at KOMU-TV 8 as University of Missouri School of Journalism student reporters. The station had an annual Band Names Day, when each reporter had to pitch a band name that was somehow news-related while also pitching a story. Ryan came up with a name that Abby found clever, and she decided to top it.
“By the end of the day, many flirtatious words were exchanged,” Abby says. “After a summer apart full of numerous Skype chats, we decided to go on an official first date at the beginning of senior year.”
A couple from then on, Abby and Ryan continued their relationship even after Ryan moved 10 hours away to Grand Rapids, Mich. On March 23, 2013, one of Abby’s friends invited her to lunch and then for a walk on the MU campus. As they walked toward the Columns, Ryan — whom Abby thought was in Michigan — suddenly appeared and walked toward them. He took Abby’s hands and proposed.
“Ryan was so nervous, he could hardly get out the words he had planned to say,” Abby says. “I was completely shocked.”
A friend following Ryan caught the proposal on film.
Abby and Ryan were wed on June 28, 2014, at Trinity Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Jim Cruickshank officiated.
The overall theme for the wedding was country chic. “We knew that we wanted it to feel homey and welcoming and be full of lots of elegant vintage details,” Abby says.
Abby wore a full-length strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline by Mori Lee. An overlay of crystal beading and embroidery covered the light-gold gown; Abby added a beaded satin sash and a simple chapel-length veil. She wore her hair curled in a low updo, adorned on one side with a flower and feather headpiece. Abby further accessorized with her grandmother’s three-strand pearl necklace and her great-grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand. She pinned a cameo from a great-aunt on her bouquet, a European hand-wrapped peaches-and-cream bouquet with garden roses, veronica, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, astilbe, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace and baby’s breath.
The six bridesmaids each wore a different style of dress from the Weddington Way Collection, all in a soft faille material in the color Something Navy. The junior bridesmaids wore dresses from the same collection in the color Mint to Be.
“I actually work for Weddington Way and came up with the name for the mint color!” Abby says.
The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.
Ryan wore a black Vera Wang tuxedo with a white shirt and black bowtie. His boutonniere featured peach garden spray roses with dusty miller and baby’s breath, wrapped in
twine. The groomsmen wore gray Vera Wang tuxedos with white shirts and patterned mint and navy neckties. The two best men also had matching pocket squares. The men’s boutonnieres featured baby’s breath with dusty miller, wrapped in twine.
Before the ceremony, Abby’s former piano teacher played classical pieces; another pianist performed more contemporary pieces for the ceremony. Bridal party members made their entrances to “Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons and “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Abby walked down the aisle to “Home” by Phillip Phillips.
Ryan and Abby exchanged vows they had written. Ryan referenced his daily tradition of telling Abby at 11:11 that she is his wish, and Abby thanked Ryan for all of the little things he does for her each day. They symbolized their union with a Cord of Three Strands ceremony, which signifies that a bond between two people with God in the center will not be broken.
“So many of our guests said it was one of the most unique and meaningful wedding ceremonies they’ve ever attended, which meant the world to us!” Abby says.
The reception took place at Cedar Creek Resort, with the feel of a traditional family gathering at Abby’s family’s farm. The centerpieces included decorated jars filled with wildflowers that Abby’s mother had picked on their farm. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the lakeside deck under globe garden lights, and then dinner and dancing followed under a white tent.
Before the reception, Abby, Ryan and the wedding party were taking photos in a field when, suddenly, it started pouring rain.
“A few people grabbed my dress, we used our photographer’s reflector as an umbrella and sprinted,” Abby says.
Still, they were soaked when they arrived at the tent. Abby and Ryan had planned on having their first dance on the deck but decided to dance then and there instead.
“We could hear the rain pouring down while the soft music played,” Abby says. “It was seriously like a dream.”
Dinner was a farm-to-table feast served family-style. Along with fried chicken and mashed potatoes, the fare included green beans and corn grown by Abby’s parents and beef rib roast raised by neighbors. Abby’s mother made the round, two-tiered gluten-free lemon wedding cake with strawberry marmalade filling and white cheesecake icing. Many guests also brought homemade pies and cakes for the dessert table, which Abby’s father had made, using several old pieces found on their family farm. For wedding favors, guests received made-in-Missouri Amish jams and jellies with a “Spread the Love” label.
After the rain stopped, a spectacular sunset drew everyone outside.
“Everyone stopped what they were doing to run out and take pictures,” Abby says. “It was totally unforgettable.”
For their honeymoon, Ryan and Abby spent 10 days in Maui and Kauai, Hawaii.
Today, the couple lives in Walnut Creek, Calif., about 20 miles east of San Francisco. Abby, the daughter of John and Patti Grimmett of Perry, works as the customer experience manager at Weddington Way. Ryan, the son of Rick Morimura and Mylac Hoang, and Lisa and Mark Gonzalez, all of Los Angeles, is a general assignment reporter for KPIX-TV, a CBS station in San Francisco.
BRIDAL GOWN 8th Avenue Villager, Quincy, Ill.
BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS Weddington Way, San Francisco, Calif.
TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse TIES The Grunion Run
HAIRSTYLING Mark DeJaynes and Bev Meuschke, both of Mexico, Mo.
BRIDAL HEADPIECE Cherry Blossom Boutique on Etsy
PHOTOGRAPHY Courtney Thomson Photography VIDEOGRAPHY J&S Films, Phoenix, Ariz.
FLOWERS Addie Jane Originals, Hallsville
TRANSPORTATION MO-X DJ Cosmo Entertainment
CEREMONY PIANISTS Michael Butterworth and Anne Manahan
RINGS Buchroeders; Shane Co., Walnut Creek, Calif.
CATERER A Catered Affair, Jefferson City
CAKES Pattie Grimmett, mother of the bride
REGISTRY Crate & Barrel; Target; Wanderable; Williams Sonoma