“My decision to propose when I did was purely organic,” Mr. Moss said. But it was not spontaneous, because he had prepared a sign for the occasion, which he stationed in his parents’ backyard. It read, “Molly, will you marry me?”
On Nov. 14, the couple were wed in Memphis, where they live, at Baron Hirsch Congregation, the synagogue Mr. Moss grew up attending. Rabbi Benjamin Lehrfield, formerly of Baron Hirsch and now the rabbi at the Riverdale Minyan in the Bronx, officiated before 260 guests, all but two of whom were fully vaccinated.
Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests made their way to a reception held at the synagogue’s social hall, which is named in memory of Mr. Moss’s late aunt Marsi Joan Moss, whom he is also named after.
A black-tie affair included a tequila shot toast with custom glasses emblazoned with “L’chaim from the Mosses,” a book featuring photos of El Arroyo’s sign for guests to inscribe, an Elvis impersonator, and a fake mirrored cake designed to look like a disco ball.
“Visually, the wedding was a little more fun,” said Ms. Abrams, who added that the couple didn’t want a “typical wedding.”
Mr. Moss also had a special kipa made for the occasion. “Marcus has a man bun so he actually cut a half circle out of a leather kipa to make it fit,” Ms. Abrams said.
And, of course, there was a sign that recalled El Arroyo’s as part of the décor. It read, “Molly and Marcus. 11-14-21. #MOSSELTOV.”