Real Wedding Wednesdays: Rebekah Phillips and Steven Mroz

Emma Frankart Henterly

They say “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Well, we think that Rebekah and Steven Mroz are the living embodiment of the old adage, right from the start: Rebekah’s roommate was with Steven’s roommate, and “they tried to set us up for months, but I had a boyfriend at the time so I refused to meet him,” says Rebekah. “Thank God I eventually gave in!”

The trend continued with Steven’s proposal. He planned a “best friends trip” for Rebekah and her girls … which didn’t work out. Plan B was flying her closest friends all to Columbus … that, too, was a bust. The third time wasn’t much of a charm, either; Steven’s idea to propose in front of Rebekah’s three brothers when her youngest was home from the Army fell through as well. 

Finally, Steven flew one of Rebekah’s friends in and planned a fancy dinner for the two of them that he would show up at. But when a late-season snow storm nixed that thought, too, Steven couldn’t hold it in any longer. “He ended up rushing home from work while my friend was in town, calling her to get our other best friends on FaceTime, bursting in the door, getting down on one knee in our kitchen and saying, ‘I can’t wait anymore. Will you marry me?’ ” Rebekah recalls. After she gave a teary affirmation, Steven continued: “Thank God! And I’m OK, but I was in a car accident on the way home.” After assessing the damage outside, the new fiancés danced in the snow.

The wedding itself was smooth sailing by comparison, though the weather forced the outdoor ceremony indoors at the last minute. The rest of the surprises that evening, fortunately, were happy ones.

The Mroz wedding took place the day before Steven’s birthday, so Rebekah surprised him with a chocolate birthday cake … complete with a topper made from his favorite superhero and her favorite princess. Rebekah and her father had a trick up their sleeve, too: a choreographed father-daughter dance to a mashup of their favorite songs.

The Details

Wedding date: May 21, 2016

Wedding colors: Shades of peach and lavender

Attendants: Seven bridesmaids, eight groomsmen

Bride wore: Oleg Cassini gown, a veil and shoes from David’s Bridal; jewelry pieces were gifts from her parents and her “something old” and “something borrowed.”

Hair and makeup: Heather’s House of Hair

Groom wore: Men’s Wearhouse ensemble

Rings: Littman Jeweler

Rehearsal dinner: Brio Tuscan Grille at Polaris

Ceremony: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

Reception: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Cakes by Renee

Florist: Petals & Leaves

Photographer: Brett Loves Elle Photography

Photo booth: Brett Loves Elle Photography

Consultant: Lisa Sullivan Events

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Reception tunes: New Image Studios

First dance: “When You Say I Do” by Jamestown Story

Registries: Target and Bed Bath and Beyond

Favorite gift: “We’re especially in love with all of our personalized/monogrammed gifts—wine galsses, frames and décor,” says Rebekah.

Guests stayed at: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

Honeymoon: A week in Berlin, Germany, and a week in Mallorca, Spain