On her first day at the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Banks met Max Handelman. Ten years later, Handelman proposed unexpectedly. "He said that after 10 years, he owed it to me to completely surprise me," Banks has said. On July 5, 2003, Banks walked down the aisle at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, wearing an off-white silk-chiffon Christian Dior
gown and a veil handmade by her mother. Banks's mother even made the chuppahwhich included the groom's baby blanket, Elizabeth's great-grandmother's hankie, and T-shirts from the couple's alma mater. The couple sealed the deal by reading letters from their first year of dating in lieu of vows.