For their wedding at The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles this month, Assemblyman Ian Calderon and his bride, Elise Lau, had one request of their guests: Money.
They wanted to buy a house, they said, and they made the ask in rhyme.
“To save you shopping, sit back and rest,” the couple wrote on their registry. “A gift of currency is our request. Don’t go overboard or rob any banks. Any little thing will make us smile with thanks.”
LA Weekly, which first reported on the wedding – and the couple’s request for cash – noted that guests included lobbyists, raising questions about the propriety of the party.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Sacramento Bee
On Wednesday, Calderon noticed the paper’s noticing.
“Lobbyists that were there I knew long b 4 elected,” Calderon, who earns $97,197 annually as an assemblyman, wrote on Twitter. “I asked them all to not give a gift and they respected our wishes and did not give a gift.”
Calderon, D-Whittier, wrote that he was on his honeymoon. On his wedding website, he provided some insight into what that might entail.
“I’ve been going to Hawaii since I was a little kid and I love it there,” he said. “We’ll get to relax, have nice dinner’s (sic), lay on the beach, and of course surf!! Now of course it’s a honeymoon and not a surf trip, but I can’t go to Hawaii without my shred stick!”