Monthly Archives: November 2010

Real Weddings | Los Angeles, CA

Aaron and Jill met at a Jewish speed dating event sponsored through hurrydate.com in Los Angeles. Jill was looking forward to a night out with two of her girlfriends who accompanied her to the event. Aaron noticed Jill right away when she walked into the tapas bar and lounge and Aaron chose to sit across from Jill when it was time to take their places. At the end of the event, Aaron lingered a little bit longer and hinted to Jill that he hoped to see her again. Jill ended up only selecting one “yes” match from all the guys at the event and of course it was Aaron. The two went out the next Saturday evening, and continue to be nearly inseparable ever since.

In October of 2009, Aaron proposed to Jill at the same Malibu beach location where he took her at the end of the evening on their first date. The sun was setting and Aaron whispered to Jill to close her eyes and make a wish. When Jill opened her eyes, Aaron was on one knee with an outstretched arm and a gorgeous ring in his hand that he selected himself. Unbeknownst to Jill, Aaron had been carefully practicing the heartfelt words he proposed with for several months. After the proposal, Aaron arranged a surprise dinner with their families and then their friends arrived with flowers and congratulatory wishes.

It was important for Aaron and Jill to add certain Jewish elements to the ceremony and the pre-ceremony that were special to them. It’s clear that they had the wedding of their dreams and even though they met through an evening of speed dating, they made sure to slowly and thoroughly enjoy every moment of their fabulous wedding day.

Mazel tov, Jill and Aaron!

Venue & Catering – Skirball Cultural Center
Coordination – Alexandra Rembac
Photographer – Toby Tucker Photography
Videographer – Garner Films
Floral Design – My Flower Guy
Bakery – Fantasy Frostings
Ceremony Entertainment – Moshe Halfon
Reception Entertainment – DJ Nahchey
Wedding Canopy – Talit.com
Ketubah – Rachel Dietsch-New World Ketubah
Invitations – Affectionate Digitals
Linens – Designer Specialty Linens
Lighting – Barton Designs
Kippot – Skullcup.com
Benschers – USCJ.org
Jewelry – Tejani
Bridal Gown – Lili Bridals
Bridesmaid Gowns – David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire – Men’s Wearhouse
Dance Lessons – Janet Snyder
Bride’s Hair – Estee Barnoy
Bride’s Makeup – Valerie Green
Groom’s Hair – Koby B.
Wedding Guestbook – Etsy.com-Jamie Mancilla
Wedding Favors – Etsy.com-Recycled Ideas

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  • Davina M says:

    amazing wedding, Jill you are so beautifull, he is a lucky guy, I wish we could have come, cant wait to see your bambinos, ha ha ha, Love , your oldest best friend

Hanging Up The Details

Hangers. Airplanes live in them.

Hangers. People who apply wallpaper.

Hangers. A unique and often forgotten wedding detail that has the potential to add a new level of chic to your photos.

One of these things is not like the other… so unless you’re getting married inside a plane or you’re inviting your wallpaper hanger to your wedding, the top two types of hangers have no purpose in your bridal plans. But hangers, the kind that hold up your clothes, have business in your wedding?

Yes!

Unless you’re gettin’ hitched in your birthday suit, you’re going to need to change into your wedding gown and this “getting ready” time is key for capturing great photos. Many of our favorite wedding day pics are the ones where the bride transforms from single lady to runway ready. But before you slip your dress on, your photographer may have plans for beautiful, artistic shots of your wedding dress, hanging up in all its glory.

We’ve seen gowns hanging from ornate doorways, open windows, and the tops of four-poster beds. So with such clever and thoughtful shots, why allow your dress to drape from a leftover, plastic Old Navy hanger that you asked to take home at check-out? Your wedding dress is the most important piece of clothing that you’ll ever wear and it deserves an original and special hanger to rest on before it turns you into the quintessential bride.

A cream or white padded hanger complements your gown’s femininity. They are inexpensive and you can buy them for you (and even your bridesmaids!) from HangerCity.com. These soft hangers will also protect your gown and won’t leave any rust or grease marks since they’re covered with fabric.

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Kick it up a notch with some sparkle! If you’re a girly-girl with a twinkle in her eye, a bedazzled hanger is definitely for you and your gown! EverythingHangers.com has a variety of Glam Hangers which are beaded on chic, French body designs. Match your wedding colors or choose a neutral, bridal-ish color to showcase your gown. With options in amber, pink, turquoise, and more, you’ll be able to meet the needs of your personal style.

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Okay, and now we introduce the ultimate in cuteness for your hangers! Did you know you can get personalized hangers to commemorate your wedding day? Yes! These high-quality wire hangers (not like the ones your neighborhood dry cleaner gives you) are sturdy enough to hold your gown’s weight of ribbons, beads, lace, and any other materials it boasts. We also think that a personalized hanger makes a great gift for your bridesmaids! How cute would it be to stage a photo of all the bridesmaids’ dresses hanging on their own hangers with yours right in the middle?! We have the vision — now you go make it happen! The Painted House and More is a thorough Etsy.com shop that offers beautiful work for your custom orders! The store offers plain, wooden hangers with cursive wire writing or intricately painted hangers with cursive wire writing — the creativity is endless! Also, LilaFrances, the original creator of the personalized wire hanger customizes pieces made 100% out of wire. Take a look around the online store and find your unique style that can be personalized with your name, or “Bride,” or “Mrs. ____” LilaFrances also has a Facebook page that frequently posts updates, so we suggest you follow on The ‘Book. Wire hangers are such a lovely keepsake that displays your dress in the beautiful way it deserves!

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Bet ya thought about hangers more than you ever anticipated! This just goes to show that there are so many ways to personalize your wedding and add unique elements in even the seemingly smallest of details. After all, you’re getting married and you’ll want to hang on to these memories of a lifetime.

  • Orin says:

    This is a great post, I love these hangers.

  • Sharon says:

    I love all these hangers. They would even make nice gifts as a housewarming present. No more tossing your visitors’ coats on the bed!

Friday Favorites | A Feast of Thanks

Yesterday’s Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful. Nicky is in Texas with her husband and his family after arriving safely from a multi-day road trip. Alison stayed in the area with her own family and husband’s family in a combined Thanksgiving celebration where there’s a singing and guitar marathon after dessert. Overall, both Yentas enjoyed a holiday full of family, love, and of course, food! No wonder we like weddings so much; weddings typically also include lots of family, love, and food!

As we take this Thanksgiving time to reflect, we want to share what the Yentas are most thankful for:

Each other! The Yentas make a great team who need each other to survive.

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Our readers! You keep coming and coming, and we love that you’re enjoying this site!

Our vendors! We’re so happy to provide a place for you to call home so that we can feature your great work and give you a place to show off your talents in our directory and within the site’s integration.

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Our photographers! We are so lucky to have worked with many photography companies who trust us to showcase their work in a way that will not only help their own business exposure, but help other brides in need of a little inspiration. Photographers are true artists capturing real life on the canvas of their cameras.

Our Facebook fans! Our numbers continue to grow. You like us! You really like us! Thank you for being part of the grass roots efforts to promote The Wedding Yentas!

Our dogs! Charlie and Princeton keep our laps warm and our faces licked as we work long days and into the nights to create content and develop new ideas, tethered to our computers. They also provide us laughs we need when they “let” us dress them up in ridiculous outfits (like submarines or Italian waiters).

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JDate! We’ve developed a great partnership with the folks at JDate and hope to help their newly engaged successes as they begin to plan their weddings. Mazel tov! We’re also thrilled to be featured on JDate’s open access lifestyle magazine, JMag, and we’re thankful to be part of the JFamily.

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Beautiful weddings! Who isn’t thankful for eye candy?!?! We love getting wonderful submissions that allows us a glimpse into a couple’s special day and the countless hours of thoughts and ideas that went into the details of their wedding.

Jewish geography! We’ve connected with so many readers and vendors thanks to the big-but-small Jewish community nation-wide.

Our husbands! They are not only our support system in life, but they are our tech support as well. This site wouldn’t exist without Eric and Bryan. Kisses!

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Real Weddings | Berkeley, CA

With Thanksgiving here today and the Autumn season in full force, it seems only natural we feature a Real Wedding that includes warm fall colors and a heated romance to match!

Ken and Jennifer’s wedding was an exact representation of who they are as people, from the eco-friendly DIY terrarium centerpieces to the delicious vegetarian meal. The beautiful Jewish ceremony kept the day seeded in tradition, but offbeat elements like Jennifer’s brown custom-made dress ensured the wedding was one-of-a-kind. Additional DIY elements besides the centerpieces included the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, which was hand-crafted by Jennifer the morning of the wedding! Also, “thank you” tags attached to gifted shawls and the ceremony programs. Love and appreciation flowed!

Mazel tov, Jennifer and Ken!

Venue- Brazilian Room
Photographer – Heidi Ryder Photography
Caterer – Serves You Right Catering
Cake Designer – Indie Cakes
Invitations – Paper Source
Bride’s Dress – Stitch Song
Groom’s Suit – Banana Republic
Heirlooms – Naked Peggies
Ketubah – Painted by Michael Sacramento (a friend of the couple)
Rosewood Rings – Minter & Richter Designs

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  • Jennifer says:

    Hey! This is *my* wedding! Thanks Real Jewish Weddings for posting our very special day. We appreciate your lovely comments. As an aside we also ordered recycled cardboard kippot from Zara Mart in Israel.

  • Heidi R. says:

    Thanks so much for the feature! I loved this wedding. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We would just like to take a moment to thank all of our readers, vendors, friends, and family for your support! We never thought The Wedding Yentas would grow so big and so quickly and we owe it all to you! We hope you all have an incredibly wonderful Thanksgiving day tomorrow. We will be featuring a gorgeous fall-themed Berkeley wedding, so stop by and check out the Yentas in between bites of turkey and stuffing!! We hear that surfing the Internet burns calories. Swear.

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  • Sharon says:

    THANK YOU Yentas for sharing your insight, wisdom & especially your humor with brides or anyone who plans a walk down the aisle in their future.