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Real Jewish Weddings | Beverly Hills, CA

Elana and Scott met at a nightclub in Cancun on a college spring break. They were both attending University of Michigan, but it took a tropical getaway for them to finally meet and begin their love story!

Their wedding was a mirrored reflection of who they are as individuals and a couple. Even though it was a formal location, they wanted to incorporate a more relaxed feeling throughout their wedding. Spanish guitars played for their outdoor garden ceremony, and lush florals, including real lemons and limes, reflected a distinctly California vibe. Guests sipped on lychee mojitos during cocktail hour and “picked” their escort cards from a lemon tree.

Mazel tov, Elana and Scott!

Venue- Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Photographer- David Michael Photography
Event Planner & Candy Buffet- Bella Sophia Events
Florals- Tic Tock Couture Florals
Band and Ceremony Music- West Coast Music
Videographer- BGS Productions
Stationery- Boo’Me Creations
Rentals and Lighting- Classic Party Rentals

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A Groom with Sass Steps on the Glass

Crunch.
Smash.
Stomp.
Boom.
Bang.
Crash.
Crush.

These are the sounds everyone wants to hear when the groom steps on the glass at his Jewish wedding. What a yummy and satisfying sound and it elicits such a hearty “mazel tov!” from all those in attendance. And bookended by kisses? Yeah, what’s not to love about the breaking of the glass?!

The question is: Can breaking the glass become any more exciting than it already is? The answer is YES. Yes, it can.

Thanks to Mazel Tov Stone, the groom has a ceremony memento that provides a sturdy and volume-increasing surface for the glass to break on with a rapid and swift stomp of the foot. Want even more bang for your buck? The pro tip: Use the heel of the foot for maximum crunch.

A Mazel Tov Stone does more than its job under the chuppah during the ceremony. It also serves as a beautiful keepsake of your wedding because it’s personalized with your information. You have a ketubah as a special symbol of your wedding day, right? A Mazel Tov Stone is another artifact from the happiest day of your life that can live in your home for all the years after.

A few weeks ago, I got to hang out with Robb and Lisa — the genius husband-and-wife team behind Mazel Tov Stone — at Bridal Premiere in California.

It’s always so fun to see friends of The Wedding Yentas in person. To all the rest of the fabulous friends in The Wedding Yentas Vendor Directory, let’s plan a big, flashy party so we can all get together and gush about our favorite thing: Jewish weddings!

Anyway, Mazel Tov Stone set up a picture-perfect booth to complement their beautiful stones and offered real demos of glass-breaking galore. They were also offering a bridal show special on their pricing. Teeeeeeechnically, it was an offer for people who were there that day and that day only. But, because you’re a reader of The Wedding Yentas, mention the bridal show special and you might luck out in the savings department. Wink, wink.

It was so fun to watch all kinds of grooms take a shot at breaking the glass. Even when it’s not a real wedding, there’s something so contagiously happy about it!

  • Mazel Tov Stone says:

    Thank you Alison!! That was such a fun afternoon and we’re so glad that Michael got a chance to practice his stomp – great job! Can’t wait to make their personalized Mazel Tov Stone for him and his beautiful bride-to-be!!! Mazel Tov!

Inspired By: Getting Ready Shots

Depending on the bride and the kind of day it is, getting ready can be the calm before the storm. Or, even sometimes, the storm before the calm.

Either way, getting ready for the wedding is a fun and girly time to be with your favorite ladies as you prepare to look your prettiest! Many brides hire a makeup artist and hair stylist to come to the room. Some brides enjoy champagne toasts. Other brides just hang out with the girls and chat away about, oh you know, life and take advantage of a milestone together. No matter what, having your photographer capture these moments as you get ready to walk down the aisle is so special and you have fabulous photos to prove it!

Photos of the getting ready details are just as important as the reception details. Love these two inspiration boards from Desiree and Richard’s wedding by Heidi Ryder and wedding by Becky and Diego’s wedding by Katherine O’Brien.

Getting Ready by Heidi Ryder Photography

Getting Ready by Katherine O’Brien Photography

Spotlight On: Old new borrowed redo

They say that it’s good luck for a bride to follow the old adage, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” You know this one: you go around collecting something to represent each adjective and you wear/carry/hold it on your wedding day and then poof! You’ll live happily ever after. Or, unless you’re me and you plan and plan and plan to do this for tradition’s sake and it’s not until you’re on your way to the venue the afternoon you’re to become a Mrs. you realize you FORGOT to do it. The wedding was great anyway and the marriage has been pretty sweet. I’m not too worried. Still, bummer.

But I digress.

What happens after the wedding day? Well, there’s a new catchy phrase that can also make your dreams come true: Old, new, borrowed, redo. Yes. Redo. That’s the key.

I’ve recently discovered this phrase; this “old, new, borrowed, redo” thanks to a set of three sisters who’ve begun a business that does the last verb: redo! A set of twins, Lindsey and Jennifer, and their older sister, Staci, are the masterminds behind a service that, in a nutshell, takes a special piece of clothing that may not have a purpose anymore and turns it into a memento that carries the original memories in a new form. Hence, the redo.

Bridesmaid Dress Redone to be Bed Decor Pillows & Lingerie

Bridesmaid Dress Redone to Become Throw Pillow and Picture Frames

The three sisters from San Diego successfully have been the fairy godmothers to ladies in need of cleaning out their closets and aren’t sure what to do with a dress they paid money for at one point. A bridesmaid dress that, c’mon, is not wearable again (but cost you $300 anyway, thankyouverymuch) can have a new life as a set of throw pillos. The fabric may not have worked on your skin tone, but oo la la, what a way to dress up the guest room bed! Or, the all-taffeta-and-lace wedding dress from 1986 that has only been sitting in a box, yellowing away in all its puffy-sleeved, turtleneck glory that could otherwise become, believe it or not, a cute and sexy lingerie set. Yes, these things are possible because Old new borrowed redo is a creative venture that reimagines these wearables.

The girls redo more than just bridesmaid and wedding dresses. They’ve recreated keepsakes out of flower girl dresses, prom dresses, mother of the bride dresses — anything that had a life as something worn can become a baby’s receiving blanket, pillows, and even a picture frame!

Oh, and guess what: the girls also do t-shirt quilts. This is a popular way to hold onto some of your memories via t-shirts that you can’t wear anymore. Whether you have a collection of old high school sports t-shirts or sorority t-shirts from every single event that ever happened ever (you know what I’m talking about), it might break your heart to throw them away or recycle them to the house rags bin, so relive the county win or craaaaazy date dash from junior year in the form of a warm and cozy quilt.

I have so many pieces in my closet (coral-pink taffeta prom dress from 2001 included!) that I can’t bring myself to just toss. But, there’s absolutely no reason to hold on to them just because I’m a sentimental fool (read: hoarder). This makes me a very qualified recipient of something old turned something Old new borrowed redo.

Formalwear Redone To Be Receiving Blankets for Baby

Here’s how it works:
You contact the sisters at Old new borrowed redo.

You ship them your piece.

You sign a form that basically says, “yes, have at it!”

You wait four to six weeks while the gals busily redo.

You receive a shipped all-new keepsake item.

Stalk them on Facebook so you can see the latest and greatest creations, giving new life to someone’s something old. It’s fun to see what they come up with and think, “Wait, THAT was WHAT?!” Very cool.

It’s always exciting to discover a new service in the wedding industry that can make the post-wedding blues turn into something exciting, so it’s an honor to share it with all you fellow Yentas!

Wedding Dress Redone to Become Lace Bed Decor

Real Jewish Weddings | Buffalo, NY

Lindsay and Craig met through a mutual friend while frequenting Buffalo nightlife. Craig did not formally propose, but rather, the couple came to the realization that they both wanted the same things in life, and that getting married was the first step to achieving them. They both agreed that they would only be doing the whole wedding experience once, so their goal was to celebrate and party, and that was definitely accomplished in a big way! Neither Lindsay or Craig describe themselves as being “formally religious,” and were raised differently, but they both have a great deal of respect for their Jewish family traditions and wanted to incorporate certain aspects of this into their ceremony.

They were married by a cantor under a chuppah, and started the celebration with the breaking of the glass. One of the ways they incorporated family traditions was by having the bride’s father recite a prayer during the ceremony that he used to say to the family. One of the most humorous and memorable parts of the ceremony was when the groom, (who loves a good joke and a good laugh), was playful while walking down the aisle and even pretended to run away! Luckily, his mom caught him by the ear and assisted him in walking down the aisle.

Mazel tov, Lindsay and Craig!

Venue- Adam’s Mark
Photographer- Ayres Photography
Florist- The Floristry
Band- Twilight
Cake and Confections- Dessert Deli
Wedding Dress – Casablanca Bridal

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