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Real Jewish Weddings | Moorpark, CA

Feast your eyes on Rebecca and Joshua’s wedding that dazzles with deep warmth and a special glow. The bride is two words: Stun. Ning. Wow. Dear Brides Magazine, please put Rebecca on the cover of your next issue. Love, The Wedding Yentas. There, now that that’s been made clear, let’s dish about the details. Big love for the purples: the plums and lilacs and lavenders all blend together in a flirtatious pop for this on-the-board late summer/early fall Jewish wedding. Rustic inspiration makes total sense at this pristine outdoor venue, nestled in a remote and quiet pocket of Southern California. The couple and their guests enjoyed the many traditional and festive Jewish wedding milestones, like a ketubah signing and celebratory chair lifts. Grand exits are not as common these days as most newlyweds like to close out their party and really, who can blame them?, but the classic sparkler au revoir to Rebecca and Joshua makes for a brilliant scene and as they head off into their new husband-and-wife life, they literally sparkle!

Mazel tov, Rebecca and Joshua!

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Photographer: Chelsea Elizabeth Photography
Venue: Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch
Hair Stylist: Rebecca Loniero
Caterer: Command Performance
Floral Designer: Belle of the Ball Designs
Videography: Cinevent Productions
Cake Designer: Skiff’s Cakes
DJ: Gold Dust Entertainment
Makeup Artist: Kiss the Bride Makeup
Officiant: Rabbi Craig Wyckoff
Ketubah: Judaic Connection

Kate’s Dress Inspires Jewish Brides

It’s a sure bet that we’re going to start seeing Kate Middleton wannabe dresses, styles, and accessories all over Wedding Land. And why not? Girlfriend was gorgeous! The Princess Bride could not have looked more stunning with her simple, feminine hair that flowed down, her natural and fresh makeup, and of course the dress, oh That Dress, by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

It is The Wedding Yentas opinion that The Dress definitely lived up to expectations. How difficult it must be to be a bride where people even have expectations of your dress, and then to pull it off flawlessly, well, kudos to Kate. It was the perfect combination of traditional, royal wedding-wear and young, fresh, modern bride. Her arms and shoulders were conservatively covered per Westminster Abbey’s required tradition, but Kate’s beautiful fashion sense still shone through in her neckline, skirt, and style of lace. She really was absolutely breathtaking.

And as a Jewish bride, you may have something in common with her! No, you are probably not going to inherit the Queen of England as your grandmother-in-law and certainly no one is putting bets into Vegas on the length of your first public kiss at Buckingham Palace, but it’s likely you may wish to have or be required to have your shoulders covered for your Jewish wedding. And like Kate, you don’t have to sacrifice style for modesty.

In case you missed it, last year The Wedding Yentas published a great spread on how to rock a bolero jacket or shoulder covering with your wedding dress. Here’s another glimpse into the professional photo shoot that helped so many of our readers learn about dressing fashionably and pleasing a rabbi.

Mazel tov to Kate… and mazel tov to you!

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Unless you’re shopping for your wedding dress at a Victorian-themed costume shop, most of the wedding gowns you’re seeing at mainstream bridal salons include some sexy attributes or cuts that reveal a lot of epidermis real estate. Whether you’re just not comfortable with how the dress fits your upper body or if there are dress code restrictions by which you must abide, The Wedding Yentas are here to reassure you that on your big day, you can look like a dream without living through any couture nightmares.

Many Jewish brides are unable to show their shoulders or open backs, specifically during the ceremony portion of the wedding. We understand that very traditional and observant brides will wear dresses that have sleeves and high collars the whole day. These styles of dresses are gorgeous and absolutely ideal for Orthodox weddings. However, for brides who practice a more reform or conservative denomination of Judaism, it’s possible that the synagogue, rabbi, or the bride’s own personal beliefs will guide her to keep her shoulders covered during the ceremony, but uncovering them for the reception. Always make sure to check with your rabbi first to make sure you’re on the same page regarding wedding attire.

Instead of buying an additional reception dress, The Wedding Yentas have you covered for shoulder covering ideas. Gone are the days of shawls made out of yarn that clash with your raw-silk gown. We have found boleros for you that are stylish, modern, and provide the modesty you need to meet your one-and-only under the chuppah. These boleros are so good-looking, you’ll want to keep them on for the party, anyway!

On May 2, 2010, The Wedding Yentas produced their first ever photo shoot that included a fantastic team of wedding vendors that get 5 out 5 stars (of David) in our little blue and white book. You can expect to see more shoots like this in the future where we assemble a team of some of the best wedding vendors in the industry to show our readers just how to combine style with tradition. Producing these events gives brides a chance to see the latest and greatest in Jewish wedding planning while spotlighting vendors who are experts in their field. We hope you enjoy this 2-part feature because we are so excited to present to you The Bolero Look Book for Jewish Brides!

All of the boleros we feature can be made to order and purchased via the links below. We are showcasing artists who provide excellent customer service along with high-end product. We are happy to endorse these boleros and their talented creators!

Shauna’s World Online Store
Shauna’s World offers classic boleros with quality lace and fashionable details that complement any style of wedding gown.

Mary and Angelika’s Etsy Store
Mary and Angelika graced our models with their vintage-style boleros, featurng feminine details that would make Marie Antoinette squirm with jealousy. Forget diamonds; ruffles are a girl’s best friend.

Uptown Urban Craft’s Online Store
Uptown Urban fit right in with this rural photo shoot. The boleros provide a modesty that is both adorable and chic, allowing any bride to feel like she’s walking down a runway instead of an aisle.

Gertie B’s Etsy Store
Gertie B gets an A+ for her delicate boleros! A bride who wears these boleros feels graceful and ladylike, as lace is the epitome of bridal.

Our phenomenal photographers were Eight20 Photography, Chelsea Elizabeth Photography, Araxi Photography, and Photography by Tara Rochelle. They captured the models in the boleros perfectly, providing you a glimpse of how stylish you can look in your traditional wedding!

Alison Franchi of Le Petit Gardenia provided a table scape that would make Butchart Gardens envious! She assembled gorgeous bouquets for the brides and dreamy details all around. She is quite the floral artist and really helped set the tone of the shoot.

Susie Chhuor worked her magic on our three models and did a terrific job enhancing their beauty, creating a natural, feminine look. The makeup looked just as great at the end of the shoot as it did when Susie applied it.

Special Occasion Hair by Natascha designed hair styles that stayed in tact all day and emphasized the bridal look we wanted our models to showcase. Her diverse works of hair art definitely complemented the flowing styles we were featuring.

The fabulous designers behind these boleros provided us quality fashions and we couldn’t be more obsessed with them! On Wednesday, we’ll talk more about our awesome day and give you a behind-the-scenes view of the photo shoot, so visit us on May 12th to see how exactly The Wedding Yentas produced this day!

Real Weddings | Westlake Village, CA

Laura and David fell in love the modern way: on the Internet. They enjoyed 18 months of dating when David proposed… in an airport parking lot. It just goes to show that the greatest, most romantic moments happen at airports (cue the instrumental theme from “Love Actually”) and Laura and David’s engagement goes down in history as just one more.

They had an intimate wedding at the Westlake Village Inn, a Southern California wedding venue favorite. The ceremony took place in the inviting and chic wine cellar that looks out on the serene pond and garden. Guests surrounded them as they sweetly exchanged vows and that included Laura’s son receiving a chain from David, symbolizing the 3 of them as a new and united family.

Mazel tov, Laura and David!

Wedding Venue – Westlake Village Inn
Photographer – Chelsea Elizabeth Photography
Flowers – Happy Flowers
Cake – The Bread Basket
Entertainment – Next Level Entertainment
Gown – Anne Barge
Hair and Makeup – Cleo Hair Salon
Wedding Rings – Capri Jewelry Los Angeles

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  • Bertie says:

    Great wedding!

Behind The Scenes | Bolero Look Book Shoot

Producing the first-ever Wedding Yentas photo shoot was so fun and rewarding, but a lot of hard work went into the big day! The Yentas called upon a fabulous network of wedding vendors to come on board. Our style queens, Susie Chhuor Makeup and Natascha Roberto, arrived early for the 8 a.m. call time to transform our models into camera-ready bolero brides! Our photographers, Eight20 Photography, Chelsea Elizabeth Photography, Araxi Photography, and Photography by Tara Rochelle, were amped and ready to capture the boleros on the models and were pros at dealing with the mid-day light and windy conditions. Florist extraordinaire, Alison Franchi of Le Petit Gardenia, set up one of the most beautiful table scapes we’ve ever seen, incorporating lush blooms with desert flora. Alison’s vision completed the vintage and natural style we wanted to convey. Major high 5 to this awesome team.

Alison works her magic on the table, making sure everything is set juuuuuuuuuust right.

Princeton is ready for his closeup. Oh wait, the entire shoot was his closeup! The photographers couldn’t resist snapping photos of one of the Yenta pooches! We all joked that he looked like a French waiter in his tie.

Jessica waits patiently and Eric holds up the reflector in the wind to shade model Lauren from the bright sun. Holding the flexible reflector in the wind was not easy! It kept blowing and wanting to fly away, making it more challenging for the photographers behind the cameras to get still shots!

Changing head pieces between shots was a 2-person job! Lauren relaxes and lets them fuss until the birdcage veil is perfect. It’s a tough job being fierce.

Photographers discuss and plan the next shots, deciding who to use, analyzing the boleros for each model, the direction of the sun, and new locations. It’s a science!

Models Alison and Jessica listen for explicit directions from such demanding photographers! Just kidding! By the end of the day, we were all pooped!

Thanks again to all of the wonderful vendors involved in the shoot. We can’t wait to produce more events like this and collaborating with a team of trusty vendors. If you’re a wedding vendor who would like to be a part of future events like this, please contact us in the Shmooze section of the site!

  • Meghan Aileen says:

    This is awesome! So cool to see the behind the scenes!!

We’ve Got You Covered: A Bolero Look Book

Unless you’re shopping for your wedding dress at a Victorian-themed costume shop, most of the wedding gowns you’re seeing at mainstream bridal salons include some sexy attributes or cuts that reveal a lot of epidermis real estate. Whether you’re just not comfortable with how the dress fits your upper body or if there are dress code restrictions by which you must abide, The Wedding Yentas are here to reassure you that on your big day, you can look like a dream without living through any couture nightmares.

Many Jewish brides are unable to show their shoulders or open backs, specifically during the ceremony portion of the wedding. We understand that very traditional and observant brides will wear dresses that have sleeves and high collars the whole day. These styles of dresses are gorgeous and absolutely ideal for Orthodox weddings. However, for brides who practice a more reform or conservative denomination of Judaism, it’s possible that the synagogue, rabbi, or the bride’s own personal beliefs will guide her to keep her shoulders covered during the ceremony, but uncovering them for the reception. Always make sure to check with your rabbi first to make sure you’re on the same page regarding wedding attire.

Instead of buying an additional reception dress, The Wedding Yentas have you covered for shoulder covering ideas. Gone are the days of shawls made out of yarn that clash with your raw-silk gown. We have found boleros for you that are stylish, modern, and provide the modesty you need to meet your one-and-only under the chuppah. These boleros are so good-looking, you’ll want to keep them on for the party, anyway!

On May 2, 2010, The Wedding Yentas produced their first ever photo shoot that included a fantastic team of wedding vendors that get 5 out 5 stars (of David) in our little blue and white book. You can expect to see more shoots like this in the future where we assemble a team of some of the best wedding vendors in the industry to show our readers just how to combine style with tradition. Producing these events gives brides a chance to see the latest and greatest in Jewish wedding planning while spotlighting vendors who are experts in their field. We hope you enjoy this 2-part feature because we are so excited to present to you The Bolero Look Book for Jewish Brides!

All of the boleros we feature can be made to order and purchased via the links below. We are showcasing artists who provide excellent customer service along with high-end product. We are happy to endorse these boleros and their talented creators!

Shauna’s World Online Store
Shauna’s World offers classic boleros with quality lace and fashionable details that complement any style of wedding gown.

Mary and Angelika’s Etsy Store
Mary and Angelika graced our models with their vintage-style boleros, featurng feminine details that would make Marie Antoinette squirm with jealousy. Forget diamonds; ruffles are a girl’s best friend.

Uptown Urban Craft’s Online Store
Uptown Urban fit right in with this rural photo shoot. The boleros provide a modesty that is both adorable and chic, allowing any bride to feel like she’s walking down a runway instead of an aisle.

Gertie B’s Etsy Store
Gertie B gets an A+ for her delicate boleros! A bride who wears these boleros feels graceful and ladylike, as lace is the epitome of bridal.

Our phenomenal photographers were Eight20 Photography, Chelsea Elizabeth Photography, Araxi Photography, and Photography by Tara Rochelle. They captured the models in the boleros perfectly, providing you a glimpse of how stylish you can look in your traditional wedding!

Alison Franchi of Le Petit Gardenia provided a table scape that would make Butchart Gardens envious! She assembled gorgeous bouquets for the brides and dreamy details all around. She is quite the floral artist and really helped set the tone of the shoot.

Susie Chhuor worked her magic on our three models and did a terrific job enhancing their beauty, creating a natural, feminine look. The makeup looked just as great at the end of the shoot as it did when Susie applied it.

Special Occasion Hair by Natascha designed hair styles that stayed in tact all day and emphasized the bridal look we wanted our models to showcase. Her diverse works of hair art definitely complemented the flowing styles we were featuring.

The fabulous designers behind these boleros provided us quality fashions and we couldn’t be more obsessed with them! On Wednesday, we’ll talk more about our awesome day and give you a behind-the-scenes view of the photo shoot, so visit us on May 12th to see how exactly The Wedding Yentas produced this day!

  • Justine says:

    Stunning! Each photographer captured their own nuances and special features, a beautiful and etherial photo shoot.

  • Jill Christianson says:

    Wow I’m glad I found this blog. Helpful for my upcoming wedding.