Category Archives: Real Jewish Weddings

{Real Jewish Weddings} Knoxville, TN

Anna and Jared’s Jewish wedding at Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville, TN was a gorgeous spring day. Since the weather was so cooperative, Anna and Jared got to enjoy lots of outdoor time in sparkling, romantic light. Even their Bedeken was outside in the courtyard, which is unique and so beautiful. The Chuppah was elaborate, with a white silk canopy and spring flowers on the front corners. After the ceremony, Anna and Jared’s reception was at The Foundry, and everyone had a blast during the Hora with music by Dor L’Dor band!

Mazel tov, Anna and Jared!

Knoxville, Tennessee Jewish Weddings

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Photographer:  JoPhoto
Musicians: Dor L’Dor Band
Ceremony Venue: Heska Amuna Synagogue
DJ: Music in Motion Mobile Entertainment
Reception Venue: The Foundry

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  • Aliyah says:

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding! We especially loved seeing our Swirly Tree of Life Ketubah! Mazel tov!

{Real Jewish Weddings} Chicago, IL

This is an example of a lovely interfaith wedding, where the focus is the couple, not one religion over another. It’s a beautiful whirlwind of love, the way that Kelly and Dan got married. They honored both of their traditions and beliefs, while starting their family of two in a way that truly resembles them as a pair.

Coming out of the ceremony, greeted by their cheering guests, started off the festivities perfectly. The just-married photos that followed were sweet and tender, clearly highlighting the love that Dan and Kelly have for each other. And shoe shots! Love the shoe shot of Kelly’s adorable heels peeking out from under her dress!

The toasts, the dances, and the cute little cake all complemented the special bond these two share. Love is certainly grand!

Mazel tov, Kelly and Dan!

chicago jewish weddings

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Photographer:  Emilia Jane Photography
Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaid
Cake Designer: Bittersweet Bakery
Reception Venue: City Winery Chicago
Floral Designer: Forget Me Knodt

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{Real Jewish Weddings} Wilmington, DE

Sarah and Greg enjoyed a beautiful fall day for their outdoor ceremony at Rockwood Mansion! The dark purple bridesmaid dresses paired with white and purple bouquets and boutonnières made for a wonderfully classic look to their decor! To reflect the fresh brightness of the beautiful kitchen garden where their ceremony was being held on the estate, sunflowers were placed by each aisle row and also adorned their bamboo chuppah. During the ceremony, you could just feel the love and emotion between the two of them and with a huge smile, Greg broke the glass and kissed his lovely bride!

While the guests headed to the cocktail hour, Sarah and Greg had fun exploring the mansion and its gorgeous grounds for golden hour photos! Then, the newlyweds headed to the rustic carriage house for their first dance and parent dances. Each guest’s table had floating candles and a bottle of wine picked out for them. Sarah and Greg’s wedding cake was the perfect amount of swirls and ruffles to make it simply stunning! They ended the night with fun dancing and spirited music with all of their loved ones!

Mazel tov, Sarah and Greg!

Delaware Jewish Weddings

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Photographer:  Kate’s Lens Photography
Venue: Rockwood Mansion
Caterer: The Greenery Caterers
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{Real Jewish Weddings} San Francisco, CA

In the winter of 2011, Anna participated in a trip to Berlin, Germany, with the organization Germany Close Up, a trip that brings American Jews to experience modern day Germany. On the first evening of the trip, she connected with a fellow participant, Elannah, and the two quickly bonded. Within a few hours of their meeting, Elannah realized Anna would be a perfect match for AJ, one of her best friends back in Los Angeles. The problem was that Anna lived in NYC and AJ in L.A. Nevertheless, Elannah immediately sent AJ an email telling him that she had found his “bashert” (soulmate) in Berlin, Germany. After Anna returned to the States, she and AJ spoke a few times by phone and eventually AJ flew across the country to meet Anna in person.

Anna & AJ got married in San Francisco at the former federal bank called the Bently Reserve. They had a modern Orthodox wedding that reflected their connection and commitment to traditional Judaism. It was the first Orthodox wedding for the majority of their guests, including the couple’s families. The energy and ruach was outstanding and contagious.

Mazel tov, Anna and AJ!

Please also enjoy the highlights reel produced by Blue Moon Productions!

Anna + AJ | Bently Reserve | San Francisco from Andy Hirsch on Vimeo.

New York Jewish Weddings

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Photography: Todd Rafalovich Photography
Venue: Bently Reserve
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting & AV
Cake: Have Your Cake
Rentals: Classic Rentals
Band: Nefesh Orchestra

{Real Jewish Weddings} St. Paul, MN

Sean is a successful musician in the Twin Cities, and he also happens to run Trivia Mafia, a local bar trivia company. Rachel and her friend decided to start doing bar trivia as a way to get out of the house, and he was the host at Sunday night trivia at the 331 Club in Northeast Minneapolis. Sean and Rachel met and gradually started talking more and more, and then finally one day (10 months after she started attending trivia) he asked for her number. Rachel was so oblivious, she remembers thinking “I wonder what he wants that for?!” They dated for two years before they got engaged. Rachel knew he was going to propose, because they had talked about it and he told her he was driving to visit ner parents (in Fargo) to formally ask for Rachel’s hand. Then on a Sunday morning in October, he suggested they go out to Lake of the Isles and take a look at this boat race some of his friends were doing. He played it so cool that Rachel didn’t even suspect anything, so she went out in a hoodie, unshowered, with no makeup. Turns out there was no boat race; it was just an excuse to get her to go to that spot. Then boom, she turned around and he was down on one knee! He really managed to surprise her, which is no easy feat.

As a couple, one thing Rachel is really proud of is how much they work on communication. They try hard not to assume that feelings or needs “go without saying.” Sean is open emotionally in a way Rachel didn’t think men could be, which has allowed her to be more emotionally open (again, no small feat, since she’s pretty introverted).

Rachel and Sean are a perfect couple, and that’s no trivial matter!

Mazel tov, Rachel and Sean!

St. Paul Minnesota Jewish Weddings

For my dress, I didn’t want to feel pressured to look like what was trendy or expected. I went to Andrea’s Vintage after finding it online, and the staff there was amazing in helping me create and execute a vision.

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Besides the actual ceremony, I really loved when we signed the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract). It was like a little mini-ceremony before the actual ceremony. We were all gathered together, just close friends and family, to see us sign the contract and for our parents to say some kind words. It was really special.

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For the bridesmaids, I was 100% committed to asking them to wear something that they could wear again. I figured, a JCrew sweater will last forever and is always in style, and my friend found a pin on Pinterest that paired a cable knit sweater with a full tulle skirt. We both loved the look, and she offered to make them at cost, since she’s a skilled seamstress. I thought the navy blue color would look appropriate for fall, not clash with anything else, and be timeless.

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Sean picked out the colors, which I liked and so we ran with it. We chose the library theme for the invitations and centerpieces/table numbers because we were in a library, so why not go with it? As for the chevron, we just thought that looked cool and unique. We didn’t particular like the idea of flower centerpieces, so we collected books from thrift stores and our bookshelves to put on the tables instead.

We just had honest conversations about what was important and what wasn’t that important, and what we really envisioned, and went from there. I tried my best to save money where I could. It was incredibly easy to get carried away, but I think I did a good job of editing.

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My advice to brides: Have a real conversation with your spouse-to-be about how you envision your wedding day. Figure out what things are truly important to you and need the most brain space, and focus your energies on those. Remember that this is a big event for your parents, too! It’s not just your day; its theirs too. Ask for their input and keep them involved in the process as much as you feel comfortable. They will be flattered and there will be less conflict.

Don’t be afraid to delegate! Everyone has people around them who are willing and able to help, whether it’s with event setup, vendor research, makeup, snacks for the bridal party, etc. Your people are excited for you, and they would do anything to make the day go well for you!

A lot of the talk out there is about how it’s the bride’s special day, the bride is the queen, the bride is the one who calls the shots, and the groom is either unwilling or incapable of getting involved. This is BS. Ask the groom what he thinks about things, figure out what’s important to him and let him own at least one thing about the day. Trust his judgement, because the more involved he is, the happier you both will be. I remember reading online “The wedding should not be a surprise party for the groom.” Don’t assume that he doesn’t care or that he’s too stupid or unfashionable to have an opinion! He’s marrying you; he’s obviously got good taste.

Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography
Reception Venue & Lighting: James J Hill Library
Event Coordinator/Designer: Ashley from Simply Elegant Bridal Consultants
Rentals & Linens: Apres
Flowers: Fleur de Lis
Dress: Andrea’s Vintage Bridal
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaid Dress: JCrew sweaters, skirts made by one of the bridesmaids
Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaid Accessories: Francesca’s
Groom Attire: Hubert White
Hair Stylist: Blowdry! Blowdry bar in Uptown
Caterer: Brasa Rotisserie
Transportation: Total Luxury Limo
Ceremony Venue: Temple Israel, Minneapolis
Officiant: Rabbi Jennifer Gertman