From the bride, Simone:
My husband is my hero. I met Mark in high school on a Jewish retreat. He was friends with some of my friends, and they told me I would love him. At only 17, I wasn’t looking for love yet especially since I recently finished Leukemia treatment (now I am 7 years off treatment!). Well, we met, and I fell in love. I hear all the time how “brave” I was or what an “inspiration” I am; that is really sweet, but I had no choice but to battle this cancer. When I met Mark, I was worried he’d think that I was untouchable and weak, but he shook my hand firmly and gave me the strongest smile. We flirted; he had no idea what that meant for me. It meant that I was doing something “normal.” My husband helped me learn what “normal” is. That is the greatest gift a cancer survivor could ever hope for.
Our wedding is based off of this fairytale. In our relationship, there is no glitz, glam, and sparkle. Our fairytale is raw and real. I respect time and the life that is to be lived. I wanted to share this with our friends and family. Therefore, the theme for our wedding was Grimm’s Fairytales. I have read every Grimm Fairytale and there is rarely a happy ending. But, the Grimm brothers portrayed life’s important lessons through these tales. There were little objects (each table represented a tale) and old copies of the books themselves as part of the decor.
Mark and I are so happy with how the wedding turned out. The space was filled with love and happiness. We are so excited for the future.
Mazel tov, Simone and Mark!
Photographer: Deborah Coleman Photography
Planner: Chantal Events
Catering: Ladies Who Lunch
Pie: Three Babes Bakeshop
Ginger Cake: Crixa Cakes
Venue: Conservatory of Flowers
Flowers: Flora Grubb Gardens
Lights: Got Light
DJ: DJ Matteo
Duet for Ceremony: Kriika
Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
Ben is from Israel and his parents were in town shortly after he proposed to Eden, so they decided to plan their wedding in two weeks in order for his parents could attend!
They were married at Moraine Lake in Lake Louise Alberta, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. The ceremony site looked over the gorgeous, crystal blue lake. The natural surroundings look so pristine and perfect — like something out of a Lord of the Rings movie. The scenery is truly amazing and makes for the most romantic backdrop. Eden and Ben posed for photos around the lake after they said “I do” and then the newlyweds headed off to an intimate wedding dinner with close family and friends in the city of Banff.
Mazel tov, Eden and Ben!
Photographer: Milton Photography
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights
Molly and Alan are a JDate success story! But Molly and Alan met years prior when Alan dated Molly’s roommate in 2007. Three years later, they got it right and started dating. The proposal came on Molly’s birthday, when she was least expecting it. Alan had planned a birthday dinner in DC and that his friend would be picking her up. Instead, a limo pulled up and Molly was super pumped for a limo ride, not even knowing that Alan was just on the other side of the windows waiting to propose. He even thought ahead enough to plant his camera with the limo driver so he could snap some photos!
Molly and Alan enjoyed with a beautiful wedding with classic and timeless details. The memories are sure to last them a lifetime!
Mazel tov, Molly and Alan!
Photographer: Dani Leigh Photography
Reception Venue: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Cinema and Video: Black Tie Video
Makeup Artist: Amie Decker Beauty
Floral Designer: Da Vincis Florist
Reception Music: Night Song
Ceremony Musicians: The Antares Musicians
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Elisha is a newspaper journalist in Annapolis, Maryland and Joshua teaches broadcast journalism at University of Maryland. These two newsies planned a typical Jewish wedding along the Chesapeake Bay, but spiced up the entire event with a beautiful nautical theme.
The boat-by-the-shore style created a laid-back environment, but the preppy tones kept their wedding day classic and traditional. It’s almost like J.Crew and Neiman Marcus got married! Even down to the kippot, the details were impeccably designed and Elisha and Josh’s love shined through!
Mazel tov, Elisha and Josh!
Photographer: Sugar Farm Weddings
Catering/Venue: Herrington on the Bay
Flowers: Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm
Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller
Bride’s Necklace: Anthropologie
Bride’s Earrings: Ben-Amun
Custom Suits/Ties: David Hart
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights
It was a hot day, but still full of cozy and romantic shots for Diana and Nick. After having the tender first look at the hotel, the bride and groom set off for Busse Woods, a forest preserve just outside of Chicago. There were a few storms in the days leading up to the wedding so they were extra cautious as they walked on the semi-wet grass to avoid any soggy areas.
After a some time out in the nice summer air, it was off to Victoria In The Park for the ceremony. It’s a Chicago favorite due to the big beautiful windows, a large space, and it’s totally private because the entire building hosts just one wedding per day. In a non-traditional setup, Diana and Nick took advantage of all the space by setting up their dance floor out in the open area where the dinner tables normally are. This allowed their DJ to set up a larger stage and lights without being limited by a low ceiling in the “dedicated” dance floor area. As with most European weddings, the party went on and on, long into the night.
Mazel tov, Diana and Nick!
Photographer: Michael Novo Photography
Venue: Victoria in the Park
Wedding Band: Marat World Entertainment