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{Real Jewish Weddings} Roxbury, NY

Gina and Anika were married at Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury, New York. Their wedding was timed perfectly to coincide with the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act and, coincidentally, a major hurricane that totally devastated the area. In the end, the good luck outweighed the bad, as roads opened and power came back on just in time for the ceremony and reception.

Not only were the weather and conditions perfect, but the day was a total DIY success. The ceremony was a potpourri of Jewish traditions mixed with elements of the traditional Quaker ceremony. Gina and Anika truly made the day theirs by really incorporating themselves into the wedding decor: not too traditional, full of heart, warmed with fun. It was a beautiful day of love and romance.

Mazel tov, Gina and Anika!

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Venue: Stone Tavern Farm
Photographer: JBM Wedding Photography
Florist: Wildflowers Florist
Cake: Linda Laestadius
Caterer: Mary’s Cookin Again
Dress: Brides of France
Shoes: Camper
Officiant: Diane Elliot
Invitations / Stationery: Wild West Letterpress
Ketubah: Galia Goodman

Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights

Bow Tying The Knot

We devote so much time to bridal fashions. From heels to lace to hair, so much of our girl squealing is about what the bride wears on her wedding day. But, what about the groom? Or, as in the case of last week’s adorable engagement shoot, the grooms?

The groom’s options are rarely as bountiful as the bride’s. Variations on tuxedos are slim compared to the many choices a bride has in dress styles, materials, cuts, adornments, and colors. Sure, there are different lapels or threads for suits and tuxedos, but to the naked eye, a tux is a tux. One way to really spice up the groom’s look is with the tie around his neck. Bow ties, especially, provide timeless and classy style, but why go with a plain black or ivory bow tie when there are stylish and colorful options available?

The Tie Bar has been endorsed by GQ Magazine and — here’s one more for the count — The Wedding Yentas! — as a style guide for men’s fashions. The Tie Bar has furnished accessories for some pretty dreamy celebs, too, including Ryan Gosling (hel-lo?! ‘Nuff said!), Paul Rudd (my personal favorite as he is #1 on The List. Yes, Husband Yenta knows), and John Hamm (going mad for that man?). While all these men are prominent in Hollywood, there’s one guy who knows how to pair fashion and activism and that is Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

I’ve actually met him a couple times and I’m a total fan girl. Not only am I a supreme wedding junkie, but I’m a total theatre nerd, and I’ve seen him on stage in a Broadway show and even in the audience at my local community theater where we have cheered on mutual friends. So, needless to say, I give Jesse Tyler Ferguson a big thumbs up on his work and his fashion. We’ve seen him rock the bow tie several times as himself and as the beloved “Mitchell” on TV’s Modern Family, but he rocks for another reason.

Ferguson and his fiance, attorney Justin Mikita, have partnered with The Tie Bar for a fundraiser that beats any corner lemonade stand or high school car wash. They’re goin’ big! They’ve created Tie The Knot, a cause that, in association with The Tie Bar, creates stylish bow ties with all proceeds from the sale going directly to various organizations across the country, currently in the trenches fighting for civil rights.

According to the Facebook page of Tie the Knot, the goal is clear: “to achieve marriage equality throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it.”

Tie the Knot releases seasonal bow tie collections through The Tie Bar that are inspired by art, pop culture, and fashion. Unlike boring bow ties, each carefully created design will only be available for a limited amount of time to promote uniqueness and individuality.

Ferguson and Mikita even created an adorable video with information about the cause and the bow ties. You can check it out on the Tie the Knot web site or view it here! It’s short and sweet. Very sweet!

A groom who wants to look good while getting married or support the ability for everyone who’s in love to get married should consider Tie the Knot‘s creations while searching for the final touch on his formal ensemble. Bow ties don’t have to be just for weddings, though! Dapper fellas can bow tie it up for engagement photo shoots, rehearsal dinners, and even the bachelor party. Don’t forget the honeymoon and other fun events that come with newlywed bliss.

Bowties will be hitting The Tie Bar starting November 15, so stay tuned for updates about designs and purchasing by following the Tie The Knot Facebook page. It’s going to be fun to watch what Tie the Knot rolls out because they’ll be created with such care, just like the cause. Just like bubbie makes kugel.

The Wedding Yentas believes in equality for all. And looking swell while supporting, well, that’s a perfect package tied up in a bow!

Send in photos of your dashing beau in a JTF bow tie once they’re available! It would be with great nachus to curate a fabulous gallery of style and support for equality!

Michael and Samir Engaged in Washington, D.C.

It’s no secret that The Wedding Yentas blog loves love. Love also does not require explanation or defense. So, while The Wedding Yentas has a catchy, rhyme-y tagline of “A Guide for the Jewish Bride,” everyone should know that The Wedding Yentas is a guide for love… for any bride. Or groom. Totally Jewish. Jew-ish. No religion. Two brides. Two grooms. Whatever!

So today’s a day of firsts on The Wedding Yentas. It’s the first feature of a same-sex AND multicultural couple (two cute fellas! One’s Jewish and the other’s Indian). The Wedding Yentas is a guide for love and commitment, and these two are an adorable example of boy meets boy and fall in love as captured by Jalapeño Photography.

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Two politicos, Michael and Samir, found one another in the melting pot that is Washington, D.C. Michael’s Jewish and from Alaska. Samir’s Indian and from Missouri. Regardless of their differences, once they met, they were inseparable!

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During Michael and Samir’s courtship, they learned a lot about one another and traveled to far flung places. The ebbing and flowing of D.C. politics can be difficult on a relationship, but Michael and Samir weathered it as administrations and jobs changed.

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One night, they began discussing their own future as opposed to politics. At this point, they agreed: Michael and Samir knew they wanted one another!

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Mazel tov, Michael and Samir!