Here’s a wedding filled with love the size of Texas. Lori and Allan are both Austin transplants. While they have lots of friends in town, all of their family and several of Lori’s close friends live out of state. Because so many guests were from out of town, it was important to Lori and Allan that they give their guests a taste of Austin. The wedding blended many elements that Lori and Allan appreciate about living in Austin and being Jewish. A sunny November day was the perfect backdrop for the wedding held at the Barr Mansion, the nation’s only certified organic event facility. Lori and Allan chose several vegetarian and vegan options for their guests who keep kosher and there were local wines for guests to drink. The DJ played music featuring many local Austin musicians, including Lori and Allan’s first dance song, “Heavenly Day” by Austin favorite, Patty Griffin. Wherever possible local, sustainable and recyclable products were used for the wedding.
Since many of their guests were not Jewish, they created a program to explain the religious components of the wedding. Allan’s sister is a cantor in Washington D.C., and she performed the ceremony along with their Rabbi. They drank wine from the kiddish cup Allan received at his Bar Mitzvah. Lori and Allan’s ketubah featured the tree of life, an important symbol to them and they were married under a chuppah that Allan’s maternal grandparents made. Allan made the chuppah poles from bamboo that grows behind their synagogue. To honor her mother, who passed away several years ago, Lori was married using her mother’s wedding ring and they asked a jeweler to replicate the ring for Lori’s own wedding band. For the bedeken, Lori’s veil was made by a dear friend using a Sephardic Jewish mantilla. And, after their yichud, Allan’s groomsmen all blew shofars to announce the new couple. Cool touch created by the couple! The groomsmen all played in the UT Longhorn Band while in college and took the shofar blowing to new, ear splitting heights.
Mazel tov, Lori and Allan!
Venue – Barr Mansion
Photographer – Vignette Photography
Florist – Barr Mansion
Catering and Cake – Barr Mansion
Entertainment – Byrne Rock
Yarmulkes – Mazel Tops
Ketubah – Ketubah.com
Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses – Alfred Angelo
Tux Rentals – Al’s Formal Wear
Wedding Bands -Ambercrombie Gems and Precious Metals
Makeup and Hair – Sarah Hathaway