The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom are patting themselves on the back for this Real Wedding! Jason’s mom and Runya’s mom went to high school together and kept in touch over the years. Runya’s mom would send Jason’s family yearly holiday cards which had photos of her along with her family, hoping to catch his eye and to perhaps make a nice Jewish match (download the Fiddler on the Roof song on your iPod!).
Jason and Runya were at USC at the same time, both with significant others, and except of a few close calls, they never crossed paths on campus. In 2004, just four years after Runya graduated (five years for Jason), she and Jason finally connected through a mutual friend. Soon, Jason and Runya were inseparable! Just a few years later, at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, Jason orchestrated a special marriage proposal which culminated with a surprise…a lobby packed with all their family and friends to help them celebrate their engagement!
Runya and Jason created a ceremony that not only encompassed Jewish tradition but also included their love of music, humor and family heirlooms. Rabbi Miller who officiated at their wedding was the same Rabbi who married Runya’s parents, who blessed Runya as a baby as she was given her Hebrew name, and was a part of her Bat Mitzvah. Under the chuppah they were wrapped in Runya’s maternal grandpa’s tallit, and they knew he was smiling down on them. Jason’s maternal grandpa gave them special kiddish cups to use at the ceremony and to help them start a new tradition and pass them down from generation to generation. The couple was also grateful to have Runya’s very close friend and sorority big sister, who moonlights as a cantor, sing the beautiful blessings.
The bride girlishly giggled her way through the ceremony, and the groom’s smile warmed the already-beautiful spring evening. Then, 300-something close family and friends began celebrating! The damask cupcake tower stood tall as the guests entered the ballroom, and the dancing never stopped which was exactly what the bride and groom wanted! Runya was having such a fabulous time out on the dance floor that at the stroke of midnight, she forgot that she was still wearing her 4-inch Stewart Weitzman heels — 10 hours in heels, oy vey!!
Mazel tov, Runya and Jason!
Venue and Catering – Beverly Hills Hotel
Wedding Coordination and Design – Ariel Yve Design
Photography – Dahl Photographers
Flowers – Fiore Designs
Wedding Gown – Kenneth Pool
Veil Designer and Bridal Salon – R-Mine Bridal
Lighting – Barker Décor Services
Cupcakes – Vanilla Bakeshop
Videography – James Reid, Manifest Media
Reception Entertainment – West Coast Music
Ceremony and Cocktail Entertainment – Keith Chagall
Bridal Party’s Makeup – Latoya Daniels
Bride’s Makeup – Michele Stewart
Hair – Vicky Garcia
Bridesmaids Gowns – Vera Wang and Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tuxedo – Hickey Freeman
Groomsmen Tuxedos – Men’s Wearhouse
Honeymoon – Grand Wailea, Maui and Princess Mediterranean Cruise