Real Weddings | Costa Mesa, CA

There’s always that mutual friend that deserves an extra wink as you take a stroll down the aisle to the chuppah. For Todd and Taryn, their mutual friend confirmed that they really were b’shert. The magic started in downtown San Diego when a group of pals brought them together. Friends recall that the two spent the entire night huddled in the corner from the moment they met, gabbing about Israel, languages, and whatever else they discovered they had in common. From (almost) day one, they were committed to a long-ish distance relationship, as Todd and Taryn lived in different regions of Southern California. You could say it was fate or an alignment of stars, but one week after Todd and Taryn met in San Diego, Taryn received an email from Jdate. It was an email introducing her newest match, a 25-year-old Jewish boy from Carlsbad named Todd. Sound familiar? He was the same Todd she had met just a week before through a friend. The same Todd she had already received a phone call from to arrange a date for the following weekend. Jdate wanted the two to contact each other, but Todd and Taryn beat them to the punch.

An endless number of weekends were spent driving back and forth to see each other, traveling together, and getting to know their families. Love was just easy for them.

Above all else, Todd and Taryn wanted a traditional Jewish ceremony, incorporating some of the rich elements of a culture that they both adore. So, it was easy to choose the place where they’d exchange vows. The couple wed at Temple Bat Yahm, where Taryn grew up attending Shabbat services, religious school, and so many family celebrations. A day full of personal touches, rich traditions, and loving warmth sealed the deal for two perfect people beginning a lifetime of pure happiness.

Mazel tov, Taryn and Todd!

Ceremony Venue – Temple Bat Yahm
Reception Venue – Celebrations by Turnip Rose
Coordination – Events by Denise
Photographer – Joel Austell Photography
Videographer – Scott Video Productions
Floral Design – Jenny B Florals
Rabbi – Rabbi Mark Miller
Cantor – Cantor Jonathan Grant
Ketubah – Barbara Goldstone
Entertainment – California Band
Hair – Michelle at Flawless Faces
Makeup – Miguel Andrisani
Jewelry – Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry
Printing – The Printery
Bridal Gown – Dori Anne Veils
Bridesmaid Dresses – Priscilla of Boston
Groom and Groomsmen Attire – Men’s Wearhouse

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  • Taryn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing our story, Wedding Yentas! You have a wonderful website and it was so great to re-live our wedding day in this way.

  • Lauren says:

    Beautiful wedding! I was so happy to be part of it!

  • Debbie says:

    What a beautiful wedding, and what a beautiful couple, both inside and out. The mother of the bride is “kvelling”!