Real Weddings | Mitchellville, MD

It was a warm Saturday afternoon in the fall of 2003 and the smell of beer and grilled hot dogs wafted through the air the University of Maryland’s football tailgating season. Emily’s good friend, Michelle, had invited her to pre-game with Eric and his friends. It was then that the two were first introduced. A few weeks later, Emily and Eric found themselves sitting next to each other at the Midnight Madness basketball game. From there, it was a slam dunk.

Emily and Eric combined many special touches on their wedding day. Eric is Jewish and Emily is Catholic, so the couple was married in an interfaith ceremony integrating both religions by having a Jewish cantor and a priest. They included several traditional elements from both religions in the ceremony. Emily and Eric’s program clearly explained the different rituals to guests (chuppah, kiddush cups, ketubah, breaking of the glass, sign of peace, unity candle, etc). They mixed some cultural elements into the reception, too, drawing from Jewish and Italian backgrounds. The newlyweds and their guests danced the festive Hora and chair lift and also a slow-to-quick speed Tarantella. To honor their current lives, the bride and groom ordered cookies from a Baltimore bakery to serve a combination of both Italian and Jewish cookies. Also, Emily cleverly made up specialty signs for the cookie display and bar using Hebrew and Italian sayings like “Salute!” and “L’chaim!” Fun! Cheers!

Mazel tov, Emily and Eric!

Venue – Newton White Mansion
Catering – Caribbean Caterers
Day-Of Coordinator – Tina’s Creative Touch
Photographers – Borrowed Blue
Cantor – Ellie Shaffer
Ceremony Entertainment – String Poets
Flowers – Homestead Florals
Hair and Makeup – Updos for I Dos
Cake – Occasional Cakes
Cookies – Piedigrotta Bakery
Invitations, Favors, Programs and Place cards – LizArts Designs

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  • Gill says:

    Your site has so much great information. I love the Real Weddings!

  • Dennis Read says:

    This, July 3, was a perfect day in every way! “Is this Heaven?”, Emily’s dad asked. “No,” someone replied, “it’s your daughter’s wedding day to Eric!”

  • areta says:

    Beautiful photos of a fantastic wedding that merges two religions and traditions in such a great way.

  • Jamie and Natalie says:

    We had a fabulous time photographing Emily and Eric’s wedding! The day was full of love and laughter!

    Jamie and Natalie

  • Diane Palmintera says:

    Somehow I stumbled on your site while I was looking for wedding glasses to break as part of my Jewish tradition. I wanted to let you know that I am the daughter of an Austrian Jewish mother and Italian father who have been happily married for 65 years (this year)!!! I treasure both heritages and wish you and your children a long, blessed life.