This is the story that starts with a blind date and a missing tooth, and ends with a traditional and love-filled wedding. Interested? Read on!
Dana and Mark planned to meet at Rudy’s, one of NYC’s divy-est bars, since Mark was astonished to learn that Dana had never been. Plus, he was missing a tooth at the time and thought he’d fit right in so maybe Dana wouldn’t notice! Yes, you read right: missing. a tooth. And Dana, coincidentally, is the daughter of a dentist. If you can believe it, the missing tooth went un-mentioned for three dates until, during a bout of flirty banter, Dana unleashed with “Shut-up you toothless Canadian!” And that was it. She stole his heart on the spot. No joke. In fact, that’s the exact place Mark brought her back to when he proposed a year and a half later, this time with a tooth… and a ring.
Dana and Mark were honored that their close friend in Rabbinical school facilitated the religious ceremony as the Mesaderet Kiddushin. Together they crafted a traditional egalitarian ceremony, complete with Gordon Tucker ketubah text, Dana’s participation in the exchanging of the vows, and a shared circling of each other: both went around three times and walked the seventh circle together. The wedding was infused with as many personal touches as possible: they were wrapped in the tallitot of their grandfathers, drank from the same Kiddush cup as Mark’s parents did at their wedding, and used a challah cover hand-painted by a good friend.
After the wedding, Dana wanted to continue to help other engaged couples, so she launched Deposit a Gift, a cash gift registry service, offering brides and grooms an alternative to traditional gift registries. We are happy to say that both her wedding day and new business are the epitome of success.
Mazel tov, Dana and Mark!
Venue, Catering & Day-Of Planner – Ruby Hill Golf Club
Floral Design – Waterlily Pond & Pod and Seed
Photographer – Todd Rafalovich
Hair & Makeup – Maria Chang Professional Makeup Artistry
Entertainment – Kicks Band
Bridal Boutique – Joanna’s Bridal
Wedding Gown Designer – La Sposa
Groom’s Tuxedo Designer – Canali
Cupcakes & Pastries – Katrina Rozelle
Videographer – Thomas Hughes
Ketubah Art – Traci Moren
Ketubah Text – MP Artworks
Officiant – Aderet Okon Drucker firstname.lastname@example.org