ASH­LEY RE­ICH & JAY ROCKMAN 82

Inside Weddings - - Weddings - Septem­ber 4, 2016 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Kevin We­in­stein Pho­tog­ra­phy

Septem­ber 4, 2016 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Kevin We­in­stein Pho­tog­ra­phy

When Jay Rockman’s mother spot­ted Ash­ley Re­ich on the school­yard and asked her sev­en­th­grade son who the cute new girl was, he never could have imag­ined they’d one day be ex­chang­ing vows. “We ended up be­com­ing good friends but didn’t start dat­ing un­til 11th grade,” ex­plains Jay. Af­ter 10 years to­gether, he was ready to take the next step in their re­la­tion­ship and asked her par­ents for their bless­ing. “Ash­ley and I were to­tally en­meshed in each other’s fam­i­lies – we were al­ready fam­ily to one an­other,” he says. “There’s never been a doubt in my mind that she’s the per­son I would end up with.”

As the ex­ec­u­tive re­la­tion­ships edi­tor of The Huff­in­g­ton Post, it was no won­der Ash­ley’s job played a part in her pro­posal. She thought it was a typ­i­cal morn­ing at home as she read through pitches from her team, but it wasn’t. “The last pitch was a link to a YouTube video ti­tled ‘High School Sweet­heart Pro­poses to Long­time Girl­friend.’ I clicked the link and saw a video of my­self, sit­ting in the very spot I was cur­rently in,” de­clares Ash­ley, who turned to Jay con­fused. “He said some­thing I have no rec­ol­lec­tion of, got down on one knee, and pre­sented the most beau­ti­ful ring I’ve ever seen.” The rest of the day was filled with more sur­prises, in­clud­ing lunch at the restau­rant where they had their first date and cel­e­bra­tions with loved ones.

ASH­LEY RE­ICH & JAY ROCKMAN

RE­SOURCES

Beauty

Dry­bar - hair

Blush­ing­ton - makeup

Bri­dal Gown

Sab­rina Da­han

Brides­maid Gowns

Adri­anna Papell; Am­sale

Bad­g­ley Mis­chka

Cer­e­mony by Joanna Au­gust Hay­ley Paige Oc­ca­sions

Jenny Yoo; Lela Rose

Nou­velle Am­sale

Cake

Vanilla Bake Shop

Ca­ter­ing

Skir­ball Cul­tural Cen­ter Con­sult­ing

Geller Events

En­ter­tain­ment

Ground Con­trol for Élan Artists Joanna Lee Event

Unite En­ter­tain­ment

Flo­ral De­sign

The Hid­den Gar­den

For­mal­wear

Ar­mani Collezioni; Friar Tux Shop In­vi­ta­tions

Wed­ding Pa­per Di­vas

Jewelry

Ra­haminov Di­a­monds

Light­ing De­sign

Lighten Up Inc.

Linens

La Tavola Fine Linen

Moth­ers’ Gowns

Monique Lhuil­lier; Rene Ruiz Pho­tog­ra­phy

Kevin We­in­stein Pho­tog­ra­phy Reg­istries

Crate and Bar­rel; Gearys

Rentals

Luna Party Rentals

Shoes

Jimmy Choo

Veil

Sab­rina Da­han

Venue

Skir­ball Cul­tural Cen­ter Videog­ra­phy

Blue­cat In­ter­na­tional

When it came to wed­ding plan­ning, Ash­ley en­listed the help of one of her best friends, Paige Blatt, who works with Deb­bie Geller of Geller Events. “She to­tally un­der­stood my taste, knew our fam­i­lies and what they wanted, and all our meet­ings were just like we were hang­ing out. I loved it!” ex­claims the bride. Since Ash­ley has viewed count­less pho­tos of nup­tials through work, there were a cou­ple of non­nego­tiable items on her wish list – one of which be­ing an al­fresco cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. Though they orig­i­nally wrote off their venue since it was across the street from their high school and there­fore “too close to home,” the set­ting ended up be­ing one of their fa­vorite parts of the day and even gave them the op­por­tu­nity to have their “first look” at the very place they first saw each other.

On the even­ing of the cer­e­mony, an aisle run­ner lined with hy­drangeas, spi­ral eu­ca­lyp­tus, and can­dle­light led to a chup­pah po­si­tioned in front of a dra­matic flo­ral wall cov­ered with green­ery, ivory wis­te­ria, and South­ern smi­lax. “Jay’s mom en­cour­aged us to dream big when it came to flo­rals and cer­e­mony dé­cor, and both turned out amaz­ing thanks to The Hid­den Gar­den,” re­veals Ash­ley. To the ro­man­tic sounds of a string trio, Jay walked down the aisle with his par­ents. Three flower girls fol­lowed, with one car­ry­ing a very spe­cial to­ken: “One of our flower girls is the daugh­ter of the flower girl from my par­ents’ wed­ding, and she car­ried the very same bas­ket!” notes Ash­ley. Re­gard­less of gen­der, brides­maids and grooms­men stood on ei­ther side of the chup­pah to com­mem­o­rate their friend­ships with both Ash­ley and Jay. At last, the bride emerged in a beau­ti­ful gown fea­tur­ing an il­lu­sion neck­line and held a bou­quet of snowy pe­onies to “Kiss­ing You” from the Romeo + Juliet movie sound­track, which held spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to the duo since they first watched the film to­gether in eighth grade.

Dur­ing the ser­vice, which was led by a rabbi who the bride has known since birth, the cou­ple was wrapped in a tal­lit made by Jay’s grand­fa­ther and used the kid­dush cup Ash­ley gifted Jay at his bar mitz­vah when they were just 13 years old. “The cer­e­mony was the most mean­ing­ful, emo­tional, and beau­ti­ful mo­ment of my life,” re­calls the groom. “We had waited so long to get there and it felt so nat­u­ral to be there with Ash­ley sur­rounded by our fam­ily and friends.” Muses the bride, “I love that we wrote per­son­al­ized vows… I got so choked up at the start, I was wor­ried I wouldn’t be able to even get them out!”

The de­sign of the open-air re­cep­tion was in­spired by the flo­ral en­ve­lope liner on the in­vi­ta­tion suite, which was also seen on the menus and es­cort cards fea­tur­ing mini en­velopes with ta­ble as­sign­ments in­side. The flower mo­tif was ad­di­tion­ally in­cor­po­rated on the dance floor by way of a beau­ti­fully de­tailed de­cal. Blush linens cov­ered ta­bles, which were sur­rounded by Lucite chairs and dec­o­rated with high and low cen­ter­pieces. Ar­range­ments were brim­ming with tex­tured greens in­clud­ing gar­de­nia leaves and cas­cad­ing ama­ran­thus, as well as roses, lisianthus blos­soms, hy­drangeas, helle­borus blooms, and Café au Lait dahlias.

Framed pho­tos taken of the cou­ple from grade school and be­yond were placed on the es­cort-card ta­ble along with snap­shots of what they had writ­ten in each other’s year­books over the years – a to­tal sur­prise to the bride. Pa­per goods, in­clud­ing ta­ble num­bers and cock­tail nap­kins, were also rep­re­sen­ta­tive of mile­stones through­out their re­la­tion­ship. To keep their fam­i­lies at the heart of the day, their first dance to “Lucky” by Ja­son Mraz was fol­lowed by both a father-daugh­ter dance and a mother-son dance. “My mom is one of the most im­por­tant peo­ple in the world to me and danc­ing with her on that day meant a lot,” shares Jay.

The rest of the re­cep­tion was filled with din­ner and danc­ing to Mo­town, oldies, and mod­ern-day hits from a live band and a DJ. In ad­di­tion to the wed­ding con­fec­tion, guests were sent home with minia­ture cakes made by the bride’s grand­mother, who baked smaller ver­sions of her fa­mous treat, which is a hit at ev­ery spe­cial event. A note at­tached read, “Made with love by Grandma” to make the day even more rooted in fam­ily.

“I love that we wrote per­son­al­ized vows… I got so choked up at the start of mine, I was wor­ried I

wouldn’t be able to even get them out!”

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