JUNE 26, 2016

Wedding Bells (West) - - Real Weddings -

FROM JENNA: Steven and I wrote let­ters to each other that we ex­changed on the morn­ing of our wed­ding. We stood on op­po­site sides of a wall so nei­ther of us could see the other be­fore our of­fi­cial first look, and reached around to hold each other’s hand as we traded love notes and read them silently. It was a calm­ing mo­ment in the midst of the chaos of get­ting ready. We had a fairly tra­di­tional Jewish cer­e­mony. It was im­por­tant to us that each of the re­li­gious sym­bols and rit­u­als had per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance. The roof of our chup­pah was made from our grand­fa­thers’ prayer shawls, and the rings we ex­changed dur­ing the cer­e­mony and the cups of wine we drank from were fam­ily heir­looms. Guests dined on a four-course meal fol­lowed by a dessert and candy bar. We es­pe­cially loved our kosher “his, hers and ours” mini dessert trio and cookie fries, com­plete with cus­tom car­tons and dip­ping sauces. The band kept guests danc­ing all night long. We had a bas­ket of flip-flops as “a treat for your danc­ing feet” but I kept my Valenti­nos on late into the night. It wasn’t un­til we headed to our bridal suite that I no­ticed I had danced the nail pol­ish right off my toes!


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