Lorie and Yuval were married at Soho Catering and Events in Hollywood, Fla. on March 2. “It had a beautiful outdoor area that was able to accommodate seats for 300 people!” Lorie said. “I envisioned my wedding outside under a large tree filled with lights that would glow as the sun was setting. Our venue filled that vision and more.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Anthropologie peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, orchids, and TK. “Although I gave my bridesmaids and florist a color palette of warm sage greens, corals, and lavenders, I let my bridesmaids choose the colors that they felt most comfortable in, and my florist chose the colors she was most inspired by,” she said. “Not knowing what I would see until the wedding day arrived gave the whole day a huge sense of spontaneity.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Yuval’s reaction — priceless! Lorie walked down the aisle to “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips performed by a small string band. “There was this solitary and quiet moment right beforehand,” Lorie said. “I had never felt more in the moment than at that moment.” Following the Jewish rituals, at last the breaking of the glass underneath the chuppah, the newlyweds resorted to the reception inside. Tables were decorated with white linens, mercury glass centerpieces, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. Lots of dancing occurred! So much so that a “delicious gelato truck, HipPop, came to cool off guests after a night of celebrating,” she said. Everyone also went home with “I Do Brew” beer from Wynwood Brewing Company along with a pint glass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Create a big picture vision for your day, and have faith that it will manifest,” Lorie said. “Surrender the details when you need to.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Our venue was a former mill that was being converted into an event space. When we first visited, it was just a shell of a building with a dirt floor, but we knew that it would be the perfect combination of industrial elegance that we were looking for. I loved the original brick walls, metal work, and large floor to ceiling windows that overlooked a stream and waterfall. I knew it would be a beautiful setting for our fall wedding.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Flowers – All I knew was that I wanted purple flowers and nothing too formal. My florist was amazing and just ran with that very little information. The bouquets and chuppah (wedding canopy) were beautiful and for the centerpieces we used a variety of vintage containers to make each table setting unique.
2. Ketubah – I was completely obsessed with our papercut Ketubah (wedding contract). I thought that it was even very similar to the lace on my gown. We now have it framed with spacers between each layer of the paper cut giving it a 3D effect. It’s beautiful!
3. Programs – I found the programs on Etsy, and I loved the mix of rustic brown paper with a purple hand-stitched binding. Our initials were stamped on the front.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
It has always been a lofty dream of mine to have fireworks at my wedding, even though I knew it was fairly unrealistic. Early on in the wedding planning process, I would joke with my fiancé and ask him if he was working on organizing the fireworks, getting the permits, etc. I knew it was highly unlikely, especially since we were getting married in an urban area, but I liked to give him a hard time. As the wedding approached though, I pretty much just forgot about it.
The wedding day was absolutely perfect. We had planned an after party at a bar nearby so that we could continue to celebrate with our friends. My husband and I lingered at the venue saying goodbye to all of our guests while the rest of our friends left to head over to the bar. It was to my complete surprise that when we finally arrived at the after party, all of our closest friends were lining the sidewalk each holding beautiful sparklers and cheering us on! It was the most romantic surprise ever! I couldn’t believe that Greg had actually pulled off having “fireworks” at my wedding and making my dream come true.
Twenty six years into their relationship, Steven and Brian finally tied the knot in a beautiful event at their home in Washington, Connecticut. They had a Jewish ceremony by their pond and rocking reception in a nearby tent with a surprise visit by performer Fancy Sparkles!
Real Wedding: Temple Beth Israel: Springfield, New Jersey
With New York City leading the majority of the world with the largest Jewish population, it is estimated that approximately 1,412,000 Jewish people live in the eight counties that compose New York, and over 350,000 in New Jersey, leaving the demand for traditional Jewish weddings as great as it has ever been. (Source)
With New York City leading the majority of the world with the largest Jewish population, it is estimated that approximately 1,412,000 Jewish people live in the eight counties that compose New York, and over 350,000 in New Jersey, leaving the demand for traditional Jewish weddings as great as it has ever been. (Source:)