Celia and Gene live in Chicago but, had their luxurious Jewish wedding at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Glamorous, yet filled with tradition, the ceremony and reception captured the essence of the day – beauty, family, class and style. From the trendy wedding party to the 9-piece band, the day was simply amazing! The couple said,
Our story is really about bringing two families together. We are meshing two cultures in a fun and thoughtful way. We wanted to incorporate all the fun that both our Jewish heritage has to offer, but also the groom’s Russian upbringing. We were celebrating a joyous time, with all the people we love most in the world.
The Venue was the inspiration for everything! The classic look of Severance Hall, regarded by many as the America’s most beautiful music hall, directed the formal tuxedos for the men, the long gowns for the women, and the color scheme with black and gold details. The bride’s dress was a little non-traditional and was also gold! The room was so lovely and warm, that white would have been too stark. The gold kept with the whole theme!
Celia’s favorite part of the day was,
Walking down the aisle to a song that my future husband picked just for me. I knew he was thinking of the moment he told me he wanted that song to be a part of the wedding day. As soon as the band started singing the first line of the song, I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the aisle!”
The unique table numbers were a DIY Project. The groom’s family spent hours collecting photos of Gene and Celia from each age (0-26) for each table. They were side by side pictures, until the couple met at age 22, then they became pictures together.
In honor of all of the guests the couple made donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in remembrance for Celia’s sister, Lauren, and Gene’s grandmother, Raisa.
The most memorable part was that even under the chuppah, with all the attention, we were still laughing at each other. We stumbled over our vows and it didn’t matter. It was pressure free and relaxed, exactly how we wanted it!”