Jamie and Max first met at summer camp, but it wasn’t until they went to college at University of Maryland that their friendship became something more. One night after dinner in NYC’s West Village, Max bent down to tie his shoe and said he had a question for Jamie. She thought he was joking about proposing until he presented a beautiful diamond engagement ring!
Greeted by family and friends back at their apartment, Jamie learned that her mother knew about the engagement for a month but was sworn to secrecy. A talented calligrapher, the mother-of-the-bride funneled her creative energy into wedding research. Says the bride, “I truly owe it to my mother for making wedding planning as stress free as possible.”
The mother-of-the-bride lent her calligraphy skills to the elegant, classic wedding invitations as well as the ketubah and escort cards, adding a truly personal touch. The elegance continued in the form of the bride’s fairy-tale-worthy Reem Acra wedding gown and silver Jimmy Choo heels with just the right amount of sparkle. The groom chose timeless black and white tuxedos for himself and six groomsmen.
Pedestals Florist brought the couple’s ethereal, romantic vision to life with a stunning birchwood chuppah that became the focal point of the ceremony. They kept the details timeless with silver chivari chairs, black custom kippot, soft lighting and floating candles.
The couple put their own twist on the Jewish custom of Bedekken, when the groom lifts the bride’s veil to confirm it is her. Although the tradition stems from a biblical story where the groom mistakes his bride for her older sister, for Jamie and Max it signified how “marriage is about being attracted to the internal qualities of your partner rather than just external beauty.” The parents of the bride walked her halfway, and lifted and replaced the veil. The groom met them at the aisle and did the same before proceeding to the chuppah.
After cocktails, the ballroom was transformed into a formal candlelit reception. Fluffy white florals mixed with mercury glass vessels and ivory linens made for an elegant neutral color palette. The night capped off with a lively Hora and the couple cut the cake, which was personalized with phrases and pictures of special moments in their relationship.
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Sarah Tew // Wedding & Reception Venue: The Village at Lake Success // Videographer: Astro Pictures // Floral Design & Chuppah: Pedestals Florist // Catering and Wedding Cake: Philip Stone Caterers // Entertainment: Kim Sozzi & The Creations // Invitations, Place Cards and Paper Goods: Calligraphy by Cindy // Linens: Table Wraps // Wedding Dress: Reem Acra // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Makeup Artist: Ann DeMarco Cosmetics // Hair Stylist: Rossana Amador // Ketubah: Micki Caspi, Caspi Cards & Art // Officiant: Rabbi Susie Moskowitz
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