St. Paul is one of the most charming cities of the Midwest, in my humble opinion. Take a visit and you’ll find interesting architecture and rich history around every corner, including the renowned James J. Hill House. This Gilded Age mansion just so happened to be the setting of Leah and Mark’s Jewish-Catholic interfaith wedding, incorporating both their faiths in truly beautiful form.
More beautiful words from the bride:
Our wedding was meant to represent us as a couple – classic, laid-back, and very much in love. We had one of our first (awkward) encounters in a library, and continue to spend most of our time there, so it seemed really fitting to get married in an academic space.
The ceremony was officiated by our best friend, Joseph. This allowed us to have a secular ceremony that blended some of our favorite parts of our respective religions (Catholicism for Mark and Judaism for me). We had a traditional Jewish wedding chuppah, read modified and personalized versions of the traditional seven blessings and broke the glass at the end of the ceremony. We also lit a unity candle, which was most meaningful for Mark and his family. Before dinner, my older brother chanted the Hebrew blessing while Mark’s older sister led the group in a Christian prayer.
My best advice for other couples is to try to enjoy the entire process because the wedding day will be over before you know it! Everyone will tell you not to sweat the little things, but every component of the wedding does contribute to making the day memorable and special; so DO put your energy and time into the details that are important to you but don’t let that detract from the meaning of your day. Most importantly, stay centered on your love for one another and the joy this day will bring your families. This is only the beginning of your lifetime together!
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Bellagala//Design and Decor: Richfield Flowers + Events//Floral Designer: Camrose Hill//Venue: James J Hill Library//Cinema and Video: Snowshoe Productions//Catering: Mintahoe//Catering: Fork & Flair//Cake Designer: Buttercream//Band: Bluewater Kings Band//Second Shooter: K Solberg Photography//Hair Stylist: Mani Mela