Marco Beach Ocean Resort Modern Jewish Wedding

The Modern Jewish Wedding Details

Jenny & Josh had a Conservative Jewish Wedding on the Beach of March Island infusing both Jewish and Chinese wedding traditions.

I’m Chinese and red is a traditional color in Chinese weddings symbolizing good luck and happiness. However, I wanted a deeper, jewel tone that was more contemporary that would evoke an evening romantic mood for the wedding. Silver is a timeless accent color and matched our platinum rings. In addition, Josh is Jewish and I converted, so we had a Conservative Jewish ceremony. Including red was a way to include a Chinese tradition into a Jewish ceremony.

I wanted something that was timeless. I wanted to be able to look at our wedding pictures 20 years from now and see it still be in style. Classic Contemporary also fits my personal style—contemporary but not trendy. In fact, I have some clothes that I’ve owned for more than 10 years- and I still get compliments whenever I wear them!”

The two were obviously beshert.  They met on first and then in person the night of Hurricane Sandy (Monday, October 29th, 2012).  Josh sent Jenny an email the previous week and the two messaged each other back and forth throughout the weekend. Due to the Hurricane the two had some extra time off from work and decided to meet for drinks.  Jenny continues,

Interestingly, we had a mutual friend who had wanted to set us up. I had seen a picture of him, but he only knew that she had a friend that she wanted to set him up with and didn’t see a picture of me. At that time, he said he wasn’t interested because he didn’t like setups! I didn’t tell him until about a week and half later (which we had already seen each other 5 times) that I was the “friend”.”

Jenny envisioned a destination beach wedding with a beautiful sunset.

I love destination weddings. My family and friends are scattered everywhere, so I figured if they are going to take a flight for my wedding, they might as well fly to somewhere beautiful! I was originally thinking somewhere in the Caribbean but Josh, whose friends and family are concentrated around New England, was concerned about relatives traveling that far of a distance. He had a fondness for Sanibel/Captiva Islands so I sold him on that idea. However, when we went to look at venues, we didn’t find a venue that was available for the dates we wanted. So we traveled further south to Naples and then popped in Marco Island right before our flight. We both loved the expansive white sand beach at Marco. Once we returned to Boston, I researched venues in Marco. I had a very specific setup in mind and found that Marco Beach Ocean Resort pretty much had everything I wanted. I booked it sight unseen! It turned out to be perfect.”

Mazel Tov Jenny & Josh

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Vendor Resources: Photographer:  Tonya Malay Photography//Reception Venue: Marco Beach Ocean Resort//Photo Booth Equipment: Bash Booths//Cake Designer: Kakes by Karen//Floral Designer: Lyfe of the Party, LLC//DJ: Mobile Sound Entertainment//Equipment Rentals: Niche Event Rentals INC//Hair & Makeup Artist: Salon Tease//Musicians: Seaside Strings//Paper Props: Wedding Paper Divas//Officiant: Congregation Rodeph Sholom//

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