With Purim right around the corner (March 23, 2016 to be exact), I couldn’t wait to show you this New Jersey Orthodox wedding themed around the holiday.
Purim is a joyous day celebrated by dressing up in costumes, giving out gift baskets and enjoying a large festive meal. Jews commemorate the ancient tale of their people being freed from oppression by the Persian Queen Esther.
For this bride and groom, the coincidences between Purim and their own story were too much to ignore. First, the bride is named Esther because she was born close to the holiday. Second, the bride’s side is from the USSR (Ashkenazi) and the groom’s family is Persian (Sephardic), emigrating from Iran. How perfect for the wedding of a modern day Jewish – Persian couple? When the venue’s only available date was right before Purim, that sealed the deal for a perfect Purim-themed wedding.
True to Jewish custom, Esther and Joshua did a Bedekin, Tisch and Ketubah signing before their ceremony under a stunning white chuppah adorned with white flowers. For the floral design and kippot, couple chose colors of taupe, grays, whites and greens to represent a transition from winter to spring.
Esther glowed in an impeccable long-sleeved lace wedding gown from Wedding Atelier, combining chic style and tasteful modesty in the best kind of way. Two adorable tuxedo-clad ring bearers marched down the aisle to announce her arrival.
The bride and groom sprinkled Purim-related treats throughout the celebration. For example, each guest got a custom prayer book (Bencher), which included the ancient text of Purim (Megillat Esther) as well as traditional wedding blessings. For wedding favors, they handed out Hamentashen, the three-cornered pastry that mimics the shape of the villain’s hat in the story of Purim. (Find recipes to make your own here).
Guests danced to lively Ashkenazi, Russian and Persian songs throughout the night, which was topped off by cutting a traditional American white wedding cake.
I love how Esther and Joshua took the holiday of Purim and made it their own. They took Jewish traditions of both families, re-imagined thoughtful details and fused it all into a completely new celebration in their lives and community. If that’s not the definition of a Modern Jewish Wedding, I don’t know what is!
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Images by Berit // Wedding & Reception Venue, Catering & Chuppah: The Palisadium // Floral Design: West New York Florist // Cake: World of Chantilly // Entertainment: Nafshenu // Invitations & Place Cards: Elle’s Studio // Bridal Attire: Wedding Atelier // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Makeup Artist: Susana Canario // Hair Stylist: Marissa Molnar // Officiant: Rabbi Avraham Hayoun // Benchers (Prayer Books) & Kippahs: Keter Judaica
Submitted via Two Bright Lights