Best of 2016: Outdoorsy Vineyard Modern Jewish Wedding

Happy Last Week Day of 2016!  We hope our Best Of series brightened up your Hanukkah and the end of the year.  Are you ready 2017?  Bring it On!  We’ll be back next week to tell you what’s what for Modern Jewish Weddings in the New Year.

The Modern Jewish Wedding Details

Everything about this California vineyard wedding makes us smile.  We’ll start with Jessica & Michael’s unique color palette.  Using the vineyard as inspiration there are ever so subtle pops of green & gray to go with the pastels of camel, blue and pink.  We dare you to look at Jessica’s truly modern Jewish wedding dress, especially the back, and not crack a smile.  WOWSA!  We can almost feel the sun on our face as we gaze at the rustic outdoorsy decor.

Bride Jessica gives us all the details.

We met in the Summer of 2003 as counselors at our local summer camp. In one of our first interactions, we were paired together in the mandatory first aid class. Although we immediately hit it off, we were friends for about a year before we started dating.

The ceremony was my favorite part of the day and walking down the aisle towards my husband was a moment I will truly never forget. It was important to us to incorporate Jewish traditions into our ceremony. Having said that, we hadn’t been to many traditional Jewish weddings so didn’t quite know what to expect. We worked closely with our Rabbi to build our ceremony and he did such a great job making it so personal to us and feel really intimate, even with 180 people. I loved how symbolic all of the rituals were.

There were a lot of tough parts to planning a wedding, but I would say one of the most difficult ones was picking the venue and date. There are so many venue types and options, the search can be overwhelming to say the least. We looked at a ton of locations and were having a really tough time picturing our wedding at any of them until we came across the location we ended up going with. And you can’t really start planning anything else until the venue is on board because so many have strict vendor requirements. Beyond that, landing on an available date that also works with family calendars, work schedules, weather, holidays, etc. adds another layer of complexity. But once you finally send that deposit in, there’s definitely this sense of relief and feeling of ‘Ok, we are really doing this’.

I would tell future brides to keep the big picture in mind and try not to get caught up in the small stuff. Inevitably, some things won’t go exactly as planned…in fact, we encountered our fair share of bumps along the way. But at the end of the day, no matter what else happens, you will be marrying your best friend and that’s the most important thing. That and the fact that this is possibly the one time in your life when you will have all people from all facets of your life (and your future hubby’s life) come together in celebration. It’s pretty amazing. These two things fill the day with so much love and emotion–those are the things to focus on.”

Mazel Tov Jessica & Michael

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Vendor Resources: Photographer:  Brittanee Taylor Photography//Event Planner: One Sweet Day, Weddings & Events LLC//Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards//Floral Designer: Casi Cielo //Caterer: 24 Carat Weddings and Events

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