The First Jewish Wedding at the US Naval Academy Chapel

There are so many reasons to love Ari and Rebecca’s big day, but my personal favorite? It’s the fact that this was the first Jewish wedding ceremony to take place in the US Naval Academy Chapel EVER.

These two perfectly incorporated both military wedding and Jewish tradition into one seamless event, not to mention an additional Persian ceremony as a nod to their multicultural heritage.

More on the couple’s wedding planning journey:

When Ari and Rebecca started planning their wedding, they were most inspired by their multicultural backgrounds and wanted to celebrate them both by infusing Jewish and Persian traditions. Since Ari attended the Naval Academy, the main chapel set the perfect scene for the ceremony and even embraced their diverse heritage by allowing them to have the first ever Jewish ceremony in the chapel’s history. Coral details were seen throughout the ceremony and reception, from the bouquets to the wedding party’s attire and even the place cards were a fun shade of coral.

One of the highlights of the entire day was when, despite the rain, the entire wedding party and families of the bride and groom moved their Sofreh, a beautiful, ornate, detailed, and meticulous arrangement of items symbolizing wealth, prosperity, fertility, and happiness, back outside so the couple could have the Persian ceremony they had been envisioning for months. It was quite the undertaking (they’re about the size of a dining room table) but turned out perfectly. For Ari and Rebecca, their wedding was always about celebrating family, and that’s just how it turned out!

Mazel Tov Ari and Rebecca

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

Naval Academy Modern Jewish Wedding

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Vendor Resources: Photographer: Mike B Photography//Videographer: Monachetti Weddings//Flowers: Lotus Productions//Ceremony Venue: US Naval Academy Chapel//Reception Venue & Catering: Aspen Institue on Wye River//Wedding Cake: Peace of Cake (Kent Island)//Hair and Makeup: Vintage Veils//Wedding Dress: The Bustle in Del Mar//Bridesmaid Dresses: Christina Wu//Reception Band: Night Song (C&J Entertainment)//Cocktail String Quartet: Perfect Harmony (GigMasters)//Bag Piper: JR Arthur (GigMasters)//Rehearsal Lunch: Pusser’s Landing at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel//Ceremony Transportation: Zbest//Rehearsal Transportation: Towne Transport

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