Lauren and Jonathan had what is called a “first look” prior to the wedding so we could capture that heartfelt moment and also photograph all of the official family portraits ahead of the wedding ceremony. The happy couple chose a meaningful spot on a public bike/hike path behind the temple to see each other and spend some alone time. The first look is always one of my favorite moments to capture, as each couple reacts differently and there is always so much emotion and connection.
After all of the formal wedding portraits were captured, we all went inside for the official part of the wedding ceremony…. the signing of the Ketubah. It is a large, gorgeous document that outlines the marriage contract and is meant for display in the home. It is one of my many favorite parts of any Jewish wedding, as it is an intimate and meaningful moment with only parents and the witnesses in the room.
With everyone eyeing the local weather radar, we sort of rushed outside to squeeze in their more public ceremony before a big rain storm passed through the area. I loved how Jonathan and Lauren co-wrote their vows and incorporated their love of nature and the seasons in the words. So clever! It was also lovely how they had 14 of their close friends participate in the ceremony by doing collaborative readings. All in all, it was a unique and very moving ceremony!
Just as it began to slightly drizzle, the ceremony ended and we all bolted inside for the rest of the evening! My sunny day guarantee held true yet again. Phew!
With family and friends coming from all over the globe, everyone partied and danced all night. It was quite a vibrant event, among gorgeous sustainable wedding centerpieces and family style & locally sourced catering by Root Catering. As a long time vegetarian myself, plus a certified Green Photographer, this wedding was absolutely perfect. The locally sourced food was amazing and I’ve rarely been so well fed at a wedding that I’ve photographed. It was such an honor to sit in the reception room with the guests and meet all of the lovely people at my table. Every single person at the wedding was kind, friendly and clearly happy to be attending this wonderful celebration.
Jonathan and Lauren, thank you so much for allowing me into your lives and your love. It was a pleasure and an honor to be there to document your lovely sustainable wedding day at the Temple B’rith Kodesh. You two have a calm and a natural grace with each other that is apparent to anyone who meets you. I wish you two all the best as you continue this very busy year in your lives and hope to see you again soon. Mazel Tov!
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photography: Heather McKay || coordinator: Limedrop Events || florist: Topiary || location: Temple B’rith Kodesh || catering: Root Catering || wedding gown: Silk Bridal || DJ: Shaun Lewis || second photographer/assistant: Don Wenzel