I’m so excited to unveil Rebecca+Max’s Temple Adath Yeshurun wedding this afternoon! This wedding was absolutely stunning, from beginning to end, and we could not be more proud to have captured it. Below you will find the photo feature, and next week we’ll be sharing the video feature. I’ll let Rebecca take it from here!

What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Gold, silver, and cream with accents of black. I was going for a sophisticated, romantic and elegantly chic look by using all white flowers and lots of textures.

How did you meet?
After going to summer sleep-away camp for eight years as campers, Max and I both began our next chapters at camp as counselors for summer 2006. Amidst the excitement that camp always brought, I mustered up the courage that first night to go up to one very cute staff member, whom I recognized from summers past but never really knew. I approached Max and uttered the fateful words “I think we should be friends this summer!” Little did we know that eight years later Max would be on one knee to ask me to share our lives together.

Do you have a special proposal story?
After months of planning and keeping secrets from me, eight years of a mostly long distance relationship turned into an engagement on May 23rd, 2014. I returned from work Friday afternoon to find a beautifully decorated apartment, filled with a maze of flowers and pictures from all eight years of our relationship. The last picture frame was empty with a note that read “Meet me in our favorite picnic spot.” In our favorite park, Max had a picnic set up and a photographer hiding in the bushes, ready to ask me to marry him. I quickly said YES and the park erupted in applause. That night, both our families surprised me at a beautiful engagement dinner and a weekend of celebrations ensued.

Did you include any special traditions, old or new?
Getting married at Temple Adath Yeshurun, in the same spot where my parents were married 29 years ago, was incredibly special. It was important for us to incorporate many Jewish traditions into our wedding ceremony performed by the officiant, my Uncle, Cantor Hal Rifkin. Prior to the ceremony, Max and I signed the ketubah (marriage document), which outlines the responsibilities of the bride and groom for their marriage. This is the oldest Jewish marriage tradition, dating back thousands of years. The tallitot (prayer shawls) that made the roof of our chuppah (wedding canopy) belonged to mine and Max’s Grandfathers. Max wore a kittel (white robe) during our ceremony, which signifies purity and new beginnings. We ended our ceremony with the traditional stomping of the glass. The glass shards now hang in our home.

One of my favorite new traditions was hidden in my bouquet. As a gift, my mom made me a fabric rose out of the lace and tulle from her wedding dress, which I tucked into my all white rose bouquet on wedding day. I look forward to passing this gorgeous, meaningful rose down to my sisters as they walk down the isle and for generations to come.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
– Max wore a custom tuxedo designed at The Mr. Shop. Sewn under his collar was our wedding date!
– All the paper products (wedding invitations, table numbers, place cards, etc.) were created in collaboration with Rainbow Papers, a truly talented vendor who helped to make our vision a reality. It’s all in the details!
– Max and I wanted to have a really FUN wedding that included endless dancing (hence our reception entrance song, “Shut Up and Dance”). We cared a lot about having an incredible band, which is why we chose Hank Lane. We also decided not to do a cake cutting in an effort to have as few interruptions to dancing as possible. And it worked!! Our guests were dancing so much it was hard to get them to even sit for dinner!
-The party was rocking so hard that Max and I ended up on stage dancing with the band for a few songs! We may or may not have done the well known “Watch Me Whip” dance in front of all our guests :)

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Thank you both so much for allowing us to capture your Temple Adath Yeshurun wedding photos! We have the video soon to follow!

Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Dress Shop: Mark Ingram Atelier
Hair/makeup: Makeup – Syracuse Makeup Artistry, Riki Lebied; Hair – Danielle Leubner
Bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Flowers: Rao’s Florist, Frank Brice
Catering: Foremost Catering
Videographer: Clark+Walker Studio
Entertainment: Hank Lane Music
Coordinator/Planner/Designer: My mom played a huge role in my wedding planning process. As a talented interior designer, she has an incredible eye. Together, we made my dream wedding come to life. Mary Homer (Fairy Tale Weddings) helped to keep us organized and coordinate vendors throughout the entire process.

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