We are delighted to contribute to an editorial article on Washington Jewish Week. In this article titled, “Here are ways you can make the best of your wedding plans,” along with other Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia wedding planners, we offer a variety of helpful tips should your wedding be impacted by the Coronavirus, and not just for Jewish weddings. Check it out! For more wedding planning tip, check out our blog archive.
Prior to this wedding, we had not planned an orthodox Jewish wedding before. We were already familiar with the signing of the ketubah, the ceremony under the chuppah, dancing the hora, and a few other traditions. I had attended a wedding as a guest where there was a tisch and bedeken but I had no idea what they were. We learned a lot in planning this wedding at the Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington, DC and subsequently felt more confident with the planning of another orthodox Jewish wedding. All photos by Documentary Associates
The wedding day started with the bride and grooms receiving guests during the Kabbalat Panim. After the tisch, the groom made his way to see his bride. They signed the tenaim, a pre-nuptial agreement of sorts. Per tradition, the mothers of the bride and groom together broke a plate, symbolizing the irreversible nature of marriage. The couple then signs the ketubah. The grooms veils his bride and everyone is invited to find a seat for the ceremony under the chuppah.
The groom at his Tisch.
The bride and groom see each other for the first time. He makes sure he’s marrying the right girl and veils her before the ceremony.
Using the Auditorium for the ceremony provided for some dramatic and interesting photographic opportunities.
The ceremony under the chuppah looked quite dramatic on the Auditorium stage.
Venue: Carnegie Institute of Science, Washington, DC
Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished
Caterer: Potomac 18 Kosher Catering
Photographer: Documentary Associates
Videographer: Blue Sky Films
Flowers & Chuppah: Encore Decor
Band: Rikud Band
Hair and Makeup: Jjana Valentiner
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We often showcase the talented wedding photographers we are fortunate to work with here in the Washington, DC area, but let’s not forget the equally talented videographers and filmmakers. Check out this highlight wedding video of this late fall Jewish wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. Videography by Bowen Films
Ceremony, Reception, Catering, Cake: Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown
Wedding Planner: Event Accomplished, Vicky Choy
Photography: Susie & Becky Photography
Videographer: Bowen Films
Ceremony Musicians: String Along Duo booked through Bialeks Music
Reception: Sound Nation booked through Bialeks Music
Floral Design: Palace Florists
Invitations: Jill Klein, Sincerely Yours
Rentals: DC Rental
Round Bar: Social Supply
Artist: Cris Clapp Logan
Photo Booth: TapSnap DC
Hair Makeup Carola Myers Makeup Hair Artists
Bride’s Gown: Pronovias, Betsy Robinsons Bridal
Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux, Nordstrom
Bow Ties: Fat Bettys Bowties