Jewish Wedding: Rustic Charm in the Hills of New Hampshire

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There’s something special about an event in a natural setting. It’s not filled with distractions and allows every participant to be in the moment. Photos by Aja Stephan Photography.

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Interfaith Jewish WeddingThe Interfaith Jewish wedding of Adrian and Jordana embraced their love of the outdoors and provided the most spectacular natural backdrop.  From their chuppah on a hilltop the guests were treated to a beautiful view of Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey New Hampshire.


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This love of the outdoors is part of what brought the couple together and even served as a motivator for the moment when Adrian popped the question.

From the Bride: “Adrian and I met at a dinner party at the home of mutual friends. It was a large gathering, and we only spoke briefly that night. My friend invited me to trivia night at a local bar a couple of days later at Adrian’s request – though I did not know that at the time. I love trivia so my friend knew that I was sure to say yes. Adrian and I have been together ever since.

Adrian and I both really love to hike. He had been talking about a sunrise hike for most of the two plus years we had been together. So when we went on vacation to upstate New York, it seemed like a great opportunity to finally get that hike in. As the sky began to lighten Adrian started to get very nervous that we would not summit in time for sunrise. I told him that not only would we make it, but that if we didn’t that the view would still be spectacular. He was determined to beat the sunrise, and we did. He proposed when we reached the top. I was totally surprised! I knew that he would propose some day, but he had me convinced that it was still a ways off.”

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The outdoor ceremony was followed by a reception in a converted barn on the same property at the Grand View Inn in Jaffrey.

“The barn was such a wonderful space to work with complete with high ceilings, wooden floors, a built in bar, and a separate smaller room where we were able to serve hors d’oeuvres before revealing the main reception area. For colors we wanted to keep things rustic and natural to go with the setting. The flowers and plants were all shades of greens and whites. I chose not to have bridesmaids, so we were able to keep the color pallette very simple and elegant without having to be concerned about which colors would look good on people. The reception room was completely transformed into the most stunning world I could have ever imagined thanks to the talent and hard work of Marc Hall and his team at Marc Hall Design.”

One of the things the bride loved was how they were able to combine their two cultures into the day.

“Although I am Jewish, Adrian is not. I loved that he broke a glass, that we were married under a chuppah, and that we were lifted up in chairs. I also love that Adrian’s grandmother and his father performed a traditional Ukrainian ceremony called the Koravi in which they presented us with a decorative loaf of bread for our home.”

The couple got a proper send off with fireworks – a surprise gift from the bride’s father.

Mazel Tov to Jordana and Adrian!

Vendor Credits:
Photographer: Aja Stephan Photography
Event Venue: The Grand View Inn
Floral Design: Marc Hall Design
Bride’s hair and make-up: Donna Coutnoir
Linens: Table Toppers
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights

Written by Lonni Delane