There’s something distinctly romantic about the historic district of an old town. It’s such a sharp departure from our modern architecture with its focus on technology. It reminds us of a day when people really took their time with things. It was those elements that drew the bride to have her Jewish wedding in the historic downtown of St. Augustine’s, Florida. Photography by Dana Goodson Photography.
The Jewish Wedding of Jen & Brandon
You’ve got to love technology, because it helps you find what you want in a flash. A Google search for “exposed brick” led to finding The White Room, and Jen was immediately sold. The venue had so much charm and ambiance in its loft room and rooftop, it was the perfect place to invite their out of town guests.
The ceremony was held on the rooftop. The simple and lovely design of the chuppah and stripped down decor did not distract from the gorgeous view overlooking the town.
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The color theme was primarily purple, closer to a shade of lavender. Jen and Brandon have always loved purple, usually opposite shades though, so they thought it was a perfect choice for the wedding.
For Jen and Brandon the dogs were family, and including them in the ceremony was one of Jen’s favorite wedding details.
Wine & Cork Theme Wedding Centerpieces
The wedding theme was wine and cork. Wine was the inspiration behind their lovely decor of cork-filled vases and custom wine bottles. The couple loves great wine and their honeymoon destination was Italy. They kept with their theme, even taking their engagement photos inside the San Sebastian winery, also located in downtown St. Augustine. Some of their engagement photos, particularly the ones from inside their barrel storage room, were used to create labels for the wine bottles in the reception decor. It all tied in beautifully with the reception space.
The party got underway, and the bride and groom enjoyed dancing with their guests. They went outside to send the couple off with sparklers.
From The Bride: Brandon and I began dating back in May of 2007, which will also make our wedding date our 5 year anniversary. It all began when I decided to ask Brandon if he wanted to “hang out” and his only response was “with who?” At that moment I should have known better, moved on and forgotten I had ever said anything. But lucky for Brandon I didn’t!
The Engagement: Months of planning, scheduling and many, many secrets all add up to one enormous surprise and that surprise was a trip to the Hawaiian Islands for a weeklong vacation and to include a much anticipated question! Although, the answer was much less premeditated and was expressed by three head bobs signaling a “Yes”, and it wasn’t until my Mother asked, “Well Jen, what do you say?” We all knew what the answer was; we just wanted to hear it verbally! All the effort was well worth the response and now we were officially engaged. The only downside was that the question was dropped during the second half of our helicopter tour over the beautiful sights of the Sacred Falls, which neither of us actually got to see or was able to pay much attention to after! Oh well, that will leave us a sight to see for our future trips to the islands.
Jen’s Advice for Brides: Book your most important vendors first so for us, the photographer was the most important and out first vendor booked. It helped us get the exact vendors we wanted.
Mazel Tov to Jen and Brandon! Thank you for sharing your story with us!
Photographer: Dana Goodson Photography
Floral Designer: Ruby Reds Floral & Garden
Reception Venue: The White Room
Band: the faze band
Makeup Artist: Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist
Officiant: Rabbi Barry M. ltman
Videographers: Jason and Avery Films
Editorial Partner: Two Bright Lights