Renee and Nick have known each other for the majority of their lives, classmates from kindergarten through their undergraduate days at Georgetown University. But it wasn’t until recently that the two went from friends to fiances, and now husband and wife!
The couple married in a gorgeous Jewish Interfaith wedding at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in South Florida, a place that holds a special place in the hearts of both Renee and Nick. Photos captured by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
Jewish Interfaith Wedding Ceremony
Renee and her father attended an event The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at the very beginning of her relationship with Nick. At the event, Renee decided to paint something for Nick. Nick placed the painting in his wallet where it has stayed for over 10 years! Over the last decade, the couple has attended the Gardens together numerous occasions, and when it came time to pick a wedding venue it was a no brainer. These photos prove why!
Renee and Nick come from mixed backgrounds religiously and culturally, so they designed their ceremony from scratch with the help of celebrant Peggy M. Lewis. The beautiful ceremony overlooked a river and bridge, and took place under a vibrant chuppah with flowing purple and white fabric along with suspended flowers.
Her shoes featured a glamorous mix of lace, pearls and crystal embellishments.
A harpist, along with Renee’s talented uncles, serenaded the wedding guests.
The color scheme for the affair was purple, gold, pink, green and ivory. These fun hues along with twinkling string lights provided great pops of color against the natural beauty of the Gardens.
It’s all in the details, and Jeff Kolodny did an unbelievable job of catching them all, from the bunches of lavender that served as seating cards, to the fun llamas dressed as bride and groom.
The wedding invitation and engagement ring were also creatively captured by the photographer.
Let them eat cake! A gorgeous cake adorned with edible flower petals was served to guests.Beautiful chocolates were also presented, making for a sweet end to the night!
Renee shared some tips for future bride-to-be’s, suggesting not to be afraid to do things your way when planning your big day. From choosing who to incorporate in your bridal party, to deciding what to wear, do what makes you happy and what is going to make your special day as special as it can be! Renee couldn’t have been happier to do things exactly as she wanted, even if they were considered non-traditional. Thanks for your advice Renee, and Mazel Tov to you and Nick!
Photographer: Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc
Venue: Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Floral Designer: Daniel Events Productions
Cake Designer: Cakes by Ruthie
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys
Dress Designer: Sophia Tolli
DJ: The Mike Sipe Entertainment Events & Productions
Invitations: Invite Site
Harpist: Esther Underhay
Celebrant: Peggy M. Lewis
Submitted via Two Bright Lights