Becky and Jake love modern and contemporary art, so they booked their Jewish Interfaith wedding at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh, North Carolina, even before it officially opened! There wedding had about 95 guests, most of whom were friends.
They knew that they didn’t want a traditional ceremony and tried to keep their wedding as unique and fun as possible. Jake is Jewish and Becky is not, and they wanted to incorporate some Jewish tradition into their ceremony. Their officiant, a retired rabbi and friend-of-a-friend, gave them a brilliant ceremony focused around love, art and unity.
Becky loved her wedding decor. From the Bride: We had this very cool hanging decoration in the center of the museum centered over our food tables. It was basically a huge bunch of white spherical lanterns uplit with blue lights and it looked amazing. Several of our guests thought it was actually part of the art at the museum!
From the Bride: My favorite memory was our first dance. It was the first time we were alone (well, as alone as we could be) since saying “I do” and we were able to just have a quiet conversation and check in with each other under the guise of a slow dance. It was very sweet and romantic.
How We Met & Got Engaged
Jake and I met on an online dating site – OKCupid.com. Basically, in addition to you online profile on the site, you can answer a TON of questions and the site matches you up with people based on your answers to the questions in the form of a “percent match”. Jake and I were, according to the site, 97% compatible from the start. We joked on our first date that we were a couple wrong answers away from being the same person.
Jake proposed 7 months later during a trip to Europe. We were in Paris in March of 2011, and he proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower. Jake’s a photographer (by hobby) and we had been setting up our little point-and-shoot camera on a small tripod at various locations during our trip and setting it to take 10 photos at 1 or 2 second intervals. This way we were guaranteed at least 1 good shot and we never had to ask anyone to take our photo. Jake set up the camera this way in front of the Eiffel and a couple of shots in, he got down on one knee. We are so lucky to have a series of photos showing Jake’s proposal, my initial confusion and immediate emotional response.
Becky’s Advice For Brides – If there’s any room in your budget, hire a wedding planner. It’s important to find someone who understands your vision (if you have one) or who can help you develop a vision (if you don’t). It was so nice to get to enjoy my wedding day without having to stress over small details.
Mazel Tov Becky & Jake! A special thanks to you and Carolyn Scott Photography for sharing your special day with us!