A Summer Jewish Wedding in Chi-Town

Chicago-based couple Diana and Nick celebrated a traditional Jewish wedding last summer in their hometown. A friend of Diana’s brother, Michael of Michael Novo Photography, flew with the couple to Mexico for a destination engagement shoot, and also photographed their big day. Jewish Wedding Chuppah, Huppah, Cherry Blossoms

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Twins’ Pink & Turquoise B’not Mitzvah

We’re so excited to bring you a gorgeous b’not mitzvah from one of our readers – Michelle!  Her twin girls, Melissa and Amanda, shared their B’not Mitzvah at The Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Themed in their favorite colors, pink and turquoise, the party was a dream-like setting for vibrant colors and exciting memories.  Photography by Stillmedia Photography.

Twin Girls B'not Mitzvah, Toronto Canada

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Interfaith Jewish Wedding Guide

Planning Interfaith & Intercultural Jewish Weddings

A wedding is a blending of lives. For couple’s of different faiths or cultures, planning a wedding can require a bit more thought and sensitivity.  Your choice of officiant, venue, ceremony structure and language is essentially how you show the world how your lives, beliefs and traditions will join and interact. With a bit of creativity, it can be a great way of reflecting your and your fiancé’s beliefs and backgrounds.

Our goal for this interfaith wedding guide is to inspire you with ways to showcase the beautiful customs of different cultures and embrace the similarities as well.  We’d love to add your feedback!  If there’s anything we missed, please let us know.

Jewish Interfaith Wedding Planning GuidePhoto: Cape Cod by Shoreshotz1 Photography

Special Thanks to The Following Contributors:
Cantor Kerry-Ben David, Cantor Ronald Broden, Rabbi Richard Winer, Chad David Kraus Photography, Daniel Sroka of Modern Ketubah, Corinne Soikin Strauss of The Artist’s Studio, Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime, Stefanie Caplan of theketubah.com

Have a question about your interfaith wedding?  Contact us for advice from our panel of experts!

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3 Tips For Finding a Bar & Bat Mitzvah Photographer

Selecting a Photographer for Your Family’s Mitzvah
Written by Ira Casel of Ira Casel Photography

When music stops and the lights come up, the food’s been eaten and the decorations have been dismantled, all that you have left of your son or daughter’s bar or bat mitzvah are your memories – and the photographs. Your photographer will create the only tangible reminder your family has of this milestone day.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah PhotographyPhoto: Ira Casel Photography

Photographs will bring you back to the joy of the day, over and over. Choosing a photographer who fits your family’s aesthetic and personality is one of the most high-impact decisions you’ll make during your mitzvah planning process. READ MORE ......

The Beatles Music Theme Bar Mitzvah, Staten Island NY

Danny is a huge fan of The Beatles and also plays the drums, so it only makes sense that his Bar Mitzvah was a music-lovers paradise. The Beatles were an inspiration for every piece of decor and design, creating an exciting and relatable theme for guests of all ages. Thanks to Lasting Memories Photography for capturing the entire day!

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Let Your Ketubah Inspire Your Chuppah

Top 7 Examples of Chuppahs Inspired by Ketubahs

Your ketubah, or Jewish marriage contract, is truly a work of art that reflects you and your fiance’s style and artistic taste.  With so much effort being put into choosing the right ketubah, it makes perfect sense for your ketubah to be an inspiration for other elements of your wedding, or your life!  We love the idea of ketubah-inspired chuppah designs!  It may take some creativity, but the results can be magical!  Here are 6 examples we’re loving:

#1 - Nature-Inspired Trees & Branches

Ketubah Chuppah Inspiration

Ketubah Chuppah Inspiration

Ideal for an outdoor wedding or green celebration, nature can inspire your event by serving as your decor.  The tree of life is full of meaningful symbolism, making it a beautiful addition to your wedding details. READ MORE ......

Kosher Wedding Planning Guide | Jewish Weddings

No longer the chopped liver and knishes of yesteryear, Kosher food has gone upscale is taste and presentation!  If you’re planning a Jewish wedding, mazelmoments’ Kosher Wedding Planning Guide is a must-read.  We provide an easy-to-understand definition of “What is Kosher”, a breakdown of Kosher catering options, and tips for finding a Kosher wedding venue. READ MORE ......

Romantic Beach-Side Jewish Wedding

Jewish Beach Wedding, FloridaCarey and Gabriel had all but given up on finding ‘the one’…until they found each other. Their romantic beach-side Jewish wedding ceremony in Longboat Key, Florida made the wait well worth it! Ailyn La Torre Photography beautifully captured their true love and commitment to each other. READ MORE ......

5 Trends in Bar & Bat Mitzvah Entertainment

Jon Hadad has seen it all, as it’s been 25 years since he started City Sounds Entertainment. We thought it would be fun to mark the occasion by taking a look back at Bar & Bat Mitzvah trends over the years through his eyes.  We’re excited to share Jon’s reflections!

Then & Now: 25 Years of Bar & Bat Mitzvah Entertainment

5 Trends in Bar & Bat Mitzvah DJ & Entertainment from City Sounds Entertainment

Jon Hadad in 1989

Jon started his journey at 13, when he began helping his cousin DJ at Manhattan nightclubs. Shortly after, he began working small events before opening the first City Sounds Entertainment office at just 18 years old. With a “gift for gab” and outgoing personality, he set his main focus on Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. READ MORE ......