Written by by Lisa Shiner of BE Group TLV – Israel Wedding & Honeymoon Planners
After months of wedding planning, the time has finally come to kick back and spend that much needed quality time with your newly pronounced husband or wife. For newlyweds looking for that laid-back exotic beach getaway, couples need to look no further than the Caribbean Isles. Looking for a more international, metropolitan vibe on your honeymoon? New York City, Paris, or London beckons! Or perhaps culture, history, and sightseeing rank at the top of your list? Travel back in time in Athens or Rome!
For those newlyweds who want it all – there’s Tel Aviv. This city that never sleeps provides the framework for a unique and unforgettable honeymoon.
Elana Goodridge of Elana Goodridge Photography has recently been awarded 4 WedAwards – the esteemed international contest for wedding photography. While she was awarded for her work with weddings, her portfolio also includes amazing bar & bat mitzvah images, and she loves to photograph couples and families on their special day. We caught up with Elana to learn more about her and her work, and share some of her favorite photos including the winning ones!
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1. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer and that you had the talent to be successful?
I fell in love with photography when I was a young girl. My father gave me an old Pentax camera and I had so much joy looking at the world through its lens. Even so, the thought of pursuing a career as a photographer hadn’t entered my mind. READ MORE ......→
5 Ideas for Light Up & Glow In The Dark Centerpieces
LED light and glow in the dark centerpieces are a hot decor trend, whether you’re planning a wedding, bar or bat mitzvah, sweet 16, or any event. Floating candles on tinted, glowing water create a unique and romantic mood. Getting that look from a glow-in-the-dark LED centerpiece takes it up a notch, transforming your tablescape in the coolest and most modern kind of way. Even if you go with a plain linen, this intriguing touch will instantly wake things up.
Once the initial cries of “Mazal Tov!” and “Congratulations!” have quieted down, the newly engaged couple has a long list of calls to make to settle the many moving pieces of planning a wedding. These include a caterer, a photographer, a band, an invitation specialist, a florist, a dressmaker – just to name a few. Oh, and a rabbi.
Choosing the right place for the wedding, and deciding on food, music, clothes and pictures are crucial tasks, for sure, and exciting ones too. Another exciting decision involves finding an officiant to set the spiritual and emotional tone of the moment when two people become bound to one another in love and faith. This is the turning point that launches the couple into a lifetime of sacred partnership, and hopefully sustains them throughout their lives together. It is a point in time that they return to in their hearts and souls over and over again.
So, you’re planning a wedding – Mazel Tov! While much of the focus is on the food, the décor, and the entertainment at the reception, the ceremony is at the heart of a beautiful wedding day so be sure to plan accordingly.
Candles are, of course, important for your ceremony as they’ll be incorporated into the procession. Dress your aisle up with a simple runner lined with lanterns filled with candles to give a welcoming glow. If there are steps at the end of the aisle, placing clusters of candles within vessels on each step can add a beautiful touch.
Some couples also have the honorees that walk them down the aisle carry candles to symbolize a joyful life. Be sure to have enough taper candles for each escort and perhaps a couple extra – just in case.
A unity candle can also be a touching addition to the ceremony, especially if it is an interfaith celebration. With one main pillar candle in the middle of the table, the newlyweds join together to light the unity candle with their individual tapers as a recognition of their newly joined lives. READ MORE ......→
Thanks to Joanna Greenfield of Ruby J Events for sharing another spectacular wedding venue transformation (view another example here).
Oftentimes the venue is booked way before there is a clear vision of the setting, decor or theme for the wedding or bar/bat mitzvah. Joanna Greenfield shared some of the key steps that Ruby J Events took to transform an urban hotel into the bride and groom’s Winter Wonderland. Witness this amazing transformation, and be sure to check out the video at the end!
According to Joanna, “the month of December is always a magical time of year. The air is crisp, the streets are lined with holiday lights, and the shops are filled with gifts for our loved ones. So when we have the opportunity to create a Winter Wonderland inspired wedding, we are fully on board!” READ MORE ......→
Now that the warm weather is almost here, we’re sure you’ll be attending, and maybe even hosting (!) some outdoor events! Here are 6 of our favorite inspirations for an al fresco wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or any type of party!
1. Play Up The Venue
If you’d like at least part of your event to take place outside, a location with a beautiful and functional outdoor space is crucial. The Sands at Atlantic Beach (pictured above and below) is a premiere beach-front venue on Long Island, and a perfect option for your next outdoor event! While the interior of the space is gorgeous, you can also set up a tent on the beach. The only thing more fun than dancing is dancing barefoot on (or near) the sand! READ MORE ......→
With trendy favors and fashionable takeaways, sometimes the goodbye is just as good as the party! Weddings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs are sending guests off in style, with personalized mementos and useful gifts to creatively commemorate the special day!
What ends a day better than candy? It brings party favors back to the days of childhood birthdays and “goodie bags,” with the added excitement of self-serve buffets and colorful candies…like this bright pink and orange CandyWarehouse display. READ MORE ......→
If the last time you went shopping with your mom was back in high school for a prom dress, it’s time to renegotiate fashion terms! Your wedding is your time to shine, but remember that it’s also a special moment for your mother.