Matthew and Laurie first realized they were perfect for each other on a group trip to Israel. The couple quickly found out that they shared a passion for Israel, and there couldn’t have been a better way to start a relationship than by being there together. A year and a half later, they were engaged and making plans for this stunning traditional Jewish wedding at Temple Emanu-El of Closter, NJ. Photography by Brett Matthews Photography.
Even though Laurie is a Long Island girl, she fell in love with the beauty and ambiance of New Jersey’s Temple Emanu-El of Closter. The bride and groom were blown away by the sanctuary’s breathtaking stained glass dome, and its perfect blend of tradition and elegance. According to Laurie, “it was the first place we looked at and didn’t look much further after that.” Northern Valley Affairs, the temple’s exclusive caterer, matched the setting with exquisite kosher cuisine. READ MORE ......→
It’s not often in life that you’ll need to buy a tallis, or Jewish prayer shawl. So if you’re reading this, then Mazel Tov! You are probably in the wonderful process of planning a bat / bar mitzvah, or a Jewish or Interfaith wedding.
With the help of Lisa Prawer, The Tallis Lady, we’ve developed this Tallit Buying Guide to help you find the perfect tallis that will be in your family for decades to come.
Buying a tallis is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many people. Bring the family along. Include the grandparents if you can. Treasure the experience!
Bat Mitzvah girl Kate recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at one of our favorite venues – SPACE in Englewood, New Jersey. The exciting venue is modern, trendy, sophisticated and fun. It arcade games, laser tag, a photo booth and more to keep guests entertained!
Showcasing her love of New York City along with her favorite color purple, Kate’s special day was just that – special! READ MORE ......→
Robin and Shujah met and fell in love in medical school, but their different faiths kept them from staying together. After some time apart, the two realized they couldn’t be without one another. To embrace Robin’s Jewish heritage and Shujah’s Muslim descent, the couple celebrated their nuptials with a traditional Muslim ceremony as well as a Jewish ceremony. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of their wedding thanks to The Collection.
The wedding industry has redefined destination weddings over the past several years, as demand grows for unique and meaningful venues, and access to vital information and resources has expanded via Internet technology. Traveling to an exotic or remote locale is no longer unusual for any couple, and Jewish to-be-weds are enjoying the full scope of options without sacrificing the symbols and expressions of their faith.
The chuppah, a Jewish wedding canopy with four open sides and four poles, is a central part of a Jewish wedding. It represents the home you will make with your partner, and it is where you will say your vows and become a family. The chuppah can be handheld, with four people of your choosing holding each pole, or it can be freestanding.
To decorate your chuppah, be inspired by the rest of your wedding. You can create a seamless and coherent look by using the same colors as the rest of the décor and incorporating flowers that are in your bouquet, the centerpieces and the other decorations. The chuppah can also provide an opportunity to incorporate something sentimental into your wedding, like your grandfather’s tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) or a flower that is meaningful to you.
Here are 15 ideas for a floral chuppah that represents your style and wedding vision.
Colorful, sweet, and beautiful. This is how Sara and Mayan described their recent Jewish wedding… and after a look at their photos, we couldn’t agree more. Thank you to Kirsten Smith Photography for capturing every memorable moment!
After meeting and falling in love at work, they shared a wedding full of loveliness and warmth. READ MORE ......→
Having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a rite of passage for Jewish adolescents all over the world as they move on to a new phase of adulthood. As sacred as these events are, they are also very exciting and fun, and should be marked with a special celebration that reflects your son or daughter. But before you can delve too far into the details, it’s important to first figure out what type of venue style you’re interested in and ultimately, where to host the reception.
Photo Credit (Clockwise): 404 NYC, Long Island Marriott, Temple Emanu-El of Closter, Pole Position Raceway, Chelsea Piers, Smooth Sailing Celebrations, Prince George Ballroom, Capitale
EM Productions is an exciting alternative to the traditional wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah video. Owner and head videographer, Kiersten, is a professional filmmaker. With as much interest in production style as the people she’s filming, Kiersten creates a story with every video.