Custom Hand Painted Silk Torah Covers by Corinne Soikin Strauss

Now that this year’s High Holy Days are over, it is time to think of covers specially made for next year. Commissioned by synagogues throughout the country, Torah Covers by Corinne Soikin Strauss of The Artist’s Studio are highly prized for their beauty, originality and spirituality.

Custom Torah Coversby The Artist's Studio

Hand painted on tapestry weight silk, the carefully chosen colors range from the softest earth hues to vibrant jewel tones. Each cover, while respecting the sanctity of the Torah, reflects the individuality of the Congregation embodying traditional or contemporary motifs. READ MORE ......

Same-Sex Ketubahs to Celebrate Your Wedding

With gay marriage officially legalized throughout the United States, it’s the perfect time to find or design your ketubah. Ketubahs are artistic portrayals of your wedding vows, and there is a great selection designed to commemorate your marriage, dedication and love for one another – no matter what sex or religion you or your partner are.

Same-Sex Ketubah - Gay Wedding Ketubahs at Ketubah.com

Love’s Mosaic – Lapis and Sapphire

Above: Love’s Mosaic – Lapis and Sapphire Ketubah available at Ketubah.com

Ketubahs are not only part of Jewish and Interfaith weddings, but have been adapted by couples of all religions.  Even Prince William & Kate Middleton had a ketubah specially designed for their royal wedding!  READ MORE ......

Surfs Up Bar Mitzvah – Surfing Theme Party at Temple Beth Torah

There are few things as automatically cool as surfing and playing the guitar, so a Bar Mitzvah incorporating both had to be the epitome of awesome!

Bar Mitzvah Party with Surf / Surfing Theme, Long Island NY

 Photographer credit: Stephen Andrews Studio

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Top 4 Trends in Wedding Veils & Bridal Accessories

For 2016 brides, the experts at Alisa Brides - the couture online bridal accessory boutiqueare noticing a love of intricate lace and streamlined silhouettes.

For wedding veils, there are several dominating styles. They are flat mantillas reminiscent of old Spain, drop veils which provide a blusher for traditional ceremonies, and Juliet cap veils which nod to the Golden Era.

Trend 1 – Flat Mantillas

Wedding Veil Trends - Spanish Mantilla with Vintage Beaded French Alencon Lace

Photo: Spanish Mantilla Wedding Veil with Vintage Beaded French Alencon Lace

Mantilla veils offer the best visibility of intricate lace, beautifully framing the bride’s face. There is no height or volume as the veil gracefully floats along with the bride. READ MORE ......

Super Sweet Aqua & Light Purple Bat Mitzvah in NYC

Emily is a girl unlike any other of her age. At 13 years old, she is poised well beyond her years. She is confident and clear in her opinions, while also goofy and creative. Emily’s Bat Mitzvah, planned by Florie Huppert Design and captured by 5th Avenue Digital, was bold, fun, and a true celebration of her personality.

Bat Mitzvah Service NYC

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Hot Pink & Bling Bat Mitzvah

Hot Pink & Bling Bat Mitzvah New YorkMany of today’s bar & bat mitzvahs feature the teen’s favorite colors, and a logo created for the event. An new trend, according to Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime, is to create a tagline to complement the colors and logo. Photographer: Peter Oberc Photography. READ MORE ......

The Benefits of a Day-Of Coordinator For Your Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah plans are taking hold. You’ve hired your vendors and picked out your theme and logo. There’s one more essential person you need to consider! It’s important to understand the benefits and value of having a Day Of Coordinator.  We turned to Ruth Lapin of Ruth Lapin Events to help us understand why a Day Of Coordinator can literally ‘Save The Day!’

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Ruth always puts her clients first and has their best interest in mind.  That’s why she emphasizes that “Even if you are a superstar planner, you should always hire a day of coordinator to allow you to enjoy your special event. Become her friend. Introduce her so she gets to know your family. The expectation is that the coordinator will take care of all the issues that may occur so that you don’t have to take responsibility. And unexpected nightmares do happen.  Always!” READ MORE ......

Making the Magic Happen – Ruby J Events Takes Us Behind The Scenes

Being hired by a bride and her family is always a task the team at Ruby J Events takes very seriously. They know that they have one chance – and one chance only – to get it right. All the months (and sometimes years) of planning mean nothing if the day doesn’t go as seamlessly as every family expects it to.  This Jewish Springtime wedding was no exception, and the results were absolutely incredible!

NYC Jewish Wedding Planner's Amazing Ballroom Transformation - Before & After

How did they pull off such an amazing transformation?  Let’s take a peek behind the scenes with the team at Ruby J EventsREAD MORE ......