Rachel: This is my favorite picture. Mostly because I can remember the moment that it happened. Alex turned to me as we were about to walk away from this area and he quietly whispered in my ear that he loved me. It was a true reaction and not posed.

 

Alex: I chose this photo because it reminds me of all the wonderful memories we have in Chicago.

 

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From the lace details on Rachel’s gown to Alex’s stylish tuxedo, this wedding is full of classic elegance. And I love the use of gold accents! Such a perfectly glamorous touch!

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The Ceremony

“It was important to both of our families that we get married with Jewish traditions, and Jewish weddings are very scheduled as far as the ceremony goes. We sat down with the rabbi several times, and he went over it step by step.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Jewish, Russian, Simple.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The fact that your whole family gives you away and stands with you under the chuppah.

What music did you choose for the ceremony?  We hired a husband and wife violinist and pianist to play renditions of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (the bridal party), traditional music from a Russian ballet (Alex’s parents), and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (the bride) for the processional. The recessional was to “Siman Tov, Mazel Tov.”

 

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The Reception

“Alex is Russian, so we needed to find a Russian venue that would allow vodka bottles on the table – needless to say our signature drink was Grey Goose vodka.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simple: I wanted no drama. I had my brothers as my “bridesmaids,” which was really special for me and made life easy – black tuxedos, no dresses or extra flowers or jewelry.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Being with my family in the morning was wonderful. I was able to spend time with my mother and my brothers. Besides that I really liked our time taking pictures around Chicago. I got to enjoy time with just my husband.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Talk with each other about what you guys want in a wedding before bringing your parents or family into the discussion, otherwise you might get lost in trying to please others. We were lucky in that everyone just wanted us to be happy, but sometimes parents expect certain things you might not have really wanted.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It’s easy to get lost in the details, so take some time at the beginning and write down the three most important things you want at your wedding. We didn’t care about linens, dinnerware, and glasses; but we made sure we filled the glasses with top liquor, the plates with great food and sat the people we truly loved in all the seats.

First Dance: “Sway” by Dean Martin. We didn’t want to choose something trendy now. We both love oldies. We wanted something that would be appropriate to dance to when we were old and gray.

Anything else?  Alex was a DJ before medical school, and it was nice to have the last hour of music be a mix that he made.

 

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer / Venue, Catering: La Mirage in Rolling Meadows, Illinois / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Earrings: Tiffany / Suit: George Zaharoff / Shoes: Prada / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Floral Design: Yoni Design / Music: La Mirage Band
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Lauren’s favorite shots: There’s no way I can pick a most favorite, but here are our respective top three…

I love the picture of us under the chuppah with Father Brennan and Rabbi Berman blessing us. It captures how overwhelmingly blessed I felt that day – and still do.

 

The picture of us during our first dance is a favorite because of the way that Jay is looking at me – enough said.

 

I also especially love this picture of Jason and me at the end of our first look. It was a lot of pictures, directions, and posing, but this was one of the last pictures taken before we met up with our bridal party. It was a natural kiss surrounded by beautiful light.

 

Jason’s favorite shots:

Jay is partial to the picture of him breaking the glass because it highlights his custom sneakers, (shaking my head…) but he also says it reminds him of how happy he felt to finally be married.

 

One of Jason’s other favorites is the picture of us in the speakeasy post-ceremony. He loves this photo because he says it shows how well we fit.

 

And finally, Jay loves the action shot at the end of the hora because he says it felt like everyone in the room took part – it was so celebratory. He felt the love of everyone around us, and this photo translates that.

 

Photos by Trent Bailey. See the full wedding feature right HERE.

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I cannot get over Trent Bailey‘s photos of Lauren and Jason’s wedding – autumn in New York never looked so romantic! The glow of candlelight, the bride’s jaw-dropping ensemble, the intimate interfaith ceremony… beautiful!

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The Ceremony

“Our ceremony was by far the best part of our day. It was so intimate – dimly lit, with only the warm glow of candles and the string light curtain. Our family and friends tell me that Jason shed tears (which is not like him at all!) when he first saw me walking down the aisle. There was a moment during our vows where I had to collect myself, too. It was a lot of raw emotion. The true love we have for one another was captured under our chuppah that day – it just felt magical. It’s hard to articulate just how special it was. I felt extremely present – like everyone melted away and it was just Jason and me promising the rest of our lives to one another. I hate to be such a sap, but like our love, the memories of our ceremony won’t ever fade.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, Natural, and True.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  It was important to us to incorporate both Jewish and Catholic traditions. We had a difficult time finding officiants who would share the stage. The wedding was getting closer and closer and we felt we were going to have to go with a non-denominational ceremony, but we finally made a connection through a friend. We had coffee at a diner in Queens with Rabbi Berman, and after chatting for a couple of hours, we knew we had found what we were looking for. He’s conducted interfaith wedding ceremonies with his friend, Father Brennan, for years. They made our ceremony feel extremely special. Both Rabbi Berman and Father Brennan made suggestions of readings and overall order of ceremonies.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We also had a short ketubah/marriage certificate signing in the speakeasy prior to our ceremony. It was special because Jason’s 94-year-old grandmother signed our ketubuh, as well as Jason’s brother, and two of our best friends signed our marriage certificate. After the ceremony, we followed the Jewish tradition of yichud – spending time alone together in the speakeasy.

Would you be willing to share the order of your wedding ceremony? 

Processional: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Greeting
Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.31 – 13.8
Words of Encouragement
Exchange of Vows
Blessing of Rings
Blessing over Wine
Nuptial Blessing
Words of Encouragement
Three Fold Blessing
Pronouncement
Breaking of Glass
Kiss of Love
Recessional: “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

 

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The Reception

“When we first started to think about venue options, I was drawn to the whole barn trend that was happening. I knew I wanted a blank slate, something different, and something undone. A friend of ours had walked by The Green Building – at the time it was barely a wedding venue at all – and suggested we check it out. It was the only venue we visited and we knew right away it was the place. The floor hadn’t even been painted yet and there was just an old leather couch in the speakeasy, but the owner painted his vision for us. We trusted him and over the next year and a half The Green Building blossomed into the fabulous space that it is today. There was something quite lovely about getting married in our own neighborhood. I stopped by The Green Building often throughout our engagement and got to know all of the familiar faces. The space and the wonderful people behind it played a pivotal role in making our wedding what it became.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wanted to weave black and white throughout the event. Throughout the planning process, I realized that less really is always more. It was important that our wedding was simple, elegant, and cohesive.

Did you incorporate and DIY elements?  We handmade around 500 glass magnets for favors. I originally saw the idea on Pinterest. Swiss Cottage Designs whipped us up four classic patterns in black and ivory. It was a lot of trial and error!

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To just let go and enjoy the experience with my husband. It becomes such a whirlwind and it’s hard to stick to that advice. I woke up the morning after our wedding thinking, Was so and so there? Did I talk to him? Did we do this? Did that happen the way it was supposed to? – and none of that is important. What’s important is letting go of all the planning and responsibilities and just basking in love of your new husband and all of your friends and family.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend the money on a talented stationer, a superb photographer, a great band, and delicious food. We felt those things were the most important! With that being said, there are ways to cut corners in any area of wedding planning. Some examples: you can do a split plate instead of having two options; don’t have music at the cocktail hour, because trust me, no one even hears it playing; buy your own candles for your florist; only print enough programs for every other guest; don’t letterpress your entire invitation suite; don’t spend extra on fancy napkins or linens – no one knows the difference; go with a small kraft bag or box for hotel room gift bags; go for a small cake to cut and do the rest like a dessert bar. The list of corners to cut is truly endless – get creative!

 

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Photography: Trent Bailey / Venue: The Green Building in New York, New York / Day-of Planner: Brooke Rasheed / Dress: Reem Acra / Shoes: Dior / Veil: Vera Wang / Clutch: Judith Leiber / Suit, Shirt: Alton Lane / Tie: Preston & Olivia / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs / Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Music: The Dreamteam Band / Catering: Real Food Catering / Cake: Baked NYC / String Light Curtain: Solid Angle / Hair, Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge

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Jen:  “My dad has always been a pretty quiet a reserved guy, so when Jesse and I were writing our vows we did not give my dad too many lines to say when he was ‘giving me away’ to Jesse. But to the surprise of my mother and I he decided to say something sweet and funny instead – I love this photo because it really captured that moment of laughter between us three, not to mention we definitely look like family.”

 

Jesse:  This is just such a perfectly composed shot. We were off taking post-ceremony photos and I had just helped Jen scramble up on top of this rock. We were having fun, being silly, and generally enjoying the freshly married high. I love looking at this photo and remembering those moments where nothing existed but the two of us.”

 

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