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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    20 August 2014
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    1. Clary

      Rachel and Alex’s wedding day was such a beautiful celebration! Thank you so much for having me photograph and for sharing something so intimate with other couples Rachel and Alex. AND thank you Snippet and Ink for the feature:) xo

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    2. Emily Anderson

      This is SUCH a beautiful wedding!!!! The photography, the GORGEOUS bride! It looks like such a special day and you can tell the couple put this together so thoughtfully. <3

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    4. Jessica

      What a beautiful beautiful Jewish ceremony! Gorgeous photographs and couple!

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    5. Amber Snow

      Such a lovely wedding, gorgeous photography!

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    6. Jaine Kershner

      what a gorgeous wedding!!

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    7. Danielle

      This wedding is stunning! Beautiful couple and gorgeous images of their day!

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    8. Lisa O’Dwyer

      I just love Clary’s photography! This wedding is so classic and beautiful!

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    9. Jen O.

      What a gorgeous wedding. I love the classic touches and such a beautiful couple, too!

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    10. Kina Wicks

      Such a darling wedding- stunning couple and captured so elegantly by Clary!

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