Tradition & Customs often plays a very important in weddings & wedding planning. We work very hard to help our brides and grooms incorporate the traditions & customs that are important to them and their families, while providing the feel or dream that they want to achieve. At times, this can mean some research into what the traditions and customs are. Sometimes, it involves conversations with a number of relatives to show us pictures, or share other information that may be helpful to our process.
Combining customs, style and tradition was a task that we welcomed on 10-29-16. The wedding ceremony and reception were taking place in the same room at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. The first set up was the ceremony space with our round chuppah (a structure under which Jewish wedding ceremonies take place.) The groom’s Tallis, a gift from his Grandparents, presented to him upon their return from Israel many years ago, was draped prominently across the front of the Chuppah. We were also sure to include the style that the bride and groom both wanted. When the room was finished it made quite a stunning impression as shown below:
The heavily petalled center isle meant that the ushers used the side isles to seat guests. The center isle was reserved the wedding processional. Steven Vance Strolling Violins provided ceremony music and night was off to a great start.
The bride carried a bouquet of White Mini Cymbidium Orchids, Fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids, Lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory & White Roses, and Purple Wax Flower accents . The Groom wore a matching white mini cymbidium orchid boutonniere.
The bridesmaids carried lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory Roses, and Purple Wax Flower. The Groomsmen wore matching Lavender Ocean Song Rose and Wax Flower Boutonnieres.
The Chuppah was decorated with bands of white hydrangea that were used as tiebacks to the sheer fabric drapes.
Following the ceremony, the guests proceeded to the cocktail hour while the bridal party had portraits taken in front of the Chuppah. We then began to flip the room for the reception. This all happens very quickly and with careful precision. Tables and chairs are put in place, the Chuppah is removed, a dance floor is assembled, The DJ sets up, the centerpieces are perfected, the wait staff readies the tables, lighting is adjusted, and so much more that happens in the blink of an eye.
The centerpieces also utilized rose petals to create more ambiance. Two slightly different centerpieces decorated the guest tables. The first used a tall square center vase of white hydrangea with twelve square votive candles around it, and rose petals on the outside. The second used a tall square center vase of lavender roses that matched the petals. The centerpieces created a romantic glow throughout the evening.
The head table was our favorite King Arthur styled table, also decorated with rose petals, and utilizing the bride and bridesmaids bouquets. Additional tea light candles added interest.
At the conclusion of the cocktail hour and pictures, guests were welcomed back in for the reception. The room again made a stunning impression. The two families, now joined as one, danced into the late evening celebrating the lovely occasion.
We rose to the challenge to incorporate tradition and customs, with contemporary styling into this wedding. All of our hard work and long hours resulted in a dream wedding for Stephanie and Elliott. Best wishes to you both, Mazel Tov! Thank you for choosing our company to help make your dream come true!