Is it crazy that this little wedding blogger has never known there was an official time for the Jewish bride and groom to be alone and really the commitment they just made sink in? Yichud. I LOVE this tradition – a time for the couple to let the joy and happiness wash over them while their friends and family are outside celebrating their new marriage. It seems perfect – something I wouldn’t mind incorporating into my every day! Michelle Turner Photography travelled to Mexico with these two lovebirds to capture their big day and it could not have been more magical. Make sure to save some time for the beach views in the full image gallery.
From Michelle Turner Photography … Sarah and Marc held their destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Sarah and Marc met at work – they are both teachers in California (Sarah is a special education teacher, and Marc is a math and science teacher). When they started working at the same school, their classrooms shared a wall, and Sarah said that she first noticed the sound of Marc’s voice from the other side of the wall. They became friends first, though, and didn’t start dating until they had been friends for more than a year. They started spending time together in a group during happy hour after work, and Sarah told me that they shared their first kiss after work in a dive bar! They decided to get married while Marc was teaching in South Africa– Sarah visited him there, and he surprised her with the ring!
They chose a destination wedding because they wanted to include their family and friends who were scattered around the globe. Hence the travel theme that makes an appearance in all of their little details.
I asked Sarah and Marc to share their favorite moment from the wedding with me. Sarah said:
When I came around the corner to walk down the aisle- I remember hearing the ocean, which I love deeply- I had both my parents next to me and I felt like I locked eyes with almost all of my friends… and then I saw Marc and we both started laughing we were so excited. I was stunned by how much fun I had at our actual ceremony. I have never lived more fully in a single moment. Marc said that his favorite moment was right after our ceremony, when we got to spend a few minutes in Yichud. In a Jewish wedding the bride and groom spend a few minutes in seclusion after the ceremony to let what has happened sink in. We got to taste all our great food- we toasted each other. It was so special to have those few minutes alone just us- at the same time we could hear our friends laughing outside which made us both realize how lucky we were to have each other and to be surrounded by these incredible friends and family.
Photographer: Michelle Turner Photography / Venue + Flowers: Playa Fiesta / Dress: Anne Barge, Bliss Bridal / Earrings + Hairpiece: Bliss Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Invitation: Minted + Sarah and Marc stamped and cut out the compass embellishments / Programs: Esty by Robin Bellomy + Marc and Sarah designed and assembled the rest / Menus: DIY / Favors: Donated school supplies through the United Nations Children’s Fund to Children in Internally Displaced Person’s Camps / Table Cards: DIY / Additional Table Décor: Pottery Barn / Escort Cards: Sunshine and Ravioli / Chair signs, cake topper: Etsy by Morgann Hill / Straws: Etsy / Chuppah: Handmade by Marc’s mom and completed with Marc’s grandmother’s lace table cloth / Ring Box: Vintage cigar box / Yarmulkes: Mary Piper + Stepmother of the Groom / Welcome Bags: DIY