Right off the bat this adorable, childhood sweetheart couple knew they wanted a huge celebration for their big day. But they didn’t want it to feel big and cold so they took the time to write each and every guest hand written notes to go at their place setting. That’s over three hundred heart-felt hellos and such a fabulous idea! I’m loving their traditional chic affair and the stunning images by Zev Fisher Photography that go along with it. Click here for more!
From the Bride… I have been dreaming of becoming Mrs. Rachel Klausner since I was an awkward, tomboy tween. Moshe and I have known each other since middle school. After watching from a distance, I strategically waited through my middle school awkwardness to initiate any sort of contact— when my braces would be long gone and I had the patience to start wearing contacts. When I was in ninth grade, and Moshe was a year ahead, we started dating. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was then, and I still can’t believe how lucky I am now. After we broke up in high school, I was sure it was done for good. Years later, we found each other while we were in college and never looked back. After three years of long-distance dating throughout college, Moshe proposed during one of our summers home in Boston. Because we had so many years of incredible memories in beautiful Beantown, Moshe proposed at the end of a seven-stop scavenger hunt with some incredible rhyming poems that took us down memory lane to some of the most meaningful places in our years together.
When we started planning our wedding we had a few criteria: First, we LOVE Boston so that was a must. (We ended up picking the State Room as our venue because you can see the city and harbor from every angle!) Second, we have large families and this was definitely going to be a Big Fat Jewish Wedding — 330 guests partied hard! Third, we wanted to incorporate a lot of Jewish traditions. A Bedeken, where the groom veils the bride; A Tisch where two witnesses sign the Jewish marriage contract, which was beautifully painted by Moshe’s aunt; and The Chuppah and the Jewish ceremonial rituals — my brother officiated, which made it even more special! Fourth, our design aesthetic was keep it simple — the flowers, the chuppah, the invitations, everything! Lastly, we really wanted to try and make everything really personal so there were a few DIY projects that were absolutely necessary… I love graphic design, so making our own invitations was a must. We had our best friend, Meirav Gebler, design a beautiful laser cut with the Boston skyline and a quote from the Song of Songs. I laid out the invites, processional cards and blessing cards, and we laser cut Meirav’s design into everything. She did such an incredible job, and they turned out beautiful! Another DIY project that my younger sister and I worked on was making lace votives. I had some leftover navy lace from a project, and with glue dots, we wrapped the lace around 150 votives — they looked awesome lit up! We wanted all of our 300+ guests to make sure we appreciated their company, so we wrote personal notes in each of their mini envelope place cards. We made some posters that were backlit, which included the invitation design, the Song of Songs quote and the “contract” that two of my closest friends wrote when we were fourteen years old stating that one day Moshe and I would get married — definitely glad I kept that one!
When I look back at our wedding day, I am elated. On the day of the wedding, it was hard to notice anything but the incredible man that I was about to marry. Thank God we have pictures to show us how beautiful the wedding was, how incredible each and every one of our vendors was and how awesome the dancing was!
Wedding Photography: Zev Fisher Photography / Wedding Venue: The State Room in Boston, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Michele Bernard / Officiant: Gabi Spiewak, The Bride’s Brother / Band: Yitzy Spinner Band / Wedding Invitation Design: Meirav Gebler / Ketubah: Hannah Dresner, The Groom’s Aunt / Ampersand: Rivalry Time / Table Numbers: ZCreateDesign / Place Card Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson Calligraphy / “Can’t Wait To Be Your Wife” Card: CookieBits / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca + Customization / Bride’s Headband: Lucia Bella / Bride’s Veil: Bella Bridal Veils / Bride’s Heels: Nine West / Bride’s Sneakers: Converse via Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses Fabric: B&J Fabrics / Hair + Makeup: Marlo + Jennifer of The Makeup Artists