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Traditional Jewish Wedding With Touches of Modern Glamour

This wedding is crazy beautiful, and it’s not just the gorgeous floral combination of peonies, orchids and hydrangeas. Or, the modern all-white ceremony’s chuppah built from tree branches from the Bride’s childhood home. It’s all that and the gorgeous couple, whose love for each other radiates off the screen and brings a smile to your face. Watch the video  from Creative Films below to experience it all.

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From Creative FilmsThere are families that come into our lives that somehow seem to leave a mark. I loved getting to know Katja and Ari and their story. We were able to attend their rehearsal dinner and capture some beautiful toasts as well and so much of their story will have to wait for their feature film, but you can get a glimpse of their amazing day and the love they have for each other and their family and friends here in this highlight. I LOVE the traditions in a Jewish wedding day and they had the most wonderful Tish and Bedeken while surrounded by so many special people. Kelley Flora Ruf did an amazing job designing this wedding with the team from Trapp and Company and I don’t think the Kauffman Center or The Westin have ever looked better! Take special note of the huppah in this wedding ceremony, the support branches were harvested from the tree that was planted at the families home when Katja was born. So many sweet details in this amazing day.

From the Bride… We wanted to make sure our traditions didn’t get lost in all the wedding craze. We tried to build everything around the traditional parts of a Jewish ceremony. In order not to overshadow those important aspects of our wedding we tried to do everything in a classic, elegant yet simple fashion. We didn’t want to lose sight of what was truly important. 

I chose navy for my bridesmaid dresses because I felt it was a beautiful color for summer while still being elegant and dressy. Navy sort of became ‘our color’ from there. Still, I really never had a color. We had an amazing florist who I trusted completely. I told him that I liked ivories and whites for the wedding but was open to any colors that he felt complimented the navy and the spaces we were using for the ceremony and reception. 

This sort of falls into the ‘crafted’ category… My parents planted a tree in our backyard when I was born (another Jewish tradition). They took branches from that tree to build our huppah (wedding canopy) which is really the center of a Jewish ceremony. Our florist did an incredible job incorporating those branches into a building a beautiful huppah!

It’s probably unfair to give this advice because I know many girls think about their wedding long before they start planing (or even get engaged)! I do not really fall into this category and so I came in with a very open mind. I had an incredible planner who had a lot of experience and tons of ideas and I felt I could take those ideas and still create a unique wedding day for us. We also had complete trust in all our amazing vendors. Our florist, photographer, planner, videographer etc. This allowed us to focus on what was really important. We tried to be completely present the day of our wedding and enjoy every moment.

Photography: Blixt Photography | Cinematography: Creative Films | Floral Design: Trapp And Company | Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole | Cake: Sherrie's Cake Magic | Ceremony Venue: Kauffman Performing Arts Center | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhullier | Makeup: Gina Ciaccio Holmberg | Lighting: Harvest Productions | Band: Emerald City | Ceremony Musicians: Brookside Strings | Event Coordination: Kelley Flora Ruf | Reception Venue: Westin Crown Center | Rentals: All Seasons

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Rustic + Romantic Kansas City Fresh Air Farm Wedding

Despite less-than-perfect weather and the long-distance wedding planning from New York, this farm fête takes “rustic chic” to a new, beautiful level. Full of lovely details—from the bride’s beautiful lace dress to the angelic flower girls and shabby-chic picture frame seating chart—this wedding is one seriously gorgeous affair. See all the pretty, captured to perfection by Britta Hundertmark, here.

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Spring
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From The Bride…As U of A alums, we had seen each other out and about many times. We would always say hello, and that was that. After college, Jason moved to Santa Monica, and I moved to NYC. It wouldn’t be until Jason moved to NYC three years later that our paths would cross again. One of our mutual friends, Ben was in a band named Princeton that would come through the city and play shows. Ben is one of Jason’s best friends and frat brothers, and I studied abroad with him in London. Every time Ben was in town, I would meet up with him and often times, Jason was there too. Not only do we share a love for Ben and Princeton, we both are avid Arizona basketball fans. We started seeing each other at the U of A watch parties in the city. It was during one of the March Madness games at Side Bar, that our paths crossed again and Jason finally asked me for my phone number. After that, we began to talk more and more and text each other on a more regular basis. It wouldn’t be until one Sunday, when I was at brunch with girlfriends, that I got a text from Jason. The text was the picture above, “B + J = Seeing a Movie Today? Check One: Yes or No” I checked yes, and we spent the entire day together, and we have been together ever since that day!!

From The Groom…Our first date was at Chelsea theaters off 23rd and 8th where we caught Woody Allen’s new film, Midnight In Paris. I saw this as a great/casual first date. Halfway through the movie I turned to Brooke to gauge her thoughts on my brilliant movie choice and noticed she had fallen asleep…..Thankfully she got her second wind after the movie and we had a fantastic time at dinner/drinks. It was this location that had sparked my proposal idea. Since Chelsea theaters was the start of our relationship it made sense to me that it should be where we take the next step together (hopefully both awake). Brooke’s cousin Danny and his husband Jay were my allies in helping me pull off my idea. Their goal was to get Brooke and myself to the movie “Her” on Friday night, while I worked behind the scenes with Chelsea theaters. I had blocked off 30 mins between films in one of the auditoriums , had the theater print fake tickets, and changed the poster in front of the theater. Our plan was on! Danny, Jay, and Brooke get to the atrium and sit down in an empty theater (I was “stuck” at work). After sending a quick text to Danny, he and Jay get up to leave Brooke in the theatre by herself. I was up in the camera booth with about 5 other employees who had helped me out and we light up the screen with a movie I had made with all the video clips and pictures we had together over the years. I’m high-fiving everyone upstairs and as we look down at Brooke we notice she is 100% focused on her phone and hasn’t seen anything playing on the screen. I look up at the guys and say “just start it all over again.” Thankfully, she looked up the second time and halfway through I headed down to propose and happy to say I got the answer I was hoping for!

From Britta HundertmarkAlthough the weather was not what Brooke and Jason had expected for a late May wedding, the day went by quickly and without a hitch.

The first look was filled with the sweetest emotion (tears all around!), and officiant gave a wonderful sermon on love, dedication, selflessness and commitment as these to promised their lives to each other in front of all of their family and friends.

As a photographer you live for venue’s like Fresh Air Farm. Around every corner there were details that sparked creativity, and you could tell that the owners and planners took this couple’s vision and turned it into a reality (something that is so important, since Brooke and Jason were planning this Kansas City wedding from the comfort of their East Village apartment).

The bride and groom and their guests dined on a meal fit to welcome all of the out-of-towners to what a real home-made Kansas City dinner is like. Fried chicken, brisket, green bean casserole, home made mac and cheese potatoes, s’mores, rice krispie treats, and craft beer – it’s safe to say no one went home hungry.

After dinner the couple stepped outside, joined by their guests, for dancing under the stars. Truly the most perfect way to end the best day of their lives.

Photography: Britta Hundertmark | Floral Design: Hitched Planning & Floral | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shoshanna Via Rent The Runway | Catering: Fresh Air Farm | Hair And Makeup: CaraSue Hall | DJ: All Ears DJ | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Officiant: Gabe Combs | Ceremony Music: Innocenti Strings | Venue: Fresh Air Farm | Desserts: Latte Land | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab

Elegant Kansas City Wedding

There is a reason that elegance has long reigned popular in the wedding world; it never, ever fails. And this beautiful celebration overlooking Kansas City just reinforces that once more. Something Gold Photography captured every stunning detail of this soiree, from the blushing bride to the cutting of one chic cake. If you ever need a reminder that classic elegance is queen, this gallery is where it’s at.

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From The Bride…. Bryan and I met at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. While Oklahoma is very special to us, Kansas City is where we fell in love and began our journey together. Bryan surprised me and popped the question on October 20th, 2013 by decorating my apartment with dozens of candles, roses, and pictures of us together. When I walked in after dinner with friends, he was standing in the candle light waiting for me. He asked, and I said yes!

Once we got engaged, we could not wait to plan our wedding. As the planning began, we knew that we wanted a classy, elegant wedding, but with an urban twist. The Terrace on Grand was perfect. It had everything we wanted…exposed brick, hardwoods, beautiful lighting, and a rooftop view of the city where we fell in love. As soon as we walked in I could envision us celebrating with our family and friends.

After we found our venue, everything else slowly fell into place. We knew navy and gray would be our colors from the very beginning. The colors combined with the luscious floral arrangements and bouquets were absolutely gorgeous. The atmosphere of the venue, along with the fun music and dance party absolutely reflected Bryan and I as a couple. We wanted our night to be classic and elegant, but with a laid back feel. We had the time of our lives with all of our favorite people surrounding us.

Photography: Something Gold Photography | Florist: Good Earth Floral And Design | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | DJ: Chris Taylor From DJ Kirby | Cake Designer: Icing On The Cake | Ceremony And Reception: The Terrace On Grand | Dress Designer: Allure Bridal | Hair And Make Up Artist: Tiffany Franklin | Ring Designer: Meierotto Jewelers | Shoe Designer: Nina

Modern DIY Kansas City Wedding

There’s something about a modern wedding that pulls me in EVERY time. The clean lines, the crisp design and the effortless infusion of style everywhere you look. It pretty much sums up all the reasons I adore this Kansas City affair with DIYed details handcrafted by the bride and groom. Meagan (and) Nate + Village Video Productions captured the day and you can click right here for so much more.

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Fall
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Ballroom
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Modern

From the Bride… When Shane and I met four years ago, we both knew we had found our perfect match in the other person. We were both family-oriented, creative, passionate and out-of-the-box thinkers. So when it came time to plan our wedding, it’s no surprise that all of those attributes poured into design of each aspect of our wedding day.

For our style, we always referenced the words ‘modern romance.’ We wanted to maintain the beautiful, classic elements of a traditional Jewish wedding, but also to keep things clean and simple where we could. Our venue truly spoke to that dichotomy. The ceremony location was a 1920s style cocktail lounge, with black walls, gold trimming and leather tufted couches. When guests stepped out to the cocktail hour and reception area, they entered a fresh, clean white space that let the décor speak for itself. No extras, no fluff. To us, throwing a great party is an essential part of any wedding, so we made sure to find a great band to help everyone dance through the night. Our caterer also did a great job in selecting foods that matched our eclectic taste and picky presentation style. (And – as a bonus – it was all kosher, to meet the needs of some of our guests!).

To cut down on costs without sacrificing quality, Shane and I chose to do a lot right out of our Chicago apartment. We designed all our invitations and stationery together, and the money saved allowed us to splurge a bit more on other aspects of the wedding. The design flexibility also allowed us to be extra picky, and incorporate design elements like a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pattern, as an homage to Shane’s architecture background and our life together in Chicago (after being long distance for 3 years!). Our escort cards were tied to a pack of four different postcards that I designed, some of which had cute notes about Kansas – where we are both from. We wrote our table names on gold mirrors from IKEA, and each table represented a special place from our lives. Shane also made the guestbook by hand, which was a hardwood book in which guests could insert notes for us to read later. His parents devoted hours to making a gorgeous chuppah that embodied our modern romantic style, and a large black & gold sign for our J|S logo. For the reception, we had the chuppah moved to be above our table – which looked beautiful and saved on extra flowers for the sweetheart table!

In the end, Shane and I had a perfect wedding day that we truly designed from the ground-up.

Photography: Meagan (and) Nate | Videography: Village Video Productions | Floral Design: Craig Sole Design | Wedding Dress: April Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Kill Devil Club | Reception Venue: The Gallery Event Space | Brides Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids Dresses: April Bridal | Caterer: Steve Ellenberg | Ceremony Pianist: Isabel Keleti | Day-of-coordination: Organized Chaos KC | Getting Ready Hotel: Hilton President | Groom/Groomsmen Shirts: ASOS | Groom/Groomsmen Suits: H&M | Groom/Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitation Calligraphy: For The Love of Letters (Erin Barrett) | Invitation Letterpress Printing: Steracle Press | Reception Band: Lenny Klinger & The Galaxy | Wedding Website: Wix

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Christmas Themed Engagement

I’m one of those people who’s borderline obsessed with all things Christmas. It’s the time of year with magic in the air and romance all around. So a engagement shoot that embraces all the beauty of the season? Well, that’s just my cup of tea. Jordan Brittley captured these two lovies in full festive spirit, and there’s detail after detail waiting to be shared and swooned in the gallery right here. 

From the Bride… We originally wanted a winter wedding, but after realizing that our dream wedding simply could not come together in time, we decided a Christmas themed engagement session was the next best option. We both LOVE everything about this time of year and truly wanted to express that!

We shot our engagement session on Ethan’s grandparent’s land, a place very special to him, and knew we wanted to keep our details festive, yet simple. The Wassail, or, “Christmas Tea,” is my sweet grandmother’s recipe, and one of my very favorite Christmas traditions. We selected the mugs specifically to showcase our different personalities and topped the Christmas Tea off with homemade whipped cream dollops!

We are SO very excited to finally be “Mr” and “Mrs”, thus, the pillows came to life! The tree was decorated with hand-painted pinecones, berries, and ribbon. The bench was handmade by my very talented dad, Mark, and our sweet photographer, Jordan Brittley, surprised me with the gorgeous bouquet; I am absolutely positive it tied each detail together perfectly!

We have had a long-distance relationship for all but the first six weeks, so we are looking forward to the most simple of things: eating dinner together on week nights, enjoying our hobbies together, making new traditions together. We just cannot wait to be together, learning how to love Christ, one another, and others better.

Advice for Brides: Decide on your vision for your engagement session and wedding, and then choose the best photographer to capture this vision for you. Look high and low, and find a photographer who’s work excites you and whom you can trust with this precious time! I have had the most wonderful opportunity to know Jordan for the past five years, and knew without a shadow of a doubt that she would capture these memories for us perfectly. I was able to relax (a very uncommon thing for me) and just have fun with my love during the shoot!

If things go awry during the shoot, just laugh about it! Our Christmas tree kept blowing over, it was 16 degrees with a wind chill around 0, and our candles wouldn’t stay lit for more than a second or two – and I’m fairly certain some of our sweetest pictures and memories from the shoot were captured in these moments.

Whatever you do, wherever you are, focus on representing your love together, the rest will fall into place wonderfully.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Bouquet: Blue Bouquet | Pillows: Acorn Street Boutique