After meeting at a wedding of mutual friends, we would see one other periodically in a group setting and partake in Jewish holidays together. We would bake hamantaschen cookies, fry potato pancakes – latkes- at Chanukah, attend happy hours, etc. After building a solid foundation of friendship, we realized we wanted to be more than friends we wanted to be best friends, lovers, and partners.

Ben and I went on a hike in Austin, TX, where we live, and he surprised me by getting down on one knee to propose overlooking a rock he had painted (in Carolina colors) to say, Marry Me? After that we went to celebrate, and Ben had organized all of our friends to surprise me at our favorite place Pinthouse Pizza.

We were the first wedding at Painted Plate at The Vineyard. It was grounded in Jewish tradition yet contained modern elements. For instance, we had cocktails before the ceremony. Then we had a Jewish ceremony under a Chuppah and a Second line parade to the reception…then we did the Hora!

We had food that was important to us. Ben is Israeli so we had a Mediterranean meal with chumus and pita. My late father loved mini hot dogs so we served those too. Eilat and Avi of Milk and Honey Catering are dear friends, so they made our wedding cakes dairy free. It was delicious!

One of the most unique elements of our day was that we had a Second line Band! The New Orleans Second Line is a tradition in which a brass band leads a parade for special occasions. The First Line is the main section of the parade in this case the band, Bride and Groom. Those who follow them often twirl a parasol or handkerchief and are called the Second Line. We hired Boom Unit Brassband to do a live parade in the parking lot! Afterwards, everyone was hot, so we gave out cold washcloths! Our wedding day was amazing! ~ Leora


ceremony/reception | Painted Plate at The Vineyard

photography | Ashley Stone Photography

gown | Marry Go Round

groom’s formalwear | Macy’s

invitations | ArtScroll

cake | Milk and Honey

catering/rentals/candy buffet | Painted Plate Catering

flowers/wedding planner | Bears, Balloons and Beyond

officiant | Rabbi Shelley Becker

hair/makeup | Grace Jansen Beauty

music/entertainment/lighting/photo booth | On Target DJ

favors | Kippot

transportation | First Student Charter Bus

honeymoon | Grandover Resort

sewing/alterations | Cheo’s Alterations & Leather

gown preservation | Fordham Cleaners



Painted Plate At The Vineyard


Ashley Stone Photography


Marry Go Round

bridesmaids' dresses:


groom/groomsmen’s formalwear:

Macy's In Friendly Center



wedding cake:

Milk And Honey

smaller cake with dogs:



Painted Plate Catering


Bears, Balloons And Beyond


Rabbi Shelley Becker

hair services:

Grace Jansen Beauty

makeup services:

Grace Jansen Beauty

event designer/planner/coordinator:

Renee Miller, Bears, Balloons And Beyond


On Target Dj



party rentals:




photo booth:



Cheo's Alterations & Leather

yard games:


butterfly release:


ice cream truck: