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Spring/Summer 2020

Leora & Ben

May 26, 2019

“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

Painted Plate At The Vineyard
Ashley Stone Photography
Marry Go Round
groom’s formalwear
Macy’s In Friendly Center
Milk And Honey
catering/party rentals/candy buffet
Painted Plate Catering
Bears, Balloons And Beyond
Rabbi Shelley Becker
Grace Jansen Beauty
wedding planner/coordinator
Renee Miller, Bears, Balloons And Beyond
music/entertainment/lighting/photo booth
On Target Dj
First Student Charter Bus
Grandover Resort
Cheo’s Alterations & Leather
gown preservation
Fordham Cleaners

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Photo credits: Ashley Stone Photography