the details pt 3

wedding - the shrine

Part 3 in the details of that wonderful day in August.

Above is a photo of the ‘heritage table’ we had set up in the hall. It included photos from our parents’ and siblings’ weddings as well as old photographs of our grandparents and great grandparents. It was nice to show that we were joining in a chain of tradition and linking our two families together.

wedding bunting

Late one Saturday night we (my Mum, Mum-in-law, sister-in-law and even bro-in-law) made like 100 meters (not sure what that is in feet) of handmade bunting for the hall. It worked out perfect though. Thanks guys!

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On the tables we had a runner of burlap, then thrifted and inherited doilies. On the doilies we places jars (we collected like 200 – it was a big Jewish wedding) and thrifted tea cups and sauces. In the jars and tea cups were babies breath flowers and succulents.

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This is a very blurry photo of us putting the succulents in the tea cups and jars.

It was late at night. We were delirious.

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This is another blurry photo, this time of the many doilies that we collected. Oh and of the kippa I was crocheting for The Boy for the big day. Oh and of mini pancakes that my brother made to sustain us while we did wedding prep.

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Fun times at the hardware store doing wedding prep.

2013-07-24 19.04.38The babies breath! We didn’t use a florist, instead the day before the wedding my Mum, Mum-in-law and Sister-in-law went to the local floral markets and bought the flowers wholesale. Then we arranged them ourselves and my sister-in-law (who is totally amazing and crazy talented) even made my bouquet.

So those are some maybe helpful hints about doing fun decor without spending too many monies.

Do you guys have any thrifty wedding tips?

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the details pt 1

Here are some of the important (sorta) details from our wedding.

The ring(s)

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According to Jewish practice for the wedding ceremony itself I needed a totally plain gold band. This one is super tiny and it fit perfectly with my engagement ring. It was from Etsy and a friend of mine was coming to the wedding from NY so she picked it up from Brooklyn before coming Down Under.

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Don’t mind my huge red hands. The ring was exactly what I wanted. We found it online from a vintage jewellery seller. Which was a much more ethical decision for me. You can read about the moral issues associated with engagement rings here. I was a bit nervous about choosing a ring online but it worked out fine and it was much easier than trawling through all the jewellery stores in Melbourne.

Do you guys have ring buying stories to share? And advice for future brides?

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engagement

I’m back from Taiwan, but before I go through my photos and share the highlights I thought I’d do a post on past events.

So before I got married, I got engaged.

There isn’t really much of a story but there was a lovely private moment with a picnic in the park with a huge ornamental kale as a present.

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The aforementioned ornamental kale.

We had a huge spontaneous party with our friends and family the night we announced the engagement. We call it a L’chaim. 

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We were also lucky enough to have an exceptional artist do our engagement and wedding photos. Here’s just a few of my favourites.

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But you can see the rest of them here.

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The first of many

So I got engaged and then I got married. Pretty standard order for events.

What we did a little bit differently is that we had a SURPRISE WEDDING!

Yeah, that was awesome.

We invited friends and family to an engagement party and then in the middle it turned into a wedding. We pulled out a chuppa and a rabbi and got it done right then.

It was a pretty good day. It was certainly the best wedding that I’ve ever been to.

Since people, including myself, find wedding details and photos fascinating, consider this warning that there will be quite a few posts in the near future detailing the big event.

But just to start you off, here’s the video that announced the surprise!

P.S. all the direction and production and editing of this awesome film was done by the boy. Pretty neat huh?!

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Speaking of my BFF…

So way back in Feburary I was still living in Jerusalem. But my best friend was getting married. What to do? Well obviously she loves me so much that we split the ticket for me to return to Australia for just over a week so I could dance and sing and be merry at her wedding.

You can tell that I was pretty happy to be there!

Once we had all of his and her siblings and friends the bridal party got a bit out of control.

They are soooooo in L.O.V.E!

So beautiful!

Chillin with ma and pa

You can see more of this lovely gentleman here.

All in all it was a simply magical wedding!

Mazal Tov!