Judea Reform Center Wedding

Alison & Ariel were married this past December at the Judea-Reform Center in Durham.

Alison has a natural sense of style and fashion, and her stunning wedding dress did not disappoint!

The ladies got ready at The Washington Duke Inn.

The very talented photographer Martha Manning was there throughout the day to capture the many unique elements of Alison and Ariel's big day.

Vintage touches, like the bride's jewelry and the brooches in her bouquet, designed by Floral Dimensions, are a trend we are seeing throughout many weddings this year.

Ariel and Alison incorporated several traditional Jewish ceremonies throughout their big day. The first was the Tish, where the groom attempts to present a lecture on the Torah while his groomsmen and other guests jokingly disrupt his lecture. This is a great way for the groom and his guests to have fun and lighten the mood.

 

These photos are from the Bedekin ceremony where the groom places the veil over his bride. Before he sees his bride for the first time, the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride join the bride in greeting their guests.

We loved each unique tradition that made this wedding so memorable.

The cocktail hour featured damask print linens and a photograph from Alison and Ariel's travels on each table.

Gmish set the mood for the evening's ceremonies playing authentic Jewish instrument music.

Floral Dimensions did a spectacular job transforming the chuppah with an assortment of white flowers and baby's breath.

John Hayes of Southern Video Design was there throughout the evening capturing every unforgettable moment on film.

Here's a glimpse at another ceremony unique to Alison and Ariel's Jewish faith,  the Benching is where blessings are sung to the bride and groom.

Ariel & Alison love to travel and wanted to incorporate this element of their lives into their reception. These escort cards feature a variety of stamps collected from their world travels.

The subtle frosted look of the centerpieces was perfect for their winter wedding.

Floating flowers in water is a simple way to add a lot to your reception centerpieces without spending a lot of money.

And of course there was plenty of dancing!

Congratulations, Alison & Ariel.