The Huppah as Home

Contrary to Brett really, really wanting to have his friends hoist him on a chair at our reception, we are not Jewish.  I have been told Felsman is a traditional Jewish name so I have been asked many times if I plan stickily Jewish weddings.  Of course the answer is no, I plan all sorts of ceremonies and receptions with clients from all different backgrounds and cultures.  I find different traditions fascinating and love knowing the symbolism behind them (hence these traditions posts). Although I am not Jewish, (even with the last name Felsman) I find many of their traditions deeply touching.  One of my favorite ceremony traditions of any culture is the huppah.  It is deeply rooted in the Jewish faith and holds a beautiful meaning for the couples who incorporate it in their wedding.  The huppah was the home of Judaism’s first couple, Abraham and Sarah.  It has a canopy covering held by four poles and is open on all four sides.  It is believed to be a visible representation of the physical and spiritual home the couple will share in marriage. Meg from one of my all time favorite blogs, A Practical Wedding Blog, explained it better then I ever could.  She included this in her wedding program:              The huppah is raised, for most of us, once in a lifetime. It is not permanent, but it is the promise of a home. Friends and family stand at the corners, helping to anchor the fragile structure down, the roof is a tallith so the couple is covered in holiness and the memory of commandments. The huppah does...

Emily and Colin

Emily and Colin are a very cool couple, they enjoy coffee, literature, traveling and all things nostalgic.  Their apartment is filled with the coolest treasures like vintage books and cameras and their wedding will be no different.  No cookie cutter festivities for them, everything will be unique and fun for their big day and I know the guests will leave with something to talk about. The ceremony and reception will be outside at Emily’s parent’s house with an art nouveau feel to it and a lot of personal touches.  I love tented weddings because you start with a clean slate and add the elements that work for you – not just the typical wedding venue accoutrements. Emily is having her dress custom created from her mother’s wedding dress.  I saw sketches and wow, it is Fierce (as my assistant Tom would say).  I know she will look stunning and I can not wait to see the final product … neither can Tom. Their wedding pictures are as cool as they are and were shot by Woodnote Photography.  Woodnote photography’s pictures are intriguing, vintage inspired and very special just like the couple.  Congrats Emily and Colin.  We can’t wait for you to be married!!  Check out the Woodnote blog for more pictures of Emily and Colin. ...