Marla and Nicole met when they were twelve and thirteen through their youth group, but didn’t fall in love until a few years later when they went on a trip to Israel. “We realized our feelings for each other and never looked back,” the couple shared. Marla and Nicole both attended Brandeis University and by the time they finished grad school, they were ready to spend the rest of their lives together.

The couple knew that they wanted a black tie event with unexpected elements and chose River Roast for its industrial aesthetic. Marla and Nicole also decided to incorporate their community into their ceremony and reception as much as they could. Isaac Sapsonik, the rabbi from their youth group, acted as the couple’s officiant and their friends’ acappella group sang during the ceremony. “We were enveloped by the love and support that brought us together in the first place,” the couple shared.

In addition to their November wedding day being unseasonably warm and right on the heels of the Cubs’ World Series win, the couple noted that there were several other elements that made their Big Day unforgettable. “We did our first look alone, so our wedding party hadn’t seen us yet,” Nicole said. “We waited for them to come down and when the elevator door opened and all of our dearest friends emerged with such joy and happiness…that’s a memory I’ll never forget!”

Marla’s favorite memory was being literally surrounded by their guests during their ceremony. “People from around the room rose to speak and our friends from Starving Artists sang a song from the camp that brought us together,” Marla said. “Those moments felt so intimate and embracing, and it’s a feeling I want to hold with me forever.”

By: Christina Oddo

Officiant: Isaac Saposnik Day-Of Coordinator: The Simply Elegant Group Marla’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier Nicole’s Gown: Badgley Mischka via BHLDN Hair: Norma Davila Makeup: Wessam Shafek Rings: Rebecca Zemans Jewelry Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection Cake & Sweets: West Town Bakery Catering: River Roast Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations Floral & Decor: Epic Events Entertainment: Becca Kaufman Orchestra

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