Martha & Jay

The Magic of Tradition

On a Saturday afternoon during a trip to New York City, Jay proposed to Martha in front of a fountain in Midtown. Jay, a magician, and Martha, an actress, share a love of performance and followed the special moment by seeing Pippen on Broadway. It “capped off an exhilarating, magical day,” remembers Martha.

The couple chose to host a traditional Jewish wedding inclusive of all rituals, such as the Bedeken, Chuppah, Blessings, Sheva Brachot, Breaking of the Glass, and Yichud. “Two days before the wedding, Jay and I each went to the Mikvah,” explains Martha. “It was very moving and cleansing and got me into the mindset of being a bride.”

The couple’s vision for a ritually pure ceremony included a simple four-pole walking Chuppah, covered with a Tallit (a men’s prayer shawl) adorned with silver stripes. The ballroom was also illuminated by an aisle of candles. Martha’s nephews and Jay’s sons took the great honor of walking the Chuppah. Jay’s youngest son, Joel, an active Marine, did so in his “dress blues.” Additionally, Jay wrote an in-depth program detailing all of the rituals for guests.

The traditions continued through the reception, at Doubletree by Hilton Chicago North Shore. Chef Chris Gasso created a complete Kosher menu for the night. Guests danced the evening away, with a special hour-long hora set. Martha says, “I think what I loved most about the wedding was all the love in the room from family and friends.”

By: Kelsey O’Shaughnessy
Venue:

DoubleTree By Hilton Chicago North Shore

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception: DoubleTree By Hilton Chicago North Shore
Officiant: R. Michael Siegel
Photography: Duron Studio
Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various
Hair: Blowtique; Sarah Collen
Makeup: Sarah Collen
Formalwear: Various
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral: Color & Company; Jewel-Osco
Sweets: Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe
Entertainment: Ruby Harris
Catering: DoubleTree By Hilton Chicago North Shore

Photography By:

Duron Studio

By | 2017-07-26T15:32:12+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Real ChicagoStyle Weddings|
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