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

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

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