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Winter Wedding in the Garden? This Couple Shows You How

Miri and Hank share a deep sense of engagement with the environment. The couple met through Habonim Dror, a youth-movement that supports making green choices. “We spent many summers at camps enjoying the beauty of nature.” Because of this, Hank and Miri strongly support environmental causes.

When it came time to make their love for each other official, they were not going to leave their love for nature behind, but they were planning to marry in the middle of January. How to have a garden wedding, surrounded by the natural environment they both love, in the middle of winter? The answer: Miri and Dan celebrated their wedding in the middle of New York’s Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, at the Palm House, which resembles a conservatory with its large pane windows on the gardens — and night sky — outside.

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Huppah at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
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Source: The Green Bride Guide
Photos: Perfect Photo and Video

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Autumn Wedding in the Country – With Touches of Red

If your home is a 300-year-old barn, your backyard wedding will naturally take on something of a country theme. Jan and Rob played the opportunity for maximum impact, with the prominent use of reds in the color scheme and reception decor that evokes a country store. Even if your home isn’t a 300-year-old barn, the details of Jan and Rob’s celebration will serve as great inspiration for your autumn wedding.

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Photos: Elisabeth Millay

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Natural Elements and Stripes Create a Sophisticated Wedding Style

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Natural poles with soft ribbon stripes.

Cari and Dan’s wedding at Blue Hill Farm in New York shows how details from nature can create a sophisticated style.

Their unifying approach: Set natural elements against a backdrop of stripes.

The keys to making this motif sophisticated:

  1. Strive for high quality in the natural elements.
  2. Keep the stripes soft, not bold.

Let’s break it down. Take a close look at some of the details that make Cari and Dan’s wedding decor work:

  • White ribbon wrapped around the wooden huppah poles.
  • Striped ribbon of natural fibers laid across wooden chairs.
  • Informal table bouquet contrasts with the straight lines of the place cards.
  • Inlaid stripes on the hors d’oevres trays.
  • The groom’s boutonniere, a masculine arrangement of natural elements, finds contrast in the tie’s softly suggested stripes.

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Groom tie with soft stripes.

Photographer: First Comes Love Photography
Florist: Sandy Clotheir
Source: Style Unveiled

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A Huppah in Chapel Hill

Meredith and Brian’s wedding at Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is described by their minister, Reverend Kayelily Middleton. Here’s a sample:

Chapel Hill Huppah

"...Our Chuppah holders then processed in. The original plan was to have the Chuppah already in place but the wind was such that the Chuppah would have been air borne had we left it unattended!..."


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"...Diana, sister of the bride, was the reader for one of the readings. It was ee cumming's "2 little whos," the same poem that was read at their parents' wedding..."


Huppah Raleigh North Carolina

"...After the vows, the rings, the wine, the seven blessings, and the glass breaking and the shouting of "Mahzel Tov," the couple were pronounced married and scampered happily down the aisle!..."


Read more at Kayelily’s Raleigh Wedding Blog…

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Outdoor Huppah Inspiration: With a Love Like That, You Know You Should Be Glad

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"...We circled each other. We did, in fact, feel our lives intertwining..."


With friends taking part in the Jewish wedding traditions, Meg found true bliss in the loving atmosphere of her intimate wedding. Their huppah is a tallit suspended by hand-held poles. Thank you for sharing, Meg. Read more…

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A.’s Shower of Huppah Blessings

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A.’s huppah, crafted by her Mom from huppah squares made by family and friends, became a way for her non-Jewish family members and friends to feel intimately connected with her wedding ceremony. Standing underneath the huppah, it felt to her like a shower of blessings and love.

Wedding photo taken by Davina + Daniel of New York and Montreal.

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Outdoor Huppah Inspiration: Sarah and Josh

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You can find more beautiful photographs from this wedding, with inspirations and ideas for outdoor weddings, at Elizabeth Anne Designs.

The photographer behind these breathtaking images is Heather Gilson. She and her photographer husband, Jon, are based in Seattle and Hawaii.

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What do you call the people who hold the huppah poles?

The conventional American term is “huppah bearers”. The classic term is unterferers, which means “supporters”.

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Something Borrowed: Gemachs Cut Wedding Costs

A gemach? What’s a gemach?

A gemach (sometimes written “g’mach”) is the Jewish community’s name for a special collection of items that can be borrowed at no cost or for a small fee for a short period of time. The term is an abbreviation of the words “gemilus chasadim”, acts of kindness.

Gemachs are usually started by one or a few people who see a need and get organized. A gemach might be in a private home, synagogue, or community center. You can find gemachs that focus on practically any type of items, like toys, wheelchairs, or clothing patterns. I just got an email announcing a GPS gemach. But the most popular kind of gemach by far is the kind that offers items for weddings.

The gemach is an idea that’s centuries old, but gemachs are being rediscovered by couples planning their weddings. Gemachs cut wedding costs – and they also serve the larger goal of cutting consumption.

Whether or not you borrow anything from a gemach for your celebration, consider donating items from your wedding to a gemach near you.

The kind of things you can often borrow from a gemach or that gemach organizers are looking for are:

  • Wedding dress
  • Veil
  • Clothes for the bridal party and mother of the bride
  • Folding tables
  • Folding chairs
  • Table linens
  • Centerpieces
  • Benchers (Prayerbooks with “Grace After Meals”)

Most gemachs won’t be found online. To find one in your area, contact a few local synagogues or a Jewish community center.

Ode to a Gemach
Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Colors subject to availability.

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Beyond Green Weddings: Green and Just Weddings

Jews United for Justice Celebration Buying GuideJews United for Justice (JUFJ) in Washington, DC held its annual award dinner last week, which makes this a good time to give a shout out for JUFJ’s event planning guide, Green & Just Celebrations. The guide goes beyond the basic buy-local green wedding tips. JUFJ helps you dig deep, so that your once-in-a-lifetime wedding purchases can be as green and just as you can make them. Among the topics covered are buying rings and negotiating the venue contract.

Most of the vendors in the buying guide are local to the Washington, DC area, but some are national organizations that you can find online. And the ideas work where ever in the world you raise your huppah.

By the way, at the award dinner, JUFJ honored four Washington, DC and Maryland area activists:

  • David Cohen, co-founder of the Advocacy Institute.
  • Carla Furstenberg Cohen, civil rights activist and founder of the independent Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose. Carla passed away a couple of weeks before the award ceremony.
  • Gustavo Torres, founder of CASA de Maryland.
  • Elissa Froman, legislative associate for the National Council of Jewish Women. As a student at The George Washington University founded the GW Jewish Progressive Political Association.

See our list of unique Jewish wedding vendors in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area.

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