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The Lace We Had to Have for Our Battenburg Wedding Huppah

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Rent Battenburg Lace Huppah at Huppahs.com

When we saw this beautiful lace, we knew we it was the perfect finish for our Battenburg Lace Huppah. It’s substantial and sophisticated, with beading and just a light touch of iridescent sequins – so light that it’s hard to see in the photo. To preserve the quality of the lace, we sewed it to the canopy’s valances by hand.

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Photo Huppahs.com | Photography Jason Weil, Maryland | Location Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, Maryland

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Real Jewish Wedding: Natalie + Richard Wed Under an Ivory Silk Huppah in a New York City Park

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I love to see the ways couples decorate our huppahs. This week, Natalie sent photos of her wedding to Richard in a New York City park earlier this month. You can feel the joy just looking at the photos.

The simple, natural beauty of the flower petals on the ground is perfect for a spring wedding in the park.

To decorate the poles of the Ivory Silk Huppah, Natalie layered not just colors, but textures, too, with charcoal grey silk ribbons and tassels in a color that I’m going to call muted bronze.

How to decorate a wedding chuppah with ribbons and tassels

Natalie found the ribbons and tassels at Jo Ann Fabrics. The tassels were in the curtain trimming isle, Natalie says, and she chose the ribbon from the ribbon isle, in medium width.

For other brides who want to recreate this effect, Natalie recommends, “make the ribbons longer, because I wished they would have flapped in the wind more.” Still, I can’t imagine they could have created any more joy.

Thanks so much for sharing, Natalie! All the best to you and Richard.

Related article: 7 Ways to Decorate a Huppah

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Real Life Jewish Wedding: Under an Organza Huppah at Brooklyn, New York’s Prospect Boat House

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Big thanks go out to Nancy for sending us this photo of her son and new daughter-in-law marrying under a Huppahs.com’s huppah earlier this month. The site for the wedding was the historic Prospect Park Boathouse, one of Brooklyn, New York’s most elegant landmarks.

“We all loved the ethereal feeling of the organza huppah,” Nancy wrote, “Set against the bucolic setting of the Prospect Park Boathouse, we could do no wrong. Bride and groom were thrilled.”

And we were thrilled to see the photo. Thanks for sharing, Nancy. Huppahs.com wishes you and your family all the best!

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Huppahs.com Wins WeddingWire’s 2012 Bride’s Choice Award!

Thank You to all Huppahs.com clients who voted to award us WeddingWire’s 2012 Bride’s Choice Award! We appreciate the time you took to vote and all your wonderful comments.

We are honored by every client who chooses Huppahs.com to provide the huppah for their wedding, and we will continue to work hard in 2012 to make every client’s huppah a source of joy!

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards ™ recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds.

Awards are determined by a combination of four factors: Overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performace from 2011 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency). This year’s recipients represent the top 5% of WeddingWire’s vendor community, across all service categories and all regions throughout the US and Canada.

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20% Off Huppah Rentals at Huppahs.com When You Reserve in November

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Photo location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, Maryland

During November only, receive a 20% discount on all huppah rentals at Huppahs.com. Just reserve your huppah by November 30. Take advantage of the lull before the engagement season storm to lock in your huppah and enjoy this limited time discount.

With 20% off, you can rent a huppah for as low as $195 plus shipping or delivery.

Rentals are available nationwide. Choose from a variety of styles.

Check availability today at http://www.huppahs.com/rent-huppah-availability/.

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How to Decorate a Huppah #7: Don’t Decorate It at All

Huppah undecoratedThe last in a series of posts about decorating your huppah…

Your last option in decorating your huppah is to not decorate it at all, but to leave it unadorned and keep the emphasis on the people standing beneath the huppah and the ceremony.

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Wedding Venue Profile: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Maryland

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Maryland wedding venue mirrorThe beautiful room in which we took the photos you see now at Huppahs.com is at Woodend Nature Sanctuary, owned by the Audubon Naturalist Society, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just a few miles from Washington, DC.

Woodend is consistently recognized by The Knot, Brides, and Washingtonian Magazine as a top wedding venue. The sanctuary has gorgeous indoor and outdoor event spaces that accommodate up to 150 people.

Audubon Naturalist Society is the oldest and largest independent nonprofit environmental organization in the Washington, D.C. area. When you hold your event at Woodend, you not only enjoy a beautiful setting, you also support the organization’s environmental education programs and their efforts to preserve open space and work for clean air and water.

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Spring Brings New Huppahs to Huppahs.com!

Take a look at Huppahs.com’s new line of rental huppahs, including three new designs:

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Simplicity Huppah

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Organza Huppah
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Ivory Silk Huppah
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Battenburg Lace Huppah

Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society (Chevy Chase, Maryland)
Photos: Jason Weil

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How old is the practice of using a huppah for Jewish weddings?

Chuppah Middle AgesHuppahs (also spelled huppas, chuppahs, or khupas) became a part of the Jewish wedding ceremony during the Middle Ages in Europe, about the same time and place that men began covering their heads with kippot (yarmulkes). The Middle Ages sounds like a long time ago, but when you consider that Judaism’s history reaches back 5,000 years, the wedding huppah is a relatively young custom.

The earliest huppah poles were only a few feet tall. Four young men would hold the poles as they escorted the bride, who walked under the huppah, from her home to the synagogue.

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Who can hold the huppah poles?

Anyone can hold a huppah pole. That makes the role of huppah bearer, or unterferer, a great role to offer someone who you want to honor but who isn’t Jewish or isn’t comfortable reciting Hebrew during the ceremony. Of course, all rabbis have their preferences, so as with all aspects of a Jewish wedding, always double check with the rabbi who will be performing the ceremony.

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Why does a Jewish wedding ceremony take place under a huppah?

The huppah serves as a visible representation of the home, both physical and spiritual, that the bride and groom will share as a married couple. Traditionally, the bride creates their shared spiritual space as she steps under the huppah and circles the groom.

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What Makes a Huppah a Huppah?

Outdoor huppahThe huppah’s structure evokes a tent — specifically, the tent that was the home of Judaism’s first couple, Abraham and Sarah, 5,000 years ago.

A huppah (also written chuppah or huppa) has a fabric canopy held aloft by four poles or a frame with four legs. The huppah is open on all four sides, as the tent of Sarah and Abraham is said to have been because of their great hospitality.

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An Evening Wedding along the Great River Road

I had to show you these photos of a very pretty evening wedding, from Surrendering to Serendipity, Gayle Harper’s blog about her travels along the Mississippi Great River Road. Serendipity indeed. While staying at the 150-year-old Nottoway Plantation she found preparations underway for this wedding and captured it on film. As dusk fell, the reception began.

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Source: Surrendering to Serendipity
Photos: Gayle Harper

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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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Brown and Green Wedding in an Alpine Forest

Carrie and Ben raised their huppah in an alpine forest in Beaver Creek, Colorado, outside of Denver. For their color scheme, they chose brown and a very refined shade of green. The natural elements in the decor, including pine cones and wildflowers, are used with restraint, so that we can appreciate their natural beauty.

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Source: The Wedding Chicks | Photos: Karie McClain | Coordinator: Debbie Orwat, Save the Date Events | Flowers: Plum Sage Flowers

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A Handcrafted Harvest Wedding

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Apple place cards.

Mosey and Alexander’s wedding was destined be a home crafted and home grown affair. Mosey creates a line of recycled woolen crafts and wedding items, and Alexander works on a sustainable farm during the summer. And with lots of friends and family members who are artists, bakers, farmers and gardeners, many of whom contributed their talents to the wedding, the event was bound to become not only a community celebration, but also a celebration of community.

In planning the wedding, the bride and groom were inspired by the local Maine woodlands and the autumn harvest, especially the apples in the local orchard. The wedding colors were moss, apple, and the hues offered up by the locally available foods and flowers.

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Mosey and Alexander under their huppah. The huppah was built by a friend who is a talented woodworker.

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The bride's mother decorated the huppah poles with bittersweet and crab apples from the backyard.

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The flowers were picked the morning of the wedding at a local sustainable farm by the ladies in the family. The bridal bouquet: Ranunculus, larkspur, yarrow, eucalyptus, straw flower, snap dragons, Chinese lanterns, and zinnias.

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The flower girls wore simple white cotton dresses embellished with satin and grosgrain ribbon.

Candied apple hors d'oevres.

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Apple tarlet hors d'oevres.

Autumn wedding reception menu

Guests were invited to share handmade pies, tarts and cakes.

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For the reception, the wedding moved to a local restaurant and art gallery. Tablescape of moss, Chinese lanterns, acorns and tiny pumpkins.

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The big splurge: Wedding cake by Wendy Kromer with forest elements crafted in marzipan.

Photos: Karen Rusten

Source: From Seedling to Sachet: Growing Your Own Wedding by Mosey.

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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:

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"...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..."


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"...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!..."


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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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