Our Beautiful Communal Wedding

Posted by Maya E.

Our wedding, which took place on June 21st, ended up being the wedding of our dreams.  We could not be happier and feel so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. The wedding was a communal affair in every sense imaginable; it evolved with the help of and before the eyes of our guests.

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Wedding portrait by my uncle Marv Chait


My beloved cousin Eleanor Dubinsky played Dodi Li on the cello as I walked down the aisle with my parents.
Photo by Steph Yiu


Under the Chuppah with my wonderful Rabbi and Cantor, Brant Rosen and Howard Friedland.
Photo by Steph Yiu


My non matchy-matchy bridesmaids looked perfect!
Photo by Steph Yiu


The Converse AllStars
Photo by Steph Yiu

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My husband, his dudes, and me.  Collin Patrick, the lead singer of Cavalry, is showing off his tattoos.
Photo by Marv Chait


Our BEAUTIFUL cake from Kaufman’s Deli, which matched my flower arrangements perfectly!


I think I maintained a look of horror the entire time I was up in the air!
Photo by Crystal Martinez

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“Are the witnesses present?” (video stills of the ketubah signing)

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Jamie Solock, my maid of honor and best friend, signs the ketubah.

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Mikael Carson, my god brother, signs the ketubah.

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Rabbi Brant Rosen signs the ketubah…

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And we are MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!


As strange as this sounds, I think Facebook was referenced a total of 4 times during the wedding! Additional shoutouts were given to JDate (under the huppah) following the Sheva Brachas by the Rabbi. And yes, it really felt like another “wedding ceremony” changing our FB statuses to married.

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We received so many wonderful gifts from our friends and family.  The one that touched me the most (made me BAWL) was a fair trade Haitian Mahogany honey pot and honey, given to us by dear friends Sarah Chandler and Ariel Vegosen.  Traditionally during the first year of marriage couples use honey on their Challah on Shabbos instead of salt. Their gift felt so familiar, so Jewish, and so much from the heart…  I was speechless.


And lastly, our thank you cards… which are taking longer than usual because we decided again to make them ourselves. This time we are using a drawing created by Loren’s cousin Jenica (the beautiftul flower girl pictured above) during the rehearsal dinner. I love Loren’s hair! :)


Thank you to everyone who put so much time, energy, and love into making this day happen.  We love you all and will never forget how magical YOU made our wedding!!!

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1 Mara O. { 07.03.09 at 12:01 pm }

Mazel Tov!!! What a wonderful wedding! I’m having non matchy-matchy bridesmaids too :)

2 Elisheva S. { 07.03.09 at 3:14 pm }

Mazal tov! Looks gorgeous.

3 Maya E. { 07.05.09 at 1:18 pm }

Thank you so much ladies! I wish both the best of luck on your upcoming weddings!!!

4 adesignaffair { 07.06.09 at 11:34 am }

Wow beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

5 Courtney S. { 07.07.09 at 4:36 pm }

MAZEL TOV!!! You had a beautiful wedding – I loved reading about how it all came together. You looked gorgeous on your day – good luck with your new marriage!!

6 Nina A-H. { 08.31.09 at 4:26 pm }

Mazel tov!!! I love the flowers and everything about it! What color suits were the groomsmen wearing? It looks great!

7 Maya E. { 08.31.09 at 7:57 pm }

Thank you!!! And good news is that 2 months later, I could not be a happier bride. The groomsmen wore black suits. :)

8 natalie { 12.15.11 at 11:27 pm }

where is your gorgeous ketubah from?

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