The wedding with 150 guests consisted of a Ketubah ceremony in the Library, a lakeside ceremony under a family constructed Chuppah, a cocktail hour under a tented patio, a fabulous three course dinner inside the College Club, and then dancing afterwards under the tented patio.
Their ceremony program was filled with some beautiful quotes:
"I am my beloved's an my beloved is mine." by Song of Songs
"You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip." by Jonathan Carroll
One thing that I love about Jewish ceremonies is that the bride and groom get to spend some private time together immediately after the ceremony, also known as "Yihud". Helki and Jesse went off to a romantic stone bridge area, with a plate of cheese and fruit, as well as two of their signature cocktails, a kir royal and vodka gimlet, for 15 minutes while their guests joined cocktail hour.
For the reception, peonies filled the tables, along with little candy dishes of M&M's in their wedding colors, and a variety of chocolates from Harbor Sweets. Guests were able to take home a jar of wildberry jam as their favor, and enjoyed almond flavored cake from Cakes to Remember as dessert.
Open dancing on the tented patio was kicked off with the Hora Dance, with incredible live music from the Boston Common Band. There was a photobooth area in the corner of the dance floor, luminaries located around the tent, and baskets of flip flops for dancing. Later on in the night, cookies from Mike's Pastry were brought out along with glasses of milk.
This wedding was a lot of fun, and was photographed by Kyra and Gaurav Khanna of Khanna Photography, who are based out of Washington D.C. I will be posting professional photos later on, but for now, here are a few that I took of the wedding day!