Get ready, because you’re about to witness a real Jewish wedding like no other. We’re serious – you will never see another wedding like this one, in all of its grand and romantic glory.
Haley and Boston’s big day included an astoundingly theatrical and beautiful dress, with a regal 8ft tulle-embellished train, and a stunning 16ft veil, topped with a crown fit for a queen. The entire look was evocative of Swan Lake and past royal weddings, with an edge of high-fashion glamor. Ah-mazing!
Can we also take a moment to appreciate Haley and Boston’s literally larger-than-life ten-tier wedding cake? It was such an imposing centerpiece that the couple had to stand on a ladder to cut it!
As bride, Haley, had been planning her wedding since she was three years old, it was going to take one incredible planner / stylist to pull off her epic vision of a romantic, stately aesthetic, accented with gothic black (we love the bridesmaids in black!).
We just know you’re going to be absolutely adore this wedding as much as we did, so get ready to be blown away. Oh, and watch out for Haley’s very special surprise under the chuppah! All we’ll say is, that’s dedication! Enjoy!
How we met
Haley, the bride: My husband is a professor and coffee roaster/coffee owner and I was working for a non-profit organization. But I recently went back to school to complete my masters and then hopefully my PhD after.
A traditional, English venue
We got married at Thornton Manor. We loved the Manor because it was traditional and English, but had a intimate feel to it. I was also happily surprised when they allowed us to have a dry bar. They were the only venue that didn’t react when we said we wanted a dry bar.
This was a huge part of our decision, that we weren’t treated any differently because we didn’t want drinking at our wedding.
A feminine, romantic aesthetic
I have known what my wedding theme/colors would be since I was young. I began looking at wedding magazines when I was three years old.
I wanted a feminine, romantic feel. A lot of candles, white flowers and roses. I used Qube as a wedding planner. They brought my vision to life and exceeded my expectations!
Romantic and regal invitations
I found our invitations online from a woman in Poland who designs her own stuff. I just wanted them to fit the romantic and “royal” feel. So they were quite grand, but the colours remained soft.
Bare-faced ride and a swooped up ‘do
I didn’t wear any makeup… just clear lip gloss and a good eyelash curl. I did make sure I was tanned, so I had a glow going on.
My hair was in a swooped up do. It had large curls pinned that created a romantic feel.
A customized dress
My dress was by Matthew Christopher. I bought the sample dress because I knew I was going to customize it. I literally only kept the skirt. I added three more feet, making it an 8/9ft train, and then made a long-sleeved top.
The original dress was a drop waist, which I ended up moving up to just under my ribs. I also incorporated a tulle design onto the back of the dress.
I only saw it a month before the wedding, when we put the finishing touches on the dress. It was nerve wracking to say the least, but it was more then I ever dreamed of!
A crown fit for a queen
I had no jewelry at all, but I had a crown and a 16ft veil that rested underneath my hair. The tiara I chose was more like a crown. I like the classiness of the royal weddings, so sticking with the theme, a small tiara didn’t really match my dress, so a crown it was.
The handsome groom
Boston wore a custom white dinner jacket with a Tom Ford bow tie. His pants were black and he picked a patent slipper from Givenchy. He wanted a full black tux, but I always pictured my groom in a white jacket. Even though it was February and you shouldn’t wear a white jacket in winter, it fit my vision, so we went with it.
Bridesmaids in black
I had quite a few bridesmaids. They wore a custom black gown which tied into my theme. I had spots of black throughout the wedding. The chairs were traditional wedding chairs with black seats.
A Pinterest-perfect chuppah
I literally saw a picture of our chuppah on Pinterest. I wanted the rounded/dome top with the flowers wrapping around, because it fit my theme so well. The dome gave it a romantic feel.
A secret song
My favourite part of the ceremony was the unity candle. This is where, at the beginning of the ceremony, the mothers light the individual candles, and then the bride and groom light the middle one together, then blow out the individual ones (symbolizing the oneness).
Anyways, I recorded a song secretly in the studio and it played as we lit the candle. When I told my groom it was me singing to him, he began to cry. It was the sweetest moment.
My brother found the actual ketubah design for me which was very special.
Meaningful musical choices
The processional was Take The World by Johnny Swim.
Then I walked up to Phantasia’s All I Ask Of You. There were no lyrics, just the symphony. It was such a magical moment!
The recessional was I Love You Baby. My husband changes the words and sings “I love you, Haley” instead of “I love you, baby” (so this was special to the two of us).
Soft, romantic flowers
The majority of the flowers were pale pink, cream and white roses, white orchids and a tiny tiny bit of greenery in the center pieces. I had no greenery anywhere else. The florist was from Qube.
Our fabulous photographer and videographer
Jon Bird was our fantastic photographer and videographer! I watched some of his stuff on the internet, and no one else I had watched before him came close. He just had really great editing skills and made the videos come to life.
Our caterers were Barretts. They were incredible. The food was delicious. We wanted something not super heavy, but heavy enough because it was winter.
The dessert was the best I’ve ever tasted. A chocolate brownie with a salted caramel ice cream and a salted twill.
A ten-tier, five-flavor cake
I designed the whole cake, but Kate of Little Button Bakery made it come to life. She was incredible! Every detail I wanted, she incorporated.
I was nervous because she had never done a ten tier cake before but it turned out amazingly!! She is so talented and she really showed what she could do on our cake.
We had five different flavors and I actually can’t remember what the combinations are. The only custom flavor we had was the blueberry buttercream, which was phenomenal.
A string quartet
We had a string quartet that played throughout the day and dinner. I just liked the classiness of the whole thing. We finished the night off with the hora.
Acrylic name favors
We had cursive acrylic names cut out for each guest as part of the table setting, and something they could take home.
A wishing tree
One of my favorite aspects of the wedding was we had a wishing tree, which doubled for table cards too. It was a 12ft tree in the Great Room, covered in white orchids, with name cards hanging from the branches. It was so romantic!
A family-focused celebration
Both of my brothers made a speech and that was very special. The great part was that all the families could stay on the property and in the house. It was family orientated and intimate. Boston’s family is from California, so about 60 people flew over for it.
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Be organized! If you aren’t, then you’ll be stressed! Just enjoy the day because it goes by in a flash!
Haley & Boston’s little white book
Wedding planner – Qube Events & Productions
Photographer and videographer – Jon Bird
Venue – Thornton Manor
Bride’s dress – Matthew Christopher
Groom’s attire – Tom Ford and Givenchy
Catering – Barretts
Cake – Little Button Bakery