We love a good museum wedding. We also can’t get enough of edgy post-industrial venues. Today’s Jewish wedding — in a super cool whiskey factory-turned-art museum — combines both, so we’re doubly into it! Exposed brick for daaaaays — don’t miss Sachs Photography‘s pics!
Allison, a nonprofit strategic communications consultant and speechwriter, and Andy, a postdoctoral fellow, also had a super clever idea to make sure their Hora ran smoothly: they assigned three of the bride’s cousins as “hora captains”! The captains were tasked with things like making sure no one brought out chairs too early, using the good chairs that the caterer provided when it was time, and bringing the couple water at the end. Highly recommended!
Oh, and did we mention their stunning ketubah from Smashing The Glass Recommended Vendor Ruth Mergi, combining a fantastic modern papercut design with a lovely watercolor background in soothing blues and greens?
We’ll leave the rest to the bride, who looked beautiful in her petal pink strapless dress by Amy Kuschel…
How We Met
“It was the only place close to Norfolk that offered a direct flight,” Allison said.
There were four prospective students on the flight that day, according to Allison. “He was the only cute one,” she said.
Upon landing, Allison asked her aunt and uncle if they could give Andy a ride to campus with her. They agreed. The two met up again in the fall. By Valentine’s Day, they were an official couple. They have been together since.”
A Museum Venue
Working with Vendors
Hair + Makeup
An Amy Kuschel Dress
I wore strappy kitten heel sandals in sparkly gold.
The handsome groom
Andy wore a charcoal Isaia suit with a tie that we called “Obama blue”! His brother and both of our fathers wore charcoal suits of their choosing and matching ties.
Going without Bridesmaids
A Family Chuppah
A Personalized Ceremony
Our wedding was officiated by my uncle, Carl (“Corky”) Freedman. Andy and I met on the way to college, and he and my aunt lived in the same city–so they met Andy when I did and had been present for many of the big milestones in our relationship. Corky worked with us to incorporate the Jewish traditions we all valued while also creating a ceremony that was deeply personal to us and our relationship with him. He also brought out the Moses action figure that Andy had brought as a host gift back in 2006; it’s graced the family seders every year since!
We also did personal vows. Conveniently, our parents and siblings added up to seven people, so each of them read a translation/interpretation of each of the Sheva Brachot that we had chosen.
A Papercut Ketubah
And I Love Her
Bright Flowers and Calla Lilies
A Live Band
A Minimoon and a Honeymoon
Advice to couples currently planning their wedding
Allison & Andrew’s little white book
Ketubah – Ruth Mergi
Venue – American Visionary Art Museum
Bride’s dress – Amy Kuschel found and fitted at Flair Bridal
Groom’s attire – Isaia
Hair + Makeup – Up Dos for I Dos and Debbie Federico
Flowers – Crimson and Clover
Cupcakes – Baked & Wired
Band – Bachelor Boys