today’s love story:

Emily & Jeremy’s outdoor Jewish wedding at Zukas

and all the magical moments that made it

Emily & Jeremy’s outdoor Jewish wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn was warm and loving and heartfelt.

The day was so genuine and moving, with words of love that brought my eyes to tears multiple times. It was one of those weddings that left me fulfilled for having been a part of the day. And to know that we’re able to give them the gift of both pictures that preserve the memories and video that preserves the words.

Zukas Hilltop Barn has an onsite bridal spa, which is where Emily and her favorite ladies got ready for the day. The vibe was so relaxed and happy, and Emily was the epitome of the term “laid-back bride.”

Ben and I are a fellow Zukas couple. We were married at Zukas 12 years ago, and every time we get to come back, it is such a treat. Alyson & team are the literal best, and the property keeps getting better every single time.

This is the first time we’ve suggested a first look in the garden at Zukas, and I’m so glad we did.

It was the perfect backdrop for the sweet, private moment that Jeremy & Emily shared.

First look with bride and groom before their outdoor Jewish wedding ceremony at Zukas.

The most beautiful first look at Zukas, a gorgeous garden and farm wedding venue in New England.

Their chemistry is magical and real and so beautiful. And they were so honest in front of the camera, as if it really was just the two of them wandering the grounds before their wedding. I am including an obscene number of portraits because I just can’t get enough. And if I can’t, I’m betting you probably will enjoy seeing them, too! Comment at the bottom if you loved seeing them all…I’d love to hear from you!

A beautiful summer jewish wedding at Zukas.

We met family behind the tent for portraits. I believe formal portraits are so important…but I especially love creating space (and sometimes gifts of prompts!) to let genuine connection bloom in between. These are the ones that truly show their joy & love.

All the feels. I’m with you, Emily! Its an overwhelming day, and she let herself feel it all.

The Mikaella gown that Emily selected looked as if it were made for her. And she jumped at the chance to spin & play for a minute before their Ketubah signing.

If you’re unfamiliar, a Ketubah is a Jewish document that is signed by bride & groom, along with trusted witnesses, and is the marriage certificate in the eyes of the Jewish religion.

At Jewish weddings, it is customary for the Rabbi to hold a smaller Ketubah signing – typically with immediate family & wedding party only – before the wedding ceremony. Since these signings are intimate, and the focus is always on connection, community and love.

This was our first time photographing a Jewish wedding at Zukas, and they really maximized the uniqueness of the spaces available by using the back garden gazebo.

A sweet Ketubah signing in the gazebo at Zukas, for this summer Jewish wedding in Massachusetts.

Jewish wedding in Massachusetts.

Ketubah Signing.

Wedding ceremony details from this outdoor jewish ceremony at Zukas in Central massachusetts.

I love the moment when Emily’s sister (& MOH) makes it to the head of the aisle and gives Jeremy the warmest embrace.

While Emily’s dad watched from above, her sweet mom walked alongside her down the aisle.

An outdoor wedding ceremony at Zukas in Spencer, a rustic farm wedding venue.

Cutie kids + pretty flowers are my jam. All wedding flowers are courtesy of the talented Lady Slippers Designs. Cutie kids courtesy of Jeremy & Emily’s guests!

Zukas Hilltop Barn's summer wedding tent featuring paper lanterns by Greg Bedard DJ services.

The tent was so beautiful, with paper lanterns & uplighting by Greg Bedard DJ Services to complement the twinkly lights and gorgeous Ladyslipper Designs centerpieces.

Oh and by the way, these two CRUSHED their first dance. One of the best I’ve ever seen. 2019 is the year of incredible first dances, for real. Their started as a waltz (I think) and ended with salsa dancing! It was a total show stopper.

The dip, caught two ways!

Toasts by both mamas, Emily’s sister and Jeremy’s best bud. And then we snuck out for some golden light portraits and a little alone time.

Zukas Hilltop Barn is a beautiful farm wedding venue in Spencer MA.

Zukas Hilltop Barn is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Massachusetts.

They had calligraphy’ed cards for us! These little gestures make my heart full. Thanks J&E.

After dinner, it was time for the Hora! The dance floor opened with a bang and Greg Bedard kept it going long after.

The Hora at a tented summer wedding at Zukas HIlltop Barn!

Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, Emily & Jeremy!

A heartfelt jewish wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn in central mass.

and a little behind the scenes…

Behind the scenes with Erica Ewing of The Ewings Photography Studio, photographers based in Bolton MA.

Wedding Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn

Officiant: Rabbi Vogel

DJ & Lighting: Greg Bedard

Flowers: Ladyslipper Designs

Videography: The Ewings

Hair & Makeup: Zukas Spa

6 Comments

  1. Molly on September 13, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Thank you so much for capturing the day with so much beauty and joy!!!

    • erica on September 24, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      It was such a joy to be there, Molly!

  2. Brian W on September 13, 2019 at 3:43 am

    What a gorgeous, lovely couple!

    • erica on September 24, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      The loveliest!

  3. Dana on September 26, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Amazing photos, amazing couple!!!

    • Sarah on September 30, 2019 at 12:59 am

      Our heartfelt thanks, Erica and Ben. We will cherish your photos and relive the day in our minds and hearts for years to come.

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