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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, Emily & Jeremy!
and a little behind the scenes…
Wedding Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn
Officiant: Rabbi Vogel
DJ & Lighting: Greg Bedard
Flowers: Ladyslipper Designs
Videography: The Ewings
Hair & Makeup: Zukas Spa