“He doesn’t really want to have a wedding but he’s doing it for us, and I really want him to have a great time anyway. Can you help with that?” These are some of the words Lisa spoke to us, words that touched on a theme we heard from her throughout wedding planning. The wedding itself was incredibly important to her mother and to her as well, more or less. And in the end, I’m sure you can see why because her joy at the wedding spoke volumes more than any pre-wedding conversation ever could.

So when we arrived at their Pine Hollow Country Club wedding, I darted off to the getting ready room and Joe ended up just hanging out with Brian for an hour. With no bridal party, it was just the two of them. Brian gave us one of the greatest compliments we’ve ever received – that we (Joe, I’m sure!) made the wedding fun for him. And that right there made Lisa smile all over again. With a smile like hers lighting up the room, how could we not share a little bit in that glow?

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Lisa proudly announced her personal trainer told her exactly how to stand and move to get the most impact. Uh, she didn’t need it. She knew all on her own, even when she didn’t know anyone was looking!

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First looks. Need we say more?

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After touring the grounds of Pine Hollow for some wedding photos it was nearly time for the Ketubah signing. We joked a bit about it as Brian was a bit nervous, claiming Joe and I know more about Jewish wedding stuff than he does and we should just do it for him. I think he did just fine on his own of course!

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Lisa practically hit the moon over the next image of her nephews walking down the aisle. It’s no wonder! They’re ridiculously adorable!

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Jewish wedding photos are really no different than any other cultural ceremony. Each has its own traditions and symbolism. That’s what we kept telling Brian. The next image is one of my favorites from the ceremony because it exhibits so many things as your eye sweeps across the frame. Both Lisa and Brian’s fathers with the shawl, reaching. Lisa, gorgeous, waiting for the next moment. And Brian’s sneaky little glance we caught a few times throughout the day.

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Oh yeah, so did I mention they had the Cafe Wha? band play their wedding reception? We loved it. Joe and I used to go to Cafe Wha on impromptu dates with friends when we were first together so it was particularly fun for us! They had the dance floor rocking all night!

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