In the traditional Jewish processional, the bride and groom are each escorted down the aisle by their parents. We chose this processional style to emphasize that we are not just two individuals getting married but the joining of two families.
At the altar is a chuppah, or wedding canopy. The chuppah represents the home; it is open on all sides, like Abraham and Sarah’s tent, which was always open to welcome guests.
Our chuppah had 3 talit at the top- my grandfathers' on either side and my father's in the middle.
First Reading- Torah/Old Testament Genesis 2: 18-24
Second Reading- New Testament Mark 10:6-9
|My cousin doing the first reading.|
In a Catholic wedding, the marriage is enacted with the exchange of vows. To honor that, we have chosen to use the traditional Catholic vows.
|The only almost-cry face you'll get out of me. I did NOT cry at my wedding.|
Both the Jewish and Catholic traditions include a ring exchange. In the Jewish tradition, the ring exchange is referred to as the betrothal, and only the groom gives the bride a ring. In the Catholic tradition, the ring exchange follows the vows. Both the bride and the groom receive a ring, which are considered a symbol of the marriage which has already taken place.
The Ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract. Traditionally the ketubah detailed the husband's obligations to provide for his wife. Our modern ketubah instead makes promises to each other, much like the vows. In Jewish tradition,the ketubah is signed by the bride, groom, and two witnesses, unrelated to the bride or groom. Our witnesses are our attendants and longtime friends, [names omitted].
And then we were married! (No glass was harmed in the making of our marriage.)
Then we snuck out with the photographer for a few more photos before rejoining cocktail hour.
The ceremony went better than I dared hope. Everyone was there (and mostly on time!), the officiants showed up, the chuppah was beautiful. I worried it would be too cold... it wasn't. I worried it would be too dark... it wasn't. Many people remarked afterwards how beautiful the ceremony was; nobody- at least as far as I know- was put off by the parts for the other religion. And nobody said anything about our lack of glass smashing. Plus, we got married!
Read on to the reception....