Classic Jewish Wedding by Erin Johnson Photography

Happy Real event Tuesday! Today’s wedding comes from Minnesota and this Classic Jewish Wedding by Erin Johnson Photography is just beautiful! From her gorgeous lace dress with a detachable tulle skirt, to the colors (Orange and Grey) and the very classic venue, this wedding is definitely one for the books.

Margaret has been so gracious to answer all our questions about her big day and we hope you have so much fun reading it all as well as viewing these perfect photos!

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About the Proposal


The day before Aaron proposed, he secretly flew to Minneapolis from New York to ask for Margaret’s father’s blessing. Margaret thought Aaron had to work all day on a Saturday and was none the wiser. On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Aaron told Margaret that it was the soon-to-be best man’s birthday party in the East Village and they would stop in at Butter Lane to pick-up cupcakes.

To Margaret’s surprise, the cupcakes Aaron ordered did not say “Happy Birthday” but “Will You Marry Me?” She turned from the cupcakes and saw Aaron down on one knee. There, of course, was no birthday party. Instead, Margaret and Aaron celebrated at Per Se for lunch where the soon-to-be maid of honor was a cook.

The restaurant greeted them with sparkling wine and they visited the kitchen. They shared the news with family and friends on a walk through Lincoln Center and Central Park.

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About the Wedding Venue


“We first found out about the venue from a family friend. The first time we visited the venue in-person we were blown away by the beautiful artworks and unique character of each of the rooms. Because we were planning the wedding from New York, we appreciated that the venue took care of many of the details including catering, tables, chairs and linens.” – Margaret

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About the Attire


Aaron wore his late grandfather’s cuff-links and studs with his tux while Margaret was glamorous in her lace dress. The tulle take away skirt over the lace column dress was a fun way to include some classic drama.

Her “something borrowed” was the veil, which was Aaron’s sister’s veil from her wedding last year. Margaret’s grandmother sewed in the clip of the veil just before she walked down the aisle.

“It was definitely a departure from my usual style, but I was so happy the maid of honor and Monique Lhuillier consultant convinced me that if I was ever going to wear a large white tutu, Aaron and I’s wedding day was the day to do it.” – Margaret

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What inspired your wedding decor? Why did you choose the things that you did?


“The venue had such a warm and elegant feel and we chose a few pieces to accent the beautiful space, for instance, the candelabras in the dinning room. The urns with hydrangeas and magnolia leaves in the ceremony room were inspired by the fall decorations in the foyer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum where we love to spend a bit of time each weekend.”

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What was your favorite part of the day?


“We loved walking down the aisle with our parents and walking back together! Aaron’s former band mate played the processional (“Maybe I’m Amazed”) and recessional (“Best Friend”) on the venue’s baby grand piano.”

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Do you have advice for engaged couples still in the planning process?


“Appreciate all the generosity and support of your families and friends throughout your engagement. You’re planning a large event which is stressful, but the real event is your marriage. If you can’t make 200 homemade party favors, at the end of the night, you will still be married and your guests will still love you!”

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Did you have any Do it Yourself {DIY} projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?


“Because we were planning from New York and working full-time, we did not have many opportunities for DIY.

We did want the event to feel personal so rather than numbering the tables we named them after cities and countries that were important to us. Each city had an accompanying story and for most tables we included a photo of the location. We used Ikea double sided picture frames to display both the city name and story on one side and the photo on the other side.

Aaron’s sister and bridesmaid, Elizabeth Braun designed our invitations and included a monogramed logo. We used the logo throughout the event, including the escort cards, programs and menus.

Most of our guests were from out of town so we took some extra time to make welcome bags for the hotel rooms. We made individual gift tags with the monogramed logo for the welcome bags. We stuffed the bags with two local Minneapolis favorites: a bag of white and caramel popcorn from Candyland and sea salt chocolate covered caramels from Lunds & Byerly’s.

We included in the welcome bags a custom map of downtown Minneapolis and recommendations for food and sights around the Twin Cities. The final touch was a grey ribbon (the color of the bridesmaid dresses) to secure the gift tag.”

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Vendors


Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography//Equipment Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental//Floral Designer: Art & Flowers//Hair Stylist: Avant Hair//Jewelry: Blue Tree//Cake Designer: Cocoa & Fig//Event Planner: Fete Perfection Weddings & Events//Band: George Faber and the Icons//Jewelry: Ippolita//Shoes: Kate Spade New York//Invitation Designer: Lunalux//Reception Venue: Minneapolis Club//Caterer: Minneapolis Club//Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier//Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo//Favors and Gifts: Tiffany & Co//Transportation: Total Luxury Limousine//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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