Orlando Jewish Wedding
Teri and Aaron tied the knot during their Paradise Cove wedding in Orlando, Florida. A destination wedding, the two envisioned a traditional Jewish wedding combined with the tropical vibe of their venue, to create an overall fun and laid back wedding day!
First meeting in September of 2011 during their gap year in Jerusalem, Teri and Aaron became friends and as the year progressed found themselves becoming closer to one another. In February of 2012, the two went on their first date together, and realized quickly that they shared something special.
Falling in love with one another came easy, as they started off as friends that evolved to best friends. As Aaron explains, “we both consider the other our favorite person to talk to, share moments with, and each french fries with.” Of course a proposal would soon be in their future. Flying back to Israel together, the two visited the places where they had first met, first kissed, and their favorite spot in Jerusalem where Aaron proposed to Teri.
Now eight years later, the two tied the knot during their Paradise Cove wedding in Florida. A destination location for both families, it was a great break to visit the sunny state and share in such a special moment.
Arriving a bit early, we were excited to greet our bride Teri who was finishing up with makeup and hair. Ahead of schedule allowed for a continued laid back day, and also more newlywed portrait time after their first look. Capturing our bride in her adorable robe with her two sisters, we had our girls change into their dresses while heading over to see Aaron and his brothers.
Fully dressed when we arrived, we captured Aaron’s dad fixing his bowtie, and of course formal portraits with his two brothers. It is pretty cool that Aaron has two brothers and Teri has two sisters, which was also noted during parent toasts of how similar their lives were growing up.
Back on our bride’s side, we captured final touches of Teri getting in her dress before heading to the side entrance to the house to set Aaron up for his first look with Teri. Truly as soon as Aaron turned around to see his gorgeous bride, his smile lit up from ear to ear with love, excitement, and happiness. Our first look was followed by capturing formal portraits of their families, and afterwards welcoming of guests who arrived prior to the ceremony starting to take part in the tish.
The tish is a Jewish custom in the bride and groom welcoming their guests and sharing a toast to the future they are beginning together. Filled with laughter, tons of songs, and interruptions from friends and family toasting to their future as well, it is a joy time. Ending the tish, Aaron placed Teri’s dektich over her face in the veiling portion of the pre-ceremony festivities.
While Aaron and Teri were then tucked away to prepare for their ceremony, guests headed over to the huppah to be seated for the ceremony to begin. Arriving by boat, Aaron definitely surprised their guests as everyone began clapping and cheering as our groom and his parents arrived on shore. Walking down the opposite way to the huppah, Teri met Aaron in the middle and helped him put on the kittel, a white cotton robe worn by grooms. Aaron’s brother and rabbi led the wedding ceremony, which ended with the breaking the glass and a first kiss as husband and wife.
Our sweethearts reception was a blast to capture as well, filled with amazing moments, from nighttime portraits on the beach, to the hora in lifting our couple up in chairs (safely of course!), and a bubble send off followed by a boat departure.
Wishing Teri and Aaron a beautiful life together!
Venue: Paradise Cove
Videographer: Corner House Photography
Catering: Arthur’s Catering
Dress Shop: Letitia’s Bridal
DJ & Photo Booth: Our Dj Rocks
Floral: Simply the Best Creations
Men’s Attire: Joseph A. Bank
Sweet Treats: Free Bee Ice Cream Truck