Because March in New Jersey isn't exactly outdoor wedding weather, they set up the chuppah indoors, in the beautifully-appointed living room, right next to a mantle covered in old family wedding portraits. But they brought hints of warm weather and colorful celebration into the ceremony as well -- the kids were all dressed in tropical oranges and blues, and everyone shook fun personalized maracas to make a joyful noise when John broke the glass and the newlyweds shared their first kiss!
There were so many beautiful moments of honoring special family members throughout the ceremony. Liza and John had postponed their wedding after Liza's father passed away unexpectedly, so they included a time to remember him -- Liza's eight-year-old son Eli had written a letter to his grandfather, which he presented during the ceremony. Eli was also an integral part of the rest of the ceremony, coming up to stand by the couple at key moments and passing out the maracas to the gathered guests before the breaking of the glass.
Then after the ceremony, and after the signing of the ketubah, Liza and John provided a really fun activity for all the kids: hitting at a piñata in order to get wedding favors!
What a beautiful, fun, family-filled day to celebrate Liza and John! I was so honored to be a part of such an intimate gathering, and I loved creating these images. Mazel tov, and best wishes to your sweet new family!