Settle in, because this modern romance Jewish wedding in sleek black and white is one you don’t want to miss. Kama and Jamie’s wedding is one for the storybooks, and we have been excited to share it with you for weeks! Since it crossed our screens the first day, we knew it was special and that only became more apparent as we scrolled through all of the gorgeous images by Jonathan Connoly Photography and the swoon-worthy description of the day from the bride. Nobody could tell this story better than her, so today we are going to sit back and let her bring you the story of their magical wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton.
Tell us about your wedding!
My husband and I grew up in South Florida and currently live in Las Vegas. We decided to get married in Florida as it was the most personal and significant destination to represent us as a couple. Our wedding inspiration was modern romantic and the wedding venue we chose, the Addison, was just that… romantic and simply breathtaking. Large, beautiful, banyan trees surrounded the courtyard area where our ceremony and cocktail hour took place and also where our guests had the luxury to mingle and dance during the reception. The atmosphere totally symbolized the intimacy we share as a couple and we wanted our wedding to have the same feel. The colors we chose were black and white with a touch of silver.
We had a Jewish wedding and were married by a rabbi under a breathtaking, rose covered Chuppah. For the fact that neither of us is religious by nature, we wanted a more spiritual twist on the ceremony to make it more personal to us. Before our actual ceremony, we had the traditional signing of the Ketubah, or Jewish marriage license, where our nuptials were made official under Jewish law. Along with the rabbi and our immediate family present, we gave the honor to two very special friends in our lives to sign our Ketubah and witness our Jewish marriage.
Our ceremony was immediately following and it was so romantic and sweet…exactly what we wanted. We incorporated the seven Jewish wedding blessings by calling up our cousins, each of them reading one of the seven blessings, translated into English for everyone to understand. We wrote our own heartfelt vows and broke the traditional glass for good luck as everyone yelled, “Mazel Tov”! Before dinner began, my Dad recited the Hebrew blessings over the wine and challah as my Uncle joined him, which was extra special…
Let’s talk wedding decor.
For the ceremony, our guests were seated outside on clear chairs with white cushions and full, lush clusters of white florals attached to the aisle chairs. We had a white aisle runner strewn with rose petals delicately awaiting us. Our Chuppah was created out of intricate branches adorned with hand placed all white florals including hydrangeas, roses, matthiola, and dendrobium orchids. Orbs and crystal strands hung in varying heights throughout the branches with uplighting and tiny white lights illuminating the Chuppah. It was such a soft and magical look.
Behind the Chuppah, where our cocktail hour took place, was a beautiful running fountain surrounded by a grand arrangement of flowers and candles. There is one aspect of the decor that I am very proud of. One of my bridesmaids and I spent days in my parents’ garage creating an unbelievable, 8 foot, imitation flower wall that had to be taken apart and transported to the venue. Our amazing florist took on the task and it looked just as beautiful as any of the flower walls you see in lavish photos, at half the expense! But…it was A LOT of work!! We had a welcome sign and a memory table set up as our guests arrived. We placed small clusters and soft foliage of coordinating florals and candles with framed photos of our lost loved ones. Another table was set up with Jenga pieces for everyone to sign in, along with a yarmulke basket and a card keeper for gifts.
Our seating chart and any other frames we had with special notes for our guests were all handwritten on decorative mirrors or placed in frames. Our tables were dressed with white linens and clear glass vases filled with white floral arrangements surrounded by decorative candles. We used silver rimmed white chargers with white plates and bowls, silverware, black napkins and circular black menus handwritten in white calligraphy. The chairs were clear with white cushions, just as they were for the ceremony. The sweetheart table was covered in black linen with a low, cascading hedge of white florals and candles surrounding us. We sat on a white, crystal tufted loveseat with tulle as our backdrop, under the most beautiful chandelier which reminded us of “Hamptons” swag!
We had a 4 tier, all white cake with fresh flowers randomly placed around, set atop a mirrored base. It was unreal!!
Our personalized logo, Kama & Jamie, lit up the dance floors both inside, where our incredible band performed and outside, where people socialized and danced on a beautiful evening. I felt as though I was in a dream!!
Let’s talk fashion.
For as long as I could remember, I had always wanted a strapless, sweetheart neckline lace dress. I had pictures saved on Pinterest of the dress I envisioned before I even got engaged! I was very fortunate to have gone to only one store in South Florida, the day after our engagement party with my mom and some of my bridesmaids. Although I tried on about 20 different dresses, when I tried on my Marina Liana dress, it was 100% THE ONE!! It was just so perfect with an extra long train, pearls down the back, and so much detail…7 layers of lace to be exact! I chose an ivory, rolled edge, cathedral length circle veil with a blusher and I had a handmade pearl and crystal hair pin underneath. I chose Jimmy Choo pumps with pearls and crystals for the ceremony and then changed into my Adidas Yeezy Boosts for the reception. I wore a double row pearl bracelet and diamond drop earrings that were my moms, my something old.
Jamie was in an all black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a white traditional point collar shirt with a plain front. He had on black patent leather Calvin Klein shoes to match.
The bridesmaids all wore Hayley Paige black chiffon floor length dresses. Each had their own choice of a top that was most flattering on them, with the same bottom. The flower girls’ dresses were custom made. The top of their ivory dresses were matching lace to my dress and the bottoms were chiffon, matching my bridesmaids.
The groomsmen all rented black peak lapel tuxedos with patent leather shoes from The Black Tux. The ring bearer rented a black tuxedo, matching the men, from Men’s Warehouse.
Last but not least, our English Bulldog, Piper, was in on the action too! She wore a white dress with a lace top and a tulle poofy bottom, made by Woofs and Ruffles on Etsy. She was so cute strutting her stuff down the aisle!!
Did you personalize the day in any way?
I felt that our wedding was personalized in every way possible. We found an amazing calligrapher and had her write out everything for our wedding to match. We had her do the calligraphy on our invitations, coasters, lighting logo for the dance floor, menus, logo for our photo booth, and all the mirror signs we had at our wedding! I even had her do the weekend schedules, bags, and water bottles for the out of state guests!
I had black flip flops for all the ladies to change into with our hashtag, #kamjam2018 printed on them in white, black suede yarmulkes with our same hashtag embossed in silver on the inside, and the blue lighting was to go with my husband’s company. I had a garter made also in blue, with a charm of his company logo on it for the ultimate surprise during the garter removal! It was EPIC!
Do you have any advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
The advice that I would like to share is: through all the planning, remember what is important and why this day is happening. It is extremely stressful to say the least, as every bride wants everything to be perfect, but as important as all the little details are, unexpected things are bound to happen beyond your control. Nobody else will notice so just go with the flow! No matter what, if you are in love and you’re surrounded by all the people you love and who love you, nothing else will matter…
What’s next for you?
Aside from obviously helping all my other girlfriends plan their weddings, settling into our new life as Mr. and Mrs. Rosen and maybe welcoming a little one sooner or later is definitely next on the list!! I cannot wait to see what our future has to come!