I just had to photograph Elizabeth and Jordan’s wedding in St Helena, CA for Bruce Forrester Photography , as an associate as they are one of my favourite studios in San Francisco, but also, Charles Krug is such an exquisite venue!!!
Elizabeth looked absolutely stunning in her floor length, strapless, form fitting and full chiffon dress. Her hair was elegantly pulled up into a delicate chignon and she wore dazzling diamond earrings to offset her do. Jordan was decked out in a dark gray suit with a pink button down paisley blue bow tie. Suspenders, Allen Edmonds shoes, a paisley blue pocket square and Jordan was looking sharp.
Elizabeth and Jordan had their first look under a beautiful magnolia tree, and then walked about the grounds before the Ketubah signing and their splendid mid afternoon ceremony. Their lovely and traditional Jewish wedding was held on the lawn near the small redwood grove backed by estate vineyards. Their guests were invited to sit any where around the non traditional circular shaped seating plan so they could view Elizabeth and Jordan from any seat. It was a fantastic idea and I’m sure Joannie Liss their phenomenal wedding planner had something to do with it.
With the intricately designed Ketubah, Jordan and Elizabeth’s marriage contract, and the Kiddush cup nearby, the couple received Sheva Brachot, the seven blessings for the bride and groom from the Rabbi under a Chuppah, the bridal canopy made of trees. The ceremony ended with a jubilant Breaking of the Glass, the final ritual said to ward off evil spirits. The guests yelled “Mazel Tov!” and headed in to the Carriage House to dance the night away on a floor finished in old-growth redwood.
The tables were superbly decorated and the dinner menu included some delectable Charles Krug wines. But guests didn’t stay seated long as no Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance. A few strong and brave guests hoisted the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs on the dance floor and celebrated their wonderful union to the melodic sounds of “Hava Nagila”. You could tell that Elizabeth and Jordan had strong faith in family and friends as the elevated couple managed to barely look down and remained cheerfully glued to their seats.
Many, many Congratulations to you Elizabeth and Jordan!! You are such a delightful couple with a fantastic journey ahead of you. I wish the best to you both!!