Jocelynn & Sylvan I Traditional Jewish Ceremony Dexter, Oregon Part II

 OK, we need to backup a tiny bit… We were supposed to post this a couple of weeks ago but were so busy with other weddings we just never had the chance. Thanks for waiting! Go check out Part I if you missed it or if you just can’t get enough of them you can go see it again!

A few days ago we had the pleasure of delivering all of Jocelynn & Sylvans photos to them over dinner. Later that night we got an amazing email from them  “We stayed up late looking at photos and still didn’t get through all of them. We love every photo! How is that possible? I don’t know, I call it a miracle, you probably call it ‘experience’.”  

What a compliment! I just LOVE our job! Little things like that just make my day. 🙂

 They are such fun people to hang out with, we are so sad they are both moving to Brazil at the end of October. We are going to miss you two so much but are so excited to hear all about you shenanigans in Brazil. I hope you don’t mind but we are so coming to visit…  😉

Signing of the Ketubah: One of the main proceedings at the tish is the signing of the ketubah. The traditional ketubah is essentially an agreement between the bride and groom outlining, for the most part, the groom’s obligations within the marriage and in case of a divorce or death. Since the ketubah is an agreement between bride and groom, both must agree to the terms. This is especially true for the groom since he is obligating himself to most of the terms within the ketubah.

 Sylvan’s brother Josh (a baker at Grand Central in Portland) brought a perfect loaf of challah bread from his bakery for the HaMotzi (blessing before the meal).

Blessing The Challah The wedding meal begins with a blessing over the challah, an elaborately braided bread. The couple’s parents or another honored guest can make the hamotzi, or blessing.

The toasts were so incredibly touching. 🙂 Every single one of them. There were so many toasts they had two rounds of them!

The Water Tower Bucket Boys kept everyone out on the dance floor all night long! They were great! We totally recommend them.

The Hora No Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance, most likely derived from the tradition of carrying royalty on chairs. A few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of “Hava Nagila”. Friends and family dance around in an ecstatic circle as the elevated couple tries not to look (or fall) down.

 Everyone sat around the campfire and sang songs late into the night. Guests were allowed to set up a tent and stay to continue the festivities the next morning for brunch.

Jocelynn + Sylvan 

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

Jocelynn – Andalucian Lilly

Sylvan – High Reel (this name is a bit generic and the rendition I chose has no specific name). Both were performed live by Rachel Streeter on wood flute & David on cello.


What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day? 

Signing the Ketubah with our closest family and wedding attendants, and looking into each others eyes under the chuppah during the ceremony were without a doubt two of the most powerful moments of our wedding.


Any advice for those planning now?

It was critical for us to decide from the very beginning what aspects of the wedding were most important to both of us. This helped us stay focused on the parts that really mattered, and let go of other details. For us, having a meaningful ceremony in a country setting, followed by great food and dancing in a barn was the ideal wedding. We really wanted people to have fun, which is why we invited everyone to camp out with us after the reception and party late into the night.


If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

We tried really hard not to become groom/bridezilla, and took a rather laid-back approach to many aspects of the wedding.  While this worked out wonderfully for 90% of the pieces of the puzzle, it would have been wise for us to be a bit more proactive about contracts and agreements.


Where are you two lovebirds going on your honeymoon?

Hawaii!  We are spending a week in Maui, and one week in Kauai (much to our delight).


Mazel Tov!!! We are going to miss you! Hugs, Jayme & Russ


Did you miss Part I? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. 🙂

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