Laura & Jon Temple Beth El Wedding Photos

June 2, 2016

 Temple Beth El Wedding Photos

 Laura & Jon

Ceremony Venue: Temple Beth El

Reception Venue: Dream Inn Santa Cruz

Caterer: Dream Inn – Noelle Stearns

Officiant: Rabbi Paula Marcus

Hair: Shauna at Santa Cruz Studio

Band: Cosmo Alleycats Band


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We didn’t choose a color, them or design motif. We allowed the two locations of our wedding (ceremony at a synagogue and reception at an oceanfront hotel) to be the themes, as expressed in the beautiful environments in which they were located. So our decor was simple.
No bridesmaids or groomsmen. I went for a simple but elegant sheath dress that fits my personal style. I wanted a dress that I would wear again and again, and I will. I held no bouquet. I held the hand of my 90 year old mother as we walked down the aisle, and that was perfect.

The flowers at the reception were lovely yellow french lilies, fragrant and classic.
The ceremony at the synagogue was a traditional Jewish wedding. We had a pianist play Hebrew melodies, and the recessional was S’min tov and mazel tov as our guests danced us out of the synagogue.
We chose the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, with two solid walls of windows abutting the ocean. That was all the decoration we needed, besides the flowers on the tables. They catered a fabulous dinner for our guests.

An amazing band Cosmo Alleycats provided every kind of music imaginable. Our first dance was with all our guests, a Jewish hora.
We kept it simple. My sister in law made wonderful welcome bags for our many out of town guests (half of our guest list came from somewhere else).

We used a thumb tree finger print drawing for guests to leave their mark instead of a wedding book, which we’ve framed and will hang in our home.
We’ve been together for 12 years, and love each other more every day.

We met on a beach in the Caribbean under unlikely circumstances, but both know now that it was “bashert” (Yiddish for “intended”). We commuted between NY and CA for 3 and a half years, where one of us got on a plane every 2 weeks.

Jon finally decided (with my endorsement) to move here, after 65 years in NYC. Now that is true love! (we have a place in NY so he still gets to feel the pavement under his feet on a regular basis).

The rings are simple gold bands.
We play well together! We have great generosity of spirit towards one another. Coming together later in life meant that we both knew who we were, and what we needed, which allowed the relationship to flourish.

Advice is simply to be grateful for every day you have with your loved one, and to find the way to laughter together.