Mixing the old with the new at a wedding ensures that everyone is happy: families can carry on established, treasured traditions while the bride and groom breathe new life into their special event with their own perspective.
Bertha and Doron, who recently tied the knot at Cannon Green in downtown Charleston, combined traditional Jewish elements with fresh, modern design to create a one-of-a-kind experience for their family and friends.
That balance incorporated everything that the couple holds most dear. "Our vision was to have a simple but elegant Southern wedding. We wanted a lot of green and a touch of white but mainly we wanted an organic feel," says Bertha. "We wanted our guest to see why we loved Charleston and the south so much. We made sure we included Southern food and chose a very classic but modern venue.
The First Look
In their first move away from tradition, Bertha and Doron opted for a first look at Hampton Park, which gave them plenty of time with photographer Molly Bisceglia from Molly Joseph Photography before the busy ceremony and reception began.
Their adorable dog Theo even joined them for a few precious pictures!
The Signing of the Ketubah
After their sun dappled walk through downtown, Bertha and Doron joined with close family and friends to begin the ceremony portion of their wedding day. Although Bertha is not Jewish, she and Doron decided to incorporate many religious and cultural traditions into their day.
First up was the signing of the ketubah, the ceremonial Jewish marriage contract. Their colorful and intricately detailed ketubah followed in the tradition of hiddur mitzvah, a long held belief that Jewish ceremonial objects should be as beautiful as possible.
The short ceremony was touching for both Bertha and Doron. "It was such a meaningful experience for the both of us and our family. It was so special to read out loud our ketubah to each other and then read out the reasons why we wanted to marry each other instead of reading our vows. It was the first time I saw so much emotion from Doron," remembers Bertha. The ketubah is read in front of select family members and witnesses, so the moment was much more private than the second portion of the ceremony that followed.
Next, the couple moved to their chuppah for the remainder of the ceremony, where they exchanged rings in front of all of their guests. This portion of the day was filled with love from the couple's family and friends, and Bertha and Doron included as many of them in the ceremony as possible.
"We had Doron's grandfather's tallis hang above us in the chuppah during the ceremony, and we used the cups to drink the wine that his grandparents had brought us from Israel. Doron's grandfather passed away a couple of years ago so it was so special to have his tallis look down at us, almost as if he was there with us. We also made sure to include the 7 seven blessings which we had our siblings and future sister/brother in law read to us," says Bertha.
Located in the trendy Upper King neighborhood on the Charleston peninsula, Cannon Green was the perfect choice for this couple. "We chose Cannon Green because of their beautiful courtyard. As soon as we walked out there for the first time we knew this is where we would have our wedding," says the bride.
In addition to having a pavilion that was easily converted into the chuppah, the Cannon Green courtyard fulfilled a lifelong dream for bride Bertha. "As a little girl I had always wanted a tropical wedding with the tall palm trees but I never thought that I would find it," she states. "But Cannon Green was it. We loved all the greenery and palm trees in the courtyard."
Since the couple knew their guest list was on the smaller side, they wanted a venue that was spacious but not too spacious. "The size was perfect for the amount of guest we had without it feeling empty," remembers Bertha.
A Festive Evening
As the afternoon turned into evening, Bertha and Doron invited their guests to tuck into delicious food prepared by the on-site catering team at Cannon Green and to join them in a memorable night filled with dancing and laughter. Their guests ended the night with a selection of desserts instead of a traditional wedding cake for one sweet finish to a beautiful day.
Photographer: Molly Joseph Photography
Venue: Cannon Green
Wedding dress shop: Carolina Bridal World
Bridesmaids' attire: "I let them pick out their own dresses! I only told them that I wanted a blush or nude color dress. They did perfectly picking them out on their own," says Bertha.
Groom and groomsmen's attire: Men's Warehouse
Caterer: Cannon Green
Wedding planner: Wildflowers Inc.
Makeup: Laura Pascazio Makeup Artistry
Hair: Katie Flowers