Rachel and Solomon had a beautiful summer brunch wedding at Terian Farms outside of Nashville. Every thoughtful detail added the perfect touch to their day, and I'm certain this couple gets the most unique wedding bands award. They exchanged vows in a tented ceremony highlighting Jewish traditions throughout.
Rachel's wedding dress and veil were custom made to include lace and fabric from both her mother and grandmother's gowns.
Jewish Wedding Ceremony Traditions
The couple began their wedding ceremony with a circling practice that often symbolizes a wall of protection and creation of a new family circle. The bride began with circling three times, followed by the groom's three passes, and ending with both partners circling each other completing the seven while demonstrating independent and complementary orbits.
The ketubah was signed during the ceremony and included a second one for the groom's children to sign as their family now joins together by marriage.
Sheva B'rachot: Seven Blessings
The seven blessings, called the Sheva B'rachot, come from ancient teachings. Just as with most of Rachel and Solomon's ceremony, the blessings were read in both Hebrew and English. A variety of family members and friends performed the readings as they focused on joy, celebration, and the power of love.
The bride and groom along with their children joined together as the officiant wrapped them in a tallit. A tallit is a four cornered garment with special knots at each of the four corners called tzitzit. With many theological values represented, the family builds their life together wrapped in love.
Breaking of the Glass
As the ceremony comes to an end, Solomon stepped on a glass inside a cloth bag to shatter it. The breaking of the glass holds multiple meanings. Some say it represents the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Others say it demonstrates that marriage holds sorrow as well as joy and is a representation of the commitment to stand by one another even in hard times.
(some tradition descriptions found via brides.com)
After a 10am wedding ceremony, everyone enjoyed brunch and played games throughout the afternoon. I excitedly got to try chicken and waffles for the first time because the caterer provided gluten free ones. Holy moly!