Real Wedding | Leah + John

Traditional…elegant…& full of personal touches.  That’s how I would describe Leah and John’s lovely fall wedding and reception.  Introduced by family members, it was only natural that family played a big role at their wedding. Even their sweet golden retriever was part of the celebration, serving as the most adorable “flower dog” I’ve ever seen! From the sophisticated bridesmaids gowns (love the color) to the gorgeous flowers and table settings, you’ll find inspiration galore in this joyous celebration.

Leah + John | November 13, 2010 | Birmingham, Michigan

How they met

We met in a very funny way, and the story depends on who you ask.

My dad met John at a friend’s daughter’s wedding in Colorado 2004.   My dad came home from this wedding with John’s contact information.  We emailed back and forth a couple of times, but never met….Fast forward two years, and my cousin and his cousin were talking about how they each have a cousin who lives in New York.  They set up, we went on a blind date, and the rest is history.  Both my dad and cousin claim responsibility for setting us up.

The ceremony

We had a beautiful Jewish ceremony under a hand-made chuppah with material that we collected belonging to loved ones — my grandparents & John’s father – who are no longer with us. John has two brothers and I have two sisters, who were our best men and maids of honor. They, along with our parents, stood under the chuppah with us. We chose to have close family members and friends say the seven blessings for us. We had three ring bearers who carried pillows of subway map material, representing the place we met and live, New York City. Our 12-year old golden retriever mix was the perfect flower dog.

The reception

The reception was held in the same hotel as the ceremony.   There were beautiful flowers in shades of blue, purple, and green.  We had a band and a DJ.  After many heartfelt speeches and a rousing hora, people ate, drank, and danced long into the night.

The moment Leah will never forget

I will never forget standing under the chuppah with our families, being blessed, and starting our new lives together.

How Leah knew her wedding dress was “The One”

I tried on approximately 50 dresses at about 7 different stores.  Most were the same all-lace sheath style.  When I put this one on, I got excited.  It felt like “fun,” which is a big part of who I am, and exactly what I wanted my wedding to be.

Why she decided to sell her wedding dress

I decided to sell my dress even before the wedding because I want someone else to be able to enjoy the experience of wearing such a beautiful gown as much as I did.

Leah’s dress: Amsale / Photography: Heather Saunders Photography