A Seattle Jewish Wedding at Georgetown Ballroom – I have to put this in here in the first paragraph for good SEO apparently, even though it doesn’t really sound like a good lede but there it is. Moving along…
Funny story: I met Ilana and Christoph and their families some time December of 2015. A few months before that in September, I met Amy and Jeremy, whose wedding you saw here a few weeks ago. Thing is, they are good friends, but did not know that they had both booked met until a few months later.
Small world? I think so.
A long distance love story
Ilana and Christoph, two grad students, met and fell in love in university. After that, they spent a few years apart, doing that long-distance relationship thing. In fact, not until the wedding did they finally both moved back to Seattle. Seeing the two of them, you can feel that distance does truly make the heart fonder. You’ll see in the photos that dazzling smile she has only for him, and his magnetic gaze homing in on his bride, all day long. They were worried about being awkward in front of the camera – worries that were not necessary at all!
Thanks SO much for putting your trust in me, Ilana and Christoph. You, Amy and Jeremy, you whole bunch – you make my heart sing with your warmth and genuine friendship. I keep hoping and wishing my girls will have the closeness you kids seem to share with each other despite having been flung far from each other after graduation. Fingers and toes crossed!
Were you at Ilana and Christoph’s Seattle Jewish Wedding? Watch their wedding slideshow here!
Ilana’s lovely slinky gown from BHLDN.
Ilana and Christoph have quite a height gap so these five-inchers were necessary.
Ilana’s sis-in-law giving her some help.
Tying bowties should be a competitive wedding sport.
Check out these sweet origami cranes for boutonnieres!
Best wedding hashtag, EVER.
Look at that smile!
Yea you got to be there.
Seattle Jewish Wedding: Ilana performing the Jewish tradition of circling the groom seven times representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world.
Maseltov, Ilana and Christoph!
Those spring rolls, I tell ya.
This old German (Christoph’s family is from Germany) wedding tradition of cutting a log represents the first obstacle that the couple must overcome in their marriage. They must work together to “overcome the obstacle” by sawing through the log. Here, Ilana and Christoph demonstrate their teamwork to friends and family, and their willingness and ability to master the difficulties that inevitably arise in a marriage (source: Southern Bride and Groom).
Natalie (girl behind Amy here with the phone) giving us her best RBF.
Christoph is apparently pretty hard to make tear up. I made it my mission all day to catch him shedding at least one tear. Mission accomplished thanks to what’s probably the BEST Mother of the Groom speech I have ever heard in the ten years I’ve been doing this, so kudos Mrs. Krumm!
This lady? Can outdance anybody.