I think I say this every time I post a Jewish wedding, but they are so great, I have to say it again! I love all the traditions at a Jewish wedding and although I'm not Jewish, I even tried to convince my husband to incorporate the circling of the bride and groom into our own ceremony, but he didn't go for it. I think it's one of the single most wonderful things I see at wedding ceremonies -- it's steeped in Biblical texts that say a woman encompasses and protects a man. As the bride circles her groom, he prays, and it's believed that when the ritual is complete, the pair are united in souls. I also love the craziness of the Hava Nagila dance that usually precedes dinner and at Leah and Jason's wedding, the very traditional "Tish," a table filled with snacks and drinks where family and friends celebrate with the groom before the ceremony.
Leah and Jason are currently living in Israel and did much of the planning from overseas with help from the great staff at Casa Real, which is where the wedding took place. The circular seating at the ceremony was especially nice as well as the gorgeous flowers and gold tablecloths. Such a festive and gorgeous wedding!