Dance Lessons
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February 24, 2013

Dance Lessons

Yes, you read that correctly… Dan and I have been going to dance lessons. I found a fabulous chick online (yay wedding websites) and just had a really good feeling about her. I contacted her way back around Christmas time and then totally dropped the ball. She was so nice and accommodating with my whole ‘wedding brain’ situation (aka I have the attention span of a gnat and get distracted easily). We finally told her we wanted to schedule and chose to do her five lesson package. We are doing three lessons......

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A Holy Bath
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February 22, 2013

A Holy Bath

Another ancient tradition that comes up around a wedding is that of the Mikvah. It is a place of ritual immersion, a facility used by both men and women (at different times, of course) with a certain amount of fresh water. A woman goes before her wedding and after every period to immerse. This is a woman’s mitzvah (commandment) and a very special one. As for men, many go daily or on Friday before Shabbat begins. And it is a Chabad tradition that everyone, men and women (regardless of where they are......

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Auf Ruf?
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February 21, 2013

Auf Ruf?

If you happen to be in Denver, Dan and I hope you can join us on March 2nd at 9:30am at Rodef Shalom for our Auf Ruf. Auf Ruf? What the heck is an Auf Ruf, you ask? Well, every Saturday Jews read a section of the Torah during services.  The weekly parsha, or Torah portion, is scheduled on a cycle to ensure that the entire Torah is read out loud during the course of one year.When the Torah is read aloud in a synagogue, members of the congregation are called up......

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A culinary decision

Our wedding is in 18 days. 18 DAYS I SAY! I can’t believe how soon that is. We have planned our wedding relatively fast. One of my brother’s best friends from elementary school used to work for the Knot.com… when I told her we were getting married in 5 1/2 months she was shocked and then proceeded to tell me that the average engagement these days is one year. ONE YEAR! Oy! Anyway, we held our invitations back until we made final decisions on our meal at the wedding. We wanted to......

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An old Jewish tradition, that we are skipping

There is an old Jewish tradition that the week prior to the wedding, the chasson (groom) and kallah (bride) don’t see each other. In fact, they are even given shomrim (guards) to ensure that they don’t run into each other. I have seen this practice when I went to Crown Heights, the headquarters of Chabad Judaism, for my friend’s weddings. I even acted as a shomeret (female guard) for one friend (it’s a big honor to be asked). Basically, you are their chaperone. A friend of mine in Israel, Chaviva, is getting......

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Etsy Wins For Details

I have just found so much success on Etsy for details for our wedding. I wanted a wedding hanger for my dress… found it on Etsy. I liked the history behind the wedding dress label… found it on Etsy. Here’s that history: In the 20’s and 30’s, couture gown designers starting designing personalized labels for their clients, and attaching them inside the gowns. Now brides can use this special touch to make wedding gowns truly their own. When the tradition of labels for wedding gowns started, it was seen as the last......

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Ketubah!
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February 06, 2013

Ketubah!

We did it! Whew! Pulled the trigger on the not only the ketubah but on the language as well. Harder than I thought it would be. Think about it. You have to buy a piece of art, that is going to hang on your wall forever, that will extol your love for each other (in a non-cheesy way) but that meets the legal requirements of Jewish law so if we ever move to Israel, they believe we are legally married. That’s a lot of pressure on one little piece of art! After......

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We Found THE Band!

Whew! Checking things off the list like it is our jobs! We finally put a deposit down on the band. We think they are pretty cool and they have a great repertoire! They can do jazz and more modern stuff too! They are called The Fever and they are from Boulder. We met with Michelle, the manager, and loved loved loved chatting with her. They are super versatile, passionate musicians and we are excited to have them rock out at our wedding! It’s coming together!...

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Even More Pictures!

We were fortunate enough to get to spend an afternoon with our wedding photographers. We are SO excited about them. They are a very nice young couple who shoot amazing pictures! They are totally in our style and totally in our budget. 🙂 Check them out at DoxPhoto.com Here are a few pictures they shared with us… There are more here on their blog or click here for even more! 🙂  ...

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Kippot Have Arrived!

We just got the kippot for the wedding! It was so exciting to get a huge, heavy box filled hundreds of kippot! This is just one piece we will be giving our guests at the wedding. I was a voracious wedding/bar/bat mitzvah kippah collector when I was younger. We had every color, shape, and material you could imagine. In fact… For my bat mitzvah my grandpa Milton so graciously paid for the kippot as a gift to me… he wanted me to have everything I wanted… even if that meant alternating satin......

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