A Backyard Jewish Micro Wedding

“When life gives you lemons… make lemonade”.  This proverbial phrase has been used for generations to create an optimistic attitude in the face of hardship and could not have been more on point to represent Melissa and Adam’s backyard wedding day. 

Like many other 2020 bride and grooms, their original plan for a dynamic, country club wedding with 150+ guests was quickly put in hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, this was not the first time that Melissa and Adam had encountered some minor setbacks.  During their fall engagement session, it started to rain immediately after we began taking photos.  It seemed as if we were going to have to call it quits, but luckily within a few minutes, the rain had passed.  We had a wonderful time together getting awkward, laughing at ourselves and getting some great shots showcasing their genuine affections for one another. 

I must admit that we were a bit nervous getting back in the swing of shooting weddings after having so much forced time off.  Melissa and Adam’s backyard wedding was to be our first since the initial quarantine began in March, but it was wonderful to be experiencing this fresh start with a family that we already knew.  We had photographed Melissa’s twin sister, Samantha’s, Jewish wedding back in September of 2017 and had gotten to know their family well since.  We absolutely love them!

Despite the chaos of re-arranging their event, on a warm July Wednesday evening, Melissa and Adam were married in the backyard of her sister’s home in front of 14 of the immediate family members; an absolute 180-degree difference from their initial plans.  But regardless of the guest count or venue location, their commitment to one another was unwavering and joy that you could feel from this intimate group was immeasurable. 

So, here’s to lemons… here’s to lemonade… and here’s to what really matters… health, happiness and love.  Mazel Tov Melissa and Adam!

Asked them to bring it… and they brought it.
Rabbi Sharon Young Marcus, Associate Rabbi from Park Synagogue, officiated a touching ceremony.
Melissa’s step-father, Cantor Misha Pisman, gave an outstanding performance of the Sheva Brachot.

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Videography: Mystic Image

Floral Design: Urban Orchid

Bride’s Gown: Matina’s Bridal

Groom’s Suit: Joseph A. Banks

Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

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