Jackie and Nathan's beautiful celebration of marriage reminded me of what is most important about weddings. It's not the flowers and the food, but it's the company and the memories.
I first got a call from Jackie, who was referred to me by the awesome Kelly from the Down Town Club. Jackie told me that she was leaving the country the next day, so we'd have to meet in February when she returned. Little did I know that everything was going to change for them and their wedding plans.
Shortly after they returned, their original June wedding date was pushed up to March, and Jackie and Nathan planned their wedding in a few short weeks. I remember those few weeks being crazy. Jackie and Nathan were going their friends' weddings on the weekends and living at home to be with her father during the week. I remember going to her parents house for a meeting and they had literally just pulled up to the house from a weekend away for a wedding. Despite everything they were going through, they were both so amazingly graceful. She was incredibly strong and later at the wedding, I would see that it was a trait that ran in the family.
Cindy Guessford and Jen Cleary, her second shooter. It was calm, and I remember thinking that this day will go smoothly even if it kills me.
Jackie bought her gown in Thailand during her trip with Nathan. I think he may have been the first groom to actually see the dress before the wedding.
The ring shot is on a book of Philadelphia found in Jackie's Omni hotel room.
The ceremony was a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. Nathan's sister is a rabbi and she officiated the ceremony alongside Jackie's rabbi that was present at her bat mitzah years before. I love Jewish wedding ceremonies and one of my favorite details is the walking down the aisle with both parents.
The highlight of the night was when her father stood up from his wheelchair to dance with his daughter on her wedding day.
In memory of Dr. Martin Cohen.