August 29, 2016

Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish Wedding | Julia & Kirby

They met through a mutual friend in college. Nevermind that Julia had transferred to that college because she was dating said friend and that said friend was asking Kirby for relationship advice on whether they should break up…but without that friend, this day might never have come! But come it did complete with a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony and personal touches from a Star Wars recessional song to his favorite cuff links that she hates. ;-) After sitting and sharing details, stories, and life for literally hours with these two, it was truly a joy to see it all come together!

Bridal dress at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Kirby is a jeweler and designed these rings himself! The first are beautiful, simple bands for the ceremony and the second two their custom designs to wear everyday!

Ceremony rings and formal bride and groom rings at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Getting’ her glow on! It was so fun to see the amazing Polish and Pout team in action!

Bride having her makeup done at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride having her hair and makeup done at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride putting on her glasses at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride putting on her shoes at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Because they wanted to be able to spend the whole day with their best friend, Julia and Kirby chose a First Look moment to see each other before the ceremony!

Bride and groom First Look at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Just love how they were able to freely, laugh, cry, and have a quiet moment alone!

Bride and groom First Look at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Children playing at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Family at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

One of the things that made Julia and Kirby’s wedding especially unique was all the beautiful Jewish traditions they incorporated in to their day, beginning with the Ketubah signing.

The Ketubah signing and handkerchief at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Witnesses for the Ketubah signing at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

With family and the closest of friends gathered, their formal marriage contract was read aloud and signed. This beautiful document will have a prominent place on the wall of their home as a reminder of this moment!

Reading aloud the Ketubah agreement at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Ketubah agreement at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Ketubah vows at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Their formal ceremony in front of all began with Julia circling Kirby three times, he circling her three times, and circling together once to demonstrate that they were both coming into this relationship as equal partners.

Bride circling the groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Ceremony at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Oh the bliss and joy!

Mr. and Mrs. at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Sunflower bouquet and couple at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom holding hands at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bridal hair and groom details at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

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Sunflower bouquet and couple walking at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom holding hands at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

To reflect their nerdy side, each table at the reception had a pile of legos and even their cake had lego people as the topper!

Sunflower floral arrangement and legos at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Legos lining the table at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Probably the most colorful spread ever, a vegan and gluten-free taco bar!
Vegan and gluten free taco bar at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Vegan and gluten free taco bar at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Desserts galore from berry and peach pies to cookies and the best macarons ever (not pictured)!

Pies and cookies on dessert table at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Father of the bride toasting at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Father of the groom speaking at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

The crowd went wild when Kirby’s father pulled out a picture book to chronicle Kirby’s life!

Guests laughing at toasts at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and Groom laughing at toasts at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

People dancing at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Jewish horah dance at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

And last but not least, the traditional Horah dance to start off the fun and dancing!

Bride and groom lifted up in chairs for Jewish horah dance at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom lifted up in chairs for Jewish horah dance at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Location | Harmony Ridge Lodge
Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair and Makeup | Polish and Pout
Flowers | Grown by Soil Sisters Farm, Designed by the groom
Catering and Pies | Emily’s Catering and Cakes
Cake, Cookies, and Macarons | Exquisite Desserts
DJ | Mountain Event Productions
Rentals and Linens | Celebrations

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