What a gorgeous wedding- Erica and Justin put so much time into having a touching ceremony, and intimate, fun reception and it truly showed.
Erika is so expressive. I love her smile!
Before the ceremony, the girls were on one side, the guys on the other. It's called Kabbalat Panim; Erica was greeting guests while guests were singing and toasting with Justin.
The rabbi explained that the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony because of ancient practice- the groom needs to make sure he's marrying the right girl. :) It's also a symbol that outward beauty isn't a priority.
Then they read the Katubah (marriage contract), say vows, and sign the Katubah
Justin and Erica's parents gave them blessings as well. It was moving.
Before the ceremony began, Erica circled Justin seven times, symbolizing wholeness.
The longest first kiss ever! YAY!
So happy they literally frolicked down the aisle. You might remember previous frolicking from E&J's engagement session at the Arnold Arboretum.
What an awesome cake!!
At the reception, the guests entertained Justin and Erica by singing and dancing and being goofy. What a party!! (and all before dinner was even served!)
It worked! They were thoroughly entertained!
Breaking the bread.