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Pierce House Queer Jewish Wedding: Lisa & Alex

How to I begin? Lisa and Alex’s Pierce House wedding was a photographer’s dream! It was truly refreshing to see they weren’t afraid to incorporate both Jewish wedding traditions and some non-traditional wedding practices. Their proposal was an awesome one; they both proposed to each other (at different times) because they decided that the typical customs of marriage proposals weren’t a good fit. There really isn’t a rule that says who has to pop the question.

We started the day at Pierce House in Lincoln MA with Lisa and Alex getting ready. Immediately followed by their first look, we had Alex put on Lisa’s veil and Lisa Alex’s yarmulke. Before the wedding day, Lisa and I discussed her concern about her full length long veil and just like I assured, it made everything more gorgeous. They were such a photogenic and fun couple, as evidenced by their Walden Pond engagement photos.

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Before their first look. Alex was nervous; as soon as he saw Lisa in her gorgeous wedding gown, he was filled with joy and couldn’t keep his eyes off of her.

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How they met:

“Lisa and Alex met in 2008 at Cornell University, when Lisa was a senior and Alex was a freshman. They both joined the same co-ed nerd fraternity, Sigma Chi Delta. However, they didn’t get together until 4 years later, when they both ended up in Cambridge, Massachusetts for their dream jobs: Lisa, a space and physics reporter at New Scientist magazine, and Alex, a science museum researcher at the Museum of Science, Boston.”

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The ketubah design is so pretty!

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The Proposal

“Lisa surprised Alex in the Museum of Science’s Planetarium in October 2015. Alex was convinced he had a project for work in the Planetarium, but when he arrived Lisa was waiting with a ring instead. Alex proposed back in December, on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, in the middle of a snowstorm.”

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This moment when Alex sees Lisa walk down the aisle with her parents is precious.

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Tented wedding receptions are pretty awesome!

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Their first dance song was “Amen” by Jolie Holland.

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Horas are one of my favorite things to photograph at Jewish weddings. They’re usually fast and full of funny expressions.

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At the end of the night, there was an epic rap by Alex, who performed “Shoop” by Salt N Pepa (read more below.) I was really impressed he knew all the words. Lisa was not shy to join Alex on stage.

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Wow, the whole day felt really short. It was a blast! Congrats to the AWESOME couple. Here are a few words from Lisa and Alex…

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding celebration?
“We both loved every moment of our ceremony. Our rabbi made astronomy puns about orbits and rings. Our friends sang and made Lisa cry. Alex’s look of delighted surprise when he stomped on the glass and it actually broke will stick in Lisa’s mind for a long time.

One of the best parts was something we couldn’t have planned for. Right before the ceremony started, the perfectly clear sky clouded over and it threatened rain. The wind picked up a little as each of us walked in, which a friend later described as “like a blessing.” We had been worried about the outdoor ceremony spot being too hot and sunny for guests to be comfortable, but the clouds stayed just long enough to shade the ceremony. As soon as we were back down the aisle, the sun came out again.”

Funniest memory of the night?
“Our wonderful queer rabbi opened the ceremony by saying “Queerly beloved.” I’m not sure everyone in the audience caught it, but we both cracked up, and it set the tone for the rest of the day.

When the band was preparing to do their last song of the night, our friends told the band that Alex knows all the words to Salt N Pepa’s “Shoop” (he had learned it for our karaoke bachelor/ette party a few days before). They invited him up on stage to rap it with them. It was epic.”

Any advice for future brides and grooms?
“Things will go wrong, you will forget stuff, other people will forget stuff. We realized while walking down the aisle that we forgot at least two things we’d planned to have during the ceremony, but they weren’t essential, so we shrugged and kept going. No matter how thoroughly you plan it, weddings have a lot of variables (including FEELINGS), so just expect that some things will not go as planned and be prepared to let them go. Figure out early on what really matters to you, and focus on those things.”

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
“The feeling of security that makes it possible to tackle bigger projects than we did before. Also the gravitas that comes with the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife.’ They make us sound so important!”

Vendor credit:
Main photographer: Ze Liang Photography
Second photographer: Amber of Silver Pix Studios
Venue: John H. Pierce House, Lincoln MA
Band: Silver Arrow Band (shout out to Alec Gaston who made the announcements for family photos)
Bride’s dress: Jenny Yoo (designer) from Vows in Watertown, MA
Bride’s shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson (designer) from Modcloth
Groom’s shoes: Allen Edmonds
Bride’s jewelry and wedding rings: Family heirlooms
Groom’s attire: Suit and shirt from Blank Label, tie from The Tie Bar
Caterer: Deja Blu Catering
Wedding day-of coordinator: Melanie Graveline through Deja Blu Catering
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair: Katy Brown from Pure Hair Design
Makeup: Liz Washer Makeup
Florist: Field Edge Flowers
Officiant: Rabbi Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater
Cake: Jesse Edsell-Vetter (a friend)

1 Comment

  1. I am so delighted to see these photos (I’m doing my annual blog sweep to see how my 2016 clients’ weddings turned out!) Everything looks like so much fun; you captured everything beautifully. I hope we cross paths again in 2017!

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