VENUE: Westchester Reform Temple
FLORIST: House of Flowers
CATERER: Matt Miller Culinary Productions
Story by: Stefanie Jackowitz and Sarah Merians
Photos by: Sarah Merians
Bride Brooke always dreamed of a winter wedding.
“There’s something romantic to me about the snow,” she says. “We were lucky enough to get flurries that covered the ground, but [it] didn’t interfere with everyone’s travel to the wedding.”
She tied the knot with the love of her life, Michael, at an early January wedding at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.
Our photographer, Sarah Merians, was on hand to capture all the best moments of the day from the bride and groom’s first look to family photos, those first snowflakes and the special moment where Brooke and Michael exchanged rings and said “I Do.” Merians was even able to carve the couple’s initials into the snow!
According to Brooke, a wedding is “a joyous occasion unlike any other. It’s the celebration of something new: new families being created, new relationships and a new branch of the family tree.”
For this special occasion, Brooke chose to honor the generations before her, opting to wear her grandmother’s sister’s wedding dress -with a few tweaks, of course. Brooke was the fifth one to wear the dress, which was passed down to her grandma, mother and aunt before she took those steps down the aisle.
The 70-year-old dress was in amazing condition, but Brooke removed the Cathedral- length train so it would be easier for her to walk and dance in. She actually turned the dress around so the buttons were in the front for a different and unique look . She made the dress her own.
“It has been a family tradition,” she says of her wedding dress. “It meant a lot to my grandmother and family for me to carry on the tradition and I was happy to do so.”
Westchester Reform Temple is also a cherished landmark in Brooke’s family history. Brooke grew up going to the Temple and every major milestone event from her Bat Mitzvah to confirmation was held at the Temple.
“It was nice to have the wedding in a place that was familiar and meaningful to my family,” she adds.
And when it comes to showcasing her love for her husband at her wedding, Brooke knew just how to do it. She chose an adorable bride and groom penguin topper to adorn their wedding cake. But, in addition to being a great representation of winter and looking spiffy in their wedding gear, the penguins meant so much more. “[Penguins] find their mate and stick with them for life,” states Brooke.
Tradition and unique wedding details are so important to Sarah. We wanted to share the passion and power of tradition with our potential future brides. Take a look at a collection of photos from Brooke and Michael’s wedding day below.