After meeting in the fall of 2015, Amy and Hod became good friends. It didn’t take long for their friendship to grow into something more, falling in love and discovering they had found a deep connection in one another that would last. Married at Cipriani just about two years after they met, Amy and Hod’s day reflected their deep friendship and love. “Everything was and is amazing,” they express.
Photographer: Joanna Toto
They were so excited and happy, they made me feel very special!
What do you think is most important to keep in mind on your wedding day?
Both: How special the person you’re marrying is to you and all the reasons that make you know your meant to be together.
What inspired you when you were planning your day? Where did you look for ideas?
Amy: I used Instagram to get different ideas and see all of the options. I told Stephen from SBK what my vision was and I trusted him to take it from there. He did an incredible job. The flowers were gorgeous! One of a kind!
Hod: I outsourced that labor to Amy.
What did you most enjoy about planning your wedding?
Amy: Everything! I knew exactly what I wanted and the vendors I wanted to use so it was easy and exciting.
Hod: Watching Amy’s brilliance and talent in planning the whole wedding, and the tastings.
I felt like I was waiting forever and then when we saw each other the rest of the day flew by.
I saw my whole life flash before my eyes to lead me to this moment, and it felt so right when I saw her dressed as my bride.
What details did you include to make your day uniquely yours?
Both: We included a lot of family heirlooms into our ceremony. We had our grandfathers’ tallits tied into the chuppah, and also used their kiddish cups during the ceremony. We invited our closest family members to read the seven blessings, hold up our ketubah and hand Hod the glass to break. It was important to us to recognize our families and everything they have done for us over the years. Hod wore a watch that his grandfather bought him and carried his grandfather’s watch in his pocket all night, and Amy had a handkerchief from her grandmother sewed into her dress.
What was the best planning advice you received?
Amy: To not worry about the seating arrangements.
Hod: To let your fiance do the planning.
Which moments from your day stand out the most in your memory?
Amy: Getting ready with my mom, in laws and niece, they were so excited and happy, they made me feel very special! And of course waiting to see Hod! I felt like I was waiting forever and then when we saw each other the rest of the day flew by.
Hod: Waiting for Amy and the first look, eating the food with Amy, and enjoying our family’s company as a married couple.
Describe what it was like when you first saw each other on your day.
Amy: It was surreal, I felt so many different emotions, excitement, happiness… I was ready to start our special day together.
Hod: I was so happy to finally start enjoying the day with Amy, and she looked so beautiful. I saw my whole life flash before my eyes to lead me to this moment, and it felt so right when I saw her dressed as my bride.
If you could keep only one memento from your day, what would it be? Why?
Both: The baked tagliolini with mushroom appetizer! We loved it! The food was so delicious.
What would you say is the most valuable thing you have learned from one another?
Amy: To be strong and stand up for myself!
Hod: To compromise and have compassion for others.
It was important to us to recognize our families and everything they have done for us over the years.