Describe any specific family or cultural traditions that were important to you during your wedding planning.
Kate: Allan and I knew we would be combining many different traditions when planning our wedding day. We had to figure out a way to incorporate Australian, Russian, Jewish, Catholic and American rituals. By having both a Priest and a Rabbi officiate our wedding, we felt like we were commemorating both of our family’s traditions. We also wanted the hora to kick off our reception. Allan’s family and friends’ Russian-Jewish background really came to life at this moment. I don’t think most Americans had ever seen a hora like this before. This definitely set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Allan: Kate and her family are from the States, and my family and I are from Australia. On top of that, Kate’s family is Catholic, and my family is Jewish. Kate and I wanted to make sure that we brought together customs and traditions from both families. We had a priest and rabbi co-officiate us, we signed both a civil wedding document and a ketubah, and we drank wine and lit unity candles, all under a beautiful Chupah.