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Emily & Binyamin: An Outdoor Wedding in Tampa, FL

  • Chrissy Craft, Ideal Design Events, St. Petersburg
    The bride's parents’ home
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Emily & Binyamin in Tampa, FL
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Emily doesn’t care for the term “bridesmaid,” so she dubbed four of her pals her “friends of honor.” Three of them wore strapless, black, organdy, tea-length dresses from Dessy, while the fourth wore her own dress in a similar style.
Dessy, Tampa
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The groom and guys wore their own black suits. Binyamin wore a black, Mandarin collar, four-button, Armani suit.
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The couple stood beneath a huppah adorned with curly willow and moss and covered with an ivory tablecloth the bride's parents had received as a gift at their own wedding.
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The mother of the bride created the place cards, which were shaped like luggage tags. She wrote each guest’s name in lowercase letters (because the bride always writes her name with a lowercase e) and tied a colorful yellow or orange ribbon through each.
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Though Emily and Binyamin chose minimal decor for the ceremony and cocktail hour, their vibrant palette kicked in for the reception. The tables were covered in orange linens with yellow napkins or yellow linens with orange napkins. At each place setting, a single rose in the contrasting hue was wrapped in each napkin.
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Since both Emily and Binyamin are the youngest in their families, they were used to eating at the “kids’ table.” As a fun way to remember this, they sat all of their friends at one long “kids’ table,” while their parents’ guests were seated at round tables. “By seating all of our friends together, we seamlessly meshed together two different sets of ...
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Single blooms in small vases added flair to the tabletops.
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“I wanted all the flowers to be low so guests could see one another across the table and talk,” Emily says. The centerpieces were vases of different shapes, with neutral-colored stones to anchor the flowers. The vases were set up in trios with a single type of flower in each -- a bunch of calla lilies, a spread of orchids, and a single anemone.
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"As the wedding was during Hanukkah, we held a menorah lighting during the reception and even sang Hanuakkah songs,” Binyamin remembers. Toward the end of the reception, Binyamin serenaded his new wife with “Eshet Chayil” (“Woman of Valor”). “Traditionally, this song is sung by a man to his wife on Friday nights at the start of Shabbat,” Emily says ...
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Emily and Binyamin’s guests traveled from all over the world to celebrate with them in Tampa at the bride’s parents’ home. Immediately after the wedding, the newlyweds traveled to Jerusalem -- the city where they’d met and lived while they were dating -- and held a second reception for their family and friends in Israel.

Emily & Binyamin in Tampa, FL

Emily first met Binyamin when she moved to Israel for graduate school. She had just moved into a new apartment and found her washing machine didn’t work -- her landlords sent over their son, Binyamin, to have a look. The two became friends and soon started dating. The Bride Emily Schoenfeld, 29, executive assistant The Groom Binyamin Blum, 29,doctoral student in law The Date December 21 Four years later, on their last night in Jerusalem, they were headed for a night out together when Emily realized her grandmother’s engagement ring, which she’d inherited years earlier, was missing. It turns out Binyamin was about to propose -- he had chosen a diamond for Emily but hadn’t yet had it set, so he used the heirloom as a stand-in. "I tearfully said yes," Emily remembers.
- Kate Wood
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  • Chrissy Craft, Ideal Design Events, St. Petersburg
  • The bride's parents’ home
  • Ideal Design Events
  • Dessy, Tampa
  • DIY Project by the Bride's Mother

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