A Glamorous Interfaith Wedding at Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey

Susan Feraidoon (27 and an IT analyst) and David Frankel’s (28 and a project manager) wedding was a vibrant spring affair that paid tribute to their diverse Afghan, American, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds. Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey, offered an ideal backdrop for the event with its opulent fountains, luxe chandeliers and refined ballroom that exuded sophistication and glamour. “We were looking for a place that would take our breath away, and from the moment we walked into the venue and saw the grand staircase, we knew it was the place,” Susan says. “As we continued the tour and saw the fountains and the ballroom, with its beautiful chandeliers, all the pieces started to fall into place.” Susan and David celebrated their nuptials with an interfaith ceremony conducted by Rabbi David Winship (David’s childhood friend) and Imam Abdullah Antepli from Duke University. “It was important that our wedding traditions combined seamlessly,” Susan says. “Imam Antepli led the introduction, while Rabbi Winship welcomed us under the chuppah. David and I circled each other three times and then one time together, making seven circles [per the Jewish custom]. There was recitation from the Koran, and we chose family and members of our wedding party to read the seven blessings.” While the ceremony was steeped in tradition, the couple used music as a way to put a modern twist on the proceedings. My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Paradise” played as David and the wedding party made their way to the chuppah, while the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” accompanied Susan as she walked down the aisle. The reception was a celebration of color and tradition, with many elements of the evening speaking to Susan’s Afghan heritage. Susan’s bridesmaids changed into bright afghan dresses and performed the attan, a dance typically performed at wedding celebrations, and a stage was setup where guests could receive henna throughout the evening. The couple’s band, the Sharif Brothers, even played the Afghan wedding song “Ahesta Boro” as Susan and David made their entrance. Cocktail hour took guests on a culinary trip around the world, with stations featuring Italian cuisine, Mediterranean fare, New England steamers, smoked fish, artisanal cheeses, fresh seafood and caviar. After a sit-down dinner and a dessert of wild berries in a crisp wonton wrapper, the newlyweds and their guests hit the dance floor. —Libby MacCarthy