The Wedding of ...
Laurie Kolin & Matthew Block
Ceremony: Temple Emanu-El
Reception: Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El, Closter, NJ,
Bridesmaids: Their choice
Tux: The Suit Lady
Makeup: Nancy, Glam Studio
Hair: Claire, Glam Studio
Florist: Atlas Floral
Cake: Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El
Photographer: Brett Matthews Photography
Band & DJ: Nafshenu Orchestra
Ceremony Singer: Johnny Shlagbaum
A Glass Dome Sanctuary
My husband and I met at a Friday night dinner downtown at the Jewish Enrichment Center. I had my eye on him before we met at the dinner. We had mutual friends, so I knew to be on the lookout as soon as I showed up! We briefly dated in NYC and then ended up on a trip to Israel together where we realized our potential.
We found out quickly that we shared a passion for Israel and what better place to start a relationship than being there together! We got engaged about a year and a half after. The proposal took place in my apartment just as we were about to head out to watch the NCAA tournament. Of course I said yes!
We wanted a very traditional setting and chose Temple Emanu-El because it has the perfect mix of tradition and elegant style. We fell in love with the stained glass dome in the sanctuary. It was the first place we looked at and didn’t look much further after that. Since my entire family is from Long Island, we considered it a destination wedding.
We also chose Temple Emanu-El because of the caterer, Northern Valley Affairs. Working with Marty Maged, general manager, and Les Friedman, manager, was the best and most seamless decision we could have made. They made things so incredibly easy at every turn, and we felt like a weight was lifted off our shoulders knowing how organized, detailed, and calm they made us feel.
We got married on the fifth night of Chanukah so there was something very magical in the air! Our culture was showcased during every aspect of our ceremony. We did not see each other for one week prior to the wedding so our first look was even more fun and exciting. We had a traditional badeken which was the most fun part of the wedding. Matt was marched in alongside my Dad and his Dad and everyone was singing and going nuts. When my Dad came to bless me we locked hands and just kept singing and dancing together. It was an incredibly special and fun moment.
It also happened to be a 50 degree winter day so we were able to take pictures outside and use the outdoor area during our cocktail hour. Our delicious butler-passed hors d’oeuvres included cocktail franks, crispy sea bass, duck cigars, coconut chicken, and mini mahi mahi tacos. We had so many stations including a nova pizza station, a sushi station, a dim sum station, a Romanian station, and an Israeli station.
The ballroom was magical. We had a winter wonderland theme that we showcased through all the reception décor and the centerpieces.
Dinner began with a spinach salad with stuffed portobello, balsamic vinaigrette, pecans, and dried cranberries. The entrée was a choice of prime rib, chicken rollatini, or horseradish-crusted tilapia. Dessert was our wedding cake, hot apple crumb cake with cinnamon gelato, and many passed treats including pecan pies, deep-fried oreos, and cheesecake lollipops.
During the reception we had a crazy, wild and energetic horah. We lit the menorah in front of everyone too which was great. The rest of the evening was filled with fun and energy from all of our friends and family. The last 40 minutes or so we had a DJ which really got everyone going and was the perfect ending to the party!
Thanks so much to Les and Marty from Northern Valley Affairs. We are so thankful to all our friends and family who made the day so special and fun! Our parents truly gave us the most fun and beautiful wedding and we can’t thank them enough!
Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El
180 Piermont Road, Closter, NJ 07624