The Wedding of ...
Katie Wilf & Jason Alster
Ceremony & Reception: Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El,
Gown: Reem Acra
Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna
Photographer & Cinematographer: Natural Expressions Photography
Makeup: Khuraira Cosmetics
Hair: Jason Kessler
Cake: Northern Valley Affairs
Band: Craig Scott Orchestra
Jason and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Although we are so different — I am an event planner and Jason is a dentist — we soon became best friends. Our friendship created a strong foundation for our relationship. After two years of dating, Jason proposed to me in our apartment, which was very intimate and special.
It was important to us to have a kosher wedding in a convenient location that was large enough for our nearly 400-guest wedding. Jason’s family belongs to Temple Emanu-El, which, like the whole venue itself, is extremely beautiful. We absolutely loved working with Les Friedman, the owner, and Marty Maged, general manager. Working in the event planning industry, I know how difficult it can be to coordinate all the moving parts of an event, and Les and Marty made it everything so easy. By listening closely to everything we wanted and being available for questions, they took the stress out of planning.
We had a traditional Jewish ceremony, complete with a Tisch and Bedeken. Although we had so many guests, our ceremony still felt intimate thanks to our band’s acoustic music and our officiant’s thoughtful words. Our cocktail hour featured international cooking stations with all kinds of cuisines, including everything from a deluxe sushi bar and ahi tuna carving station to a Romanian barbecue station with marinated tenderloin steaks and a pasta trattoria station with sun-dried tomato tortellini and portobello ravioli. Our guests are still talking about how much they loved the food. The ambiance in our ballroom was romantic and elegant. The dimly lit room, surrounded by tons of candles, set the mood right away. For an extra touch, we had lights strung above the dance floor. We had tables of varying shapes throughout the room and each table had low centerpieces filled with white flowers and a touch of greenery.
For dinner, we started with an appetizer of a grilled vegetable Napoleon accompanied by a field green salad. Guests had four choices for their entrée: chateaubriand with a demi-glace, ponzu-glazed Chilean sea bass, chicken roulade stuffed with spinach and risotto, and eggplant rollatini stuffed with julienne vegetables.
Our band kept the energy up the whole night, which included a 40-minute horah! Our guests raved about how wonderful the band sounded. For dessert, we had alternating apple tarts with cinnamon gelato and chocolate lava cakes with raspberry sorbet and Les and Marty also had an array of miniature pick-up desserts passed to all our guests. As our guests left, we gave out to-go snacks such as hot New York pretzels, roasted nuts, and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.
Thank you to all our vendors and to Les and Marty at Northern Valley Affairs for making our wedding day everything we wanted it to be. Thank you to our friends and family for celebrating with us and making it a truly memorable night.