Details, Details, Details: Lisa and Howie at Caramoor

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Decor & Details | 13 Comments

I am still riding high off of our wedding this past Sunday at Caramoor Center for Music and Art.  Howie and Lisa came to us only about 15 weeks ago to work with them on their wedding.  This was a first for Always a Bridesmaid- not because their engagement was short, but because we’ve never worked on a rabbi’s wedding before.  Lisa is a rabbi and runs the conversion program at Central Synagogue.  This was a wedding that was just FULL of details! Fun, fabulous, details.  I wanted to share some of them with you because I hope that they inspire you!! I think that details don’t have to just add beauty to a wedding, they stand as tiny opportunities to add some more meaning to your day.

So, here we go!  As a couple, they had been to more than their fare share of weddings, and probably had a drawer full of kippah to show for it with couple’s names and wedding dates stamped on the underside.  As a couple, they are terribly witty, and rather than repeat this tradition letter for letter, they saw an opportunity for a chuckle. At a wedding with at least 20 rabbis and cantors in attendance, everyone would know what to do with their kippah right?  Well, just in case someone forgot….
Between them, as a couple, Lisa and Howie had a total of 8 loving parents and stepparents, all of whom were under the Chuppah. Along with that were nearly a dozen siblings! So, for the program, rather than the ins and outs of the ceremony, we offered “A Lineup” . Because they were only one page, we decided to place a pattern on the back, which mirrored their invitation. These were custom created by Smock with the help from Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale’s.
Mayra, Rebecca and I were just in LOVE with Lisa and Howie’s Ketubah, which was designed by the same woman who created Chelsea Clinton’s ketubah (that was sheer coincidence, btw). I love this particular design for its beauty, but when I actually saw it up close I understood why it was ALSO the perfect ketubah for Chelsea’s interfaith wedding as it was written in Hebrew (as is traditional) but with English just beside it.
The couple was beyond excited for their Horah. We slated in a full 30 minutes for it. Being a summer, outdoor wedding, they kept saying “We want people to be drenched from sweat after this horah”…. So, in that spirit, we created sweatbands for people. Right before the music began, waiters from Great Performances came out onto the dancefloor with trays of wristbands that said “1. Place on wrists 2. Enjoy Horah” Clearly, it worked, because not only were people screaming like Justin Beiber had entered the tent, we had a crowd fully clad in white wristbands and out of breath when it was all over.
Of course, some details are simply there to be pretty, and, we love those too, so I’ll share a couple with you! We worked with Matthew Robbins on this wedding, who brought in 30 fabulous farm inspired tables. I’ll wait to share the full look and tablescape, but we utilized tiny silver coffee service trays as chargers, and replicated the design from the invitations on the menu cards, which were warmed up with just a sprig of pine.
And, the icing on the cake was… well, the cake itself! The incomparable Ron Ben Israel created this absolutely astounding cake. It was just amazing. Not only did it pull design elements from the invitations, but it tied in the silver details of the room along with the blue tones (the lettering was navy and silver) of the room decor. Truly delightful!


  1. Sweetchic Events
    August 31, 2010

    Omg, that cake! I CAN’T get over that cake!!

  2. julia dash
    September 1, 2010

    WOW! just gorgeous eveything about it! your events are always so creative and personalized to each couple! loved the pictures

  3. Wedding Details are Important
    September 1, 2010

    […] Go Learn Something!WNC Photographers Making the Wedding Blogosphere Rounds Always a BlogsmaidDetails, Details, Details: Lisa and Howie at CaramoorAvoiding Inspiration to FrustrationLove & Basketball bride popSponsored Post: Williams-Sonoma […]

  4. Kendall Fowler
    September 1, 2010

    The wedding cake is really beautiful!

  5. Jill Cole
    September 1, 2010

    It was truly a pleasure to partner with you again on such a fabulous event! Always a Bridesmaid is my go-to wedding planner as a high end caterer for all services. We couldn’t imagine working with anyone else. Jill from Great Performances

    Until next time….

    Instructions –
    1. Book Wedding
    2. Hire “Always A Bridesmaid”
    3. Enjoy wedding!

  6. kwpang
    September 2, 2010

    very informative blog, thanks for sharing

  7. Cheryl I
    November 14, 2010

    Hi – I just came upon your blog in a google search. By any chance, do you know who the ketubah designer was for this wedding? It’s hard to find any as simple, modern and tasteful as the one this bride and groom chose! Thank you for your help.

  8. Lori
    December 28, 2010


    I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me the artist who designed the
    wedding Ketubah for Lisa and Howie’s wedding. I like the simplicity and its contemporary design. Thank you.

    • admin
      December 29, 2010

      Hey Lori: it’s the one of the few things that Lisa did without me! I’l ask her and get back t you.

  9. Shirin
    January 9, 2011

    Hi- I would also greatly appreciate if you could let me know who created the Ketubah. I have been desperately looking for a elegantly simple one and this is perfect.

  10. Jessica
    February 1, 2011

    Can you please tell me the name of the ketubah designer? I love it. I also love the kippot – hysterical!

  11. Noa
    May 10, 2013

    I would also like to the know the designer of the ketubah

    • The Blogsmaid
      May 15, 2013

      I’ll see if i can find it! it’s the same person that did Chelsea Clinton’s Ketubah, if that helps at all!


Leave a Reply

Site is using the Seo Wizard plugin by ( )