Real Weddings: Michelle & Jordan Christensen
It brings us pure joy to create a work of art that will play an integral role in a couple’s wedding and marriage, and every so often Team Ketubah comes across a couple that we truly bond with. We are beyond excited to share with you the fun details of their wedding and the story behind their happily-every-after — it touched our hearts deeply and we are positive it will do the same for you as well!
We knew we would get along well with Michelle & Jordan from the start. Not only are they suuuuper down to earth and an absolute pleasure to work with, but they're not afraid to express their, well, geekier side. A few months after the wedding Michelle sent us a blog post all about their big day. There were so many beautiful and meaningful details -- from their emphasis on working hard to have everything vegan to even some of the smaller touches, like walking back down the aisle to a Star Wars' song.
It was obvious that both Michelle and Jordan poured energy into their big day to be a beautiful representation of their love and commitment. Reading all about their special day truly brought tears to our eyes. Michelle really has a way with words, and paraphrasing what she wrote truly wouldn't do it justice, so we we're posting some of our favorite highlights here! :)
But PLEASE make sure to Click Here and read the full details of their wedding. We promise it's an absolute Real Wedding must-read -- filled with awesome ideas and great wedding advice!
Rather than writing about her memory of a "wonderful fairy tale wedding", Michelle took a perhaps, more non-traditional route -- expressing the idea that things don't always go as planned, as well as the parts that truly felt perfect and like a dream come true:
Our wedding wasn’t perfect. Most things aren’t, but it was beautiful, and meaningful to us. We worked together to make an experience that was significant to us and our families. And I think we did the best we could with what we had control over – ourselves.
While we were standing under the chuppah, in front of our friends and family, I felt like I was watching us standing there holding hands. It was like a dream. Here was my favourite person on the planet, wearing a very handsome suit, absolutely glowing, with the most beautiful look in his eyes, pledging his love to me. And there I was all gussied up, doing the same. Holding back tears while I read my vows on a scrunched up piece of cardboard. Even in that moment, I found myself musing… is this real life? Is this really happening right now?
Michelle describes the rainy morning of getting ready and the time she spent alone before the wedding. We loved hearing all the details of how each part of getting ready had a special meaning to her -- a good friend that did her make up and an up-do braid in a "Polish-ish style" as a nod to her heritage. And perhaps the more difficult part -- explaining the details that she didn't enjoy and that were a bit of a disappointment. But she brings it all in to perspective in a truly beautiful and honest way:
Eventually, as I walked down the aisle, I locked eyes with JC who was beaming this beautiful ridiculous grin, and things were back to being right in the world. He looked so handsome in his fancy bespoke suit from Trend Custom Tailors, under a purple and white flower covered chuppah. I will never forget the look of love and adoration in his eyes. But mostly because I get to see it nearly everyday (lucky me).
The lighting of the unity candle was something I wasn’t sure we’d end up doing, but I loved loved loved this part so much. Our Moms were a part of this, and I’m so happy to have found a good way of really incorporating them, and symbolically joining our families together with this part of the ceremony.
We could keep going with all the details of their wedding (the food looked fantastic!), but we'll finish off with probably our favorite detail from their wedding:
We also named tables according to nerdy things we were into, rather than just by numbers. So there were tables for Zelda, Mario, Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Dr. Who, Sonic the Hedgehog, Android, and more.
From Team Ketubah to Michelle & Jordan -- Mazel Tov on your big day! You were both such a pleasure to work with and we were so honored that we could create something so meaningful and important for your wedding day. We wish you both a lifetime of laughter, love, and nerdy fun!