Chad & Alex | Jewish commitment ceremony in St. Paul, Minnesota

Everyone is entitled to love and be loved.

Without love, the world can be and is a lonely place.

For Chad & Alex, it may not have been the easiest road for them to plan their wedding. From hiring a florist or finding a venue, even just being in their own relationship – it wasn’t easy. You see, Chad & Alex are gay. However, with the help & love of the people close to them, they were able to plan their wedding. Although the state of Minnesota does not legally recognize the marriage, their Jewish faith does.

And that was very important to them both.

Their wedding was the first same-sex commitment ceremony held inside of a Conservative Jewish synagogue in Minnesota. With the help of their Rabbi, who took all of the correct steps to have the ceremony approved by the Temple of Aaron synagogue, their dream of having their love recognized became a reality. It couldn’t have happened on a better date too, October 10th, 2010 – the same date as the 100 anniversary celebration of the synagogue.

A Jewish wedding is very symbolic and beautiful. For example, the ceremony takes place under a Chupah, a canopy on four poles. It symbolizes creating a home together which is always open to guests…

There was a purple theme to the wedding and the florist prepared light purple pedals to tie in with the table decor…

Chad’s father helping pin his boutonniere prior to the ceremony…

There was no shortage of fun & laughter between Chad & Alex and their friends…

What can be better to celebrate your wedding day than with those closest to you??

We took advantage of the beautiful autumn weather with more photos outside with just the two of them…

Back inside, preparations were being finalized for the ceremony. Another part of a Jewish wedding is the signing of the ketubah. This is the Jewish wedding contract which outlines the promises the couple is making to one another. Alex’s mother had a look and read it prior to the signing…

The signing of the ketubah takes place during a private ceremony before the wedding ceremony. Some images from the signing…

Most parents will show some sort of emotion during a wedding. This day was no different…

The Rabbi wanted this commitment ceremony to follow the procedures of a Jewish wedding ceremony as close as possible, which it did from the circling at the beginning to the exchange of rings…

…to the breaking of the glass…

Mazel Tov!

The two toasted to a glass of wine and some peanut butter & jelly sandwiches after their ceremony…

After cocktail hour, the reception began with their first dance as their bridal party watched…

After their first dance, the Hora began. The Hora is a traditional dance where every guest comes out to the dance floor, joins hands & form a circle (there was about three) around the couple and proceeds to spin around them. They’ll circle in closer and then move back out and proceed to spin the circle. In my opinion, an Hora dance should be mandatory at every wedding reception dance. So much energy & excitement!

It’s also customary to lift the couple while seated on chairs to honor them…

and their parents too!

Alex received a kiss from his mother afterwards…

During the dinner, the speeches began and each speech had so much emotion to them. Yet, every single one proved that love was & is present in the room…

After dinner, the dance continued with everyone joining in on the fun…

While there will always be differences in this world we live in, if there’s one thing that should stand out above all – everyone should be entitled to love – no matter your color, race, religion or your sexual orientation.

Congrats again Chad & Alex! Mazel Tov!

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    • November 22, 2010
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    Mazel tov!!!

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