Jenna + Matthew: Enchanting Romance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Jenna & Matthew Rubin were married this past fall in a breathtaking ceremony and fantastical celebration at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Downtown Manhattan.
After years of disappointment with the New York dating scene and countless attempts to put herself out there and find Mr. Right, Jenna set up an online dating profile. Her co-worker had encouraged her to try OKCupid after finding her husband there unexpectedly. “You have to weed through some super crazy messages,” she admitted, “but there are some hidden gems if you take the time to really look.”
At first no one stood out to Jenna, but a week in she stumbled on Matthew [aka Gotham360]. She thought he was cute and was delighted by an excerpt from his profile describing his diet. “I’m a pescatarian,” he wrote, “which is like a vegetarian but you also eat fish. Now that I’m writing this, I think it might sound a little ridiculous…hope you still like me.” Jenna, also a pescatarian, liked him all the more and sent him a message right away.
Jenna & Matthew / Museum of Jewish Heritage / Cody Raisig Photography
Jenna and Matthew agreed to meet at Corkbuzz Wine Studio in Union Square, where they’ve returned the past two years on the anniversary of their first meeting. The two connected immediately and proceeded to go on three dates the first week.
On Jenna’s dad’s 60th birthday, the couple flew down to New Orleans to celebrate. After a festive evening of wonderful food, wine and music with family and friends, the lights dimmed and a cake was carried out. To Jenna’s surprise, it was placed right in front of her and when she looked down, instead of saying “Happy Birthday” the cake said “Jenna, will you marry me?” She turned to find Matthew on one knee with a ring. Her answer was “Yes!” and the rest is history.
Jenna and Matthew had discussed having a fall wedding before getting engaged, but it wasn’t until Jenna found her dress that she started to hone in on style and design. “Once I tried on my Mira gown, I knew immediately it was exactly what I was looking for and I used my dress as inspiration for styling the entire wedding,” she explains, “It felt very ethereal, whimsical and unique, and I wanted to evoke the same feeling I had when looking at my dress throughout the entire design of the wedding.”
Jenna carried a magical, modern bouquet of white ranunculus, dahlias, lavender early grey roses, scabiosa, astilbe, purple succulent blooms, and jasmine vines. White rose petals led up to the altar, where a stunning chuppah of wisteria branches and white delphinium awaited in a glow of hanging votive candles.
Romantic whites carried into the reception, where guests were greeted by a spray of birch branches adorned with hydrangeas, roses, and cascading Dendrobium orchids. Lavender earl gray roses and purple amnesia roses made the arrangement whimsical with violet hues.
A wide range of designs transformed the reception into an enchanting wonderland of lush garlands, suspended branches, hints of moss and intertwining blooms.
White and purple blooms were suspended over the dance floor, hanging at varied levels to create a magnificent floral ceiling.
We asked Jenna about her favorite moment of the day to look back on. “The best moment of the day for me was right after we were married and walking off the stage hand in hand. There are some photos of us walking out of the auditorium and they’re our favorites from the day. You can see how truly happy and excited we were to be married in the moment and both of us reflecting back have talked about how it was such a perfect moment.”
Congratulations, Jenna and Matthew!
Venue: Museum of Jewish Heritage
Planner: Lindsey M Events
Photography: Cody Raisig Photography
Videography: 15 Minutes of Frame
Caterer + Cake : Above and Beyond
Bride’s Gown: Mira Zwillinger
Groom’s Tuxedo: Zegna
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rooey Knots
Beauty: Beauty With Grace + Fox & Jane
Music: Erik Marshall Band of Hank Lane
Invitations: Kleinfeld + Minted