Heather & Jordan

Sept. 5, 2010 with a ceremony at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and reception at Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee

“If we didn’t feel a certain tradition reflected our beliefs or who we are, we changed it to be more ‘us,’ ” Heather Cole says of her fall nuptials. The ceremony, which fused Jewish traditions and the couple’s own ideas, was a personal, family-oriented affair. The chuppah was made from a tablecloth given as a wedding present to Heather’s grandparents, while the poles were made by Jordan’s family. The couple’s parents held each of the four chuppah poles, while a rabbi—a family friend—performed the ceremony. Invitations were created on a printing press, placecards were made from library catalog cards and the programs were designed to look like an issue of The New Yorker, a favorite magazine of the couple. A converted Scrabble box served as a card box and a typewriter was used instead of a traditional guestbook. “We didn’t follow many prescribed rules,” says Heather. “Our wedding was completely our own.”

Gown: Mori Lee from Stone Manor Bridal | Hair: Creative Concepts Hair Design | Makeup: Tracy Kabara, Mary Kay | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Catering: Shully’s Cuisine | Flowers: Sendik’s | Stationery: By the bride and groom

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