Bride: Anna Blumenfeld
Groom: Nadav Herman
Hometowns: Dothan, AL & Golan Heights, Israel
Wedding Site (name and location): URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, Utica, MS
Reception Site (name and location): URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, Utica, MS
Today, the brides shares their love story and beautiful wedding details with us!
"My story with Nadav began at Jacobs Camp. I grew up there and was on staff for many summers. The summer I stopped going, Nadav began his many staff summers at camp. We both believe it is our camp! In the summer of 2011 I had to go to Jacobs Camp for work (I work for the NYC umbrella office organization) and Nadav was spending the summer as the Adventure Director. We both had little birdies whispering in our ears telling us to consider each other, but I wasn’t ready to listen to the little birdies. At the end of my week at camp my heart turned in to mush when I saw how Nadav interacted with the campers. On the last night I was at camp, he suggested we do something fun. I pulled an old line out of my pocket that has been used many a time by campers and staff alike and suggested – let’s go to the tennis courts and look at the stars! Never mind that it was cloudy, and never mind that I was 33-years-old, the line worked like a charm!
That night led to 10 months of long distance dating, and then Nadav's move to Brooklyn. Nadav says the best thing to come from a long distance relationship is the airline miles! Nadav proposed in January 2013. We knew there was no other place than camp to get married! I am from Alabama and Nadav is from Israel, but we knew that we wanted to start our lives together at Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi – the site where it all began. We immediately began checking out the possibility. We picked a date and started to get organized. I quickly realized that I would need to work with a wedding planner due to all of the out of town details. It was pretty hard for my Type A personality to give up control, but I met the perfect partner in Kendall Poole Ellis.
I knew from the beginning I did not want to wear a white wedding dress. I, of course, wanted to be the bride, but I was not going to be the bride in a white dress. I worked with Mark Ingram Atelier to find the perfect navy blue wedding dress. I was able to check off something blue! Nadav even got excited about his clothing. He hated wearing a suit, but he considered his shoes (black cowboy boots) to be a major win! His favorite part of the outfit were his bicycle chain cuff links. Nadav is an avid (some might say crazy) cross country cyclist. I gave the cuff links to Nadav the day of the wedding. He likes them so much he has requested more dress shirts so that he can wear them. I never thought my outdoorsy husband would request more dress shirts!
Working on the details of the wedding was the most fun. I wanted our guests to be able to enjoy camp, but I also wanted to have a charming, elegant, Southern wedding. Pulling off the elegant piece while at camp is magic I still can’t believe. All of my childhood camp friends could not believe how we transformed camp on Saturday night for the wedding. We really need before and after photos, you just wouldn’t believe it!
We had touches of Southern sayings throughout the event. Cotton was also a huge part of the decor; I am a proud Alabama girl. We had people coming from Israel and the East Coast and it was very important to me to showcase the personality, hospitality, and beauty of the South. Our menu items all had southern inspirations as well.
Being part of the Jewish community is a huge part of our lives. We had multiple Jewish ritual pieces to the wedding. We knew that the Ketubah signing had to be on the tennis courts, the site where it all began. Our Ketubah was a custom paper cut Ketubah inspired by the camp gates. My mother passed away before the wedding and Rainbows were here signature color (and Maiden name!) The chupah is supposed to symbolize the beginning of the couples home together and we changed the flowers to be Rainbows in honor of my mom. The Rabbi who married us is a very special friend to both of us. The Hora was a highlight, and our band Almost Famous really rocked it!
The wedding was such joy and love and beauty – I wish I was more eloquent to describe all of it. I worked with the best team – Kendall Poole Ellis and all of Kendall Poole Event Planning , Meredith Young of Au Courant (florist), Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering & Floral (caterer), Adam + Alli (photographers), and Brock Gomez (cinematographer). They were so supportive of me, especially after my mom died. They were there for me, much more than vendors; I truly consider them friends. I miss emailing and calling them so much! No one else talks about post wedding withdrawals and missing your vendors!"
Photography: Adam + Alli Photography
Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Florals
Florals: Au Courant Floral
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Cake: Cakes by Iris
Rentals: Great Southern Events
Bartending: World of Wines & Liquors
Videography: Brock Gomez Productions
Hair & Makeup: Kate McNeely at Trim Salon
Band: Almost Famous