On the 7th October 2021, Verity and Zachary were married at Offley Place Country House surrounded by their nearest and dearest for their non-traditional Jewish wedding.
Verity and Zach met online on the Jewish dating app Jcrush (now known as JSwipe!) and instantly hit it off- Zach had the sweetest idea of trying to find the lovebird’s original messages from back in the day, unfortunately, they couldn’t find them but how sweet would that have been if they could!
Verity and Zak were initially attracted to Offley Place as the conservatory and parkland grounds perfectly suited Verity’s vision of a natural glam wedding. Read on to see how they made this dream a reality.
Fast forward to the present day and we find ourselves in Offley Place’s Manor House at 1:30 pm, their loved ones enjoying a drinks reception in the Spencer Restaurant and the patio, and Verity and Zach ready for the Tisch and Bedeken. During the Tisch, Zak signed the Jewish marriage certificate in which he promised to look after his bride, after this he went to the Bedeken room with his father and brothers to meet his beautiful bride! Zak then covers Verity’s face with a veil, in Judaism, this focuses on the bride’s inner beauty. Verity recounts that this was one of her favourite moments of the wedding and one she will never forget! It is an extremely spiritual meeting between the bride and groom- especially as the two had not seen each other for a whole week before!
Come 2 pm all their guests were seated in the conservatory listening to the melodic chimes of Aaron Isaac and his choir. In Judaism, a Chuppah symbolizes the start of a new home between the couples, its four open sides are symbolic of the fact that everyone will always be welcome in their new home- Verity and Zach’s opted for a more low-key Chuppah held up by both of their brothers. The couple opted for gypsophila and herb flower vases placed around the conservatory, to compliment the atmosphere of the room, as well as in buttonholes and bouquets. For wedding favors, the couple gave all the women a small terracotta pot with wildflower seeds to plant at home.
The Balagan roaming band made for some awesome evening entertainment, as a soundtrack to the afternoon’s Israeli dancing in the Spencer restaurant. Lunch was then catered by Reich consisting of salmon teriyaki and noodles to begin with, followed by salt beef and chicken latkes, finished with sticky toffee pudding (a nod to Verity and Zak’s favourite food!). The roaming band entertained the couple’s guests throughout the meal and prepared them for the evening’s party.
Verity always knew she wouldn’t go for a traditional dress, she wanted a glamorous, glitzy dress to fit the style of the day. So that’s what she chose, opting for a stunning 1920s Eliza Jane Howell dress. Zak was styled in a custom made double-breasted navy suit from Harris and Zei that he matched with navy shoes. Verity’s bridal party were dressed to match the bride and groom with glitzy sleeves and their flower girl in matching shoes.
After their big day, due to the persisting COVID-19 situation, the couples opted for a Scottish Whiskey adventure so they didn’t have to deal with travel worries due to the pandemic.
When asked to give some advice to the newly engaged couples they said to make sure you enjoy the planning process as much as your can! Create mood boards and spreadsheets as a couple and prioritise the things that are the most important to you. On the day make sure you enjoy the little things!
Suppliers Verity and Zak used, and the couple’s views:
Flowers: Heaven Flowers– Claire from Heaven flowers really got on board with the vision of our wedding and she was so excited to be part of it. It’s wonderful to have someone who loved what our vision was.
Photographer: Blake Ezra Photography – The Photos show such emotion of our day and captured every part of our wedding perfectly. Photos are how you reminisce about the wedding and pass it down to future generations, something that me and Zak felt strongly about and so it was important to have the right person.
Videographer: Michael Pearl Films – Michael is professional and has made the most perfect highlights and main video. The right videographer is so important so that the memories can be captured and be part of our legacy.
Balagan Roaming Band – Balagan and their amazing instruments didn’t stop entertaining us and worked perfectly for an intimate wedding.
Caterer: Reich Catering: Reich is accommodating and encourages you to have the food that you enjoy!
Stationary: Kellmat – Kellmat was lovely to work with and created our stunning stationery that included a beautiful design with herbs and warm colours, matching our vision perfectly.
Hair and Makeup: Jade Walker – Jade was amazing and got my style perfect!