Deborah & Andrew - A Real Fall Wedding at Santa Anita Race Track
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Deborah & Andrew became husband and wife in November, a beautiful Fall wedding day. They chose to have their wedding at the Santa Anita Race Track located in Arcadia. The day began at The Langham Resort in Pasadena. Wonderful video and photos by: Robles Video Productions and A&C Photography. The couple held a traditional Jewish ceremony and the reception followed later that evening. Before the end of the night the couple had a special guest perform for them, Mr. Paul Anka!

They held a traditional Jewish ceremony and the reception followed later that evening. Before the end of the night the couple had a special guest perform for them, Mr. Paul Anka!

Special Performers at the reception: East Wind Lion Dance Troupe

How did you meet?

We met in high school where Andrew was a football player and I was a cheerleader.  We had Statistics class and Andrew stole my homework.  We graduated and didn’t speak for 8-9 years.  We became reacquainted in Synagogue during Rosh Hashanah in 2013.

How long did you plan the wedding after the proposal?

We got engaged on January 29, 2016 and we got married on November 12, 2016, so about 9 months of planning.

The top 3 challenges/difficulties of planning the wedding

  1.  Being organized and Coordinating Schedules with each other & our families
  2.  Pleasing our parents (because we learned that it is also their celebration) but also staying true to our own tastes and desires (essentially compromising)
  3. Making all family members feel included (being cognizant of keeping everyone in the loop and making sure that everyone feels a part of the planning process every step of the way)
  4. READ THE CONTRACTS & be careful who you’re hiring  (pay a deposit and see if you like working with the person for a little bit before you relinquish the entire lump sum payment for services) (we originally hired a crazy photographer and an even crazier wedding coordinator who ended up having to terminate)

The top 3 most fun/easiest parts of planning the wedding

  1. Selecting the Venue & Menu (especially the food tastings)

  2. Being creative/Coming up with Unique Touches & playing with Pinterest

  3. Bachelor & Bachelorette parties (we seriously had the most amazing friends and family who genuinely wanted us to have the times of lives)

What fun/unique feature of your wedding made you the proudest?

All the Disney touches:  We had hidden mickeys scattered throughout the entire wedding & reception: save the date/engagement pictures, yarmulkes, boutonnière, veil, cuff links, tie clips, bouquet cake, centerpieces,etc..  Our tables were named after disney rides and our escort cards were fast passes.  We had disney themed cocktails, disney photo booth, and disney love quotes scattered throughout the venue.  We had a life size fairytale book.   I arrived to the ceremony in a Cinderella carriage and we exited the ceremony in the carriage. Our love of disney was sprinkled throughout.  Our wedding looked like our version of our disney fairytale.

Also, our long time family friend, Mr. Paul Anka’s performance was incredible and a really special memory. Looking around and seeing everyone singing and dancing on the dance floor.

If you had it to do over, what would you change, add or do differently?

Even though you think you’ve prepared a solid timeline and a plan in case of every scenario, the day goes by so fast and you can’t really even plan or expect for how fast the day happens and it speeds before you.  Once you get a few minutes behind, you don’t get those moments back. I wish that I would have had someone keeping me more on top of things during the pre ceremony and reception. I would have wanted more time for photos with certain family members and the bridal party. We spent a lot of time greeting guests and while I felt that it was very important, if someone had alerted me as to how much time that took from our over all reception, I would have limited it significantly.

Those are just little detailed changes, overall it was such a magical day and I wish we could relive it again and again.

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Credit to these vendors/services
Cakes/Cupcakes deCroupets Bakery
Caterers Someone's In The Kitchen
Decor Lighting Alex Events Inc. and LA PartyWorks, Inc.
DJ/Disc Jockey Extreme DJ Service
Floral/florist Nisie Enchanted and Flowers By Sharen
Gowns Allure Couture from Panache Bridal in Pasadena
Formal Wear Pronto Uomo Platiunum Charcoal Suits from Men's Warehouse
Hair/Makeup Hair: Jessica Pauli, Makeup: Vive Beauty Salon
Limo/Transportation Cindy Cinderella Carriages
Musicians Private Quartet lead by aunt and uncle Jon and Sarah Weisz
Officiants Rabbi Howard Laibson & Cantor Ruth Berman Harris
Photo Booths LA PartyWorks, Inc.
Rentals Dolphin Event Services