Amanda and Andrew’s elegant wedding took place at the stunning James J. Hill Center. The Reference Library, designed in the Italian Renaissance style, was a gift to the city of St. Paul by James Jerome Hill, a railroad executive who brought railway systems to the upper Midwest. Pink Tennessee marble and Kettle River sandstone line the exterior of the building and with Yantes Photo behind the lens, it was perfect for portraits.
The James J. Hill Center opened to the public in 1921 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. This venue is just gorgeous. Amanda and Andrew were married underneath the Chuppah which symbolizes the home the couple will build together. Like all Jewish weddings, the ceremony concluded with the breaking of the glass, symbolizing the breaking down of barriers between people of different cultures and faiths. Andrew gave it a good stomp and the look of joy on their faces was priceless as they officially became husband and wife.
The teal handblown broken glass will be placed in a Mezuzah, a symbolic Jewish doorpost. By far the best tradition carried out at this wedding was the Hora. We’ve all seen this before and can recall the iconic dance where the bride and groom are hoisted above the crowd on chairs while friends and family dance around them in a circle to “Hava Nagila”. Amanda and Andrew had decided that they weren’t going to do the hoisting of the chairs because marble floors are hard, but their guests had other plans. And we’re so glad they did.
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Photographer: Yantes Photo | Dress Designer: Alvina Valentina | Band: BlueWater Kings Band | Heirlooms and extras: Che Bella | Cake Designer: Cupcake | Jewelry: Jack’s Vintage Jewelry | Event Venue: James J. Hill Reference Library | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cinema and Video: Kathleen Quinn Films | Jewelry: kay jewelers | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s warehouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom | Makeup Artist: Primped | Caterer: The Green Mill | Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas | Submitted via Two Bright Lights