Shelly Pate

Traditional Jewish Wedding with Romantic Vibes at Poplar Springs

couple dances through wedding party arch at outdoor wedding

These two knew from the start that they wanted to incorporate Jewish wedding traditions and other wedding traditions on their big day. It all came down to how they would mix the old with the new at this outdoor fall wedding. See how everything came together in planning their traditional Jewish wedding at Poplar Springs Manor.

couple kisses surrounded by wedding party at outdoor wedding

Traditional Jewish Wedding in an Outdoor Setting

couple exchanges vows at traditional Jewish wedding

One non-negotiable part of the day was using a chuppah for the Jewish wedding ceremony. The couple’s wedding planner, Khatera Panjshiri shared, “it was a matter of who would be standing under the chuppah, and how much of the tradition they would follow. Typically, it’s both sets of parents that are under the chuppah.

Since the bride’s mom passed away a couple years ago, her grandmother stood in holding Rachel’s bouquet in honor of her mom.” Rachel and Mitch found ways to create a traditional Jewish wedding environment that also honored their lost loved ones. This extended to even using Rachel’s mom’s wedding dress veil as part of the chuppah.

couple carried on chairs during reception at traditional Jewish wedding

Other traditions included the Jewish wedding glass to break and a Jewish Ketubah signing. A ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract that is signed and witnessed prior to the wedding. The couple signed the document (designed incorporating their wedding theme colors) surrounded by their immediate family. The reception included the standard dance of a Jewish wedding: the hora. This dance has the newlyweds seated and lifted up in the air by guests.

Adding Personal Touches to a Traditional Jewish Wedding

audio guestbook vintage phone on table at wedding reception

Despite all that was used as part of their traditional Jewish wedding, the day also included other components that infused the couple’s personality into the day. The romantic boho vibes that the bride was going for came out in touches like wearing a cape instead of a veil and using recording messages on a vintage phone for the guest book. Their pup Winnie was also included in the couples photos and walking down the aisle wearing a crown of floral greenery. She joined them for their engagement session too!

couple embraces in sunset woods at outdoor Virginia wedding
brides hold fall wedding bouquets at traditional Jewish wedding

The overall feel of the wedding design and colors came from Rachel’s own inspiration. The planner described the wedding aesthetic as being “very much into the boho feel which is more of her style: retro, moodier, and boho.” The color palette included browns and different shades of red in the bridesmaid dresses against white tablecloths and greenery in the table settings. The wedding decor florals also matched the white, pale brown, and red flowers in both the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets.

wedding decor and table settings at traditional Jewish wedding

Rachel showed off her personality with a reception change into a white beaded fringe dress paired with hot pink shoes! This was the signal for the karaoke and the dance party to begin! These two are so fun and loved dancing, singing, and drinking with their friends at the afterparty. This party even included catering by McDonalds!

couple dances together at wedding reception

Tips for Weddings at Poplar Springs Manor

Poplar Springs Manor an outdoor Virginia wedding venue

Rachel and Mitch’s traditional Jewish wedding and after party found its place at Poplar Springs Manor in Warrenton, Virginia. Here’s Khatera Panjshiri’s wedding planner tips for hosting a wedding at this gorgeous wedding venue just outside of Washington, DC:

  • Use styled rental furniture outside for cocktail hour: “you can really play up the space by infusing it with your personality using lounge furniture, escort walls, mobile bars, etc.” Rachel and Mitch were able to join cocktail hour by doing their wedding party photos beforehand and sunset couples photos while guests went to their reception seating.
  • Get married at any spot on the property like this couple in a field on the side of the manor (getting married under the tree line is recommended for guests fewer than 100)
  • Utilize both the indoor and outdoor spaces including tented options: “the indoors have both the old and new world charm. They built the extension ballroom to accommodate a larger guest count with a contemporary look.” 
wedding decor and table settings at wedding reception

If you are looking to both incorporate and break tradition on your wedding day, then let’s talk!

The Team

Venue | Poplar Springs Manor
Photographer | Shelly Pate Photography
Wedding Planner | Events by Khatera


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