There is literally an infinite amount of options for how and where to plan a wedding. I wouldn’t say Adele and Eric considered ALL of them, but they certainly did their due diligence when planning the perfect celebration for them.
Adele’s family was set on having us as their photographers (much to our delight) since we photographed Adele’s brother Daniel and his wife Davina’s wedding a few years ago outside Monaco. Being the first item checked off the to-do list gave us the rare opportunity to be along for the ride of all potential wedding options as they were up for consideration.
Their final choice was the perfect compromise: a destination weekend trip to the famed Stone Barns at Bluehill Farms (as seen on Chef’s Table) just outside New York where many of their guests live and work. The result was a perfect balance of embracing their Jewish culture, heritage, and tradition and throwing a memorable, kick-ass party to satisfy their mostly younger crowd of many, many, MANY friends (Eric had 14 groomsmen!).
This balancing act was maintained throughout the weekend, beginning with a more intimate Shabbat dinner on Friday night, where Adele’s mom told the incredible story of the family’s Shabbat candlesticks that have survived war and many generations, followed by hilarious (albeit occasionally embarrassing) speeches by the bridal party (every single member – did I mention the 14 groomsmen?!). The next day you could practically feel the party energy building throughout the day as traditional Jewish ceremony and formal dinner made way for an epic dance party that only gained in momentum through the night.
It was such a pleasure to be there once again for this wonderful family to eternalize yet another memorable celebration. We also loved getting to know Eric and his many bromances and the bonds and friendships that have made both Adele and Eric who they are.