The happy couple: Jeanie and Mark Friedman
Date of wedding: Dec. 20, 2009
Location of ceremony and reception: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Unique idea: With Jeanie being Chinese and Mark Jewish, the couple combined their cultures on their wedding day.
Many guests said their favorite part of the wedding was the addition of the Japanese taiko drummers, Fushu Daiko, to the traditional Jewish ceremony. After the ceremony, the couple had a Western-style wedding reception complete with the Jewish hora and other dancing.
Later on, the couple changed into traditional Chinese wedding garb for a Chinese tea ceremony in the resort's Presidential Suite. The long wedding day concluded with a Chinese banquet.
Multimedia: As for modern culture, Jeanie says to remember that we live in 2010 and multimedia can be used to make the wedding different.
Since Mark is a big Star Trek fan (and actually proposed at Star Trek the Experience in Las Vegas), the couple made their grand wedding entrance by appearing to beam into the room with help from special effects put into an engagement video by MThree Productions of Boca Raton.
Also, the couple presented a video montage showing their interests, which they put together with software they purchased. It showed them with friends and taking part in their hobbies.
Venue: Jeanie said she had the Boca Resort in her head all along because the couple loves vintage things, but after seeing the resort, they knew it was the place to make their wedding unique.
Jeanie said that Ivette Savoie, catering manager at the Boca Resort and Club, had 'such attention to detail, patience for all our questions, and a wonderful personality. Ivette was such a pleasure to work with. We were confident that we were in good hands.'
Jeanie added that Grace Eurglunes from Boca By Design (the resort's wedding and events company) helped transform the rooms into a magical place. 'She listened to the vision we had and worked with our budget,' Jeanie said. 'The flowers were gorgeous, the chuppah was beautiful. It truly looked amazing. She certainly had an eye for color and how to make things pop.'