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Tell us your love story: Both: We began our love story in 2009 after meeting one Friday night during a youth service at Davalynn’s fathers church. After what was then a simple conversation, Roderick knew at that moment Davalynn was someone special. Groom: That night I searched through social media networks to find her. I needed to get her attention. After periods of communication our friendship became deeper. Before we both knew it days became weeks, weeks became months, & months became years. The rest was indeed history as our love only blossomed from there. Of course she played hard to get, but I continued to pursue and now we are here, says Roderick.



When did you know that your partner was the one? Groom: As the saying goes, “When you know, you just know!” I guess for me it was when I couldn’t see a single day of my life without her being a part of it. Bride: He was the answer to a prayer that I had prayed for years prior to us dating. He knows how to love me unconditionally.

How did you propose? Groom: After four years of dating, I proposed to her on a Sunday evening in October last year with close family surrounded at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in New Jeresey.

What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Groom: The live band, the fact that I was able to get the band that I use to play for to come and play for my wedding made my wedding very special. And, also having the singer Jesse Campbell from The Voice be our guest soloist. Bride: My most memorable moment was having my last grandparent there to celebrate with us. Also, having all our family and friends there and the enjoying themselves.

What’s the key to success in your relationship? Both: The key to success for our relationship is prayer and communication. And always allowing God to lead you and to always put him first in the good times and the bad.

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Interfaith weddings


Newsflash: “A rabbi under the huppah may boost Jewish engagement in intermarried homes,” according to a study released this past month by the Brandeis University Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.

That’s welcome new data but no news for us, two New York-area rabbis trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary who have each made personal and professional sacrifices in seeking to find alternatives to the movement’s ban on rabbis officiating at intermarriages. But the findings do reinforce what our guts have been telling us for a long time: the moment for serious communal deliberation and decision is now. With intermarriage rates outside the Orthodox community as high as 71 percent according to the 2013 Pew study, for the American Jewish community this is a pressing priority today.

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“Under the Chuppah: Rabbinic Officiation and Intermarriage” affirms the commitments so many of us have undertaken to enfranchise multi-heritage families within the Jewish community by officiating at their weddings.

The Brandeis study compares the Jewish trajectories of intermarried couples who had a sole Jewish officiant at their wedding with those who did not and were married under other auspices. It also compares both populations’ Jewish commitments to those of Jewish couples who were married by a sole Jewish officiant.

The key finding? When rabbis agree to meet with intermarried couples, officiate at their wedding and help guide them into building families, an overwhelming majority of these couples choose to make the Jewish community their home.

Even when controlling for gender, Jewish background and college Jewish experiences, the “sole Jewish officiant” marriages demonstrate Jewish engagement at dramatically higher levels than intermarried couples, on metrics like raising their children as Jews, joining a synagogue, sending their child to a Jewish pre-school, attending religious services, celebrating Jewish holidays, consuming Jewish or Israeli cultural content and contributing to Jewish and Israeli causes.

While differences persist between both sets of intermarried couples and inmarried couples with regards to some observances like Shabbat, interfaith marriages conducted by a sole Jewish officiant definitively display stronger connection to Jewish life and community. We are hopeful that it will motivate other Conservative Jewish leaders to forge ahead with efforts to embrace these families within an evolving framework of progressive halachah, or Jewish law, and sanctify their ongoing connections to the Jewish people and to the Jewish future.

While we both come from Orthodox backgrounds and identify as LGBTQ, our journeys to this place have followed different paths. One of us spent 20 years as a community rabbi with membership in the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly refusing to officiate at an intermarriage. Three years ago, she decided to withdraw from the RA in order to stand with, officiate for and guide such couples who are seeking to root their lives and their future in the Jewish community.

The other spent decades as a spiritual teacher and dramatist bringing Jews and others into deep relationship with biblical text and tradition and who did officiate at multi-faith weddings as part of the effort to build inclusive Jewish communities. He is now a member of the RA as a newly ordained rabbi, most recently choosing to abstain from officiating at all weddings while exploring a viable solution within halachah that will enable rabbis to officiate at weddings of Jews and those of another heritage who are not, or not yet, converting to Judaism.

Both of us have worked with intermarrying couples whose desire to be married by a rabbi was part of a deeper commitment to Jewish life. Both of us have seen first-hand the difference our presence made as they envisioned lives inspired by Jewish values and practice, often joining our communities. Both of us have seen the fallen faces and felt the pain of those we had to, literally and spiritually, turn away. Our shared sense of urgency and need for collective action, along with that of many colleagues in the Conservative movement, finds powerful resonance in this latest data.

Several weeks ago we attended the Interfaith Opportunity Summit in Philadelphia convened by InterfaithFamily. It brought together several hundred leaders from across the Jewish spectrum. Leonard Saxe of Brandeis University presented the new study at the opening plenary. Throughout the day questions and concerns about the direction of the Conservative movement were raised, primarily by those affiliated with it — practitioners and educators yearning for resources and searching for possibilities with which to embrace the growing numbers of intermarrying families within their communities who desire, require and deserve their leadership.

In February 2015, the Shalom Hartman Institute convened a small gathering of Conservative rabbis with varying positions on the issue to delve deeply into the historical, sociological and halachic dimensions of intermarriage. Some of us who are eager to explore possibilities for ritual creativity and halachic sensitivity around intermarriage subsequently created an independent working group. It meets regularly to consider what alternative Jewish wedding ceremonies might look like within the framework of the Conservative movement. Another group has formed to examine the reclaiming of biblical and Talmudic status that confers membership in the Jewish community on gentiles who choose to live with us though not convert. As more colleagues learn of our efforts, we receive continuous requests to join in the conversations.

We realize, of course, that correlation does not indicate causation. We can’t simply assume that rabbinic officiation at intermarriages produces higher rates of Jewish engagement. Perhaps couples who desire a rabbi as the sole officiant already have a greater personal comfort with Jewish engagement. And yet we cannot discount the potential impact upon their future Jewish choices of a rabbi who welcomes them as they form their family, who conveys the sacred responsibilities and privileges of Jewish life as they consecrate their love and who creates space and value for them within the Jewish community.

As the open-sided huppah beckons for the marrying couple’s home to be filled with family, friends and community, we urge our colleagues to seek an authentic path leading both to and beyond that wedding canopy into the Jewish lives that await our mentoring and our nourishing.

While our country is reeling from a dramatic political upset and the uncertainty it has unleashed, people are wondering how our multivalent American identity will continue to evolve in the coming years. Will we recede into our binary-driven racial and ideological silos and risk further social fragmentation and even physical aggression? Or will we recommit to building the bridges of respect and love that link our destinies one to the other? The question is urgent not only for us as Americans, but equally for us Jews.

This year Christmas Eve coincides with the first night of Hanukkah. How can we help ensure that Jewish relatives arrive at these celebrations with the light of their Jewish identity and that of their own family’s burning bright and proud? How can we help ensure the ongoing commitment to Judaism and Jewish life among those whose destinies have taken them beyond the confines of our communities? For us, and for many others, the question is, how can we not?

We take this moment to express our thanks for the privilege of being rabbis trained in the Conservative movement’s mission of securing the ongoing relevance of Judaism and its resonance for individuals and families living in an increasingly complex world. We are no less grateful for and humbled by the responsibility with which we’ve been invested to ensure that our canopies and tents are as wide and welcoming as were Abraham and Sarah’s long ago, and as we are determined for them to remain.

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Weddings will become more expensive


WEDDINGS will become more expensive say West Fife's florists, who've report a significant fall in profits since Brexit.

The industry relies heavily on the EU with most imports coming from Amsterdam and this has caused flower prices to double overnight.

Lou Lou flowers in Dunfermline, who specialise in luxury wedding flowers, described the effects of the vote as immediate and and a bodyblow to their business.

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Owner Laura Hutchinson told the Press: "You work as a florist because you are passionate about it and a florist's margins are already quite narrow, but as soon as Brexit happened I felt an immediate effect.

"As I deal within a niche part of the market, there will be specific flowers that I will need and they're normally imported from Amsterdam.

"There is a very small market for British flowers because of weather and the most popular designs for brides have quite a commercial feel.

"I was paying 60p for a rose and now it's more like £1.30 but even the most basic flowers are expensive.

"This was all very sudden with no warning so I have weddings booked in from two years ago with quotes I have to honour and I'm barely making any money.

"It's a tough business to be in right now and the UK might be a less flowery place soon."

Prices in the florist industry have always fluctuated because weather issues all over the world affect the product but when flowers are massed produced in Holland, Brexit has made prices soar.

Some florists reported a profit of £100 instead of £400 after June.

Vivienne McBride, previous owner of Lilywhite flowers in Dalgety Bay, said: "I recently closed my florist but the last few weddings I did, I was lucky to make £50-£100 from them.

"I've now opened a new business but Brexit was been a deciding factor to quit.

"It was just far too much of a risk every month and costs have pretty much doubled.

"It seems the Dutch are quite willing to trade with other EU countries but are not really interested in the British market so they'll just put our prices up because they know there's a demand."

Lorna's Flowers, in Dalgety Bay, said their profits hadn't been affected but it appears that florists specialising in weddings are feeling the pinch.

Lyn Wilson, of Poppy Floral Design in Charlestown, said: "Prices have definitely gone up and some flowers have doubled.

"The floral trade goes in swings and roundabouts but I think if we sit tight we'll be alright and things will eventually even out."

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The Office's Angela Kinsey Is Married


Twelve years ago, when J. Crew first started selling bridal gowns, it was an unusual gamble: Would women be willing to buy their wedding dresses — arguably the most glamorous frock they’d ever wear — from a store that was known for sensible cable-knit sweaters and cubicle-ready blazers?

The answer, the chain soon found out, was an emphatic “yes.” Women began flocking to the line, which, like J. Crew’s everyday clothes, was more about classic elegance than va-va-voom shine and shimmer. These were minimalist silk column gowns and floaty, A-line pieces, maybe with a small dash of sparkle around the waist. They were not froufrou. They didn’t convey a lot of effort.

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Now, the mall stalwart is ditching this bride and bridesmaid line, a move that is not necessarily much of a sartorial loss, given that other designers make similarly simple dresses at comparable price points. But J. Crew’s disappearance from the bridal market marks the end of the road for a line that shook the culture of shopping for wedding dresses: It made it more casual and, in certain circles, made it deeply uncool to be too studied about what you wore on the biggest day of your life.

And that emphasis on being a laid-back bride would soon creep into all aspects of wedding-day style — the venue, the decor, the food, the party favors.

When J. Crew first stormed the market, the de facto way of buying wedding gowns and bridesmaid attire was at some appointment-only store that billed itself as a “salon” and called its shopkeepers “consultants.” It was stuffy. It was unfamiliar.

J. Crew’s model let women buy dresses online and try them on in the comfort of their bedrooms — something that was still rare in this earlier chapter of e-commerce. And the bridesmaid dresses could be mixed and matched, so you didn’t have a uniformed brigade of taffeta following you down the aisle. This is commonplace now, but J. Crew was essential in making it that way.

And the label brought fresh styling ideas to the masses: The rise of vintage-looking fascinators — those clip-in hairpieces with a bit of netting near the face — instead of cathedral-worthy veils? That came straight off the bridal pages of the J. Crew catalogue.

But it wasn’t just about the product and the shopping experience: Women also became enamored with the oh-so-casual vibe a J. Crew wedding or bridesmaid dress allowed them to telegraph.

“Oh, it’s just J. Crew,” you could say, nonchalantly, when someone asked you where your lovely dress was from.

The subtext was clear: “I’m so chill and so unstuffy that I just picked this thing up at the same place I buy my jeans and T-shirts.”

Also: “I paid only three or low four figures for my dress on a day when other women give into a ‘princess for a day’ mentality.”

Same goes for bridesmaid dresses: With a mix of strapless, halter and one-strap necklines, you announced, “I’m such an anti-Bridezilla that I gave my girl squad the chance to get dresses they actually like.”

It’s hard to know just how much of a moneymaker the J. Crew bridal business has been: The company does not break out sales figures for this department. But there are signs that suggest it built a solid following: The retailer had expanded it from a web- and catalogue-only business to add bridal suites to some of its tonier bricks-and-mortar stores. It opened a wedding boutique on Madison Avenue. Perhaps the clearest sign of its effect? It spawned a host of imitators. Ann Taylor, White House Black Market and Anthropologie crashed the bridal market, too. (Ann Taylor has since pulled out, while WHBM offers only a limited assortment of bridesmaid dresses. Anthropologie, on the other hand, is going even bigger with its Bhldn wedding brand.)

Don’t get me wrong: This idea of being more relaxed about wedding attire hasn’t become a ritual for everyone. TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” has brought us an almost decade-long parade of ultra-formal, finicky brides in search of bling-encrusted poofs made by Pnina Tornai.

But the rise of the J. Crew Bride dovetailed with a broader aesthetic shift in what’s cool for weddings. These days, fancy equals fusty. DIY decor like Mason jars and paper lanterns and chalkboards are preferable to old-school opulence.

Chandeliered ballrooms and filet mignon are out. Instagram-ready details are in, such as dessert tables filled with doughnuts and photo booths where you’re supposed to pose in silly hats.

I don’t know about you, but four of the nine weddings I’ve attended in the past three years have been in barns or on farms, all of them from urban or suburban couples going for a rustic atmosphere. One of those brides declared to me before her big day, “It’s going to look like Pinterest threw up on my wedding.” She was not incorrect.

Maybe the rise of the unfussy J. Crew Bride was a catalyst of this change. Or maybe J. Crew just skillfully rode the wave. Either way, the J. Crew Bride and the Pinterest Bride are closely linked phenomena.

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Wedding Sneak Peek Teased By TLC


In the sneak peek above, you can see a (brief) glimpse at the highly anticipated event - the most-anticipated of the current season.

Not that the bar was set very high in that regard.

On Counting On: Courting Jinger - the second most exciting TV event in Arkansas last night - TLC confirmed the upcoming wedding special.

The TLC network’s synopsis for “Jinger’s Wedding” is minimal, but it does reveal what the series has been leading up to all season.

After seeing Jinger breaking all the courtship rules on TV for weeks, and Jeremy's romantic proposal, the duo will head down the aisle.

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“After months of anticipation, Jinger and Jeremy’s wedding day has finally arrived!” the synopsis reads, offering a “first look” of the bride.

We only see her from the back, but that will soon change.

As “Jinger walks down the aisle to become Mrs. Jeremy Vuolo,” the TLC cameras were rolling, and we imagine the utter joy that awaits.

The sneak peek gave us a glimpse of Jinger Duggar's wedding dress and her father Jim Bob Duggar as Jeremy waited for her in tears.

Last Saturday, the proud parents of the bride were the first to confirm the news that the wedding had taken place, posting this video:

Jinger and Jeremy later confirmed the news themselves in a video (also posted above) of their own, gushing over one another as always.

But now that we know the vows have been exchanged, we're ready for the main event to play out and to see what went on behind the scenes!

The promo says, without exaggerating whatsoever:

“Their love story has unfolded before your eyes."

"And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for ..."

"Jinger and Jeremy’s wedding.”

Indeed. The big moment has already come and gone, but unlike the 2016 election results, you could easily see the TV special coming.

Jinger and Jeremy were married in front of 1,000 (!) people friends at the Cathedral of the Ozarks at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Josh and Anna Duggar were so happy to be among them, while her cousin Amy Duggar had to miss the event due to prior commitment.

For Mr. and Mrs. Vuolo, it was the culmination of a whirlwind romance that set the new high water mark for passionate Duggar courtships.

As that chapter closes, their future is just beginning though.

The couple plan to honeymoon in New Zealand and Australia before living and work in Laredo, Texas, where Jeremy currently resides.

A former soccer pro, the 29-year-old Vuolo is now a pastor; Jinger, 22, immediately expressed willingness to relocate to be with Jeremy.

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How Jesinta and Buddy Franklin kept their wedding a secret


The former Miss Campbell had the nation in a frenzy when she revealed that she'd secretly tied the knot to her longtime love, Buddy Franklin. And now we know how she did it!No one suspected a thing as the 25-year-old said "I do" in a secret ceremony in NSW's Blue Mountains.

Determined to keep the day just between loved ones, Jesinta played coy by working right up until the day before her wedding, where she opened the annual Christmas window display at Sydney's David Jones on Thursday.

Just last week, the former Miss Universe entrant casually threw the scent off her big day during an interview on The Today Show.

Focusing on her newly released lifestyle book, Jesinta told host Lisa Wilkinson that her wedding plans had been put on hold yet again.

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"No, for us, this year for us was focusing on health and happiness and getting through the year," the model expertly explained.

The David Jones ambassador also admitted to Kyle and Jackie O that she was in no rush to become Mrs Franklin.

"We're both really young and we've had a really, really busy, big year. You know, me changing agencies and Buddy obviously making the grand final."

"For us, health and happiness were the big focus this year and the marriage was kind of put on the back-burner," she explained to the radio hosts.

It has since been revealed that in between all of Jesinta's work commitments, she was intricately planning her special day.

According to friends close to the pair, Jesinta and Buddy used the aliases "Shaz and Tony" to book everything. Guests posted their congratulations to social media and even penned the hilarious pseudonyms in their captions.

"Tony and Shaz congrats!!! Great day," one attendee wrote.

Despite it being a lavish event, sources noted it was "pulled together really quickly".

To throw people off, friends and loved ones were ordered to post various locations of the wedding, including the Barossa Valley and New Zealand's Queenstown. It was eventually confirmed that the nuptials were in fact took place at Mount Wilson's Wildenstein Gardens in the Blue Mountains in a private garden.

A guest at the intimate affair told Fairfax Media, "only their immediate friends and family, no cousins or anything" were invited.

"It wasn't a stuffy wedding. She [Jesinta] is known for being laid back and easy going and that's exactly what she was as a bride. They danced all night long and were surrounded by people who love and respect them."

The bride wore a custom made ivory and nude Vera Wang gown and cathedral veil during the ceremony, before changing into a bespoke long-sleeve lace gown for the reception.

The loved up duo's guest list included Jesinta's sister and stylist Aleysha Campbell, close friend Elliot Garnaut, make-up artist Michael Brown and Hawthorn great Jarryd Roughead.

Also, flying in to help the model and AFL great celebrate was Buddy's sister Bianca and her husband Wallabies star Matt Giteau, who jetted in from their home in France.

Dancing the night away, it's been reported that they all indulged on endless goblets of Moët & Chandon champagne.

We can't wait to see more from the day, in the coming weeks.

Until then, Jesinta and Buddy have kicked off their honeymoon.

Earlier today the 25-year-old shared a snap of a car driving down a leafy road, penning, "Let our adventure begin."

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Claire Foy battled broken elbow to film The Crown


All actors may claim they suffer for their art, but Claire Foy has a greater reason to complain than most.

The actress, who plays the Queen in an upcoming Netflix drama, has disclosed she broke her elbow at a wedding shortly before key scenes, but had to plough on for fear of delaying filming.

Foy, 32, said she had sought the help of a doctor, who drained fluid off her elbow to reduce swelling enough to fit into a wedding dress to shoot at Ely Cathedral.

Foy battled through a swollen arm to squeeze into her wedding dress

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The actress was photographed during filming with a blue sling on her left arm, but final scenes see her arm covered by the long-sleeved wedding gown.

She told the Radio Times she had fallen over at a wedding three months into shooting The Crown.

"I wasn't even drunk!” she said. “It was so embarrassing phoning the producer to tell him.

“I had to go back to work because we had these huge scenes to shoot of the Royal Wedding and the Coronation at Ely Cathedral.

“I was in a lot of pain until I went to see this amazing doctor who syringed all the blood off my elbow and reduced the swelling.

“But getting into the costumes was tricky for quite a while.”

The first series of the big-budget Netflix drama follows the Queen from her marriage to Philip Mountbatten in 1947 to the resignation of her first Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, in 1955.

Foy, who previously played Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, said her part became more difficult as shooting went on.

"In the first two episodes, before she becomes Queen, I could be a lot freer with my emotions, but as the series goes on she develops an armour in order to cope with her circumstances," she said.

"She has to be a sphinx, which must be so hard. Imagine never being able to shout 'shut up' or cry, even in front of your own family."

Peter Morgan, the writer, said he had initially seen the Queen as an “empty vessel”, but had come to learn “you can tell what she thinks from what she hasn’t said and hasn’t done”.

“I suspect there’s a million times she curses under her breath,” he said. “I imagine her natural sympathies are with the Commonwealth, rather than Europe, and one of the reasons the country was able to contemplate Brexit was because the grandmother of our nation thinks that way.”

He disclosed Netflix had been particularly keen on taking the series, despite interest from the BBC, because it was seeking to expand from 60 countries to 190, many of which were in the Commonwealth where, Morgan said, “the Queen is their grandmother”.

“I hope never to meet her,” the writer said. “I’ve spent so long thinking and writing about the woman it would feel unnatural and uncomfortable. I’d just be embarrassed.”

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