Why I #ChooseLove: In Sickness & In Health

I’ve been absent from the IFF blog for the past month or so, dealing with some health issues that kept me a bit too busy for wedding planning—or reflecting. While I’ve dealt with doctor’s appointments and missed deadlines at work, I’ve had a mental image of a calendar with pages flying by—each representing a day […]

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Simplifying The Seven Blessings

Blessings have been on my mind lately. In the Jewish wedding ceremony there are seven blessings recited, and, for better or for worse, I’m finding them complicated. Which is why, when our house started to shake during a thunderstorm the other night, I was already awake turning blessing after blessing over and over in my […]

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A Roze(nsky) By Any Other Name

In 2011, TheKnot.com surveyed almost 20,000 newlywed women. They found that only 8 percent kept their last names. Of the remaining 92 percent, 86 percent took their partner’s last name. Six percent hyphenated or created a new last name. While I’ve seen other studies that show the percentage of women who keep their last names […]

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Next Question: How to Find an Officiant?

I don’t want anyone to panic, but we’re nearly at the six-month mark. Six months until….holy moly matrimony. Luckily, we’ve figured a few things out. Like that big question: who will officiate the ceremony? One of the pieces of InterfaithFamily’s work that I’m most excited about is how they work with couples to find officiants […]

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Finding a Ceremony Location that Fits

Where do you get married when you don’t officially “belong” anywhere? This question, which seems rather dramatic, was the first hurdle of wedding planning. Here are some places that we quickly checked off the list: – A rotating wedding with stops at each temple or church where a friend of ours works as a rabbi […]

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New Traditions & King Cakes

Today’s blog post brings us well into wedding planning process—as well as to a few other relationship landmarks. Last week we celebrated Justin’s birthday, which we do in a traditional (to him, not so much to me) way—with a King Cake. The King Cake is a Mardi Gras custom (Mardi Gras being part of the […]

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Justin & Jordyn: Our How We Met Story

I love telling our “how we met” story, because if you don’t know us, it’s pretty unexpected. And, if you do know us, well, our beginnings make a lot of sense. We met three years ago in Guatemala City, both having traveled there for a photography workshop. My first impression of Justin was that he […]

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