Two Brides

Lookin hot
December 31, 2008, 12:29 am
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I just got an email from Lara Swanson, whom I adore, letting me know that she has 3 openings for her usually booked boudoir sessions. Hang out with Lara and I(get to meet me!!) and hang out at the Hotel Monaco(!!) in Alexandria VA. Get goregous and get photographed.

A 90-minute session costs $300 and includes up to 5 outfit changes, a disk of negatives, online proofing, photos retouched and included on the disk, and a classy album of your favorite photos from the session. Holy moly!

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December 29, 2008, 6:05 pm
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I am a ribbon addict. Literally. I used to go to estate sales and just search for buttons and ribbon. So when I saw Curbly posted a tutorial for a DIY ribbon organizer that I love- I got a little giddy. This is a total must for all the brides out there diy’ing their invites. Now I just need an oatmeal can. And then I will bleach it a million times since I have celiac disease. I know it’s a little silly but I can’t even be near the bread isle in a grocery store, it’s too scary!!


December 23, 2008, 5:47 pm
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This is my first Hanukkah as a married lady and as an official Jew. When I converted I talked a lot with my Rabbi about my nervousness about one thing: a christmas tree. Call it stupid, but it represented to me my past and tradition. I wanted it but at the time wanted to sweep it under the rug, after all, Jews don’t have trees and I wanted to be an official Jew.

My Rabbi felt it was silly to throw out the baby with the bathwater and urged me to keep traditions that are important to me. A tree is conflicting for me and Natalie. It’s something assimilated Jews do…as a way to not be Jewish and to ‘get ahead’. So it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I’m very very proud to be Jewish. But as someone with seasonal affected disorder- any kind of light in the middle of winter to brighten my day boosts my mood. A tree reminds me of my childhood. It makes me smile.

So we have a Jewmas tree. It’s a small target fake tree decorated with ornaments we get on our travels and blue and white glitter balls from Kmart. We have a winter wreath on our door and our menorah in the dining room. I tried to use christmas lights to make a giant Jewish star in our window- but it looked like a blob of lights.

So here is some candle inspiration! Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! And when you come back from the holidays…A brand new vendor highlight series will begin!!


Photo by:


By Martha Stewart Weddings


From flickr:


Brides magazine

Recap: We get our ass to the reception site
December 17, 2008, 6:52 pm
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So with a lot of couple shots done, we head out of Hotel Monaco *sniff* and to our reception/ceremony site *yay*!


As we were headed to the car(which we wanted to be a prius but realized the week before two dresses would never fit) a few people said “Oh look it’s a double wedding” to which I got irked and kissed Natalie to make sure no one thought we were sisters or some weirdo thing.

One thing I loved was our car ride together. It was just us and Natalie was totally getting nervous. But I just inhaled how yummy she smelt(I have to ask my hair stylist for the name of that hair spray!!) and relaxed. I just starred at Natalie for 15 minutes getting excited. I loved it!

Then we got to Woodend. Ah Woodend. Home to millions of deer, birds, bunnies, it was heaven. I loved how small and intimate it was, yet it was mostly outside, which was also super important to us. The one thing that’s kinda a pain is that they had a list of 8 caterers you had to choose from. No one else could be brought in. It ended up we adored our caterer but in the beginning I felt very nervous with such a short list.

So with everyone there we headed into the mansion to do our Ketubah signing. Now this was Natalie’s baby. She wanted an amazing Ketubah, and she got it!!! We had an artist paper cut a ketubah of a woodland theme, Natalie wrote the ketubah, and her father and a poet in Israel translated it. It’s hanging now in our living room and I get misty looking at it.


Now this is not for the faint of heart. When Natalie told me how much this was going to cost I almost had a heart attack and died. But she pleaded with me, telling me it was the most important part of the wedding for her. And really, after our photographs, I now am so happy that’s what we spent money. Not our dresses. But this. Now working with Melanie Dankowcz was a little hard. It all ended up perfect, but when we signed a contract there was a date in May that she said she would have it ready by. We thought that was to make us feel like she would not forget about us and that she wanted to give us an idea of how long the process takes. What we didn’t realize is that our Rabbi went to Israel for a few weeks which delayed the translation of the Hebrew. We then began receiving emails that we had to get it to her by a certain date…but we had no options, we really wanted OUR rabbi to do this. I felt stressed and so did Natalie. In the end we told her we could not work with her if she could not wait. And after that, things went well. I love our Ketubah, but wished it had not been so stressful.

And here is what Natalie wrote, get out your kleenex!

On the 21st day in the month of Elul in the year 5768, corresponding to the 21st of September 2008, here in our home of Washington, D.C. close to Rock Creek, Kelly Fitzpatrick, also known as Rachel bat Avraham v’ Sarah, and Natalie Prizel, as known as Natanah Vered bat Eliahu v’ Chaya entered into the covenant of marriage through the rituals of chuppah and kiddushin.

Kelly said to Natalie, “With this ring you are consecrated unto me as my beloved wife according to the tradition of the people Israel. And Natalie said to Kelly, “With this ring you are consecrated unto me as my beloved wife according to the tradition of the people Israel”. They pledged to each other:

“We will treat each other with loyalty, respect, kindness, generosity, and endless love in moments of health and illness, joy and sorrow, birth and loss, as we have for the past six years. We commit to struggling for our love in difficult times, and basking in the moments love comes easily. We will treat our differences as opportunities rather than obstacles. We will share all we have unhesitatingly. We will give ourselves body and soul to each other and our relationship. We will never fail to recognize our love as holy and God-given.

Our home will reflect our love: for family, for community, for learning, for all living beings, for our Jewish faith, and for each other. As we face life together, we will always strive to bring the best of ourselves to bear upon the world in the spirit of tikkun olam, the healing of the world and all those in it.”

And they said to each other, in the tradition of Ruth and Naomi, “Ki el asher telchi elech”…Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Where you die, I will die”

All of this is valid and binding.


And if I could not be more touched- then DJ, Peter, and Lauren(our sibs) went up and gave a speech. DJ, my brother, got choked up saying when he drove in that day and spotted us, “you took my breath away”. I nearly melted on the floor. My little brother! At my wedding!




My mom, Emma and Marie listening to our Rabbi.


Then we signed the Ketubah! We were legally Jewishly married, so we got a big Mazel Tov! I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but we literally got a dozen compliments about of Rabbi. Rabbi Fred made the whole day feel spiritual and amazing. I had people coming up to me saying if they converted, they would totally do it for Rabbi Fred.

Maybe I died
December 16, 2008, 3:18 pm
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Ok, so I did not die. I have only had the week from hell. I have spent the last week sick/taking care of sick Natalie/ only to get violently sick again.

I have spent so many hours sleeping it’s driving me batty! I’m tired of being tired!

Right now I have a horrid stomach flu on top of some other stuff- I can obly keep small sips of gatorade down and italien ice.

UGHHH! After this bout of sickness is over I swear I’m going to be OCD about washing my hands and washing everything.

I will post again, I swear. It’s just I slept 20 out of 24 hours yesterday. 😛

Poll: LGBT vendor review/list website, is it needed?
December 2, 2008, 9:57 pm
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pro-LGBT vendors
December 1, 2008, 1:36 am
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I have written before about how important it is to go with vendors who are not just gay-friendly, but actually pro-gay. Meaning it’s in their portfolio, they actively seek gay clientel, or are somehow promoting same-sex marriage and people.

I am always reading Miss Gingerbread’s blog and saw her do a post on pro-gay vendors. Guess who was included and totally feels honored? Moi! I actually was giddy and did a little cheer. I then immediatly read about all the other amazing vendors.

I feel all those ‘gay wedding websites’ out there stink. Either the vendors are totally random or they are outdated. Sooooo I’m thinking about starting a website with wedding vendors that are cool, pro-lgbt, and are doing great work. The vendors would be screened to make sure they are 100% lgbt friendly and there would be no dues, so it would be an even playing field. I was thinking a blog-style website with interviews with the vendors, the ability for people to review the vendors, and a place that actually is up to date on good vendors for us cool gay people 😉

What do you think? Is a website dedicated to pro-gay vendors needed? What would you include? What should be avoided?


P.S How cute is this couple? They found me on the knot and hired me to do family shots. And their daughter is too sweet!