Jenna and David's wedding.
(photo credit: Liesl Diesel)
This time we are featuring part two of Jenna and David's amazing wedding (see part one - the decor, here).
We are used to featuring beautiful weddings, but an inspirational and
wonderful story such as Jenna and David's really makes us proud to post
For years David and Jenna lived a few doors away from
each other on the same street in Montreal while studying at Mcgill
University. They had the same groups of friends, frequented the same
cafe’s and restaurants, and studied at the same places. There were many
opportunities for their lives to intersect - but they were not ready.
completion of their studies, they both moved to Chicago, still, without
having ever met. While in Chicago, David decided to pursue his
interests in lung cancer research. During David’s year of research, he
realized that his passion lies in thoracic surgery and in providing the
necessary support to cancer patients and their families.
the same time Jenna was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Grey
Zone Lymphoma which affects less than 300 people in the United States.
Jenna, during her own experiences with cancer realized the critical
importance of providing psycho-social support to cancer patients and
In 2011, three months after the completion of her cancer treatment, Jenna founded the organization Twist Out Cancer
(TOC) which leverages social media to help survivors and their loved
ones combat the feelings of isolation, loneliness and helplessness that
often accompany cancer diagnoses and treatment. TOC provides a forum
through which anyone affected by cancer can share thoughts, experiences,
stories, and insights, allowing for the exchange of ideas,
encouragement, and wisdom from one community member to another.
late November of 2011 a mutual friend of Jenna and David’s set them up.
The two first connected on Facebook and became pen pals before meeting
in person over a 7 1/2 hour dinner. What became evident upon their first
meeting is that their passions and values were aligned, and that they
had so many shared experiences without ever having shared them together.
David proposed two and a half months later and they were married in
For Jenna, Israel has always been a second home. She had
contemplated making aliyah before she was diagnosed with Cancer, and she
had always dreamed about being married in Jaffa overlooking the water
which has become a symbol of healing and strength. Likewise for David,
Israel has always been a place that holds significant meaning and
importance for him both culturally and spiritually. After their quick
engagement, David suggested the idea of marrying in Israel, and Jenna
quickly obliged. This not only was an opportunity for Jenna and David to
share their special place with those they love the most, but it was a
chance to bring Jenna’s father to Israel for the first time, and her
mother back to Israel after 42 years.
With 110 guests that
traveled from over eight different countries, Jenna and David were
determined to create a dynamic week for their guests. With optional
tours to Jerusalem and Massada as well as a wine and spice farm tours in
the lower Galilee, their guests had the opportunity to see the country
up close and personally.
Jenna and David planned their entire
wedding while abroad. They followed Hatunot as a guide and made
decisions based upon user reviews and friend and family recommendations.
Their beautiful Jaffa wedding began at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 6:30 a.m.
with sunrise at the Beach. A post wedding reception was held the
following day at Regina Restaurant and guests were also invited to a
Saturday a picnic lunch at the Hilton Beach. The couple spent the
following week on their honeymoon at Tholos Resort in Santorini, Greece.
The stunning images from Jenna and David's beautiful and
emotional day were taken by Liesl Diesl who has been working with Jenna
since she founded Twist Out Cancer. Decor team Bloesem was in charge of
transforming the Jaffa's Beit Andromeda venue into a Rustic Garden and
the pinata seed guest giveaways and all that is left is to wish Jenna
& David a huge mazal tov and thank them for sharing their
exceptional and inspirational story and wedding day with us. We are
truly amazed and inspired by your story, your amazing contribution to
the community and your beautiful wedding photos. Beautiful inside and
out, without a doubt.
Venue: Beit Andromeda
Photographer: Liesl Diesel
Video: Omer Yadgar Films
Floral & Design: Bloesem
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhullier
Hair: Hair By Galli
Makeup: Elisheva Avraham
Shoes: Bagdley Mishka
Groom Attire: Custom Made
Guest Giveaway: Plantable Seeds - Bloesem
DJ: Dj Shahar
Live Music: Live Drumming by Udi Krauss
Live Music: Klezmer and Jazz provided by Melody Trio
Tours: Journey Israel LLC
Tours: Delicious Israel
For the full wedding and more pictures, visit hatunotblog.com