Bride and groom at a Beautiful Autumn Wedding in New Jersey - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Not only was Julie and Victor’s wedding pretty and unique, it took place on a beautiful autumn day in the countryside of New Jersey. Photographed by Levi Stolove Photography, it was a rustic, casual, DIY wedding in a charming inn with a blend of two cultures – Jewish and Chinese.

“We wanted a small, rustic, casual and intimate day for our wedding. Because of our large families, the small part wasn’t going to work, but we were able to pull off the rest in a very short time. We planned the wedding in a little over three months, and almost everything was DIY, most of which centred around natural and understated details with unique and personal touches. We were lucky enough to get the perfect October day for the outdoor garden ceremony, with a cosy tent for the reception.

“We wanted our wedding to have a home-grown feel that came out of the talents of our friends and family. Everyone had their own special roles; Victor and my father built our Chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy under which we were married, from branches from my parents’ backyard. With the help of my cousin and Victor, I designed, printed, and cut all of the paper goods – invitations, place cards, programs, table numbers, and marriage license. I wanted the tables to feel rustic and organic, so we chose to use wild flowers and cacti as an alternative to the traditional arrangement. Victor’s brothers helped string globe lights in the tent that morning, giving the night a warm and casual feeling, and our friends hung old photographs around the tent to make the setting more homely. Most importantly, we had my two grandparents, who are 97 and 98, participate in the ceremony, while my grandmother gave away her own wedding ring, after 72 years of marriage, to Victor.

“The blending of our two cultures, Jewish and Chinese, was very important to us. We had a Jewish wedding ceremony and a Chinese tea ceremony. The tea ceremony was incredibly special to us and was a wonderful way for me to be welcomed into Victor’s family.”

Wooden 'wedding' sign - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Crossed Keys Inn sign - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Jar of flowers with sunflower - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Jar of flowers - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride having her hair done for her wedding - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Wedding dress hanging from a beam - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bride in her wedding dress - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride doing up ribbon on her wedding dress - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride wearing bridal hair piece - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bridal bracelet - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bow on bride's wedding dress - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Purple bridal bouquet - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Purple ties - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Groom doing up his tie - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Buttonhole on suit - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Groom wearing purple tie - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Wooden wedding ceremony sign - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Julie and Victor order of service - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Order of service - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Groom with parents - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bride walking down the aisle with parents - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom at wedding ceremony - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Groom placing ring on bride's finger - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom kiss - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom hug under Chuppah - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom's head with hills in background - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bride and groom holding hands looking at view - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom looking at fern - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom touching foreheads - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Groom with arms around bride on swing - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bride and groom stitting on swing - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom looking at each other - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Wooden 'Reception' sign - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Wooden cart at wedding - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Inside of barn - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Wheel hanging in barn - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Homemade marriage licence - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Jar of wedding flowers - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Wicker basket - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

White wedding reception tables - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Wedding table place names - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Wedding place card on table - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Table number bottles and pot plants on wedding table - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bottles and pot plants on wedding table - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bottles and pot plants on wedding table - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Close up of bottle and pot plant on wedding table - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bottles pot plants and table number on wedding table - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Wedding table with pot plants and coloured bottles - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom in Chinese wedding clothes - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography Bride and groom with arms around each other - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Chinese Tea Ceremony - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom bowing at Chinese tea ceremony - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom holding hands - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom's first dance - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

Bride and groom being held aloft on chairs - Picture by Levi Stolove Photography

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