Let’s Go To A Wedding

I was excited when a wedding invitation arrived from my dear friend in New York and I knew that I would not miss it for the world – so come on – let’s go to a wedding!

The location was a bit mysterious to me – The Angel Orensanz Foundation – and so after talking to her I did a little research.  It turns out that the building is the oldest synagogue in New York City and the fourth oldest in the United States.  It is now owned by a private foundation and is utilized for art exhibits, fundraisers and private events…

Angel Orensanz Foundation

 

The lower east side building was the former home of the Congregation Anshe Chesed.  In 1986 Angel Orensanz, a spanish sculptor purchased it and his brother has lovingly taken care of the landmark-protected building.

The gothic revival structure was built in 1849…

Angel Orensanz Foundation

The wedding was magnificent…

Angel Orensanz Foundation

This was a traditional Jewish wedding full of meaningful symbols.  The ceremony took place under the chuppah (canopy), a symbol of the home that the couple will build together – open on all sides to convey unconditional hospitality…

Chuppah

sweet flower girls…

flower girls

the flowers were stunning…

wedding flowers

wedding flowers

following the ceremony guests went up to the balcony for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as the downstairs was transformed…

wedding

amazing…

wedding

it was fun to watch all the picture-taking…

wedding

our happy couple…

wedding

pretty cake…

wedding cake

so sweet – father of the bride dancing with his mother…

wedding

The call from my friend came about two weeks later…

A star-studded benefit being held at the Center had to be evacuated after a fire alarm was set off.  There was no fire but guests reported having heard loud cracking noises which turned out to be cracks in beams holding up the second floor!

  The good news is that no one was injured and that the staff is busy figuring out the steps necessary to repair the structure.

I am so happy I was able to be there to share such a happy occasion with my dear friends.  And, oh yeah, that the second floor did not collapse while I was up there!

dog on balcony

 

 

 

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