Jewish Wedding at Riverside on the Potomac // Victoria + Eli // Leesburg, VA

After 3 postponements, Victoria and Eli finally got to enjoy their Jewish Wedding at Riverside on the Potomac this winter! Although these two have already been legally married for 2 years following a micro-wedding in 2020, we were still overjoyed for the big day. It meant so much to the couple to celebrate with all their friends and family and with Jewish traditions near to their hearts.

While planning their wedding, having fun, spending time with family, and honoring Jewish culture were top priorities for Victoria and Eli. With the help of their coordinator, Maya of Honey and Lavender Events, they planned an entire weekend of events. This ranged from laser tag the day before to a 5k marathon course the morning of the wedding at the venue.

After their first look and portraits, we gathered with their closest family and friends to sign the ketubah. This important tradition honors the Jewish wedding contract, making them legally married in the eyes of their community and faith. 

Their Western ceremony was next, which was officiated by Victoria’s sister. They went for a more modern take on a chuppah as you’ll see. They circled the other person 7 times. This tradition is said to create a wall of protection from evil spirits and temptations. They also each drank from a shared wine glass. Following a ring re-exchange, they each completed the fun tradition of stepping on and breaking a piece of glass. 

One more fun Jewish tradition you’ll see at their reception is the hora, where the couple and guests dance around in a circle together. Then, the couple is lifted up into the air while seated on a chair. I loved that the couple and also each set of their parents went up!

Victoria thoughtfully incorporated beautiful works of art like Starry Night, and other Van Gogh paintings on bridesmaids dresses and reception decorations. I loved all the thoughtful places the paintings were incorporated! I was so impressed by their artistic talent. 

Another thing I’ve admired about this couple since meeting them is their shared desire to better protect and preserve the environment. Their shared interest in this space definitely helped build a strong foundation in their relationship. Victoria’s talked about how much she loves being able to bounce ideas off of Eli, and vice versa. Victoria is the President and Managing Director of The Arctic Institute, while Eli is a lawyer who aids in bringing renewable energy projects together. Needless to say, I’m so incredibly proud of my badass couples! 

Keep scrolling to see more from this beautiful Jewish wedding at the Riverside on the Potomac!

Vendor Team

Photography: Xiaoqi Li Photography

Venue: Riverside on the Potomac

Wedding Planner: Maya of Honey and Lavender Events

Catering: Santmier Catering, Purple Onion Catering

Brunch Venue: Lansdowne Resort

Rentals: Purple Onion Catering

Dessert: Ice Cream Jubilee

Florist: Modern Foliage

DJ: Line Check Audio

MUA: Mandy Hollinger

Photo Booth: The Marigold Bus and Booth

Transportation: Road Yachts 

bride and groom walking outdoors wearing wedding attire on jewish wedding at riverside on the potomac day
wedding couple embracing and smiling during outdoor portraits
wedding couple wearing strapless white wedding dress and navy suit hugging during outdoor portraits
close up of bride's dress paying tribute to Van Gogh's Starry Night painting
family portraits taken outdoors before wedding ceremony at Jewish wedding
wedding couple being embraced by wedding party wearing van gogh inspired dresses
bride and groom looking at one another during outdoor portraits
bride and bridesmaids during outdoor portraits all wearing colorful skirts with paintings of Van Gogh printed on them
groom with groomsmen all wearing navy suits
wedding couple sitting with family and friends getting ready for ceremony
couple embracing before Jewish wedding ceremony
starry night inspired wedding welcome sign
bride walking down aisle before Jewish wedding ceremony
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wedding couple standing at alter together before wedding ceremony
wedding couple standing together at alter
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wedding couple celebrating recent marriage honoring jewish traditions
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groom embracing family after jewish wedding ceremony
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indoor wedding reception featuring wooden tables and string lights at cozy rustic wedding
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wedding couple lifted up on chairs celebrating at evening reception
guests being lifted on chairs celebrating during reception
bride and groom clapping and laughing with guests during jewish wedding reception
guests being lifted on chairs during jewish wedding reception
groom break dancing during jewish wedding reception on wood floor
bride dancing with wedding guest on dance floor
bride hugging wedding guests during evening reception
wedding couple sitting and listening to speeches being given by wedding party
wedding couple listening to intimate speeches at jewish wedding at riverside on the potomac reception
wedding couple lifting glasses and toasting during toasts
bride dancing with father during father daughter dance
bride hugging father after emotional dance
wedding guests holding hands dancing in circle
child being held and dancing on ground
bride and groom celebrating with family and friends at jewish wedding reception
wedding guests dancing and having fun at reception
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bride holding hands and dancing with guests
bride and groom dancing together during evening reception in black and white portrait
bride and groom celebrating jewish wedding at riverside on the potomac
wedding couple wearing fun hats exiting wedding ceremony in car

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wedding couple lifted up on chairs celebrating at evening reception

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  1. Kara Hernandez says:

    Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing memories your magical day! I am trying to pull off a Van Gogh/Starry Night Theme wedding but it will not compare to the beauty seen here! Wedding dress is gorgeous! I truly love your creativity!!