We couldn't have done it without the help of the following remarkable professionals. We can recommend them as some of the best in the Bay Area:
Catering: Zibibbo, one of our favorite Palo Alto restaurants, also does catering. You can find them at www.restaurantzibibbo.com. They fit everything to our budget, schedule, and preferences, and the food was amazing. We've heard horror stories about wedding caterers, but Zibibbo catering was totally hassle-free.
Wedding cake: We found our baker, Bala Subrahmanyam, through his line of cookies (which are also delicious). His cakes are not only visually stunning, but the best we've ever tasted, too! His website is www.cakemaker.net.
Wine: We're pretty fussy about wine and were on a budget--not a combination that's easy to satisfy. Which is why we went immediately to our favorite wine store and tasting bar--Vin, Vino, Wine. If you live in the Palo Alto area, you should definitely stop by (437 California Ave.), and if you don't, you should know that they ship. They're at www.vinvinowine.com.
Music: The ceremony music was provided by Avrom's (and now ina's!) Mama Phyllis, Emeritus Professor of Music at CSU Fresno, who will probably not take gigs for hire. However, the reception music was provided by The Magnolia Jazz Band, which will--and they're worth it. They are outstanding musicians, they have a remarkably extensive repetoire, and they were open to all our weird requests. They're at www.magnoliajazz.com. The one solo singer (for those of you who asked) was ina's "matron of honor" Margaret Young. Yes, Margaret can sing at your wedding. Contact her at m l y o u n g @ a o l . c o m (remove the spaces--we don't want her to get spammed).
Invitations: Invitations, at-home cards, announcements, and practically everything else printed were designed by our friend David. You can see some of his other work at www.catnapdesigns.com/modprom_main.html. The invitations were engraved, beautifully and in record time, by The Marier Engraving Company, at 650-635-0949.
Jewish ceremonial items: We got the kiddush cup, ketubah (wedding contract), and yarmulkes for the male wedding party members at Bob and Bob, at 151 Forest Ave., in Palo Alto. They have a great selection of Judaica, and were very helpful in accomodating our needs as an intercultural couple. You can reach them at 650-329-9050.
Dress: ina had to have a very unusual wedding dress (red, for one thing). Elaine Goldman, of Elaine's of Palo Alto, is a trained couturiere and made exactly the dress ina wanted (pictures to follow). Her website is www.elainesofpaloalto.com. Margaret Young (ina's "matron of honor") made her jewelry. You can see more of her work at www.catnapdesigns.com/magpie_main.html.
Photography: And speaking of pictures, one of our chuppa holders recommended one of her former photojournalist colleagues for our photographs. Saul and Sandra take beautiful photos, really get to know you, and are totally non-intrusive during a time when you absolutely don't want to be intruded upon. We'll post pictures that they took as soon as we get them back, but in the meantime, you can look at some of their other work at www.saul-sandraphoto.com.
Dancing instruction: If you admired our dancing, you can get hold of our dance instructor Julia at p a l o _ a l t o _ d a n c e r @ y a h o o . c o m. Julia has given us the confidence not only to dance at our wedding but even to go and dance in front of strangers on our honeymoon. If you *didn't* admire our dancing, it's not her fault; she's doing the best she can with what she has to work with.
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