This morning I headed north for “Niece” Mickayla and Stephen’s wedding. (Mickayla isn’t really my niece; we just consider ourselves related because her grandmother was a Weddle).

This picture of them was not taken today, because I wanted to be fairly uninstrusive with my camera and we were sitting quite a distance (with several people in between) from where they were sitting.

Because of Mickayla’s Jewish heritage, the wedding had many Jewish traditions. The cantor was Michael Wechsler, a professor at Moody.

Some of the traditions incorporated were getting married under the chuppah (canopy) which symbolizes the home they are to establish.

Mickayla also walked around Stephen seven times; the seven circles representing the seven days of creation and symbolizing creating a new life together.

They also included the sheva brachot or seven blessings which bless the Lord for who He is and His creation of marriage.

At the end of the ceremony, they broke the glass symbolizing the destruction of the temple and also the permanence of marriage.

The reception was held at the same facility as the ceremony and we were ushered into a beautifully decorated banquet hall for a great meal – and some bottle dancing.

So excited for Stephen and Mickayla as they begin a new chapter in their lives.


  1. Aunt Linda, you are just the sweetest! Alicia showed me that you blogged about our wedding. I’m so glad you were able to share in our special day! Thank you for coming and celebrating with us! Baruch Ha’shem (Bless/Praise the Lord) for such a wonderful day!

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