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A spring wedding delivers downtown Dallas views and thoughtful details

A spring wedding delivers downtown Dallas views and thoughtful details

Aronson Wedding Couple
Jon and Rachel Aronson were married on May 28, 2017 at The Joule hotel.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Bridesmaids
The bride shares a moment with her bridal party before the ceremony.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Groomsmen
Carter Rose of f8studio provided photography services.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Ring Bearer
A pint-sized guest shows off his suspenders.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Kiss
The Aronsons share a kiss following a traditional Jewish ceremony.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Arrangement
Branching Out provided floral arrangements featuring Rachels favorite flowers, peonies.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Champagne Tower
Among the bride's musts: a champagne tower.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Cake
Cake design by Panini Bakery.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Cotton Candy
The Cotton Smith provided cotton candy treats inspired by the glowing cotton candy at Nick and Sam's Steakhouse.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Cotton Candy
Guests partake in cotton candy courtesy of The Cotton Smith.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Photo Booth
The photo booth from Flock Together Fotobooth provided photo ops all night long.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Donuts
Post-dinner treats included a delectable assortment of donuts.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Chairs
The newly minited married couple celebrate at the reception.  Photo by Carter Rose, f8studio
Aronson Wedding Couple
Aronson Wedding Bridesmaids
Aronson Wedding Groomsmen
Aronson Wedding Ring Bearer
Aronson Wedding Kiss
Aronson Wedding Arrangement
Aronson Wedding Champagne Tower
Aronson Wedding Cake
Aronson Wedding Cotton Candy
Aronson Wedding Cotton Candy
Aronson Wedding Photo Booth
Aronson Wedding Donuts
Aronson Wedding Chairs

Rachel ​Duitch and Jon Aronson got more than they bargained for when they attended a Dallas networking event for young Jewish adults. Fresh off a move from Los Angeles, Jon was in the market for new friends. But when he spotted Rachel across the room, sparks flew.

“I remember being immediately captured by her smile and that outfit,” he says. “She was easily the best dressed of the night.”

Rachel was equally taken.

“I wasn’t expecting to find a hot new Jewish guy in Dallas, so Jon was a great surprise,” she says. “We hit it off right away.”

Rachel gave Jon her card and the two stayed in touch. Two-and-a-half years later, they began dating — and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

In April 2016, Jon proposed on the roof of the couple’s townhouse with a gesture that would make even the biggest rom-com fan weep.

“I came home from work, and he had rose petals and framed photos of the two of us throughout our relationship hanging on the walls, all the way up the three stories leading to the roof,” Rachel recalls.

Jon and the couple’s dog were waiting on the rooftop with a bottle of Dom Perignon, engraved champagne glasses, and “a zillion” roses. It was picture perfect, and Rachel didn’t hesitate to say yes.

She also didn’t waste time getting started planning. With help from Kristin Butler with Fabulous Fête, and with Rachel’s heart set on a spring wedding, the couple secured The Joule hotel for May 28, 2017.

With much of the guest list traveling in from out of town, a hotel made sense. And, because she wanted to provide attendees with an iconic Dallas experience, Rachel was attracted to the downtown location.

The hotel’s rooftop terrace — clearly the couple has a thing for roofs — also checked the couple's aesthetic boxes.

“The rooftop terrace is bright and beautiful,” says Rachel. “The natural light that pours in was exactly what we were hoping for. I had dreams of coming up in that glass elevator leading up to the big day.”

Arrangements from Branching Out featuring the bride’s favorite flower, peonies, filled the space. Like so many of the wedding day details, the flowers held sentimental value, as they were a nod to Rachel’s mother and grandmother.

The bride wore a Martina Liana gown, and her veil was her "something borrowed," passed down by her best friend, who was married a year earlier.

Once the glass was broken — a tradition in Jewish weddings — guests convened for a fun-filled reception featuring music from Limelight Band, a champagne tower, and cotton candy courtesy of the Cottonsmith.

“Nick and Sam's is one of our favorite restaurants, so re-creating the glowing cotton candy was a priority,” says Rachel. “We loved the unique flavors that the Cottonsmith offered and went with champagne and raspberry rose.” 

 Ceremony and Reception: The Joule

Wedding Planner: Kristin Butler, Fabulous Fête

Floral Design and Dance Floor: Branching Out Events

Photographer: Carter Rose, F8 Studio

Videographer: Jason Traub, Elixir Entertainment

Rentals: Bella Acento

Ketubah: Ketubah.com

Invitations and Paper Products: Cindy Spechler, Invitation Company

Cake: Panini Bakery

Cotton Candy: The Cotton Smith

Band: Limelight Band

Bridal Gown Retailer: Patsy's Bridal

Bridal Gown Designer: Martina Liana

Bridal Gown Alterations: Bestfit Alterations

Groom's Formalwear: Q Clothier 

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

Makeup: Maggie Remer

Photo Booth: Flock Together Fotobooth

Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings