The Westin San Jose (Sainte-Claire Hotel): Emily + Jzesern

Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Saint-Claire Hotel)

I was honored to be a part of Emily & Jzesern’s beautiful wedding celebration at the Westin San Jose in the historic Sainte Claire Hotel building. The whole wedding took place indoors but you would hardly know it based on the beautiful quality of natural light that illuminated their ceremony in the courtyard. They celebrated both Emily’s Jewish background and Jzesern’s Chinese background during the ceremony by tying in important traditional wedding elements from each culture. The ceremony started with a Chinese tea ceremony, to honor both sets of parents, and to honor Emily’s Jewish heritage they stood under a chuppah, received seven blessings from guests, and Jzesern stomped on a glass at the end!

You will easily notice their nieces in the photos, the adorable little flower girls in the sweet little blue floral dresses. Not only was Emily busy doing the normal (huge) amount of work it takes to plan a wedding but she also designed and hand-sewed each one of those little frocks!

My favorite highlight of their wedding was hands down their first dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”! Now, whenever I hear that song I remember their epic dance. They totally killed it, while laughing the whole time– adorable!! The night ended with a true celebration as everyone, young and old, made their way to the dance floor. Enjoy the photos and make sure to check out a list of their talented vendors below.

Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Saint-Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Westin San Jose Wedding Ceremony (Sainte Claire Hotel)Emily & Jzesern had a wonderful wedding celebration with the help of these vendors:

Venue: The Westin San Jose | Planner: Tamie at Ilfornaio | Caterer/Banker: Ilfornaio | Florist: Sally Sparks Flowers & Design |Hair: Onyx Salon | Videography: Jason Maze | Photography: Manali Anne Photography | Ashleyanne Krigbaum for Heart of Gold DJs

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