With help from their mutual college friends, Rebecca Rothman and Matthew Sarto were set up on a blind date. Ever since then, the two have been inseparable. “It’s not our first meeting that is so memorable. It’s the fact that we spent almost every day for a month after that together,” the bride recalls. The lovebirds even went ring shopping together, and just a few weeks later, Matthew planned a lovely getaway where he proposed to Rebecca on the beach.
Although Rebecca made the most decisions for her nuptials, she confided in her wedding planner, Susan Dunne, throughout the entire process. “I had a lot of brainstorming calls with my wedding planner [and] she really became a good friend of mine through this process. I really relied on her to set me straight and keep me in check,” she says. Together, they organized an alfresco boho-chic soirée that embodied everything the bride and groom envisioned. “Matt and I knew we wanted something earthy and romantic. Our venue was actually the first and only one we looked at, and we knew the weather in Malibu in October would be lovely at night,” Rebecca remembers.
In honor of the couple’s faith, they hosted a traditional Jewish ceremony that showcased an extravagant chuppah featuring pampas grass and blooms. “Lanterns and crates with candles, florals, and pomegranates, [which are] symbolic in the Jewish tradition for fertility and love, were front and center at the chuppah and the beginning of the aisle,” the bride describes. They even used Rebecca’s grandfather’s tallit during the ceremony.
The bride additionally honored her late loved ones in the design of her nosegays. “I had a custom picture-frame charm draped around my bouquet of the family members who couldn’t be there, [which were] my mom’s parents, my dad’s father, and my 14-year-old shih tzu that had passed away earlier in the year,” she tells. Guests gathered for a lovely reception and indulged in the confection that the newlyweds designed together. “We wanted something clean and classic-looking, [so] we went with an all-white, four-tier fondant cake with cascading sugar flowers [and] we had three different flavors” Rebecca says. Loved ones also enjoyed the late-night s’mores and espresso, along with the customized M&Ms.
Despite the rigor of the planning process, Rebecca confirms that she would relive every moment. “Wedding planning really becomes a full-time job, and the day after your wedding, you’re left needing a new hobby. I was tired, but ready to do it all over again!”