You could say that timing is everything when it comes to the romance between Megan Sclaroff and Daniel Katz.
Megan, who works in mobile advertising, and Daniel, who is in sales for a national hotel chain, met online via JDate.com, and dated for about a year before becoming engaged. Planning to spend a quiet New Year’s Eve at home in Chicago, the pair went to get sushi at the same restaurant they went to for their first date. Daniel had been acting strange all day, Megan says, but she thought nothing of it. It wasn’t until they got back home and settled onto the couch to watch the ball drop, however, when Daniel got down on one knee to propose.
Megan, a native of St. Louis, and Daniel, who is originally from Detroit, decided to get married in her hometown. They enlisted the help of her mother, Jan Sclaroff and the couple’s wedding planner, Simcha Lourie, to plan the wedding long-distance.
The couple’s Jewish ceremony included the traditional chuppah, with the bride and groom surrounded by friends and family. The white, circular chuppah dripped with orchids, and symbolized the home the couple would share and God’s watchful protection.
Megan loved the experience of creating custom invitations with the help of Melissa Haley. “I loved the process of being able to start from scratch and pick everything, down to the colors and fonts and pattern,” she says.
Wanting a classic, black-tie wedding, the couple settled on the theme, ‘A Moment in Time,’ and included details throughout the reception to enhance the theme. White and gold accents, combined with the twinkling circle lights from above created a classic atmosphere, and crystal clocks served as takeaways for guests. A projected image of a clock on the dance floor rounded out the theme.
Daniel says the day included highlight after highlight. “Writing my own vows and seeing her come down the aisle, and the chuppah itself was a very neat thing,” he says. “My favorite part of the reception was having everybody there who was important to us. And the first dance, which was to Hunter Hayes’ Wanted.”
The couple enjoyed a relaxing Mediterranean cruise with stopovers in Italy, Turkey and Greece before returning home to Chicago to begin their lives as newlyweds.
The Date: May 4, 2013
The Bride: Megan Elyse Sclaroff
The Groom: Daniel Jeremy Katz
The Bride’s Parents: Dr. Allen and Jan Sclaroff
The Groom’s Parents: Joel and Diana Katz
The Ceremony: Four Seasons Hotel
The Dress: Vera Wang
The Florist: Festive Atmospheres
The Cake: Encore Bakery
The Band: J Robb
The Photographer: Stephen Seebeck
The Tux: Calvin Klein
The Invitations: Melissa Haley Designs
The Wedding Planner: Simcha Lourie