Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Have Traditional Jewish Wedding

OFTENTIMES RABBIS LAMENT THE FACT that two Jews don't choose to include many of the traditional Jewish wedding elements into their big day. Well, now many rabbis can point to two non-Jewish celebrities who have chosen to include many of those traditional Jewish wedding elements into their wedding.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden opted for quite the Jewish wedding although neither is Jewish. On Monday, January 5, 2015 the famous couple became married at Cameron Diaz's Beverly Hills mansion.

The couple got ready in separate rooms prior to the ceremony. The wedding party included bridesmaids Nicole Richie (her new sister-in-law), Drew Barrymore, her older sister Chimene Cain, and Diaz’s assistant Jesse Lutz. Standing up for Benji Madden were his groomsmen Josh and Joel Madden.

As reported on Yahoo! News, the event, which was planned by Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove, featured a Jewish ceremony on a stage set up inside of Diaz’s home. The bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried white bouquets, entering the room to a Ryan Adams song. See photos of Diaz's gorgeous engagement ring.

An officiant (presumably a rabbi) presided over the service, reading the seven blessings for the couple. When the time came for the pair to exchange rings, Benji accidentally dropped his, and the 100 guests laughed along with the bridal party. To seal the deal — as is custom in a Jewish ceremony — Madden stepped on and broke a glass as the crowd shouted, “Mazel Tov!”

After the vows, Madden requested personal time with Diaz, during which they entered a private room for about 30 minutes, asking not to be disturbed — a Jewish wedding ritual known as Yichud.

Guests, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Samantha Ronson, Lionel Richie, Toni Collette, Nancy Juvonen, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, and Robin Antin, enjoyed a cocktail hour in the backyard’s outdoor tent, which was decorated with olive trees, linen tablecloths, and beeswax candles. The newlyweds soon joined their friends and family in the tent, giving a welcome toast.

Sheva berachot, yichud and the breaking of a glass. Maybe now more Jewish couples won't question why rabbis insist on all that tradition!