SPOTLIGHT | Rachel Rzepka & Jesse Schreibman

Lauren Gabrielle Photography

How did you meet?

We met at a mutual friend’s wedding at Beechmont Country Club. As we danced the night away, we stepped out to the patio to get some air and ended up talking for 45 minutes. It was a beautiful fall night and we had an amazing conversation. Looking back on it now, I (Rachel) think both of us knew we had found something special.

Do you have any interesting stories to share about getting to know one another?

We both lived in New York City, just a block away from each other in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Coincidentally, we worked a few blocks away from one another in Soho. We figured out after the fact that we both walked to and from work often taking the same routes and we never ran into one another. 

Really early on in our relationship, Jesse invited me on a family vacation to the Bahamas (with his mother’s permission, of course). Typically, this would be extremely out of character in the Schreibman household to have someone else come on a family vacation if they weren’t in a very serious relationship, engaged or married. However, when Jesse explained to his mom that “he had met his future wife,” she said he could invite her. I said no when Jesse initially invited me, but I later accepted the offer. It turned into an incredible trip, where Jesse’s family was able to bond with me, later realizing that it was a great decision to invite me.

How long did you know each other before you got married?

Two years.

When did you know you wanted to marry your partner? 

Jesse: The moment I met Rachel at our friend’s wedding. I knew from our talk on the patio that she was the one.

Rachel: When I had to go back to New York City because my office was opening up again (following COVID-19). The long distance made me miss him, and I knew I didn’t want to be away from him. I wanted to be with Jesse forever.

What was the best part of wedding planning?

It’s too hard to just pick one! The first look, our intimate ketubah signing, and dancing with friends and family all night long.

Was there any spot-on advice you received prior to the big day, either in terms of the wedding or lasting relationship?

Do not hold any feelings in. It’s important to be open and honest always. And, it is important to always date, even when married.

What was the most fun or interesting Jewish aspect of your wedding or partnership?

We loved meeting with Cantor Sarah Sager in the months and days leading up to our wedding. Having known both our families for decades, it was so special to have her there, officiating our ceremony. She has an incredible way with words and it was a blessing to have her share in our special occasion.

“The best moment of our wedding was looking out into the venue while our guests were enjoying the night and witnessing all of our friends and family together under one roof. We are grateful to have each other and look forward to what’s to come.”

– Rachel & Jesse

Wedding Day
Nov. 4, 2023 
Tenk West Bank, Cleveland

Ages: Both 30
Hometown: Moreland Hills 
Synagogues: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and Park Synagogue


Engagement: Oct. 26, 2022
Officiant: Cantor Sarah Sager of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Wedding colors: Shades of pink, cranberry/red, blush, oatmeal, taupe, shades of orange, peach shades of yellow
Dress: Anne Barge Nantucket dress
Wedding rings: Gold wedding bands were my (Rachel’s) maternal grandparents’ (Gary and Ellen Gersh). I had a custom platinum and emerald cut diamond from Alson Jewelers; Jesse had a David Yurman yellow gold and carbon fiber band from Alson Jewelers.
Jewelry: Rachel had an Alson Jewelers Signature Collection vintage-inspired necklace, Rahaminov flower diamond stud earrings, Alson Jewelers Signature Collection double row diamond tennis bracelet, and Jesse custom made Rachel’s three-stone engagement ring with a radiant cut center stone surrounded by two epaulette diamonds set in platinum. Jesse wore an Oystersteel Rolex Daytona that Rachel gifted him on their wedding day. He also wore a David Yurman black diamond and tiger’s eye bead bracelet and a yellow gold David Yurman box link bracelet.
Veil: The same one worn by Rachel’s sister, Molly, at her wedding
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Miss Sab satin white pumps
Hair: Stephanie Rosa Ozimek
Makeup: Lindsay London
Bridesmaids dresses: All picked out their own
Groom’s formalwear: Custom navy tuxedo from J3 Clothing Company, Christian Louboutin velvet loafers
Groomsmen’s formalwear: Navy tuxedos from various shops
Bouquet/flowers/chuppah: Molly Taylor & Co.
Ketubah: Annie Aqua custom ketubah
Photographer: Lauren Gabrielle Photography
Videographer: Wedding Stories in Motion – Brad Rea
Planner/consultant: A Charming Fete
Reception: Tenk West Bank
Cake/sweets: By Cenza
Catering: Marigold Catering
Rehearsal dinner: The Last Page at Pinecrest in Orange
Invitations/stationery: Invites from Craftsman Paper Co., day-of designs from Plume & Paper
Music/entertainment: Jordan Kahn Music Company – Manhattan Band, Opus 216
Rentals: Event Source, Nuage Designs, Lasting Impressions Event Rentals, Selective Sound Events, L’Nique, Mosaic
Accommodations: Kimpton Schofield Hotel
Registries: Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Current Home NY, Bloomingdale’s
Honeymoon: Costa Rica
Extras: Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Swensons Food Truck

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