Alanna and Benjamin's beginnings as a couple were sweetly tentative. They met at Brown University in Rhode Island, where Ben, now a wireless-software engineer, was a freshman and Alanna was a junior. Slowly they found ways to get close. On they went in a shy fashion until they were spending all of their time together. Four years later, in his senior year, Ben was ready to propose.
Alanna selected blouses in her palette of reds, oranges and pinks, and then let each bridesmaid choose the one she would wear. She also gave them all black silk shantung and asked them to select their own patterns for skirts; results varied from a floor-length fishtail skirt to a straight, simple tea-length one.
Inside the front cover of each booklet is an envelope holding the guests' seating card for the reception. Ben wrote the program, explaining all the rituals featured in an Orthodox Jewish wedding, and Alanna designed it to correspond with the stationery, making the booklets small enough to fit handily in a suit pocket or small purse.