OnLove: The Details

Sunday, August 23, 2009; 12:00 AM

Rima Adler and Gary Fox were married on one of the hottest days of the summer. But the air conditioning was at full speed inside the elegant ballroom of the Willard Hotel. The room first played host to their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony and was then transformed for a three-course dinner and dancing.

The food: The Willard prepared a wood-grilled scallop appetizer that was followed by honey and lavender brined chicken and fingerling potatoes. Mini French pastries, including tarts, creme brulee and chocolate-dipped fruit, were served for dessert.

The dress: Adler found her dress and jewelry at Betsy Robinson Bridal in Baltimore. The strapless gown with a full skirt was designed by Alvina Valenta.

The ambiance: Laure Politzer, a wedding coordinator with the Willard, helped the pair pull off a refined, intimate event. The groom's nieces and nephews led the way on the dance floor and the couple danced the hora as well as the mezinka, another traditional dance performed in honor of the fact that Fox's parents were seeing their last child marry.

The photographer: Pamela Lepold, of Weddings by Pamela.

First dance: "Halo" by Beyoncé.

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