Brittany & Izra

Tradition and creativity blended at a Chilmark wedding.

Tradition and creativity played an important role during the wedding of Brittany Shaw and Izra Izrailov. From the signing of the Ketubah and the food selection, to the flowers and music, they embraced the task of planning a celebration full of personal details.

The process itself began eighteen months prior to their May 2022 wedding when they made an important choice: getting married on Martha’s Vineyard, specifically at the Allen Farm in Chilmark. “We literally only saw one venue,” said Brittany. “As soon as we saw it, we knew we would get married there.”

They chose wedding planner Patrie Grace of With Grace, who connected them with other Island vendors, including Krishana Collins of Tea Lane Farm and caterer Jaime Hamlin of V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering & Party Design. “With Patrie’s help, we tried to pick the best of the best, and we were very lucky with all our vendors,” Brittany said.

Izra said that the “long runway” to plan and visit the Island often, to meet with vendors, and work closely with Grace meant that they never felt overwhelmed by the task of planning a wedding weekend for 150 people. Instead, they settled into the experience.

Wanting to blend their Jewish and Russian heritages into the day, they signed the Ketubah – the Jewish marriage contract – and worked with Hamlin to create Kafkazi-inspired appetizers. At the reception, guests even participated in  traditional Russian folk dancing.

A fan of Collins’s flower stand for many years, Brittany particularly enjoyed working with her. “It was a great opportunity to have her listen to my ideas and then bring them to life,” she said. The wedding featured an appreciative copy of the flower stand, with galvanized buckets containing a single bunch of flowers and a back-lit shelf of candles and individual blooms behind the bar. The shelving worked out so well that Collins has used it again for other events, said Brittany.

Leading up to the wedding weekend, they created welcome bags and filled them with some of their favorite items and ideas for enjoying Martha’s Vineyard. There were treats from Salt Rock Chocolate Co., booklets of suggested activities, and a QR code that, once scanned, played Izra’s personal playlist for driving Island roads. They were gratified by the response: many guests ventured away from their Edgartown lodgings to bike or explore Aquinnah and overall appreciated the thought the couple gave to each detail throughout the weekend.

“By paying attention to all these details, we were able to put our personal spirit into the wedding,” said Brittany.


Wedding Date: May 29, 2022
Ceremony + Reception: The Allen Farm
Photographer: Joe Mikos
Wedding Planner: With Grace
Officiant: Rabbi Greg Weitzman
Flowers: Tea Lane Farm
Tent + Party Supplies: Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals
Caterer: V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering & Party Design
Hair + Makeup: Sea Spa Salon
Cake: Val Cakes
Music: Element Music
Videographer: Blueberry Creative
Transportation: Martha’s Vineyard Tours & Excursions
Calligraphy + Stationery: Alpine Creative Group Signage: Hannah Burbidge
Libations: Your Market
Portables: MV PhotoBus – Luxury Restroom Trailers
Welcome Bag Gift: Salt Rock Chocolate Co.
Rehearsal Dinner: Atria
Brunch: Rosewater Market
Accommodations: The Christopher + Edgartown Commons + The Edgartown Inn + The Harborside Inn + Harbor View Hotel + The Sydney