West Hartford Magazine celebrates local weddings in its printed pages and is pleased to showcase them on We-Ha.com as well. Congratulations to Theresa and Josh. Please enjoy this feature, including bonus photos.
Photos by Paul Blackmore, blackmorephoto.squarespace.com
Theresa Oberst and Josh Cantor met in 2012 while working for an AmeriCorps program called “City Year” in Boston. City Year taught them about a responsibility to their community and continues to inspire them.
Josh proposed in Theresa’s hometown of Rochester, NY, when walking their dogs. The location of their July 2017 wedding ceremony overlooked Cape Cod’s beautiful Pleasant Bay, where so many of their favorite memories have been made.
They had an interfaith ceremony as Josh is Jewish and Theresa is Catholic. Josh’s aunt, Cindy Maher, and Theresa’s family’s priest from Rochester, Father Bob Werth, presided over the ceremony. Theresa and Josh’s combined seven siblings read a Sheva Brachot, a Jewish wedding tradition that involved seven blessings for their marriage. Josh’s aunt Rabbi Debbie Cantor led Ha-Motzi, or the blessing over bread, at the reception.
Josh’s family introduced them to the Hora, or the Jewish “chair dance.” Josh accidentally broke the chandelier with his head when being launched up by some enthusiastic groomsmen but was having too much fun in the moment to even notice!
The couple honeymooned in France. They went to Paris and from there traveled south, visiting Lyon, Gordes, Aix en Provence, and Nice. The couple resides in West Hartford and Theresa is a social studies teacher in West Hartford Public Schools. Josh serves on Development & Fundraising for UConn and is currently enrolled in the MBA Program there.
Theresa’s parents, Margaret and Gene Oberst, live in Rochester, NY. Josh’s parents, Michael and Shari Cantor, live in West Hartford, CT. Shari is the mayor of West Hartford and is a trustee at UConn. Michael is a co-managing partner of Cantor Colburn, Hartford.