Jewish Wedding Photographer
Jewish Wedding Photographer; Traditional Jewish Weddings are great fun and embrace a range of Jewish Law and traditions.
As a Jewish Wedding Photographer, I absolutely treasure Jewish Weddings, and are great fun and embrace a range of Jewish traditions and Jewish laws.
Check out my Award-Winning Wedding Photo during the Hora at the Horticultural Halls.
Here you can find my advice on how to choose the right photographer for your Jewish wedding day, plus my guide for first-time guests at a Jewish wedding.
Feel free to send the link if you have any guests you think would find this information useful.
A Guests Guide to Jewish Weddings:
You can expect your first Jewish wedding to be full of fun and traditional customs, below you can find some of the customs that may be included in a Jewish wedding;
Bedeken: This refers to the veiling of the bride by the groom. The veil is a symbol of modesty and the act of veiling is seen as an act of commitment by the groom.
The Chuppah: It’s traditional for a Jewish Wedding Ceremony to take place under a “Chuppah”, a simple wedding canopy comprising draped fabric and four wooden poles. The chuppah represents the new home the couple is building by becoming husband and wife.
Some couples like to incorporate a family tallit (prayer shawl), or a special tablecloth passed down the generations, into their chuppah. Others ask family members and friends to contribute personalised fabric squares which are sewn together to form the canopy and are a lovely keepsake to have after the wedding.
Kiddushin: The Jewish Wedding ceremony, accompanied by wine, which is a symbol of joy. The couple drinks from the cup upon completion of the betrothal blessings by the Rabbi.
Giving of the Ring: When the groom places the ring on his bride’s finger the marriage becomes official, this is the pivotal moment of the Jewish wedding ceremony.
Ketubah: This is the marriage contract, which is read in Aramaic by the Rabbi, it’s an important document that gives protection to the rights of the bride.
Sheva Brachot: The Rabbi recites the Seven Blessings, it’s considered an honour to be asked to read one of the seven blessings.
Breaking the glass: At the close of the religious ceremony, or after the bride has received the ring, the groom breaks a wine glass, by stamping on it, covered by a napkin, accompanied by shouts of ‘Mazel Tov’.
The breaking of the glass is a renowned Jewish marriage ritual and marks the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Traditionally it’s the groom who shatters the glass, but in some families, the bride and groom do it together.
Yichud: Once the Jewish Wedding Ceremony is completed the married couple will be escorted, with great fanfare, to a private room called the “Yichud” room where they are left alone to signify their marriage and becoming husband and wife.
Jewish Wedding Photography
Tips for Choosing your Jewish wedding photographer: Ensure your wedding photographs live up to your expectations with this handy checklist:
- Short-list two or three photographers you like– Take time to study their photographs and what it is you like about them. If there isn’t a full wedding album available online ask to view a complete series to see how the photographer approaches an entire wedding.
- Arrange to meet up– Your photographer will be you throughout the day so it’s important you get on well and trust them. Arrange to meet up and chat through your wedding photography in detail. Ask them about their methods and how they go about getting the best photographs. If there’s something you like (or don’t like!) you can talk about it now so that there are no surprises.
- Do you need a second photographer? Jewish weddings are often action-packed with lots going on during the ceremony and reception. Add in factors such as separate bridal and groom preparations, plus an extensive guest list, and you may want to have another photographer to capture everything. Ask your photographer about their arrangements for having a second shooter, make sure they are also an experienced photographer, consider requesting samples of their images too.
- Length of coverage– Traditional and modern dancing is a key feature of Jewish weddings. Check what time your photographer is planning to stay until and whether they offer extended photographic coverage so that you don’t miss any of those fab Hora (chair dancing) shots.
I shoot weddings throughout London, Surrey and am also a destination wedding photographer. If you’d like to know more about my award-winning Surrey Wedding Photography or would like to meet to chat through your wedding plans, please send me a message here.