I absolutely love shooting Jewish weddings! There are so many different parts to it that make is so special. Some of my favorite moments to photograph are the Bedeken and Tish. The bride and groom are celebrated by their family and friends in separate rooms individually before they are celebrated as a couple. The groom and his groomsmen then dance into the room where the bride is waiting and the groom lifts her veil to verify that it is, in fact, his bride to be. It also marks the moment that the two are allowed to see each other for the first time in over a week. It is followed by even more dancing and celebrating.
The ceremony, held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, was beautiful. The Palace Hotel is one of the oldest in the city, originally built in 1875. However, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 demolished it and it was rebuilt in 1909. It has been host to many grand events and works perfectly for Jewish weddings because of the variety of rooms inside.
I love listening to the Sheva Berachot (The Seven Blessings) and watching as the groom breaks the glass and everyone shouts, "Mazel Tov!".
I have never seen so much dancing at one wedding! From the Hora to hula hoops and jump ropes made of table napkins! How creative! The Bride and Groom were treated like royalty the entire night!
Her smile couldn't be any bigger when seeing her groom for the first time in a week.
The groom also can not contain his happiness when first seeing his bride.
You can tell by the way he looks at her that he's in love!
Can you tell that the groom is excited? I want to be in that chair someday!
Another Jewish tradition is celebrating the parents of the bride when the bride is their last child to give away. Raising a child and giving them away is a very special moment in a parent's life.