Today we have Jewish Wedding Photography part one from this lovely couples day in the Centre of London. It was such a gorgeous sunny morning, perfect for a Jewish wedding. When we got to the house the Bride was already busy with the hairdresser and the house was bustling with ladies getting ready. Dad retreated to the garden to add the finishing touches to his Speech. ‘By Appointment‘ arrived with the bouquet, it smelt gorgeous. Just time for a few ‘big hair’ shots and the Bride was ready to put on her dress. The Groom was looking a bit more nervous as he welcomed the guests at the Great Portland Street Central synagogue. When the Bride arrived we photographed the bedekken ceremony which is a beautiful intimate moment in a Jewish wedding where the Groom puts the veil over the bride ready for the wedding ceremony. The Bride had two of the sweetest little flower girls who walked down the aisle with amazing confidence. The Wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah, an ornate canopy, their chuppah was decorated with flowers. Under the chuppah with the bride and groom are both sets of parents and the rabbi so definitely no room for a photographer! The Jewish wedding ceremony is really special with lots of great music and singing. After the ceremony, the guests traveled on two red london buses to the reception. The Bride and Groom had a few moments alone (well nearly alone, just two photographers and a video man in tow!) at Regents park for some portraits before heading off to the Miro Gallery. It was a lovely wedding, I hope you enjoy the photographs and please come back tomorrow for part 2 which is the reception party at the Victoria Miro Gallery with Isreali dancing and a dinner party held in the gallery with a back drop of amazing tapestries by the artist Grayson Perry.
A few thoughts from the couple:
Q1) Tell us about your Jewish wedding day
There were a lot of preparation because we were using a space that is not usually used for events so we had to hire all the tables and chairs, the tent and form the bars and the platform for the band etc, we really wanted to have some Israeli dancing so that was something else we had to factor in. We only got engaged 6 months before the wedding day so we didn’t have long to get everything planned, luckily we hired an amazing wedding planner to help us out and the gallery space is part of the family so we could really do what we wanted with it.
Bride: Arriving at the synagogue, the bedekken ceremony and then being under the chuppah were the most emotional and spiritual parts of the day when I felt the most intense and overwhelmed – i’ll never forget how much I wanted to see Olly at that moment to help keep by feet on the ground.
Grooms: There were so many favourite parts but if I must say my favourite part then it was walking into the bedekken ceremony just before walking down the aisle, where I put the veil over my wife. We hadn’t seen eachother for 24 hours and it was a really spiritual and special moment.
3) What advice would you give to others getting married?
To really plan the moments before you get in the car so that you feel relaxed and happy, and from then on to enjoy and remember every moment because it is a whirlwind
4) What do you love about being married?
Bride: I have been so happy since we got married, everyone tells me that I am glowing and deep down I know it because I am so happy and relaxed to be spending the rest of my life with my husband
5) Why did you choose Beautiful life to capture your wedding photography?
We looked at lots of options but we had used Beautiful Life for videography previously so we knew we wanted to use them for our video, when we looked at the pictures on the website they were colourful and the couples looked happy so we knew that was what we wanted for our day.
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