I am going to post this Jewish Wedding in two parts. There was so much action going on during the Jewish wedding reception that I think it deserves it’s very own post! The Jewish dancing is just amazing. The Jewish wedding ceremony took place at the Edgware United Synagogue in North London. As this was an Orthodox wedding it means that the couple have never touched eachother – not even held hands before. They where such a sweet couple and looked so happy on the day! I think the documentary style coverage really lends itself to a lot of black and white. I was second shooting with a Jewish wedding photographer, Itamar of Simcha Photography. He has been shooting Jewish celebrations including weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs for 15 years. Itamar was up at the front covering the ceremony traditions in and around the Chuppah and I was able to move around the Synagogue taking photojournalistic shots and a great wide shot from the very top looking down onto everyone.
The Chuppah represents a Jewish home symbolized by the cloth canopy and the four poles. Just as a chuppah is open on all four sides, so was the tent of Abraham open for hospitality. Thus, the chuppah represents hospitality to one’s guests. This “home” initially lacks furniture as a reminder that the basis of a Jewish home is the people within it, not the possessions.
It was fantastic to see how the day unfolds as Craig and I will be shooting two Jewish weddings at the end of this year. One is in North London in November and the other is up in Liverpool at St Georges Hall at the end of December. We have never been up to Liverpool before and are really looking forward to spending a few nights in the city centre.