Working at my first Jewish wedding was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had—and not just as a photographer! I’d done my research beforehand, learning all about the rituals and symbolism of the day, but nothing could have prepared me for the light, life, beauty and energy of Wendy and Victor’s wedding. It was an incredibly emotional experience, and I was proud to have been a part of it.
The day started with an intimate badeken—the veiling of the bride, by the groom. It’s tradition for the couple to be apart in the week leading up to their wedding, and this was the first time the two of them had seen each other. In the company of their closest family, there were plenty of tears.
Under the chuppah – a beautiful canopy, symbolising Wendy and Victor’s new home together – the happy couple tied the knot with a hearty “Mazel Tov!” Then came the dancing: flung into the middle of it all (and inevitably joining in!) I got some really fantastic shots, which say more about the spirit of the day than words ever could. Wendy and Victor looked like they were having the time of their lives.
After a traditional Birkat Hamazon – a series of blessings, known as ‘benching’ – we had the speeches: I’ve never heard so many people speak so personally and so emotionally, on behalf of a newly married couple. The room was full of love, laughter, and stories—it was everything that a wedding should be.
Thanks so much to the award winning photographer David Stubbs for inviting me to photograph the wedding with him. I can’t wait for the opportunity to work on another Jewish wedding. The photographs below are some of my favourites from a magical day.