I had such a great time photographing Jaime and Henrik’s engagement photos that I knew that I was going to have a blast at their wedding. And I did! I was also more than a little impressed by the blend of modern style and Jewish tradition – and their use of the color yellow! Not always an easy color to make work…
Gorgeous yellow flower arrangements placed on pedestals during the ceremony and the chuppah made up of flowers and branches.
I really enjoy the ‘first look’ – there is a lot of debate about whether or not to do it, and I respect any couple’s decision on it. Personally, I recommend it if you have a lot of portraits you want to do and you do not want to spend your entire cocktail hour taking photos. It also helps add a more relaxed feel to the portrait process.
Check out those yellow bridesmaid dresses! While I was taking this photo, I heard my assistant photographer say, “They look like angels!”
I turned to him and said, “Funny, that’s your name. Angel.” It actually is his name.
Jaime and Henrik’s beautiful ketubah (the Jewish wedding contract) was actually purchased from the same book store where Henrik’s parents got their own ketubah.
One of my favorite moments in traditional Jewish weddings is the Bedekken or ‘veiling’. Some believe in the ceremony the groom lifts the bride’s veil to confirm her identity, believing the Bedekken originates from the biblical account of Jacob being tricked into marrying Leah, instead of her younger sister Rachel as intended. Others believe it actually originates when Rebecca veiled herself prior to her marriage to Isaac as a sign of modesty and is symbolic of the marriage not being about only physical attraction. Whichever you believe, I think it is a beautiful tradition.
Let me tell you something else that I love. The lace detail on Jaime’s bolero/shawl! FANTASTIC!
More yellow! Those beautiful flowers on the pedestals at the ceremony? They came in to the reception to be the centerpieces.
I have seen many a horah, but Jaime and Henrik’s was quite possibly the largest I have ever witnessed, with well over 100 people taking part. At one point, my other photographer and I just resolved ourselves that we were trapped inside of one of the many circles and just went with it!
It is all fun and games until someone nearly falls off a chair!
Many thanks to Jaime and Henrik. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of your wedding! And thanks to Bridal Guide Magazine, The Wedding Yentas, and The Modern Jewish Wedding for also sharing pictures from the wedding.
Floral Designer: Arcadia Floral
Reception Venue: Glen Island Harbor Club
Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
2nd Photographer: Angel