Capturing Jewish Wedding Traditions
The Jewish wedding day is filled with so many special and unique moments that are sure to make great photographic memories as the years go on. It is important to have a photographer that you can trust who knows the important and key moments to capture. Artisan Photographics is knowledgeable in Jewish Wedding continues to find new and creative ways to photograph special moments such as Ketubah Signing, Chuppah, the blessing of the challah, Jewish Hora dance, and much more
Ketubah Signing | Why is it important?
The Ketubah Signing at a Jewish wedding is a great moment to capture in your wedding day photography because it is an intimate moment between the bride and groom and their closest family and friends. This time is the perfect opportunity for meaningful and special wedding photos without any other distractions.
Jewish Wedding Ceremonies
Jewish Wedding Ceremonies are full of emotion and candid moments. Our style is to get a creative combination of wide angle and close up photos from different angles, anticipating emotional moments.
Photography of the Chuppah
The Chuppah is an important part of the Jewish Wedding ceremony. Under its covering, two become one and Artisan Photographics is there to capture those moments.
Jewish Wedding Reception Photography
During the wedding reception, it’s our time to make sure we anticipate all of the exciting moments. During the toast, if a funny joke is being told, we can capture the person speaking and also on the bride and groom to capture their reactions. If an emotional speech is happening, we capture those tears. And of course, if someone is dancing a storm on the dance floor, we’re there as well. Our goal is to tell the story of the wedding reception through the camera lens.
The Blessing of the Challah
The blessing of the Challah bread is a serious and intimate portion of the Jewish wedding reception. Usually, a grandfather of older family member says a prayer blessing the bread, and then cuts it and takes a bite. The bread is then taken and cut into pieces so that each table can partake.
The Jewish Hora Dance
The Hora dance is an extremely fast and fun part of Jewish wedding traditions. Artisan Photographics love capturing this particular part of the wedding day because it always produces the most candid reactions of laughter, passion, happiness, and pure fun! The Guests hold hands and dance the hora in a circle with or around the bride and groom. Family members are lifted up on chairs for an exhilarating and scary ride.
10 Jewish wedding traditions
- Fasting- The wedding day is considered a day of forgiveness, and as such, some couple choose to fast the day of their wedding
- Bedeken- Before the ceremony, the groom approaches the bride for the bedeken, or veiling. He looks at her and then veils her face
- Ketubah Signing- The ketubah is a Jewish prenuptial agreement that outlines the groom’s responsibilities to his bride.
- The Walk to the Chuppah- In Jewish tradition, both of the groom’s parents walk him down the aisle to the chuppah, the altar beneath which the couple exchanges vows. Then the bride and her parents follow.
- Vows Under the Chuppah- A chuppah has four corners and a covered roof to symbolize the new home they are building together.
- Circling- The bride traditionally circles around her groom either three or seven times under the chuppah.
- Sheva B’rachot: Seven Blessings- The seven blessings, called the Sheva B’rachot, come from ancient teachings. They are often read in both Hebrew and English.
- The breaking of the Glass- As the ceremony comes to an end, the groom is invited to step on a glass inside a cloth bag to shatter it.
- Mazel Tov!-Shouting “Mazel tov!” is one of the most well-known Jewish wedding rituals. Once the ceremony is over and the glass is broken, you will hear guests cheer Mazel tov.
- Yichud- Following the ceremony, tradition dictates that couples spend approximately 18 minutes in private.