Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY

Judaism is full of a variety of religious views, traditions, interpretations and origins, each beautiful and respected in its own way. Jewish weddings, no matter how religious, will always contain some form of tradition.  Having a Chuppah, signing a Ketubah, smashing the glass, and so many other traditions, small and large, can add up to a very meaningful and personal wedding experience.

Sam and her family are Ashkenazi Jews, Yishai’s family are Sephardic Persian Jews, and some of their traditions could not be more different.  The melding of these two families and their customs made this wedding as distinctive as it could be, and even more beautiful to watch and be a part of.

Yishai and Sam are so easygoing and kind to each other and everyone around them.  They are personable and fun, and they spent their time not just welcoming their guests, but entertaining them, in the relaxed and humorous way that they seem to take on life.  I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of photographing their wedding, and I believe that all of the joy and love between these two comes through in every photo.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Prep, Bride Prep
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Rings, Engagement Ring
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Wedding Gown, Bridal Bouquet

This beautiful and detailed dress was handmade by the bride and her mother, together. How amazing is that?

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Portrait
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portrait, Shoes
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Portrait, Shoes

These shoes give a small look into Sam's personality.  Fun, different and not afraid to stand out-in the most awesome way! I knew to expect my wife to ask me where these shoes were from immediately upon seeing these photos. Just as I was not surprised when she asked, she was not surprise to hear that I had no idea.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bridal Party, Bridesmaids
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Prep
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portrait
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Bedeken
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah

I absolutely love the outdoor Chuppah at Crest Hollow Country Club.  It makes you feel like you are standing in your own secret garden.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Dancing

This was actually my favorite moment of the day.  According to Sephardic tradition, a groom greets his bride on her way to the Chuppah, and together they walk the rest of the way.  Yishai didn't stop there.  He danced his way to Sam, and together, they danced toward the Chuppah, and towards the rest of their lives.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride Groom
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Wedding Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Wedding Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Grooom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Wedding Cake
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, First Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, First Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Father of the Bride, Father Daughter Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Father of the Bride, Father Daughter Dance
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Dancing
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Mother of the Bride

You know it's a good night when the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom are dancing (and drinking) together!


The Wedding Team:

Venue: Crest Hollow Country Club
Photography: Chaim Schvarcz and
Caterer: New Star Caterers
Music: Nafshenu Orchestra
Gown: Handmade by the Bride + Mom
Flowers: Fran Campbell
Hair: April Hillis from April and Company
Makeup: Bride + Bridal Party


Chabad Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish Wedding on Mother's Day in Times Square, Manhattan, New York

If you have ever been to the center of Manhattan in the late evening, you may have seen a Bride and Groom taking portraits together with the spectacular background of Times Square, in all of its lit up glory.  I love taking couples to many of the wonderful and photogenic places of Manhattan for portraits, including Central Park, The High-line, Riverside Park and of course, Times Square.  

Until Mother’s Day this year, though, I had never had the incredible experience of photographing an actual wedding ceremony in the very center of Times Square.  As a matter of fact, this was one of the only times in history, if not the only time, where a wedding ceremony has taken place at the iconic Red Stairs of Times Square.  It was truly something to behold.  Over 200 guests, in addition to the countless tourists present, watched the emotional and stirring Chuppah Ceremony take place, followed by the exuberant dancing that led the newly married couple towards the rest of the wedding festivities at The Edison Ballroom.

I absolutely love going along with some of the adventurous and original wedding venue ideas that my clients come up with.  It came as a bit of a surprise when I learned that it was the father of the groom who had always wanted to make a wedding in Times Square, not the groom himself, as was written up in an article about the wedding by The New York Post.  But regardless of who came up with the idea, I am certain it will be spoken about amongst their prominent Rabbinical families, and the families of all of those present (guests and tourists alike!) for many years to come.

As always, it was an honor photographing with the amazingly talented and original Levik Hertzel Photography.

Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, chuppah, tourists
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, groom, father of the groom, father of the bride, walking down the isle
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, chuppah, father of the groom, groom, father of the bride
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, walking down the isle, mother of the bride, mother of the groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, chuppah, bride, groom, tourists
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom, chuppah, under the chuppah
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, groom, groomsmen
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom
Historic Chabad Orthodox Jewish Wedding in Times Square Manhattan New York NYC Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, bride, groom

Yehuda and Timema's Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn New York

I can talk about photography, cameras, composition, ISO, aperture and all other technical and exciting parts of being a photographer, for hours.  At only age 15, it seemed Yehuda’s interest had been piqued.  So we chatted, and I ended up teaching him bits here and there.  It quickly became clear that he had an innate talent, and I was not so much teaching, as guiding what came naturally. We talked and went on photo walks, he assisted me and then started shooting for me.  Now he has his own photography business, and I can't help but feel proud and lucky to have been able to watch him grow into himself in the world of Jewish photography.

It came as an honor, 9 years later, when he asked me to photograph his wedding to Timema.  It is definitely a different experience to capture the wedding day of someone who has become a professional in his own right, but honestly, they made it easy. The looks they shared, the way they danced to ‘From the Ground Up’ by Dan and Shay, all of the family and friends gathered together in joy for them; these are all of the moments that I look for, thrive on, and absolutely love capturing.

Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Bride Prep, Makeup, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom hangers, Details, Rings, Gown, Suit
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride portrait, Veil, Makeup
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom portrait
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits, Nephews, Family
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Groom Portraits, Family, Groomsmen
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, Golf Club
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits, Newlyweds
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom Portraits
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Mother of the Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Badeken, Bdeken, Bride, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Details, Sign
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Baby, Chuppah
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Walking down the isle, nephews, neices, family
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah, Huppah
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Chuppah
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Groom, Newlyweds
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Evening Lights, Venue
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Bride
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, Dancing
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Family, Bride and Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, Dancing, Fire
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride, Neice
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, Manchester United
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Dancing, On chairs, Groom
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, First Dance, Dancing
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, Bride and Groom, Dancing, First dance
Orthodox Jewish Wedding, Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course, Brooklyn, New York, Photo by Chaim Schvarcz, First Dance, Bride and Groom

The Wedding Team:

Venue: Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course
Photography: Chaim Schvarcz, David Zimand
Makeup: Yocheved Goldstein
Hair: Beebs Goldberg
Gown: Mario Gown Designs
Videography: Shulim Goldring
Music: Shmuli Modes