Maytal's Elegant Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY

Maytal’s entire family was a joy to work with, each with a brighter and warmer smile and personality then the next. In honor of Maytal’s Bat Mitzvah, the family planted a tree in the forests of Israel for every guest that came to the event. If that is not enough of a testament of how incredible they are, I dont know what is! I can’t wait for her sister Keira’s Bat Mitzvah next year!

Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle
Maytal's Bat Mitzvah in New Rochelle, NY, Photos by Chaim Schvarcz Elegant Classy New Rochelle

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Sam and Yishai’s Wedding and Couple Portrait Session on Fire Island, Long Island, New York

The day after Sam and Yishai’s wedding, we spent a few relaxed hours on Fire Island taking couple portraits that we did not have time to take on the wedding day.  Knowing there would not be the time, we had planned this session, and boy am I glad we did. After some time taking photos in wedding garb, Sam and Yishai changed into more casual clothes to enjoy some newlywed time on the beach. If I could do this for every bride and groom, I absolutely would.  There is no time restraint, no ogling guests or family, and no worries about the rest of the wedding day, not that these two had any problem being relaxed and acting themselves on either day!

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island

Wardrobe change...in the car.

Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island
Sam and Yishai’s Modern Orthodox Jewish Wedding at Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury NY, New York Photos by Chaim Schvarcz, Couple Portraits, Bride, Groom, Beach, Fire Island, Long Island

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