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.
This beautiful and detailed dress was handmade by the bride and her mother, together. How amazing is that?
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.
I absolutely love the outdoor Chuppah at Crest Hollow Country Club. It makes you feel like you are standing in your own secret garden.
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.
You know it's a good night when the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom are dancing (and drinking) together!
Knowing that we would not have enough time for many couple portraits on the day of the wedding, we planned a trip to Fire Island, off of the shore of Long Island, New York, for the day after the wedding. Check out some of the beautiful photos from that day here! The next day, none of the excitement had faded...