I love the traditions in Jewish weddings: the horah or circle dance, the breaking of the glass, the chuppah (it frames the bride and groom so beautifully). Amalia and Leon included a few that I hadn't seen before -- the bedeken and tish, and the bride circling the groom at the altar -- and made me love Jewish weddings even more! The tish is this wonderful gathering of the groom and his male friends and family around a table, where the groom is challenged to lecture on the Torah while his guests tease and interrupt him. Meanwhile, the bride is entertained in a separate location by her female friends and family. In the end, the groom and his entourage head to the bedeken for the unveiling of his bride. I loved how Amalia and Leon embraced these traditions in the spirit of paying homage to their families.
Temple Shaaray Tefila, where this wedding was held, is a magnificent venue in Bedford Corners, New York. It has breathtaking gardens and grounds, and wonderful light for photographers to work with both indoors and out. I’ve since photographed some other weddings there, and it’s just a fabulous site for picture taking.