Mount Kisco Wedding / by Lisa Hancock

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 room 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 beautiful gardens and grounds, and wonderful light for photographers to work with both indoors and out.