An Orthodox Jewish Wedding

Three things I learned from being a guest at an Orthodox Jewish Wedding…

1. It’s tricky to find something to wear, but once you do you’re comfy all night.

2. Conrad looks cute in a Kippuh.

3. These guys know how to boogie down. No, seriously.

It was wonderful to relax with the guests at this wedding. We snapped some candids and I thought I’d share my favorites.

I loved this part of the wedding. It was perhaps the most touching part, though I’m not sure why I was so moved. It goes like this: the bride sits reading the Torah, after the men pray for several minutes by themselves, they lead the groom to the bride in her chair. The couple is not allowed to look at each other so the groom covers her face with a veil for the ceremony. The bride wears the veil through the remainder of the ceremony.

4. These guys’ beards can put everyone else’s to shame!
See? So cute in a Kippuh.
The men and women are separated for the entire wedding, so I shot these from my seat in the women’s side of the aisle. During the reception, there is a wall between and two separate meal services. 
The men begin the ceremony, leading the groom down the aisle with candles. The Chuppah is carried and then held by close family and friends for the rest of the ceremony.

The bride is escorted down the aisle with the veil the groom put over her face.

There’s no first kiss for this wedding, but instead the bride and groom have alone time in the Yichud Room after the ceremony just for the two of them. This is the first time they are alone together, and is a public declaration of their marriage.
The lovely mother of the bride, and the Challah bread that begins the reception (and the party!)
5. For the dancing, whatever you are capable of doing becomes part of the dance. In fact, the crazier the better. Handstand? Do it. Stacking as many people as you can on top of each other? Do it. Noise makers, confetti, spinning around, etc. It’s all good.
The Hora dance is where the bride and groom get boosted up on chairs and danced around. Generally they each hold hands (or a napkin) and dance around the floor. But for this Orthodox wedding where the men and women are separated behind a wall, the bride and groom are able to see each other by peeking over the wall. 

Best wishes to the bride and groom for a wonderful marriage!


by Megan

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Ben Davis - April 21, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Thanks for posting these pictures. I have never been to a Jewish wedding and the closest thing I have ever seen to the real thing is the wedding scene in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Great photos and great explanations along the way.

Thanks again,


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