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Todays couple had a bagel themed wedding, inspired by their surname, with bagels brought in from the legendary Beigel Bake in Brick Lane… I mean, could this Jewish wedding get any better?!
Well yes it could when Shaun Taylor is behind the lens, and my goodness aren’t his images beautiful? What’s more, the bride and groom found him via Smashing The Glass. Nicola & Simon told me,
We love your blog as it showcases the best weddings, but not by budget, size or glamour – you go after the individual personality of the wedding and the touches, which we really like. We found Shaun Taylor through your site via an advertising banner. We saw his work and it was exactly what we were after.”
Well that does make me happy! Nicola & Simon got married in Bevis Marks, the oldest synagogue in the UK, and a stone’s throw from their reception venue, The Andaz, in the City of London. The bride wore a sensational fishtail Justin Alexander dress, and looked absolutely incredible. Her bridesmaids rocked Jenny Packham, and just wait till you see the Jewish dancing images – off the scale!
Oh.. and they also had the most wonderful hashtag printed inside their kippot ‘#BestKuppleEver’.
This is SUCH a lovely wedding, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
A weekly series where I ask some of the world’s best wedding photographers to pick out their favourite shot from their Jewish wedding portfolio. This week it’s the turn of Ash Nayler.
‘A Modern Orthodox Jewish wedding’ by Ash Nayler Photography
This was one of my first Modern Orthodox Jewish weddings. I was nervous to be shooting most of the photos after dark and, in the winter. Although I photographed many lovely portraits of the couple, I feel this image represents so well the fullness, the anticipation and the huge celebratory feeling of Jewish weddings.
If I remember rightly, whilst I shot this photo, I got stepped on, bumped, and had my camera knocked around, but it was worth it! “
This is a guest post by Anne Kleinberg
An unplugged wedding is when you ask your family, friends and guests to turn off their phones, tablets, cameras and other digital distractions during the ceremony and / or reception.
After your wonderful wedding is over, the recollections of your big day will be etched into your heart and mind forever. While no doubt you will have myriad photos and films to look at again and again, it will be the memories that you carry within you that will be the most exceptional: the gleam in your father’s eye; a loving touch on your shoulder; the admiring glimpse of someone you haven’t seen for ages – those will be your most treasured mementos.
With all the planning, there’s an element you may not have considered which can affect the atmosphere. It’s the question of how you want to treat the use of digital devices at the wedding. It might be a phone buzzing (assuming your guests have the sense to turn off the ringers), a camera clicking or an iPad blocking the view. People today have a tendency to be so totally involved with their devices that they often miss the real life experiences happening around them.
There are endless examples on the Internet as to how devices have interfered with the sanctity of the marriage ceremony. I live in Israel and while I know this is by no way common elsewhere, here in the Levant it is perfectly acceptable to be on your phone before, during and after the ceremony. I actually witnessed a man answer a call and speak on his phone as he was walking up to the chuppah to bless the couple and offer one of the Sheva Brachot (Seven Blessings). No one but me seemed horrified.
Images top to bottom: David Bastianoni | Chris Giles Photography | Chris Giles Photography
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