Jewish weddings are so full of memorable moments. The emotion, the tradition, the energy, and above all, the love – there’s just so much Jewish joy in the air. And your wedding photos are the thing that allows you to preserve all that joy for a lifetime. But with so much going on, how do you make sure all the most essential bits get captured for posterity?
I sat down with Liam and Stam from Liam Collard Photography, the international award-winning London-based wedding photographers behind some truly unforgettable STG weddings, to pick out the top 10 must-have shots for your Jewish wedding album – the bare-bones basic ones you absolutely, 100% don’t want to be without.
Liam and Stam have photographed Jewish weddings around the world in their trademark creative documentary style, and their years of experience mean they’re perfectly primed to share their expertise on how to make sure all those individual moments come together to form a carefully crafted narrative of your day in a way that’s compelling, emotional, and totally you. So without further ado, let’s get to the photos!
The tisch is where the groom’s party gathers to celebrate before the ceremony. It’s a time of joy, tradition, and often lively singing and dancing. Liam and Stam love capturing candid, documentary-style shots of the heartfelt speeches, camaraderie, and powerful emotions.
The moment when the couple (or in some instances just the groom) signs the traditional Jewish marriage contract is such a powerful testament to the sacred commitment you’re making to each other. Liam and Stam note that this moment lends itself to gorgeous images with soft, intimate lighting and thoughtful composition.
We hear time and time again that this is one of THE most emotional Jewish wedding moments, and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing like the moment when the groom covers his bride’s face with a veil – especially if the couple have spent the past 24 hours, or even longer, apart per Jewish tradition – and you want to make sure you choose a photographer who’s equipped to capture the narrative of this moving ritual.
Naturally you’ll want photos of the two of you standing under the chuppah – the focal point of the Jewish wedding ceremony. The beautiful symbolism of the chuppah as the new home you and your love are building together, the emotional connection, and the beauty of the chuppah structure itself all lend themselves to stunning images that beautifully encapsulate the essence of your ceremony.