Monday, October 31, 2011

Wedding plans

Since my someone & I got engaged at the end of August we've been busy planning our upcoming nuptials. The one decision we took straight off was that we'll be splitting it into two separate events- The religious part, and the celebratory part. I'll explain...
In a traditional Jewish wedding we perform a ceremony called The Chuppah. Similar to all ceremonies of all religions and colors, this is the part in which you become husband & wife. In Judaism it is mostly the husband that pledges and the wife accepts. The husband signs the "wedding agreement" which is called The Ketubah, the husband puts a ring on his wife's finger (there isn't a mutual ring exchange), and at the end the husband breaks a glass. The wife simply stands there to accept it all. That's not really what defines my someone and myself, but in the state of Israel, though it's a democracy, religion still takes a huge part, and when it comes to marriage, there is a big difference in the benefits and rights you get as a couple if you were married religiously (and that means by an Orthodox Rabbi and not Reform Rabbi). The problem with having the Chuppah performed by an Orthodox Rabbi is that it affects the entire wedding- If you get married on Friday, the wedding needs to end before the Shabbat enters, you cannot marry on Saturday, you must serve Kosher food, and you must serve Kosher beverages.
My someone and I are not religious at all, but we understand that it would be to our benefit to have our ceremony performed by an Orthodox Rabbi. Our compromise- we split the wedding in two. The first part is the Chuppah, which will be held at my someone's parents house on Nov. 11th, 2011 (11.11.11). It will be a small gathering of just immediate family, and we'll be serving lunch right after the ceremony. The second part is the wedding celebration to which we'll be inviting family and friends, and that would be on May 25th, 2012. We would still have a ceremony at the wedding but this time it will be non-religious and a good friend of ours will be performing it. This way the wedding can go on well into the night, on a Friday night, and we don't have to worry about Kosher food or beverages.
We're busy organizing the first event which is fast approaching!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Neta & Barrett's E-Session

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of photographing Neta & Barrett's engagement session. Though they are already legally married, as they had a civil service abroad, they wanted to do an E-Session before their official wedding that will be celebrated with all their loved ones.
Neta, a native Israeli, was working at a mall in the U.S. when she met Barrett. Barrett was just hanging at the mall with a friend when he noticed Neta, and the rest is history. After several years of dating, long-distance at most, they have finally joined forces and decided to make it official. Their big day is fast approaching, and in honor of that I wanted to share with you some of the shots we got that day. I can't wait for the wedding :)