Lily and Emanuel got married at the lovely Giardino Verde. For me it was extra fun because it was very different from the weddings that I normally cover. It was a jewish wedding, took place on a Sunday and had an early end time. Just because it had an early end time it did not mean they had no party – in fact, the complete opposite!
I have covered a couple of jewish weddings before and I love the fact that their traditions include a lot of intense dancing. It already starts before the ceremony. First the groom and bride are separated. The groom signs a marriage contract, called ketubah, and already at that point they start singing, dancing and drinking. Then they lead the groom to the bride to ensure he is marrying the right lady. He then puts down her veil and they walk towards the ceremony. After the ceremony the couple goes to a room to spend time alone as husband and wife. In our case, we took some portraits after this and then went to the wedding dinner. And this is my favourite part. They start with dancing straight away. I think the word “dance” is almost an understatement. It is a combination of dance – aerobics – gymnastics with FULL power for 30minutes. It is great fun to be part of. They spin each other around, throw them into the air and much more. When this is done the dinner and drinks starts. In between they have another dancing session. As a photographer, it is a dream! Enjoy the wedding photos….