Rob and Isi found me via my website and got in touch over Skype. I was excited to photograph their Jewish wedding ceremony not too far from me up in Hertfordshire.
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Getting ready at Sopwell House
I started my day around midday at Sopwell House, a hotel not too far from the venue. Isi and Rob were getting ready in the same hotel but made sure they were kept apart! I started with the ladies, who needed a little extra time to get their hair and makeup sorted. Everything seemed very relaxed, so I took the opportunity to get some shots of the dress and shoes outside before some group shots with the bridal party.
Isi presented her bridesmaids with some gifts after they posed with her outside. With a few cheeky group shots in the bag, I headed over to the gents, who were only too happy to pose in front of their classic wedding car. We took a few relaxed fashion shots before heading over to Hatfield House for the ceremony.
Jewish wedding ceremony at Hatfield House
As the clouds began to gather over Hatfield House, I got some shots of the guests arriving and putting on their kippahs for the ceremony. Both bride and groom were accompanied by their parents as they walked in, ready for the festivities to commence.
I’ve never shot a Jewish wedding ceremony up so close before, so I tried to capture every intimate moment whilst remaining as inconspicuous as possible. The celebrations really began as soon as Rob smashed the glass – this was followed by a huge cheer and the newlyweds celebrated with bubbles rather than confetti. These were ideal as the wind was beginning to pick up!
Improvised group shots
You never can trust the weather in England! The rain started to come down as soon as the ceremony finished, so we had to improvise with some group shots inside. Thankfully, I had a selection of studio flashes with me so we turned a corner in the function room into our own photo studio.
Unfortunately the rain didn’t let up so we had to take the couple shots inside. However, the venue was stunning so it made for a good backdrop regardless, and the newlyweds told me they would re-book after the wedding for some outdoor shots.
Jewish wedding party
It was great to get involved in all the Jewish customs, including the traditional music and dancing! The newlyweds had a great time as they were thrust into the air on chairs. Next up, we enjoyed a gorgeous buffet before moving onto some tear-jerking speeches.
As always, I was the last man standing at the party as everybody enjoyed the disco dancing. I got one final shot of Rob and Isi dancing alone together, which was beautifully complemented by mood lighting.
One of the best parts of my job is mingling with other cultures and learning about different traditions, so I was honoured to be part of Isi and Rob’s big day. I’m looking forward to shooting their outdoor photos with them! If you’d like me to photograph your traditional wedding ceremony, please get in touch today.