A day before Passover t his year, Amanda and Christopher celebrated their betrothal with close family and friends. It was so lovely and intimate; it was actually held on my parents’ property. Every single detail of the ceremony was either handcrafted, handmade, or contributed by friends. I've included links for those that may not be familiar with traditional Jewish betrothal/wedding customs.
The Chuppah was built by my handy husband, flower arrangements/décor chosen by bride, and decorated by friends. Amanda's dress was a rare find at an antique store in Oklahoma. It dates back to the 1920's, and the shop owner was very particular about whom she sold the dress to because it was around Halloween season. The shop owner was afraid someone would purchase it for a costume, destroy it and use it for something gory. After Amanda explained her intentions, she was knew it was going to a good owner. Her beautiful and flawless makeup was done by Jane. She looked absolutely stunning, absolute vintage couture beauty. Amanda's father officiated the beautiful ceremony, Christopher and his father sang to the bride. The Ketubah was hand painted by Amanda's mother. Friends had emotion-filled personal statements that they read aloud. The children played, bread was shared, and heads were bowed in prayer...Mazel Tov! All my best, love, and support to you Amanda, and as I told the groom "Welcome to the family, familia, mishpacha"!
The marriage covenant is truly sacred, and this betrothal ceremony was a great example of how young people should view the deeper meaning of entering into a marriage union. You can read more about Amanda's story and the ceremony on her blog here
Before the ceremony, I knew I had to go to my favorite garden. With spring in full bloom, I have to take advantage of all the amazing flowers and foliage south Florida has to offer. We were there for a short 20 minutes to make it on time for the ceremony!
Disclaimer: I am not an event photographer! Especially a wedding or ceremony photographer, that's really not my specialty at all. I've found my happy little niche with families, where I can let loose, play and smile as we go. I highly respect wedding/event photographers, it's a territory I don't think I'd want to tackle, but appreciate the art. These are just a few personal photos I took of the joyous event. Phew, ok, I hope you guys are easy on me critiquing my work when you view the ceremony photos that I mostly took while holding my 17 month old ;) While I doubt I'll have flocks of people inquiring about event photography after this, I'd be happy to refer you to a photographer that does specialize in that.