After several years of focussing solely on destination weddings, Daniel and I decided to take on a few local weddings in 2018 in order to be home a little more (we love travelling with Max and Charlie, but a 4 year old and a 2 year old are not always the easiest travel companions!). Working locally has some serious perks, like sleeping in your own bed after a long day, but what surprised me was that revisiting so many familiar spots brought on some serious nostalgia. When Daniel and I first started photographing weddings together over a decade ago, we spent a lot of time at The Shaar Hashomayim. Couples who got married there would tell us how this synagogue had been the setting for many of their family’s biggest life moments: weddings and bar mitzvahs of generations before them. I can feel that energy at the synagogue and it makes every wedding we photograph there extra special.
Jessica and Jeremy’s wedding was everything we love about a traditional Jewish celebration; a strong focus on family and tradition and an awesome party (complete with Jeremy’s shirtless nephew giving it his all on stage!). The energy during the horah was especially high and the participation of hundreds of guests made it such a treat to photograph. Poor Jessica and Jeremy were terrified when they were hoisted up onto the table by their guests, but again… it was fun to document!
We’re so grateful to Tanya and Leora at Blanc for introducing us to Jessica and Jeremy, and for the trust bestowed onto us by all of them.