Jewish Orthodox Wedding | Jen and Chaim

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

kallah walks down the aisle with her parents

I’ve been photographing Jewish weddings and events for 20 years, first as a staff photographer for the Jewish Times in Baltimore, and later as a freelance wedding photographer. However, it has only been in the last few years that I started shooting a lot of Orthodox Jewish weddings.

My friend Michael Temchine, an experienced Orthodox wedding photographer, introduced me to the world, patiently describing how things worked and explaining all the new terminology like “chossen,” “kallah,” “tisch,” “bedecken” and “sheva berachot.”

I found Jennifer and Chaim because Jennifer is Michael’s sister, so I have known her and her family for years. I was honored that they asked me to photograph the wedding, and I had a wonderful time photographing all the familiar faces on Jen’s side, and meeting Chaim and his wonderful group of family and friends.

A dominant feature of the Orthodox wedding for me is the intensity of emotion. Its crazy, emotional, joyous -- just incredibly alive! As a photographer I've always felt really accepted at these weddings. Everyone supports your efforts to document the happy day and makes space for you in the crazy dance circles. At Jen and Chaim's wedding, having known Jen and her family for years, I even found myself getting a little "verklempt"!

portait of jewish orthodox bride

ring bearer with the bridechaim praying before the wedding ceremony

tisch at jewish weddingTisch at Jewish Orthodox weddingsigning the wedding contract

kallah before the wedding ceremony

These beautiful photos by Mary Gardella, my friend and second shooter for this event.


chossen before the ceremony

Chaim processes to the chuppahbedecken

Photo by Mary Gardella.

the bedeckenfather prays with his daughter at the bedecken

ring exchange under the chuppahbride under the chuppahreader under the chuppah gives a blessingpost wedding emotion

bride makes her entrance at  a jewish orthodox wedding

women dancing at jewish weddingthe wedding singer


dancing at jewish wedding receptionwedding schtickwedding schtickfather daughter dancecake cuttingyoung and old at weddingsheva berchot or seven blessingflower girls suck their thumbs at the end of a wedding

Posted by Dennis on 01/16 at 04:58 PM
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