Jen + David: Gap Bluff, Watsons Bay

Rain didn’t stop these lovelies from having a serious party on their wedding day. Theirs was a stylish contemporary Jewish wedding befitting the bride and groom, but with all the traditional trimmings – including all the special moments of the badeken, the beautiful Chuppa and the high energy Hora dance.

I was honoured to be invited to photograph the badeken, the very first part of the wedding celebrations, but did so at a distance. It is a formal and intimate custom where the brides face is covered with a veil and a prayer is said for her. Jen and David were married under a stunning lace Chuppa, the wedding canopy, which symbolises the new home being built by the couple when they become husband and wife.

There were countless memorable moments of the day, but my favourite was Jen encircling David on arrival under the Chuppa. The bride traditionally walks around the groom three times, the three circuits representing the three virtues of marriage: righteousness, justice and loving kindness. For me, I could see it was a moment also for both bride and groom to harness their excitement, look deeply at each other and come into the present moment before the ceremony began. Just beautiful.

With so many guests and the canopy all squeezed onto the balcony due to the rain, it was a perilous place for a lady with two cameras, but oh so, so much fun to shoot. Lovely smiley memories from this day. Thank you x