Western Marble Arch Synagogue Wedding Photography | Daniella & Jamie’s Wedding
Daniella & Jamie held a wonderful Winter wedding at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in Marble Arch, London.
Jamie’s long day started at his flat in North London where he got ready with his father Stuart and some 8 other family & friends including 2 best men both called Daniel. Daniella got ready at the Montcalm Hotel which lies conveniently next door to the Synagogue, she got ready with her parents Miriam & Michael.
Emotional, calm & beautiful
Emotional. The first time Jamie saw Daniella was at the Bedeken veiling ceremony, as he drew the veil down over her face he turned and wiped away his tears.
Calm. There was a sense of peace and calm before the ceremony began. Friends & family took their places and waited for the ceremony to begin, the decorated Chuppah lit in white & blue looked amazing and stood out like a beacon of light in the subdued lighted room. The first to enter were bridesmaids Saskia, Rachel & Charlie filled by Jamie on the arms of his parents Stuart & Debra.
Beautiful. As Daniella entered the room on the arms of her parents she looked beautiful, absolutely stunning. She burst into a beaming smile as she saw Jamie and entered the Chuppah. The service began with her circling Jamie seven times and as she circled she exchanged smiles with proud parents Miriam & Michael and Stuart & Debra.
And then it went wild ….
We have photographed many Jewish weddings but have never seen so much energy put into the Israeli dancing – the Simcha may have lasted just 20 minutes but it felt like it went on for ever and it left Jamie with a ripped shirt and gasping for air. During the dancing which was very cramped and difficult to photograph my foot got heavily stamped on causing it to swell really badly and I ended up having to wear only one shoe – I mention this as the explanation for those that wondered why? was one of the photographers wearing only one shoe – it must have looked quite random :)
Their some 240 guests enjoyed the surroundings in the Montcalm’s Ballroom that was decorated in a Winter Wonderland theme (as was the Chuppah). the Fil Straughan live band was excellent and they got everybody up on the floor – one set was dedicated to Motown. In our timing schedule it stated that the evening would end after Daniella’s last words with “2 thumping songs to end on” we had gone by then but I bet it was good.
Tisch: The groom’s reception for men held at a table laden with food and drink.
Chuppah: Canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their Jewish wedding ceremony.
Bedecken: A procession headed by the groom goes to the bridal reception room, where the groom covers the bride’s face with a veil.
Simcha: Updates Israeli dancing with lively music and complex choreography at a frantic pace.