Jewish wedding photography
Making Jewish wedding photography was one of the most memorable experiences. Festive and rich emotions a wedding where traditions cohabit perfectly with modernity. The ceremony of Ketubah and that of Chuppah are the religious parts of the ceremony.
The Ketubah is the Jewish marriage contract. It sets the obligations of the fiance to his future wife. The names of the future spouses must be included, as well as those of their parents and witnesses. It sets the duties of each according to Jewish law and gives special protection for the bride. The document is read aloud during the ceremony in front of the assembly, signed by two Jewish witnesses and entrusted to the bride.
The Chuppah is a kinf of a Baldachin. Made up of a sheet, or sometimes a prayer shawl, extended or supported by four pillars. Fixed in front of the holy ark. It takes place just after the Ketubah. It symbolizes the home that the couple will have to build.
Khatan signing the “Ketubah”
The Khatan (which means the son-in-law) signing Ketubah under the authority of the rabbi and the witnesses of the husband and the bride. The Ketubah is the Jewish marriage contract it is written and governed the laws of the marriage and also states the rights and the obligations of the future spouses one in towards the other.
The Ronsac estate in Toulouse, where this ceremony took place gave an great atmosphere and an idyllic solemn setting. Perfect for celebrating and making wedding photography.
A wedding under the Chuppah
Getting married under a Chuppah is very important in the Jewish tradition. Once the married ones installed, the rabbi welcomes the fiancés and calls the divine blessing on them. The rabbi addresses his speech to the fiancees in the presence of the whole assembly to celebrate the event. He then recites the blessing on the wine as well as the nuptial blessing. The engaged couple then drink at the cup. After that, the hatan is invited to pass the ring on the right forefinger of the kala (Bride) under the watchful eye of both witnesses and the whole assembly. As for the kinyan, the surrender of the covenant is a symbolic act that seals the legal union of the spouses. Just before doing this gesture, the bridegroom addresses his betrothed reciting the consecrated formula: “By this ring you are granted to me according to the law of Moses and Israel”
The assembly then exclaims: “mekoudéchet! Recognizing the consecration of the bride to her husband. The index finger of the right hand is the finger that must welcome the alliance because it has an indicative and voluntary function. Indeed, it is by voluntarily accepting the ring that the bride expresses her consent to this union, without which the marriage can not be valid. (Excerpt from Adath Shalom)
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