Jewish Wedding – The Art of Celebration

David & Jaimeby Roger Resler

We shot a wedding in October, 2010 for one of the nicest couples we’ve ever met: Jaime and David. We seem to be fortunate in that the couples who hire us tend to be really nice people. David and Jaime are at the top of the list of all-around “niceness.” Of course it generally doesn’t hurt the niceness factor to be head over heals in love!

The wedding took place at Montelucia, which, of course, is a fabulous  location to begin with! The ceremony took place outside facing the gorgeous mountain backdrop and the weather was bridal- magazine perfect.

Jaime was escorted down the aisle by both of her parents (dad was smiling, mom was crying!) and then, as is traditional, she circled the groom three  times, he then circled  her three times and they both rotated in a circle once, for a total of seven, which, of course, is the magic number.

 

The couple then listened to the traditional challenges, blessings and exhortations and then exchanged rings and vows as the sun set.

Earlier in the day, an ornately decorated document called a Ketubah was signed by both the bride and the groom in the presence of witnesses, and it was now read for the audience.  And in keeping with tradition, as the ceremony came to a close, a glass was wrapped in cloth and then smashed by the groom accompanied by cheers of  “mazel tov!” by all present.

I was told that the idea behind the breaking of the glass is that the glass is broken so the marriage will not break, or stated another way, the marriage will last as long as the glass stays broken, ie. forever.

Later in the evening, as the reception was getting underway, an excellent live band called “Limelight” featuring the usual guitar, bass and keyboard was also accompanied by a talented trumpet player and lead singer.

Once the traditional Jewish music got started there was no stopping the fun! The entire room was alive with dancing in circles, clapping, twirls, high-fives and kicks. The bride and groom were then hoisted on chairs, waving napkins to the delight of the crowd.

Speeches were given by  friends and family  including a hilarious  and tear-jerking tome  by the best man.

The cake was cut and  bouquet tossed in the  usual manner, with the  bride’s sister making a perfect catch.  All in all, it made for an unforgettable day!

Jaime and David had hesitated to spend the money on video given all the expenses they were dealing with, but as the day drew closer they realized they needed to include video. In the end, they knew they had made the right move as they now have all these happy memories (and many more) captured and preserved on HD video. Someday their children and grandchildren will be able to experience the magic of their wedding as well.

Thanks for the opportunity to capture your wedding, Jaime and David, and for the fun we had doing it! Mazel Tov!

Click here to see a video of this wedding.

Copyright © 2011 – Roger Resler, Arizona Wedding Video, LLC. Phoenix, Arizona. www.azweddingvideo.com , all rights reserved. Phone: 602-618-2033 (All original blog entries on this site may be reposted elsewhere without prior approval provided this  information block as well as a link back to this blog are included).

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Roger Resler is the founder of Arizona Wedding Video

“Because your wedding is not just another ordinary day.”

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