Jewish Weddings in Greece
Recently I did realize that a number of the weddings I had captured since 2009, are Jewish ceremonies. Any wedding photographer in Greece who is lucky enough to capture a Jewish wedding ceremony can be assured of an unforgettable experience. This is because these types of weddings are spiritual and full of life. And therefore, such occasions are ideal for getting perfect shots and portraits of a couple tying the knot and their friends as well as families.
I have to admit that being a Jewish wedding photographer especially in Greece is a privilege. Being granted the opportunity to capture the fascinating culture of the Jewish community in the beautiful Greek islands is an experience like no other.
It doesn’t matter whether the wedding is entirely traditional or a blend of both new and old cultures. Focusing on the unique story behind every couple while circling back to the set of customs is very fun for photographers.
Over the years, I have been tasked to shoot a good number of Jewish weddings. And every time, I find myself lost behind the lenses on how happy and interesting these events are. My favorite part is how these weddings end with a bang. For instance, when the newlyweds are asked to step on a glass inside some napkins, as a sign of commitment even when things get tough. These shots make the best portraits.
Everything ranging from the dress code to the food and joyful dancing makes me love photographing Jewish weddings even more. I always ensure I don’t miss important moments such as the Bedeken when the groom veils the bride. And if possible, through my photojournalism skills, I can narrate your wedding journey through pictures from the beginning to the end.
If you are looking for a professional Jewish wedding photographer, to shoot your celebration on Rhodes, Hydra, Corfu, Sifnos, Crete, or any Greek islands, feel free to get in touch.
Traditions and Rituals You Need to Know
Wondering what else you need to know before attending a Jewish wedding? Here are some frequently asked questions, according to a rabbi:
- What should I wear to a Jewish wedding? For the ceremony, women traditionally wear attire that covers their shoulders and men wear Kippahs or Yarmulkas to cover their heads.
- Do men and women sit separately? At Orthodox Jewish weddings, it is customary for men and women to sit on either side of the ceremony. At an ultra-Orthodox wedding, men and women will also celebrate separately with a partition in between.
- How long is a Jewish wedding ceremony? A Jewish wedding ceremony typically ranges from 25-45 minutes depending on how much the couple seeks to embellish it with readings, rituals, and music.
- Are Jewish weddings performed on Shabbat? Traditionally, Jewish weddings are not performed on Shabbat or the High Holy Days.
- Should I bring a gift? It is customary to give a gift in the form of a Jewish ritual object or money in increments of $18, symbolizing the Hebrew word Chai, which means “life.”