Carla and Stuart were brave enough to hold out for an outdoor ceremony, and were rewarded with a brilliant summer’s day. Hertfordshire weddings have been as unpredictable weather-wise as anywhere, so it was a last minute call to have the chuppah outside. Shendish Manor is an ideal wedding venue, especially for big Jewish weddings like this, where space is available indoors and out.
It was a day of laughter and tears, and it’s always a privilege to witness the love between friends and families, fathers and daughters, mums and sons. Carla couldn’t hold back the tears as her dad came to wish her well, and Stuart couldn’t either as he drew the veil over Carla at the bedekken. So out of the getting ready chaos emerged a beautiful bride, and into the sunshine she stepped to be married, with tears of joy to follow.
As with every Jewish wedding that I have photographed, including many Hertfordshire weddings, I am never restricted in photographing the signing of the register. It’s always a relief, as English weddings whether church or civil, make such a fuss about it. In fact we created one of my favourite images of this summer, with a dramatic outdoor wide shot in black and white of the register signing.
As I’m sure you know, dancing is big part of Jewish weddings, and Dana and I got stuck right into the heart of the action, to document the passion, the fire, the intensity of the fast and furious dancing! You can’t do it from a distance – you have to be in there! So we take the bumps and knocks to bring you the action! We love it, and I hope you enjoy this selection from Carla and Stuart’s most excellent day.
Carla’s beautiful gown is by Ellis Bridals
Carla’s make-up is by Rose Magnall
Floristry by Mile House Events
Music supplied by the amazing Ambassador Band
Shendish Manor - Laura Bradbury