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Nontraditional Jewish Wedding Photography, Boca Raton

This moment happened just prior to the informal version of the Bedeken, the Jewish veiling ceremony, when the bride's mother and the groom's mother had a moment to speak. Although we're not entirely certain of what was being said, we found the bride's response in her body language quietly amusing. We love documenting these small humorous moments in everyday life as in wedding days, and find that including images like this in our nontraditional Jewish wedding photography sets us apart from other studios. This Jewish wedding took place at the beautiful and functional B’nai Torah in Boca Raton, Florida, which is local to these families; the wide open spaces of the various function rooms were helpful on a rainy day, allowing us to arrange various portraits and other planned images without tripping over guests waiting for the ceremony. Moments like this one happen at every wedding, but not always with such interesting symmetry compositionally. We love the sense of anticipation and the way the viewer can map faces from one’s own memory and experiences onto the subjects of the image, and the slightly defensive position on the right compared to the very subtly offensive position on the left is belied by the delicately clasped hands on both women. The bride shows in her stance that she’s not putting up with any sort of argument on her day, while looking statuesquely beautiful and anonymous.

Location: B'nai Torah, Boca Raton, Florida.

1/200; f/2.8; ISO 1600; 85.0 mm.