We’ve enjoyed learning more about Orthodox Jewish wedding traditions this year! We want to say a special thank you to Shannon’s mother Leah for teaching us so much. Shannon & Eli’s wedding was a very elegant affair at the Fantasyland Hotel, we hadn’t had a chance to meet Shannon & Eli before the wedding but as soon as we did we could tell how excited they were to be married. They are very well matched, and totally in love.
We were lucky to be able to shoot at several location in West Edmonton Mall, due to a special relationship that Shannon’s family has with the management. Special thanks to the L1 Lounge and L2 Grill, West Edmonton Mall, Fantasyland Hotel, and Simons.
Shannon sees Eli for the first time at the Bedekin (veiling of the bride). It’s an emotional moment prior to the wedding ceremony.
Shannon circles Eli seven times to begin the ceremony. This symbolizes many things including building the walls of their new life together.
The wedding band in a Jewish ceremony is placed on the forefinger of her right hand. The ring is a simple gold band to symbolize the circle of life.
Honoured family, friends, and community members are chosen to recite blessings over a cup of wine. After Shannon & Eli drink from the cup, it is crushed by Eli to conclude the wedding ceremony.
We had a short period of time to create portraits of Shannon & Eli but we had a fantastic time. They are a very sweet young couple, and completely open to our suggestions.
Shannon & Eli had the most amazing reception – they really wanted to ensure that their guests had a fantastic time. There was an ice cream bar, a chocolate fountain, and the most elaborate candy buffet I’ve ever seen. And the dancing was incredible! You know when someone’s hat ends up on fire, and the mother of the bride dancing to Gangnam Style that it’s been a good party.
Mazel Tov Shannon & Eli! We greatly enjoyed spending time with you and your families and we wish you all the happiness and success possible in your new life together.