Thinking back to Lilly & Andy's day, the one word that rings loud and clear is "joy". They chose The Roundhouse in Beacon, NY, decorating what is already a stunning venue to be an absolutely magical setting for their traditional Jewish wedding.
Not Brooklyn, Beacon
While there is definitely a bit of a Brooklyn vibe in this rustic but modern space an hour North of the city, you definitely know you’re outside of NYC, and I try to play up the nature while also highlighting the industrial style of the space.
For Jewish weddings, we’ll almost always make time for a first look. This gives us the opportunity to have an intimate photo session before the day begins to snowball along. After all, the couple will see each other prior to the ceremony for ketubah and other events anyway.
An Emphasis on Family
For me, the ketubah signing is one of my favorite elements as it refocuses all the excitement of the day towards the solemnity of the ceremony, while highlighting strong family ties.
Tisch & Bedeken
At some weddings, the bride and groom will separate for their own welcome receptions often including song and dance. A joyful procession of the groom culminates in what is often an emotional veiling of the bride before the ceremony begins.
Hold On Tight
I’m not sure where the tradition of being lifted in chairs comes from, but it’s a magnificent moment. The vaulted ceilings of the Roundhouse ballroom really add visual interest to the scene. There is a super wide angle lens in my bag that I rarely use, but sometimes it really makes the image!