Flor and Jared picked what turned out to be a very busy weekend in Philadelphia for their wedding. They shared their weekend with the 18th Street Outdoor Cafe event in Rittenhouse Square, the Independence Dragon Boat Regatta and the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship (which happened the next day, but roads were closed in anticipation) — and that’s just what I saw on my unusually long drive in.
Even though so much was going on throughout the city, the scene in the Rittenhouse Hotel (where the couple’s ceremony and reception both took place) was all about Flor and Jared. The day was particularly special and unique because of the Jewish traditions they worked into their event. Despite having been at many Jewish weddings over the years, this is the first time I’ve seen a Kabbalat Panim. This is when the bride and the groom greet their guests separately in individual pre-ceremony receptions. During this time their attendants, families, and guests wish them well prior to the Badeken (where the groom veils the bride) and then they all head off to the wedding ceremony. The most exciting part is that a trumpeter first leads the groom to the Badeken and then the bride and groom to the wedding. It’s very celebratory and I enjoyed seeing it in action.
Coming up in November I’m honored to get to meet up with this family again to shoot what promises to be another spectacular wedding. That’s when Flor’s sister Sharon will be tying the knot with her fiancé Alex — looking forward to it!
Thanks to second shooter Kevin for joining me once again. He got a great action shot over the bride’s shoulder during the Hora. It’s one of my faves from the wedding — check it out below.