Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Shoshana & Andy's Wedding - Newton, MA

My first wedding of this year was the wedding of Shoshana & Andy. Not only was it the first, but it was also the biggest wedding of the year, and has been the most arduous to edit! I ended up with THREE second shooters, so there were 4 photographers covering the wedding, and we had over 6,000 images between us when the day was done! My interns and I have gone through the images at least 4 or 5 times, and we've finally got it down to a manageable size for sharing with the world. In case you've been wondering where I've been, that ought to explain it :)

This was my first Orthodox Jewish wedding as the primary photographer, and it was so much fun! The energy and excitement throughout the day was contagious, and the details and traditions were so meaningful and touching. I'm excited to share some of my favorites at last!


Shoshana's father looking on as her veil is placed. She looked so beautiful :)


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Her necklace was gorgeous, and a family heirloom, I believe


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The happy bride


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I love these next two shots that Ben of Avenna Studios captured while photographing Andy getting ready and during the Tisch.


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The Ketubah, hand-made by a member of the family


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Shoshana, her mother Teri, and Andy's mother waiting for the guests to come greet them during the Kabbalat Panim. I love the excitement between Shoshana & Teri!


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After the Tisch, the groom is escorted by family and friends, singing and dancing, to where the bride is waiting for him. I love the moment as the bride is blessed by the fathers. In this photo, Shoshana is being blessed by Andy's father.


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And this is the highlight of the Bedeken, the moment when Shoshana & Andy see each other for the first time and Andy lowers the veil over his bride. Vince from Avenna Studios caught this moment beautifully.


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It's such an emotional part of the day!


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waiting for the ceremony to begin


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Giving her away


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As Shoshana reached the chuppah, she circled Andy seven times


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Andy placing the ring on her finger. (Another great shot from Ben, who got the prime spot on the bema during the ceremony)


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The sanctuary at Congregation Mishkan Tefila is so beautiful!


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Shortly after the cermony, we were able to take Shoshana & Andy outside for a few portraits. We were so lucky that the rain held off for us! (in case you're not from around here, it's been raining in Boston for like 6 weeks now...)


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They're totally cute together :)


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Vince captured this one, which I love


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Their rings were totally unique (but the same as each other's). Andy's grandfather made them! Such a talented family!!


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And this is what it looked like during portraits... I'd normally have more of the other photographers inside capturing the cocktail hour, but Shoshana's mother really wanted to make sure we got plenty of portraits of the two of them together. Apparently Teri's photographer forgot to get a single portrait of Shoshana's parents together on the day of their wedding. Can you imagine?!


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We took a few inside the lovely sanctuary as well. The light was just so nice, and the stained glass so interesting and colorful!


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Once we were done with portraits, the party really began! One of my favorite things about Orthodox weddings is that they REALLY know how to celebrate! Nobody else dances with so much enthusiasm and energy :) I love this shot Vince caught during the Horah.

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Shoshana up in the chair


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Gorgeous flowers by Sarah's Garden


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During some parts of the reception, friends and family perform for the Bride & Groom. These ladies were dancing maniacs!


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Shoshana's sisters tap danced for them


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Andy singing for his bride


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Cynthia captured this embrace after the song was finished. I love the faces of the guests cheering for them :)


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Shoshana & Andy, thank you so much for having us as part of your day! We had a fabulous time, as you and your guests clearly did as well. Congratulations to you both! I hope you're getting settled and enjoying some better weather down there in Atlanta. I look forward to working with you on your album after you've had some time to look through all the photos! :)



If you'd like to see more of my favorites, check out the album on my Facebook Page :)

Many thanks to all of the fabulous vendors who worked on this wedding...

Catering & Coordination - Andrew Wiener of Catering by Andrew
Flowers - Sarah Burkstein of Sarah's Garden
Music - The Nafshenu Orchestra
Venue - Congregation Mishkan Tefilla
2nd Shooting - Cynthia Hauk


And a special thanks to Ben & Vince from Avenna Studios for all your help with the day! It was great working with you guys!



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4 comments:

  1. Krista - you are so talented. I love looking at your pictures. Whenever I DO get married (haha)- you MUST do my wedding! -Lauren

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  2. Wow!!! What a gorgeous bride and groom. And to think I used to babysit Shoshana! Very artistic and creative shots Kristin.
    -Gretchen W. Hollworth

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  3. would you happen to know where she got her dress?
    i am having my wedding soon and cannot find a pretty modest dress :(
    -Abigayil Lopez

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  4. Hi Abigayil!

    I believe her dress was custom-made... not very helpful, I know! If you find a dress you really like, you can also look into have it altered to fit more modestly. I've known a number of brides who have done that!

    I hope you find something you love!

    Krista

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