A great Jewish Wedding filmed in Manchester
What a fantastic Jewish wedding video we have to share today, filmed in Manchester city centre and just an incredible cimcha. We were really looking forward to covering Sam & Ben’s wedding and as Ben is an event planner I knew it was going to be something special. Such a wonderful wedding all held at Prestwich Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, which is a lovely place, The octagonal shaped room where the wedding reception was held looked particularly spectacular. Needless to say the day was planned with military precision and just seems like a blur now.
Its interesting how a traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, symbolising the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish people. The wedding day itself heralds the happiest and holiest day of one’s life it is considered a personal Yom Kippur for the chatan (Hebrew for groom) and kallah (bride), on this day all their past mistakes are forgiven as they merge into a new, complete soul. At the ceremony, the chatan wears a kittel, the traditional white robe worn on Yom Kippur. Its also customary for the chatan and kallah not to see each other for one week preceding the wedding, which increases the anticipation and excitement of the wedding. Jewish tradition likens the couple to a queen and king. The kallah will be seated on a “throne” to receive her guests, while the chatan is surrounded by guests who sing and toast to him.
At the bedekken, the veiling of the kallah by the chatan. The veil symbolizes the idea of modesty and conveys the lesson that however attractive physical appearances may be, the soul and character are paramount. It is reminiscent of Rebecca covering her face before marrying Isaac (Genesis ch. 29). It is a beautiful moment as its usually the first time the groom has seen his wife to be for some time and its always a time when emotions run high. The Ashkenazi custom is that the chatan, accompanied by family and friends, proceeds to where the kallah is seated and places the veil over her face. This signals the groom’s commitment to clothe and protect his wife.
There are of course many other elements to a Jewish wedding which I wont go into any further but I always find that they are such special ceremonies and in contrast with the hectic party which follows they are fantastic to film. All in all it was a real privelage for us to cover Sam and Bens day and I hope you enjoy the snappy little teaser we put together!