Tania & Oren - Cultural Wedding

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Tania & Oren - Beth Israel Synagogue Wedding

Tania + Oren’s wedding was an example of one of the more traditional Jewish weddings we’ve covered. Definitely lively, yet heartwarming, too! (You should see the way Oren looks at her, so sweet!)

One of the main differences of a Jewish wedding is that, weddings are forbidden on the Jewish Sabbath, which lasts from sundown Friday night to nightfall on Saturday night. Tania + Oren decided to have the event on a Sunday, instead.

After an emotional card reading we started with an even more emotional first look and portrait session at Van Dusen Gardens; an eclectic floral oasis. This enabled us to capture Tania + Oren’s happy and sweet personalities. Make sure to check out Tania’s wedding shoes! They’re not your average traditional heels, but still as fantastic and fabulous. Much needed for the amount of dancing she did throughout the day!

The main ceremony was held at Beth Israel Synagogue. A beautiful yet traditional building. To begin traditions, both of the groom's parents walked Oren down the aisle to the chuppah, (the altar beneath which the couple exchange vows.) Then the bride and her parents follow. As the ceremony comes to an end, the groom is invited to step on a glass inside a cloth bag to shatter it. The breaking of the glass holds multiple meanings. Some say it represents the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Others say it demonstrates that marriage holds sorrow as well as joy and is a representation of the commitment to stand by one another even in hard times.

Shouting "Mazel tov!" is one of the most well-known Jewish wedding rituals. Once the ceremony is over and the glass is broken, you will hear guests cheer "Mazel tov!" Mazel tov has a similar meaning "good luck" or "congratulations.”

Mazel tov, Tania + Oren!

With special thanks to the amazing and hard working vendors. Niche Events who prepared flowers, decor as well as planning! Kudos to you, Niche Events.