As wedding days go a Jewish wedding photographer, or in my case an honorary Jewish wedding photographer really needs to be on the ball. So much happens during the course of the day you need to have your wits about you and be familiar with the running order of the day. Before the ceremony there’s a couple of extra ceremonies that are performed, notably the Tisch which is followed the Badeken.
Rachel and Paul had chosen the luxury hotel Sopwell House as their Hertfordshire wedding venue which is perfectly positioned in 12 acres of beautiful gardens. The house use to be the former Georgian country residence of Lord Mountbatten.
When I arrived the jury was still very much out on if the wedding was going to be an indoor or outdoor wedding. The clouds were building up and then dispersing too quickly to really know what was going to happen with the weather. Finally Rachel made the call and an outdoor wedding it was going to be. Much to the relief of me and my team. My team at Rachel and Paul’s wedding was my sidekick Soven Amatya and new Gomes Photography member Dewan Demmer.
The idea of an outdoor wedding was a relief as it took away the normal challenges of lighting the Chuppah which can get quiet busy with family members and the Rabi, and the odd videographer or two. Rachel and Paul had chosen a great videographer in Tim from Spatzfilm.
I like to think that both Rachel and Paul had the wedding of their dreams and I am very proud to share with you a few images that hopefully tells the story of their wedding day.