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Samuel’s Bar Mitzvah

Samuel’s Bar Mitzvah at The Bloomsbury Ballroom – by Peter Lane Creative Studio

My team of photographers & videographers and myself we all were very happy to meet Samuel’s lovely family. Filming the Bar Mitzvah rehearsal was a pleasure to watch for everyone present. Samuel was reading the Torah with confidence and passion.

Having Jonny Bluestone as a DJ for the mitzvah party was a guarantee for lots of fun and the video bellow is a proof.

Mazel Tov Samuel! We wish you all the blessings in this world.

Enjoy the video and be advised, we book Bar & Bar Mitzvah clients for 1-2 years in advance. Get in touch before others.

Bar Mitzvah photographer & videographer London. Samuel's bar mitzvah

My Simcha World

Jewish Community – a personal touch by Jewish wedding photographer Peter Lane

Jewish wedding photographer & Bar Mitzvah Photographer - Synagogue in Prague

As a Jewish Simcha wedding photographer and a Bar Mitzvah Photographer, leading a team of Simcha photographers and videographers, August is our vacation month as the majority of our clientele is Jewish. So, what’s the link?

The Nine days of Av starting 1st of August are a religious observance in Judaism, being a part of The Three Weeks commemorating the history of temple destructions during Jewish history and not only. Basically a period of mourning, reducing the joy, introspection, repentance, and forging a closer relationship with God.

So, my personal view. Living in Orange County upstate New York and witnessing some super fanatic communities around me, I wasn’t impressed and I believe those communities who act as if God owns them, throw a bad image for the rest of the amazing Jewish community. Adding on this the thousands of fake and anti-Jewish books of conspiracy made me even more reserved.

I found out it’s so easy to hate and hatred makes people blind. Jews are the most hated people in the world and this is a big mistake as the mass of Earth population doesn’t take responsibility for their well being, happiness and consequences of being lazy and destructive. Jewish people are very focused and dedicated of what they do. They study more, work more and when they celebrate they do is as if there won’t be tomorrow – and my team of Simcha photographers and videographers are blessed to capture those moments of joy.

I personally consider myself and well accepted as a part of the London Jewish community. My personal Peter Lane style Judaism took me thru 9 years of Shabbat observation, kosher food diet, etc. practices beneficial for spirit and health.

If I have to link myself to e certain group of people – definitely the Jewish community.

Jewish Bar Mitzvah and Wedding team of photographers and videographers

This is my very short story. Wishing you all the best and remember most of our clients book their Bat & Bar Mitzvah, Jewish weddings 1-2 years in advance so get in touch in advance.

Eliana – Bat Mitzvah

Eliana’s Bat Mitzvah in London Allianz Park by Peter Lane Photography

Two days ago, our Simcha photography team was happy to capture Eliana’s Bat Mitzvah at Allianz Park, London. If you’re familiar with Peter Lane Photography you already know that we are the fastest Photography company in London. About 1500 photos edited and print ready here (ask the family for access) –   https://photos.peterlanephotography.com/Events/Eliana-Bat-Mitzvah/

What a party 9Events! Everything precisely organised from A to Z. I read the family feedback on Facebook and every single one mentioned there deserves top score – catering M&M, dancers, decorators, Uri the great, Matt and DJ Jonny. Great job 9Events team!

Being allowed to use the stadium was a blessing for the children. They really enjoyed running on the field and jumping around. Lots of fun craftly captured by our cameras.

Julie & Simon, you have an amazing family. You’re blessing for your children, such a loving and caring parents. Mazel Tov on Eliana’s Bat Mitzvah! Our Simcha photography team is wishing her a live full of blessings and happiness!

For those of you who read this and planing a Bar Mitzvah or a wedding, feel free to contact and book in advance. Limited availability as our clients book at least 1-2 years in advance. The best Simcha photography and videography collection in London.

Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah

A Fantastic Bat Mitzvah in London Montcalm by Peter Lane Photography

Few days ago, our Simcha team of Bat Mitzvah photographers and videographers were honoured to capture the amazing Mitzvah party of Nicole, aka COCO XoXo. Such a lovely family!

Bar Mitzvah photographer videographer Montcalm London

What can I say … WOW!!! What a party 9Events! Everything craftly organised from A to Z by 9Events using the top professionals in the Bar Mitzvah industry. Special credits to Zeitlin & Co for the perfect catering, 5 stars food fine-art! Tabledressers, I’m sure the family and all guests were in love with your decoration work. It will be too much if I continue with all kudos. 9Events team of production, special effects, singers, MC, musicians, decorators, dancers and entertainers, etc. you are a guarantee for top party atmosphere and long-lasting memories. Dan, you’re a fantastic DJ and you know how to keep the party jumping and sweating. The feedback from all events together is all 5 stars. We’re always happy to work with you together, and as usually pre-booked together for the younger brother or sister, I can’t wait to see you again on Josh’s Bar Mitzvah.

Here on your attention a selection of highlight photos, if interested in more please ask the family for password – https://photos.peterlanephotography.com/Events/Nicole-Bat-Mitzvah/

Vicky & Michael, you have a wonderful family. For the little time that we know each other and for what I’ve heard about you I feel like I know you for years. Mazel Tov on Nicole’s Bat Mitzvah! Our Simcha photography team is wishing her a live full of blessings and happiness!

For those of you who read this and planing a Bar Mitzvah or a wedding, feel free to contact and book in advance. Limited availability as our clients book at least 1-2 years in advance. The best Simcha photography and videography collection in London.

Jewish wedding traditions

Jewish wedding traditions

 

While this isn’t a complete list of wedding ceremony traditions, it is probably the most popular and important traditions that one expects to see happening at a Jewish wedding ceremony.  Some of these aspects are visually very interesting with lots of unique details and really help to make a great wedding album design.

The Tish
The groom’s tish is the traditional way of starting a Jewish wedding. Tish is the Yiddish for table. The groom tries to give a lecture on the Torah portion of the week while his family and male friends interrupt and jeer him. At the same time, the family and female friends of the bride entertain her in another room. Groom and bride may lead the tish together in Reform and Conservative congregations.

Signing the Ketubah
In the Orthodox communities, when the tish is done, the ketubah or Jewish marriage contract is signed by the groom, two male witnesses and the rabbi. In Conservative and Reform congregations, the bride may sign the ketubah as well and extra lines can be added for the female witnesses as well.

Bedeken
It is during the b’deken when the groom and bride see each other for the first time in Orthodox weddings. The b’deken, or veiling of the bride. All men including both fathers will lead the groom to the room of the bride where all women and both mothers are surrounding her. The groom will lower the veil over the bride’s face and set her apart from others and indicate that his sole interest is her inner beauty.

Jewish wedding ceremony – explained by top Jewish wedding photographer London

Chuppah
The Chuppah (canopy) symbolises the home that the new couple will build together. The canopy is open on all sides, as Abraham and Sarah had their tent open to welcome people in hospitality.
Once the bride meets the groom at the chuppah, he comes out and leads her inside the chuppah, where she stands to the right of him.

The Circling
On the first time that the couple steps inside the chuppah. The bride will circle the groom for seven times which represent the seven days of creation and seven wedding blessings.
Some also believe that the circles represent creating a wall of protection from evil spirits, temptation and the glances of other women.

Kiddushin in the chuppah
The betrothal ceremony or kiddushin happens under the chuppah. This starts with greetings, blessing of the wine, and sip taken by the groom and bride. The rings come next. The groom will recite an ancient Aramaic phrase while placing the wedding band on the right index finger of his bride. This finger is said to be directly associated to the heart. In double ring ceremonies, which are not allowed in some Orthodox weddings, the bride will also play a ring on the index finger of the groom while repeating the Aramaic phrase’s female version or biblical verse from Song of Songs or Hosea. The ketubah will then be read aloud in Aramaic and English.

Sheva B’rachot
The seven blessings or sheva b’rachot, is composed of a praise for God, good wishes for the newlywed and prayer for peace in the country of Jerusalem. In the Sephardic weddings, before the recital of the blessings, parents wrap the groom and bride in a tallisto literally bind them together. There is no need for the rabbi to say all the blessing. You can give honor to special guests through requesting them to read or sing a few of the blessings.

Glass Breaking
At the conclusion of the ceremony, it is customary for the groom to break a glass by stepping on it. The breaking of the glass reminds us of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. And teaches that in times of joy we must always recognise that life also brings sadness and sorrow and love, like glass, is fragile and must be protected.

This is when you’ll hear guests cheer “Mazel tov!” which has a similar meaning to “good luck” or “congratulations”

Yihud
Seclusion or yihud makes a chaotic day special. This is the standout ritual which lets you focus on the true purpose of the day: the new partnership. After the ceremony escorted to a private “yichud room” and left alone for a few minutes. These moments of seclusion signify their new status of living together as husband and wife.

Blessing of the Challach
The blessing over the clallah – a braided bread – begins the wedding meal. Usually the couple’s parents or an honorary guest makes the blessing.

The Hora
This joyful dance usually takes place either immediately after the newlyweds enter the reception room or after the first dance.
The Hora – or the chair dance – involves a few strong guests hoisting the bride and groom high above the crowd while sat in chairs. As traditional Jewish music plays, guests dance in circles and the couple is seated on chairs and hoisted into the air.

Jewish wedding photographer

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL JEWISH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER AND JEWISH WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHER

One of the most important decisions when you’re planning a Jewish wedding is to hire a professional Jewish wedding photographer and Jewish wedding videographer.

Be Sure to book your wedding photographer in London on time,  as the best jewish wedding photographers are booked years in advance.  Capturing your wedding day will give you memories and amazing photos to treasure for life.

Bar Mitzvah Creative Photo Session in London

Bat & Bar Mitzvah Creative Photography Photo Session in London

Bar & Bat Mitzvah boys and girls in Israel enjoy a photo shoot day prior to the actual party. The album is the tangible result from the photo session. An amazing practice not very popular in UK.

We decided to boost the trend on the local market and same time to attract more Bar Mitzvah clients from Israel. And here we are. We spent an amazing sunny day with Shei-el and her amazing family. Shei-el’s mom was worried about weather forecast, rain, wind, shooting permitions … the usual stuff that we deal with in London. Luckily the weather that day was really awesome, they brought the shiny Israeli weather with themselves and again luckily we werern’t stopped a sigle time from the authorities asking for permitions.

Prior the shoot we synchronised the route and shooting options – Buckingham Palace, St James Park, Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey and London Eye. Sunny, a little windy and lots of fun together.

Same they 500+ photos were edited and sent to the family. Happy clients and friends forever! 🙂

We’re happy to organise a creative Bar Mitzvah photography walk for your Bar Mitzvah boy or girl. As an add on we also offer similar experience with video as the final options are either a short highlight in a docu-mode edit or a cinematic Hollywood like trailer with a scripted idea and scenario, which may be a part of the actual Bar Mitzvah day video.

Feel free to contact us with your requests, wishes and ideas.

Best Bat & Bar Mitzvah albums.

Enjoy our collection of top class hand made Italian Bar Mitzvah albums. Hundreds of options to choose from.

The Bar Mitzvah album

The album options are practically endless as you can see in our Wedding Albums section, and this one here is just a drop in the lake.

We work with the best world class manufacturers offering hand made work with the best materials and best longevity. Your album will be designed by professional and experienced magazine designer and we’ll use an interactive online service allowing you to monitor the process and comment your wishes. We don’t offer online make yourself albums as the quality, ask and we’ll explain why.

The exact album price is formed by the following variables:

– album provider/brand/quality, durability and longevity
– type of paper
– number of pages
– type of cover and cover material
– size

All that put together makes the total so, the best time to discuss it is after the event, because only then we all know how many photos, pages, etc. will be chosen. We can meet after the event and go thru all that options together and choose the best one for you covering the desired budget.

To book the day 1/3 of the agreed total amount is required, and the balance due up to 20 days before the shoot – cash is OK too.

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