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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.

Bat Mitzvah Photographer Videographer London Montcalm

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!

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.

brit milah

Bris – Brit Milah Photographer in London

Mazel Tov! It’s a boy!

Being a well known and highly recommended Simcha photographer in London for years I was invited to photograph the Brit-Milah ceremony of a precious newborn boy a couple of years ago for first time and since then I’ve been invited to many Bris ceremonies as a photographer. We charge a flat fee of £450 inclusive of many things, please take a look at the prices section and if you have any questions, we’ll be happy to help you out.

Brit Milah Cinematic Video

We call it “Words of Devotion” – that’s a top trend now, please get in touch, you must see it. Shortly, it’s about a short cinematic film following a script prepared and staged by both you and us. It may be grandfather, rabbi, father or all together … reading a script or speaking by heart words of advice and devotion to the newborn baby, while holding the baby as if they talk to each other. This is a unique memory to be kept secretly and be projected on their Bar Mitzvah or wedding day later on. We film with at least 2 cameras, capturing close ups, details and wide angles to complete the story. It’s priceless having in mind that some people leave our lives before our Bar Mitzvah or wedding and your boy or girl will have a great heart touching memory of them forever. Think about it, how awesome it is!

And something for you dear visitor who don’t know what Brit Milah is. Brit Milah is a meaningful celebration. A Jewish tradition celebrated on the eight day of a baby boy’s life. The Bris – another way to name Brit Milah is a custom originated in biblical times, and since the dawn of Judaism, it has served as a physical symbol of the Jewish faith. This Jewish lifecycle event for baby boys is held on the eighth day of life, assuming baby is healthy enough. Many parents create a celebration around the circumcision ceremony, and invite friends and family to meet the newest member of their family.

The Brit Milah ceremony bestows honors on the special people in the baby’s life who will have the opportunity to hold the child and welcome him. Sherman honors any great-grandparents in attendance and the baby’s namesake whose soul, according to Jewish tradition, is now forever intertwined with a new one. Cantor Sherman admits he is one of the funniest guys you’ll ever meet, but he leaves his shtick at home while on call.

While some families turn to doctors to circumcise their sons while still in the hospital, a traditional Bris involves a traditional mohel, who is trained in the ritual of circumcision. Mohels like Cantor Sherman perform circumcisions exclusively and on a full-time basis, and will ensure the ceremony is in accordance with Jewish law. Many mohels have done tens of thousands of circumcisions (Cantor Sherman has done over 21,000 circumcisions throughout his career!) and receive referrals from the medical community. A mohel usually circumcizes the baby in less than 15 seconds with no advanced preparations. If you don’t know a mohel, you can ask your doctor for a recommendation, or call you local Jewish community center. There’s also a helpful list here.

Dan Hilton
Dan Hilton 9Eleven Events
Peter and his team always create such wonderful photographs and memories for our clients. Always reliable, friendly, professional and more importantly deliver photos and videos within a short time frame after the event. Clients always amazed by the shots and footage created.

Jonathan Waterman
Jonathan Waterman award winning wedding and events toastmaster
I have worked Alongside Peter several times in the passed. He is very client service orientated, professional, listens to clients needs, and delivers a superb portfolio….

Keep up the great work..

Nicci Zybutz
Nicci Zybutz Bar Mitzvah mother
When the function is done and dusted all that left are sweet memories that only an experienced professional can capture! PETER LANE, leaves you with the fairy dust!! His photos capture the feeling of the moment, his work is pure art!!

Gideon Mark
Gideon Mark Bar Mitzvah father
We used Peter Lane to photograph our daughters Batmitzvah last August, together with his wife they took fantastic and innovative photos capturing all the best moments and ones that you thought a photographer would never get near to! What we liked as well as his polite manner was that he and his wife always seemed to be in the background but managing to capture everything, in an unobtrusive way.

We have and would be happy to recommend Peter Lane photography to family and friends.

Andre Chris
Andre Chris Enfield Conservative Association
I’m writing with regards to the excellent photography services provided by Peter Lane, in both a personal and business capacity, over the past five years. 

Peter is reliable, creative and an absolute pleasure to work with. He interacts with his clients well, bringing out the best in them and capturing the essence of each moment.

Being President of the Enfield and Southgate Conservative Association, I often hold high profile events and Peter has recorded the proceedings for publicity purposes. He has worked with many high ranking politicians including Boris Johnson MP, Kenneth Clark CH QC MP and more recently, Zac Goldsmith MP, Sajid Javid – Secretary of State for Business, Jeremy Hunt – Secretary of State for Health. 

I would highly recommend Peter’s photography services.

Yours truly, 

Mrs Andre Chris

Rose Gray
Rose Gray Bar Mitzvah mom
Peter is truly the most amazing photographer!! Amaaaaaazing pics and pleasure to work with. Highly Highly recommend him!

Alyona Muchinskaya
Alyona Muchinskaya Quintessentially
I met Peter Lane in Moscow in 2008 and was calling him the Russian Testino because of his extraordinary genius for photography and perfect Russian. All clients addressed to him just rave about his talent and warm human personality. I’m pleased to know and recommend Peter.

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