Jewish Ceremonys      part 1 The Bedekken  Veiling of the Bride Before the ceremony the Bride and Groom along with the Rabbi hold a ceremony known as bedeken. Traditionally bedeken was a ceremony during which the groom would check on the identity of the bride and then cover her with the veil recalling the biblical story of Jacob who had intended to marry his beloved Rachel but was deceived by his father in law who substituted her sister Leah for Rachel. Once the groom has confirmed the bride is his bride he will replace the veil as a reminder that she retains her individuality and that he marries her for her spiritual qualities. This also signals the groom’s commitment to clothe and protect his wife. I like to try and photograph this moment in my traditional documentary and reportage style as the most beautifulm bridal moments occur when the Groom see’s his wife to be for the first time.

Bedekken Ceremony by London Bridal Photographer Mark Seymour https://www.markseymourphotography.co.uk/
Bedekken Ceremony by London Bridal Photographer Mark Seymour
https://www.markseymourphotography.co.uk/