Kinloss Synagogue Wedding – Hope and Daniel

I photography many Jewish weddings every year at some of London’s prestigious hotels but there is a special sense of tradition with synagogue wedding photography


Hope and Daniel’s marriage at Kinloss Synagogue, Finchley

How did you meet Daniel, Hope? Tell me a bit about the two of you and your story 

Believe it or not, Daniel and I met when we started secondary school at Immanuel College. We started going out when we were in Year 10 (aged 15) and nine years later, Daniel proposed.


Did Daniel surprise you when he proposed or did you have an idea? Did he choose the ring?

We had been going out for nine years so I was hoping he might propose soon. We were in Jerusalem and Daniel took me to a very pretty garden on New Year’s Eve. He told me to close my eyes and then I realised that this was the moment it was going to happen (at least I hoped). Daniel spelt out I love you in photos from the last nine years of our relationship… it was very special and romantic.

Daniel proposed with a ring that matched a pair of my earrings. The weekend after we got back we went ring shopping; I mean that’s part of the fun isn’t it?!


It was an honour to be part of your day capturing your synagogue wedding photography – how did you start planning your wedding? What was important for you on the wedding day?

The first thing we did was book a date in the diary that worked for both families. Once confirmed, we booked in all the key details (rabbi, band, caterer, venue etc). Due to an eighteen month engagement, we then had plenty of time to find our photographer and videographer. The most important things for us on the day were a good photographer and videographer to capture the special moments so we could relax and have a great time.



Kinloss is a wonderful synagogue, why did you choose Kinloss for your wedding? Was it your family Rabbi?

We have been to a few family functions at Kinloss and have always loved the atmosphere in the room. It was easy for friends to get to and it’s the perfect blank canvas to build the room exactly how you like it. It also holds a lot of guests with room for a massive dance floor (crucial for crazy Jewish dancing).


Your dress was beautiful Hope, how did you choose your dress, did your mum come with you?

I only took my mum with me to try on wedding dresses as she has great fashion sense and I didn’t want to be swayed by lots of different opinions. I thought I was going to be dressed head to toe in lace but as I started trying on wedding dresses I fell in love with Mikado silk. I found my dress in a shop called Ann Louise Bridal in Eastcote and the designer was called So Sassi. I love pearls and bows so I designed a pearl belt with a bow in the middle to go around the centre of the dress. I also had a detachable lace jacket for the ceremony and detachable straps made for the party, (they were actually belts!)


there were many special details and moments to capture as part of your synagogue wedding photography what were the most important details on your wedding that the two of you? planned? 

Two things stand out: we got married under a chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) which was dedicated in the memory of Daniel’s late grandparents.

Within the wedding ceremony it is a Jewish custom for the bride to circle the groom seven times. Before the ceremony, Daniel and I discussed seven things that we wanted to achieve in our married lives together and thought of these during this part of the ceremony.


How did you pick the different parts of your day: flowers, menu, Simcha band and Chazan?


I looked through Pinterest for ideas for wedding flowers, flower girls dresses etc and got a lot of ideas from there. We were lucky as we are extremely close with both the Rabbi and the Chazan – so we knew straight away who we wanted to be part of our special day. Regarding menu, we didn’t want to stick to the traditional Jewish meal. We started off with tacos and shredded beef which was followed by a sorbet course that all of our friends loved.


Are you planning a special honeymoon?

As we write this we are currently enjoying the sunshine in Israel but are hoping to save up and go to the Maldives next year.


Can you tell me why you decided to select me to photograph your wedding? What was important to you both about your wedding photographs?

I knew from the start that I wanted a documentary style photographer. I love photos that are captured in the moment and not posed. I also love classic black and white photos and you do these brilliantly. We found you online but also knew a few friends that had used you, and absolutely love their photos.


The whole day was amazing and it was wonderful recording your synagogue wedding photography; from getting ready at home to the Bedeken, the Chuppah to  the dancing, but which was the most special point of your wedding day?

It is a custom in the Jewish religion to not see or speak to each other for the week prior to the wedding. The first time we saw each other was at the Bedeken, surrounded by all our family and close friends, it was a moment I will never forget.

I also absolutely loved the song we used for our first dance. It’s called ‘This Will Be’ by Natalie Cole and it’s from our favourite film ‘The Parent Trap’, I didn’t want a super slow song so this was perfect.


What advice would you give your best girlfriend when she plans her wedding day?

For my Jewish friends I would recommend sticking to the custom of not seeing each other in the week prior to the wedding. It made everything so special and allowed me to forget about the minor details like flowers and food as all I wanted to do was see and marry Daniel.

I also recommend not getting stressed out about every little detail because chances are on the day you won’t even notice the aesthetics as you’ll just be having a great time. The wedding is one day, your marriage is the rest of your life…

Oh and a great photographer, of course!


Toastmaster: Steven Warwick

Make-up artist: Sarah Green

Hair stylist: Zoe

Shoes: Rainbow

Wedding cars supplied by: Lord Cars

Simcha band:






Are you planning your synagogue wedding photography? Then give me a call I would love to document your day. Have a look at another of my weddings at Kinloss Synagogue, Finchley, London.