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June 06, 2011

Pittsburgh, A beautiful Wedding

The wedding was so very beautiful. It was my first Jewish wedding I have ever attended, and had I know how romantic these ceremonies were - I may have opted for one myself !!! No joke!

The ceremony began with the Chuppah being brought in to stage the area where they would say their vows...
"A chuppah (Hebrew: חוּפָּה‎, pl. חוּפּוֹת, chuppot, literally, "canopy" or "covering"), also huppah, chupah, or chuppa, is a canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. While a Jewish marriage is still considered valid in the absence of a chuppah, a chuppah is still considered a basic requirement for a Jewish wedding." (Source Wikipedia)

One thing the couple noted in their program was that the Chuppah symbolizes their home with the support of four poles but there are no walls, to show that their home is always open to family and friends.


The bride came in with both parents and then they stood under the Chuppah... the groom joined his bride as they walked towards the Chuppah.

The bride then walked around the man. "The bride traditionally walks around the groom three or seven times when she arrives at the Chuppah. This may derive from Jeremiah 31:22, “A woman shall surround a man”. The three circuits may represent the three virtues of marriage: righteousness, justice and loving kindness (see Hosea 2:21). Seven circuits derives from the Biblical concept that seven denotes perfection or completeness." (Source Wikipedia) To show equality in this day and age, the bride walked 3 times, the groom then did the same to the bride 3 times, and then they walked the last circle together.


Here is an image of the signed Ketubah... signed earlier that day.
A ketubah (Hebrew: כתובה ; "document"; pl. ketubot) is a special type of Jewish prenuptial agreement. It is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride. (Source Wikipedia)
And then there was the exchanging of rings... the seven blessings (which i participated in). "Sheva Brachot (Hebrew: שבע ברכות‎) literally "the seven blessings" also known as birkot Nesuim (Hebrew: ברכות נישואים‎), "the wedding blessings" in Jewish religious law are blessings that are recited for a bride and her groom as part of nissuim. In Jewish marriages there are two stages - betrothal (erusin) and establishing the full marriage (nissuim); historically there was often at least a month between the two events, but in most[citation needed] modern marriages, the two are combined as a single wedding ceremony." (Source Wikipedia)

And then the exciting stepping on the glass (which i did not get a picture of)
announcement of man and wife...
and then it was party time for the reception to celebrate this awesome marriage.

A jewish ceremony is filled with so much tradition and culture. Every thing has a symbol or meaning. I found it super sweet and could not stop myself from getting weepy throughout! It was so exciting to be part of this wedding!

Next up... the fun reception! :)

4 comments:

  1. Very very beautiful wedding. I like the idea of the chuppah being held by the bridal party.

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  2. Some might say that one's wedding day is indeed the most important day of their lives. It is a union that is only surpassed by the birth of one's children.

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  4. Great ideas! We had old family wedding photos displayed at our reception venue. Each one was labeled with the couple's name and date of marriage. I thought it was a nice way to incorporate those that are no longer with us - like my grandparents. :)http://www.vivaah.com/

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