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 the exciting stepping on the glass (which i did not get a picture of)
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! :)