A fun Jewish wedding at The Royal Horticultural Halls!

Sam and Michal are I *think* the third or maybe fourth friend-referred wedding I've shot from the very kind Debbie and Eyal, so a quick foreword of thanks to that wonderful pair! This blog post is going to look a bit different from normal, as last week I went to SNAP and got slapped by Maddie who is the resident SEO queen. She said that ideally we wedding photographers ought to be putting 20 photos max per blog post! So I set myself the challenge of picking my favourite 20, and it was insanely tricky, especially for a Jewish wedding where so much more happens. I had to decide between shots I loved and actually trying to make vague sense of the wedding narrative. If it was up to me you'd be looking at 20 super obscure photos! Also I want to make a change on this blog: near the start I tried to blog both real weddings and also a kind of behind the scenes more personal diary, when it got difficult to keep up with both, I ended up just blogging weddings and talking about the day and my fellow suppliers. It kind of meant I was starting to churn out content without really enjoying the writing part, so from now on I'm going to merge the two, and blog about the wedding but not be afraid to talk around the wedding as well! Loads of new things are on the horizon from the photography side of the business in terms of a new video channel (Chua & The Bell), lots of teaching and workshop speaking, so I'll work out a way to comprehensively organise this blog!

Anyhow, for now, back to Sam and Michal. As I said they've attended a few weddings I've shot and I was delighted to shoot for these guys, especially as Michal has a bang eye for detail and style. The gorgeous floristry was supplied by Liz Inigo, my fellow London Wedding Club supplier so Michal's hair, the tables and the chuppah space were fantastically decorated with an eclectic mix of wild flowers. Michal wore a unique blush peach dress and burgundy vintage style shoes. Usually in Jewish weddings, only the groom has a Tisch, but nowadays I am seeing lots of brides have their own Tisch, Michal was no exception. They did follow tradition in the sense that they had the Hora and HaMotzi before dinner then blessings read by friends and family following dinner, but aside that Michal and Sam and their friendship group are just all about having fun and enjoying themselves. This wedding is likely to be featured more fully on the Jewish wedding blog Smashing the Glass, so if you'd like to see their beautiful decor and couple photos, feel free to mosey over to there!

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