A stunning Jewish / Ukrainian wedding at Hampton Court Palace

This summer I shot the wedding of Areta and Steve.

They booked me well over a year in advance, even apologising that their wedding day fell on my anniversary weekend (Just shows you how lovely they were!)

The timings were slightly different for this one as Areta was getting ready at her flat in west London, and Steve was getting ready pretty central; so they decided that I would meet them at Hampton Court before the ceremony, and shoot a bit later in the day, to avoid potential traffic problems.

The ceremony was to take place in the private Garden Room at the back of the Palace. I met with Steve and began to photograph detail shots and natural shots of the Ushers, family and friends getting ready for the ceremony.

Areta arrived.  I went to meet her before the ceremony and we headed through the Rose Garden, with her bridesmaids and mum, grabbing some photographs as we went.

Shooting the ceremony was great because they had some beautiful, personal and quirky readings, and they did the traditional Jewish smashing of the glass, as shouts of ‘Mazel Tov’ were heard.

Walking around the Palace to capture their couple shots was an absolute dream because they were so relaxed with each other and managed to very easily create some beautiful ‘poses’ for me to work off. They had fun trying different things, and even practiced their 1st dance in the middle of the Sunken Garden!

Returning to the Garden Room we shot some group shots and some reportage before they toasted with their own home made cherry vodka and sat down for dinner. I stayed close by as speeches were going to happen throughout the whole meal so I wanted to make sure I was there for everything.

After speeches everyone was treated to an amazing operatic performance by one of the friends/family, before they headed into their 1st dance.

At this point of the evening I usually head off, however I’m so glad I was able to stay on because this is when the celebrations REALLY got going and the band started playing Hava Nagila – Steve and his Ushers very quickly moved some chairs into the centre of the dance floor and for the next 20 minutes or so there was delightful pandemonium (!) as bride, groom, mums and dads were all lifted into the air on the chairs and they all danced the traditional Hora dance.

It really was something that i’ve never seen before, something that was one of the most fun things i’ve ever seen at a wedding, and something that I didn’t really want to end!

But it had to at some point, and then I made my way home!

I hope you enjoy this selection of images from Areta & Steve’s wedding below, as much as they did……..

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