Rachel & Sam were married on a gorgeous – albeit steamy – Sunday during Labor Day weekend. Living in Chicago, we didn’t have many opportunities to meet the couple in person or get to know them throughout their engagement. However, we got to know them AND their family and friends on one of the most important days of their lives and that is a privilege that most don’t have the opportunity to do!!! Rachel is shy and a bit quiet, but absolutely gorgeous and Sam is more outgoing and the one who takes care of the details yet when it comes to Rachel he’s more soft and listens to every single word she says. Their dynamic is sweet and so respectful, and we were so thrilled to get to capture that and their love this very special day! Enjoy Rachel & Sam’s wedding!!Such a beauty!!Being a groom like boss!! Way to work it out Sam!!a sweet first look…Pretty
Rachel & Sam’s wedding was the first Jewish wedding that we have photographed. Not knowing what to expect, we were blown away by the intimate feel and the moments of a Jewish ceremony that are deeply rooted in tradition. Everything about the ceremony is explained throughout, and instead of just going through the motions everything is so heartfelt and truly based on deep love. We absolutely loved everything about this ceremony!!
For those of you like us that haven’t had the pleasure of attending a Jewish ceremony, there is an intimate time before the ceremony where the bride and groom are surrounded by close family and friends and the sign the ketubah. It is considered an honor to witness this, and it certainly was!
A beautiful moment after the signing of the bride waiting for the ceremony to start.During the ceremony, after walking down the aisle the bride circles the groom 7 times. Such a sweet expression while Rachel was doing this not only on her face – but everyone else’s as well.Breaking of the glass tradition – after which everyone shouts “Mazel tov!!!” (I loved that part!!)As a pretty big fan of carbs, I could not get over the challah on every table. These breads were braided and displayed beautifully.One of Roger’s favorite moments was the Horah – the chair dance which guests lift the bride and groom up in the air while seated in a chair and guests ecstatically dance around them in circles. This was such a wonderful part as every single guest was involved and celebrating. I don’t know what that must feel like as the bride and groom, but I imagine it to be extremely happy as everyone is there celebrating you!! (perhaps a bit terrifying as well that you may be dropped, but at least you’d go down happy!)
Rachel & Sam – thank you SO much for trusting us to capture your day and including us in your family celebration. I cannot imagine a more perfect day for the two of you and we are so impressed with your family and friends’ outpouring of love and support. As a young couple embarking on your future together you are so fortunate to be surrounding with this passion and support. We know your lives will be happy and filled with so many wonderful memories, and we are so thankful to been a part of this one!!!