Majestic Hotel in Harrogate – Wedding Photographers
This was our first Jewish ceremony, and I hope it’s not the last!
Jewish Wedding Ceremony? Sure, not problem! That’s what we told Josh and Kate when we first spoke to them about their wedding in Leeds and Harrogate.
We met up over coffee at the venue many months before. We needed to, as we wanted a complete run through of what happens during a Jewish Ceremony. We cover weddings for followers of many different faiths. We always want to understand the do’s and don’ts, because we hate the thought of offending anyone by doing something that might be frowned on. We have the same approach whenever we travel to places that aren’t necessarily your “traditional” holiday destinations… such as mainland China!… but I digress.
By the time we left, we felt like we were experts, but I followed this up with a visit to the Rabbi, just to be on the safe side, and have a look inside the Synagogue.
The wedding was soon upon us, and being part of this day was brilliant, and seeing how other ceremonies are conducted is a real privilege. I even had my own Kipa to wear whilst inside the Synagogue.
From Leeds, we all made our way to the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. What a venue, and it certainly lives up to its name! The formal group shots were all done swiftly, and then it was back inside for The Hora. This was definitely one of the highlights of the day for us! The room splits into 2, and the men dance with the groom, and you can probably guess what the women do! It’s organised chaos, full of energy, laughter and panting as people dance, jump and generally pull each other round for about 15 minutes! After a while, both the bride and groom are lifted up on chairs but the guests, and I mean REALLY lifted up, and they are brought together. It’s an awesome thing to be part of!
The wedding breakfast is a great time for people to get their breath back, and the speeches we helped with the use of a slide show and projector. Before we knew it, we were photographing Josh and Kate cutting their 5 their 7 STONE wedding cake (yep, that’s no typo!), then we were into the first dance, which was by Maroon 5. It was a bit difficult because nerves go the better of Josh, and within 30 seconds of it starting, he called everyone else on to the dance floor. Luckily, I’d managed to get the shots I wanted within 2 or 3 clicks of the shutter. What a day! I really hope we get to be part of another one in the not too distant future.