Elegant Jewish Wedding
Claire & Matthew
This couple was the best of both worlds – glam & adventure. This German bride found her perfect match with a handsome Jewish French man that she had met around the office in London. His charm and easy to love personality had her head over heels in no time. They had a great time planning their elegant Jewish wedding in Megeve.
The couple spent the weekend skiing the famous mountainside of the Alps, going off-piste for a few photos, of course. Then this bride transformed the next day into a real-life winter princess.
The bride’s wedding gown was elegant, trendy and even a bit sexy. The delicate lace was absolutely stunningly made and complimented her long tulle skirt as she floated down the Alpine wedding aisle.
For the ceremony, they made sure to incorporate some Jewish traditions into their destination wedding. It’s customary for Jewish weddings for the bride to stand on the left of the rabbi, which is right for the guests, and then around him three times in an anti-clockwise direction. So, we had to leave a little extra room under the arch for this tradition.
During the ceremony, there are often many blessings from the rabbi wishing good fortune on not only the couple but their families. Then there’s a blessing over the wine, where you pass the wine to the bride’s mother who does not drink from the cup but instead passes it to the groom to drink Caroline then passes it back to her mother who gives it back to the rabbi. They repeat this with every member of the family to symbolize the acceptance of the family and the bond they will share. We loved it because this was our very first Jewish Wedding in Megeve!
Then there was a candle lighting ceremony with three candles in total – one for each of the couple’s parents and one for the couple together! We love how family oriented the ceremony is! Before the big kiss, there are blessings in both Hebrew and English. Then Melvin breaks the glass to symbolize the joining as one. Mazel Tov! Now the celebration begins!
As the bride and groom arrived, everyone waved their napkins and cheers to the newlyweds. Toasts were made while being served fine French cuisine and the parents shared a surprise, the grandparents wedding date was the same day! What a great story!
The dancing kicked off after the horah, the traditions of the chair lifting seen at most Jewish weddings. Great music, a live sax player and dancing were to be had, and a few marshmallows too! Congrats you two!