Meeting Anna and Josh was a whirlwind of emotions. We connected immediately, and I can honestly say that I have never, in my 15 years of capturing events, come across two people who feel more, care more, and are as open about their emotions as Josh and Anna are. Anna is one of those effortlessly magnetic people who makes you want to know more and pulls you in with her quick wit and raw honesty. Because they were planning a more traditional Orthodox Jewish wedding ceremony there were a lot of little details to go over and questions to ask, and at the end of our first meeting, I felt like I knew both of their life stories, in a good way 😉
Fast forward to their wedding day and the maybe not so traditional location for this beautiful Orthodox event was the Irish American Heritage Center to echoes Annas roots, and lent itself to such a grand event. Having use of the entire building and more rooms than I think I’ve ever seen utilized on a wedding day for all of the various traditions and ceremonies. Orthodox Jewish weddings have a component called the Badeken where the groom sees his bride, but then pulls the veil over her face which symbolizes the idea that however beautiful she may be, her character and soul are the most valued. This was such a beautiful moment and my favorite photo of the day is when Josh finally came into the room where Anna had her Tisch and the look on his face of just utter joy at the sight of his bride was overwhelming, to say the least. This day was full of more laughs, tears, heartfelt moments, and above all, Love, than I have seen in quite some time. I feel truly blessed to have been able to be a part of this couples life. Learning more about the traditions of the Jewish faith was also something I relished, and in a time when many weddings are bucking tradition for a more modern streamlined version of the idea of marriage, I found it humbling and incredibly special to witness a piece of tradition that has endured for ages… and feel how much the meaning of every single ceremony and event resonated with these two souls.
Thank you so much Anna and Josh… you have no idea how much I enjoyed every single minute.
Floral: Juliet Tan
Lighting & Decor: MDR Creative Inc.
Catering: Gold Coast Catering
Band Leader: Doug Lofstrom Ensemble
DJ & Sound: Stand & Clap DJs
Planning Services: Jamie Bauer – JB Events – 224-221-0129
Sweets Table: Bites Of Pleasure Foods
Dress: Jenny by Enzino