When Tom and I first started making films together, we were interviewing people about the meaning of marriage. One interview subject said he once thought marriage was just “a bit of paper”. Then he got married, and only then realized the weight of that piece of paper. It meant more than he ever expected.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from filming weddings, it’s that a wedding is far more than a big party. The words we speak, the rituals we act out, the promises we make on our wedding day carry a resonance that is deep and far-reaching. Tradition. Family. Heritage. These are words that many people truly begin to understand as they plan their wedding.
For Jen and Scott, their wedding day was an opportunity to reflect and honor their Jewish heritage and its customs and rituals. Our cameras captured a rich array of traditions unfolding; as the solemn signing of the Ketubah built to the jubilant excitement of the Bedecken which finally crescendoed in the uproarious celebration of the Horah. These traditions are rife with historical and religious significance, and they are the ties that bind together the generations. These are the moments married couples look back on, in years to come, and draw strength from. These rituals commit us to one another. They take two separate families, groups of friends, two separate individuals and inextricably link their lives together.
All this serious stuff aside, Jen and Scott’s wedding was an ecstatic celebration of two people who are meant for each other and so happy to be starting their life as a married couple. Rabbi Katz might have said it best during the ceremony when he told Scott: “It really is as if you and Jen are cut from the same fabric.”
This was a great day for us not only because we had lots of fun with Jen, Scott and their families but also because of the team we worked with. We are never happier than working with a great photographer and Zev Fisher is the greatest. We’re constantly telling our clients to hire him, which you need to do yesterday because he gets booked up so quickly. Zev is that rare combination of talented artist and incredibly cool person. His work is amazing and he’s awesome to work alongside. Other awesome collaborators at this wedding included Michelle from The Day Of Event Coordination Specialists and the awesome band, Kahootz. We also LOVED filming in the ballroom at The Park Plaza Boston. This really is the gold standard of ballrooms– we’re talking chandeliers, balconies and sheer opulence.
Mazel Tov, Jen and Scott!