This summer A Wedding Of a Lifetime has organized destination weddings for people from all over the world and of all different faiths. Many of these couples have already had a legal civil ceremony and then invite their friends and family to come to Granada to celebrate a personal blessing ceremony.
Last June we were very happy to welcome Matt and Jessica to Granada and to organise their Jewish blessing ceremony performed by Rabbi Robyn Tsearsky, the bride’s aunt, who ensured that Jewish tradition was followed.
The bride and groom signed the marriage contract, known as the Ketubah, separately to ensure they did not see each other before the ceremony. They then joined together beneath the Chuppah, a canopy which represents God’s presence and the home they will share together. It is open on all sides to show their house is open to all.
The groom can then lift the veil, known as a Bedekan, to see his bride. This is to confirm she really is his bride behind the veil and also serves to make the bride hekdesh, set apart in holiness. It is also a reminder that although they are united they remain separate individuals.
The bride then circles the groom seven times in reference to the seven days in which God created the world. The bride is symbolically creating a new world for the couple. The number seven is significant as it represents the wholeness and completeness that they cannot attain separately. The rings are placed on the right index fingers as they are the most visible and are said to be connected directly to the heart.
Jewish tradition separates the wedding ceremony into two parts, the Kiddushin, which is the betrothal and the Nissuin, the marriage. A cup of wine, a symbol of joy, is drunk by the couple before the reading of the Ketubah, the marriage contract, and the Sheva Brachot, seven blessings, are then recited over the second cup of wine which is also drunk.
Music for the ceremony was provided live by guitarist Mark Shurey, playing classical and contemporary music.
The ceremony ends with the breaking of the glass and the couple leave the Chuppah to share their first few moments alone as a married couple, traditionally known as Yichud which means seclusion; a moment of peace and tranquility before they join friends and family to celebrate.
After greeting their guests and sharing a glass of champagne or kosher wine with them they headed off to the Alhambra with photographer Anna Gradza. You can enjoy the results on Anna’s facebook page
Later the wedding party all returned to the beautiful hotel Cortijo de la Argumosa where they could rest and enjoy the swimming pool and countryside before finishing the celebration with a meal, including Kosher food for the guests and dancing on the terrace.
Congratulations Jessica & Matt!!!