I’ve known Tash for a long time as a family friend, so I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her Jewish wedding.
Ian and Tash would both quite happily admit to being geeky, and that’s fine by me because I too would admit to being geeky. Aren’t we all geeky about something?
Their wedding took place at the lovely Parklands Quendon Hall, a very flexible venue indeed! The original plan was to have their Jewish wedding ceremony, or chuppah, outdoors in front of the grand looking house. But the British summer intervened and it rained for most of the day. The spacious permanent marquee at the rear of the venue means that there was enough room to hold the ceremony in one half whilst the other half was used to set up the tables for dinner.
The chuppah (also the name for the wedding canopy) was decorated by the wedding guests with beautiful flowers from Urban Flower Farmer, which was a lovely touch.
As if it was meant to be, the clouds parted and the rain stopped for long enough in the afternoon for drinks and canapes to be served outside. It also allowed us time to take some formal family photos and some portraits of Tash and Ian.
It was the most emotional wedding I’ve ever photographed, as Tash’s father, Cary, suddenly and tragically died last year. He was a brilliant man who I spent a good amount of time with growing up, and no words could describe how much he was missed at this wedding. There was a truly touching period at the start of the party where several of his close friends and family wore t-shirts printed with photos of themselves alongside Cary, and everyone danced, hugged and celebrated the life of the wonderful man.
The Israeli dancing that followed was intense and wild – credit to Nishit Parmar, who shot this wedding with me, for keeping up with it. His first experience of proper Israeli dancing, and it was a full on! The video from Dave and the guys at Rideout Films will be a great watch, I can’t wait to see it!
The speeches were both funny and emotional, and the party was awesome, with the dance floor packed from start to finish, courtesy of the lively XS Showband.
The rain continued throughout the night, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, and at the end of the party, Tash and Ian were happy to cool off for a few minutes in the rain whilst I took a few last portraits before I headed off.
Massive mazal tov to Tash and Ian, I wish them a very long and happy life together. Below are some of my favourite images from their London wedding as well as a slightly longer slideshow for anyone who wants to see a little more!