Leah & Zach’s Jewish Wedding at Masia Notari
I became friends with Leah and her bride squad when they came for a tasting and venue scouting trip in the Winter prior to their wedding. When we met in person that Winter Leah (and her tribe of bridesmaids) gave me a million clues about the kind of wedding they wanted. She loved romantic, simple greenery and lush white blooms, but most of all they wanted fun and memories they would cherish forever.
Planning weddings in a place like Barcelona means catering to the needs of couples from all over the world. In my first year I had booked over 10 weddings and I had clients coming from many different backgrounds. With this came many different religions: Filipino Catholic, Gujarati Indian and Orthodox Jew are just a few examples. It is so important for us as wedding planners to listen carefully to our clients and not assume that they always want to take the most traditional route.
As I learnt early on with religious weddings, there are hundreds of rituals that can be adapted to the preference of the couple. In other words no wedding is ever the same as the last one, regardless of religion.
This was very much the case with Leah and Zak. Their Chuppah (the 4 legged structure where the Jewish wedding ceremony takes place) incorporated the shawl of Leah’s grandmother. She had recently passed and it meant a lot to the bride to include this detail in her wedding. It made for many an emotional moment.
Circling is a really important ritual which often forms part of the traditional Jewish ceremony. It consists of the bride circling her groom seven times under the chuppah. In Leah and Zak’s ceremony they decided to both circle one another. Symbolising the start of a new but also independent life together. To me these rituals make wedding planning even more fascinating.
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