Victoria and Isaac are from the UK and decided to get married here in Toronto. We asked them how they found Canada and they replied, “We turned left at Greenland!”. Ok…that never happened, but if you remember that line, you’re probably a Beatles fan!
Theirs was a Hassidic Wedding – full of dancing and laughter and unmitigated joy. A celebration of love, life, and the joining of two souls.
In the Hassadic tradition, the Bride and Groom don’t see each other for at least a week before the wedding. Each gets ready in a different area, and see each other for the first time during the Bedeken ceremony where the groom covers the Bride’s face with a veil.
After the Bedeken, the wedding ceremony takes place under the Chuppah (a canopy) – a symbol of the new home the couple will build together. The ceremony includes the blessings of betrothal (Kiddushin), the giving of the ring, the presentation of the Ketubah (jewish marriage contract outling the Grooms responsibilities towards the Bride), the seven blessings (Sheva Brachot) and finally the breaking of the glass.
I’m not sure what happened next, but someone yelled, “Mazel Tov” and all heck broke loose! 😉