Beckee and Daniel were married in March, and I posted about it here. At the time I promised a follow-up post with some of the official photographs (rather than the ones Judy and I took with our phones). Well, here it is, sorry for the delay.

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As I mentioned before, the wedding was held at the Garfield Park Conservatory, which provided a tropical ambiance despite the frigid weather outside.

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The conservatory is one of the creations of my hero Jens Jensen, though I don’t think that figured into the kids’ choice of venue.

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Here’s the wedding party. Minimum height for groomsmen was 6′ 2″, though a waiver was granted for Daniel’s friend Andrew. Just kidding.

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Family of the bride. The couple, and their respective families, share a good sense of humor.

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The newly united families.

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Judy and I watching the preparations.

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The K’tuvah, or marriage contract.

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Signing the contract.

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Walking down the aisle.

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Followed by Beckee and her parents, Henry and Gloria.

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Ready for the ceremony.

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The wedding was officiated by a friend, also named Daniel. This Daniel teaches religion at university, specializing in Jewish studies. While not actually a rabbi, he could play one very convincingly on TV. He did an admirable job with the ceremony.

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Exchanging rings.

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The couple exchanged personal vows and received blessings read by the wedding guests.

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The ceremony closes with the smashing of a glass. This is usually interpreted as a commemoration of the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans, but the officiating Daniel had an alternative explanation.

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It’s official, they’re married!

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First dance as a married couple.

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Father and daughter.

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Mother and son.

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Three aunties and a grandma.

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You know that thing where the bride and groom get lifted up while sitting in chairs?

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It’s actually not as easy as it sounds.

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Fortunately, everyone landed safely.

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Looking at these wedding photos (I’ve gone through them several times) is very gratifying. We are so delighted to have added a new daughter and a new host of relatives to our family. And dare I add, perhaps there will be some new little additions in the not-too-distant future.

23 Comments on “More Wedding Pictures

  1. Another one of those milestones, if you are lucky enough to have them, in life you never forget. Congratulations to the new couple.

  2. So sweet! Both the chuppah and ketubah are beautiful. Beckee looks just a wee bit nervous as she’s hoisted up!

  3. What a wonderful selection of photos, and such obvious joy. What was officiating Daniel’s alternative explanation for the broken glass? Inquiring minds (or at least one) want to know!

    • He mentioned a couple. One was to frighten away demons, another was to remind the couple that relationships are fragile and so they must protected. And there was another I forget.

      • I noticed the glass was encased in a little cover, too — practicality hand in hand with wonderful symbolism.

  4. Thanks for sharing these special photos. They made me smile. The conservatory is a wonderful setting, and it looks like everyone had a great time! Congrats to the couple and their families, and best wishes for a long and happy marriage.

  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. It’s an emotional and beautiful thing to see your child married. Everyone looks so happy.

  6. Lovely to see the wedding photos, and everyone looks so happy and relaxed! I love the idea of having it in a conservatory, full of plants and flowers, and nice and warm too….perfect. I bet it took you and Judy a while to come down to planet earth after such an event, we felt as if we were in a dream for a few days after our daughter’s wedding. A big congratulations to you and Judy, and of course to the bride and groom.

  7. Beautiful photos of you all – the bride and groom look so happy and make a good-looking couple! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great photos. They make such a sweet looking couple. May they have a long lasting, loving, successful marriage. I hope you and Judy get to have some Grands too. Such fun.

  9. Gives me hope for your country Jason .. to see such a happy and diverse, blended family.
    The pictures are beautiful and everyone looks very excited for the future of this couple.
    That sense of humor is going to be a mainstay in their lives .. it will get them through some tough spots with smiles on their faces.
    Pitter patter of little feet to come, when they are ready !
    Congratulation indeed !

  10. So wonderful! Everyone looks so happy and, might I say, a bit teary eyed – or verging on it. In fact, I’m almost getting teary eyed looking at these photos and thinking how quickly time flies.

  11. Wonderful photos and wonderful memories. Congratulations all. This post has cheered me up no end (given what’s occurring in our country at the mo!).

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