30Nov

Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the Hora!

By, November 30, 2017

The Hora is a customary Jewish wedding celebration dance. Once the song Hava-Nagila starts playing, guests instinctively rush to the dance floor, and hold hands to form a circle around the bride and groom. The crowd then lifts the newly married couple up in chairs, to honor and celebrate their union. It is a fun and cardio-centric tradition that will get you off your feet, and get your heart rate up!

The tradition of the Hora started long ago, during the time of arranged marriages. The purpose was to bring the community together in celebration, and put the (presumably nervous) young couple at ease. These days, the Hora remains a highlight of Jewish weddings, and remains a way to honor a Jewish heritage.

As wedding photographers, when we capture the energy and the joy of this moment, we make sure to place ourselves at the perfect perspective. Whether we’re unobtrusively in the middle of the action, or shooting from the sidelines, we make sure to capture the energy and excitement of the moment. Check out the fun photos we’ve captured of some real life “Hora Stories” :)

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Family and friends fill the dance floor for the hora
Bride and grooms looks on to their guest for the hora
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Bride and groom hold hands for the hora
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Groom is lifted by family and friends for the hora
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Groom huddles with friends
Bride and groom have fun with the hora
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Guest surround bride and groom for the hora
Groom barely holds on as he's lifted for the hora
Mom gets lifted for the hora
Bride and groom enjoying the hora at their wedding
Bride and groom celebrate traditional hora
18Nov

Bun in the Oven | Maternity Session Inspiration

By, November 18, 2016

We love maintaining a personal connection with our wedding couples, and seeing where life takes them. When a baby is on the way, we really enjoy going back and photographing the onetime newlyweds as parents-to-be. It is so much fun to get creative together, and the joy and excitement shows in the resulting photos :) As inspiration, we’ve collected a few of our favorite recent maternity photos, showing soon-to-be moms rockin’ the baby bump. Enjoy!

Expecting couple embraces during beach maternity
During her maternity session, Callie (above) looked stunning in her flowy white gown. With relaxing waves in the distance, it was a beautiful and tranquil moment.

Husband and Wife laugh while playing during maternity sessionBeautiful individual portraits of mothers expecting We love showing soon-to-be-moms looking their best!

Baby shoes frame letter blocks during maternity session Husband and Wife look at one another and hold hands during maternity session at Sunset CliffsMarried couples incorporate personalized props into maternity sessions

Pets are part of the family too! Let your pooch welcome their new sibling to the family in style :)

Expecting mother holds belly next to Scripps PierMarried Couple look at one another and giggle while holding baby shoes
During Christine’s maternity session (above), we captured a candid moment with these adorable footies.

Married Couples embrace during beach maternity sessionExpecting Couple sit on grass during maternity sessionHusband and Wife embrace and laugh during cute maternity sessionExpecting mom holds baby shoes in front of blue wallExpecting mother holding belly during maternity session at Balboa ParkMarried couple sit on grass during maternity session Expecting mother in blue gown at beach

For more inspiration from recent maternity sessions, check out our maternity photo gallery.

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