I've never been to the wedding of "completed Jews" as it's put, but this afternoon that's what it was. The bride's family are all Christian Jews or Jewish Christians, whichever way you like to put it, and the ceremony was performed by a pastor who is himself a completed Jew. It was the whole thing...the huppah, the talit, the bride walking seven times around the groom, the signing of the ketubah, and the groom stomping on a glass. Beautiful, beautiful wedding!
One of the things I love best to do is carefully lift and arrange the bride's train, and the one today was gorgeous....it was first worn by a member of her family in 1948, and she's the fourth bride to wear it. She said as soon as her grandmother (the last bride to wear it) saw her in it, she (the grandmother) began to cry.
This is a photo of a copy of the ketubah, which is a marriage covenant, signed by the bride and groom, their parents, and the attendents. It was hand-painted and hand-lettered in Israel (from where the bride's father flew back home yesterday):
Here the couple is, wrapped in the talit:
Here's the pastor displaying the original ketubah, prior to its being signed:
Just a pretty photo of them listening to a groomsmen reading from the book of Mark:
And when the groom stomped on the glass, we all cried "Mazel tov!"
It was fun.