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The Hora

Shaina and David joyfully hold on during the Hora at their wedding celebration at Pure Space, Portland, OR © juliana patrick photography 2014 - all rights reserved

Shaina and David joyfully hold on during the Hora at their wedding celebration at Pure Space, Portland, OR
© juliana patrick photography 2014 – all rights reserved

The Hora!

Shaina and David were married at Pure Space in NW Portland in the Jewish tradition.  If you haven’t had that opportunity and good fortune to be a part of a Jewish wedding, cross your fingers and hope you get lucky because it is FUN!  To call attention to only one of the many traditions that are experienced at a wedding like this may seem exclusive but the moment we wait with excitement for is the Hora!  The Hora has been tradition for around 100 years and when you take part in it you can see why!  Hava Nagila’ plays loudly and strong people in the crowd hoist the bride and groom up on chairs and lift them up and down over and over as the crowd presses in and out dancing!  Awesome!  Sometimes there is a hankerchief between the bride and groom but we have seen it with and without the handkerchief. Believe me it is hard to not just jump right in!  It’s hard not to get swept away in the moment when you are in the middle of a frenzied celebration hoisting your beloved bride and groom in the air while trying not to drop them.  It’s also extremely hard not to dance, even as the photographer, although it seems that all of the people in the crowd are constantly encouraging us to do just that!  All horas keep us on our toes when we photograph as you never know which direction the crowd will shift or how the crowd with expand and contract on the dance floor.  Shaina and David had an infectiously fun wedding! 

Interested to talk about your wedding or special event?  We would love to meet you!  juliana patrick photography