Schneider-Jacobson Wedding – Dancing

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J Taylor

M Schneider-Jacobson

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This image shows dancing at Marc and Charlie’s wedding with the grooms lifted up on chairs.

Lifting the married couple up on chairs during the wedding dance is a tradition you will see at many Jewish weddings. For the most part, this is just an expression of joy and happiness, but some people have different interpretations.

After about 12 years of dating, Marc and Charlie decided to get married at Botley Hill Barn in Surrey. Marc describes this picture as “a wonderful reflection of two boys who’ve been in love for 12 years finally getting married.”

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How does this image represent your Jewish identity?

There isn’t really a set way to have a gay Jewish wedding. Charlie and I had lots of different personal touches in the way we celebrate Judaism – whether it was little rainbows [hand-drawn] in each kippah, dancing with the shtick sheet (traditionally for the bride), simultaneously smashing glasses, both up on the chairs and a wonderful chuppah handmade by Charlie’s parents.

Why is this image important to you?

This image is the reflection of 13 years of love and two boys who have grown up together declaring their love.

In three words, what does Judaism mean to you?

Tradition, Community, FOOD

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