Wednesday, June 2, 2010

And Caption This, Too

Almost a meme, but I'm not appointing anyone publicly to reply.

What does this photo I took of a bride at her wedding make you think of?


well-veiled Jewish Bride


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10 comments:

RivkA with a capital A said...

We have relatives whose weddings look like this. The veil is so thick, the bride cannot see.

The ceremony is also very solemn.

It is not the atmosphere that I would choose, but "to each his (or her) own..."

It is part of the whole culture that promotes the invisibility of women....

Batya said...

She wore a pretty sheer veil at other times.
The chuppah was so quiet we couldn't hear anything, even though few people were there and I was standing right next to it.
I've been spoiled by a different sort, but for many other reasons this was a truly wonderful simcha.

Jennifer in MamaLand said...

The first word that comes to mind is "wishbone," just because of how it looks like they're pulling her apart. My caption might be: "Whoever gets the biggest half wins?"

Seriously, I'm sure it's a happy moment. Having been to a few weddings (including my own), it usually looks a bit like they are dragging her to the chuppah.

I don't think it means anything oppressive, though. For me, it felt wonderfully supportive to have two good friends carrying candles and walking with me.

Batya said...

I felt that she was being guided. Marriage is always a risk even when you think you see whom you're marrying.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
Jennifer, if she hadn't been guided, like Batya said, she wouldn't have reached the huppah. As RivkA wrote, the bride can't see through the veil. What do I think of? Umm... the one wedding we attended at which the bride wore a veil like that. It was definitely different...

Batya said...

I've been to others. This family has had a different sort of wedding for each kid.

Debbie said...

Speaking as someone who grew up in that type of community, I think it's incredibly sad that a bride cannot see her own ceremony. I refused to wear a thick veil.

Batya said...

Debbie, thanks for sharing that. I was thinking that the caption would be something like "She doesn't know what she's getting into." I never thought of missing seeing the ceremony. Wow!

Leora said...

I have no idea what the bride's emotions are, but if I'm in the audience I'm wondering when can I get home and out of these stiff clothes.

Batya said...

Leora, very interesting. It was a hot night in Bnai Brak.