Jehovah’s Witness Wedding
I’m still relatively new to learning the customs of a Jehovah’s Witness wedding. I learn something new about the faith and background each time I capture it. The Jehovah’s Witness Wedding ceremonies are often very traditional at a local Kingdom Hall. However, the holy scripture readings are custom selected for each couple. As with most belief systems, it’s amazing how similar a lot of them are. They reference to love, marriage, and supporting your spouse. There are some differences from other religion-based weddings, but nothing major. There are no crosses or elaborate alters. However, the couple does exchange vows and rings.
The most unique element I noticed from my first time photographing a wedding like this, are the prayers. With most cultural weddings, the prayers are pretty significant. And as such, most couples want it documented. This is not the case of Jehovah’s Witness weddings. The prayers are private and intimate. During this time, everyone participates. Including the photographer. It’s the one time I let go of my camera and simply watch. The same goes for grace before dinner. It’s a small thing but it shows a great deal of respect towards this faith.
The portrait session for this wedding was at Chinguacousy Park. This location is better known for being a popular public park. However, it does have a private area for wedding photos. It offers a small indoor greenhouse. There are also some beautiful outdoor gardens that only get better in the fall. We also did some photos at Gage Park’s gazebo.
The evening reception was at the Mississauga Grand. I absolutely love this venue. The reception hall chandeliers combined with the draped ceilings just screamed elegance. This couple also utilized pink tint lighting that made their decor really stand out. The couple had a few speeches. And once the dance floor opened, everyone was out enjoying themselves.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable wedding experience. I photographed this wedding on behalf of another photographer named Revos Photos who was unavailable at the last minute.