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    Welcome to Jean Valentin Photography. We have been creating beautiful memories for brides and families in Philadelphia area for over 10 years. We hope you enjoy looking through our past images. We look forward to hearing from you to create your new memories and further family heirlooms.

It has become a yearly tradition to capture the Lee family portraits, and I always look forward to it. They are a wonderful family, and the kids are so full of joy. This year they wanted to have a fall session at Longwood Gardens. The reason for the location was because mom was present this time around. In their childhood, they had family portraits done here, and they wanted to reproduce one of the images.Mom with her two boys (brothers) portrait at Longwood Gardens

 

The happy family …

Family portrait at Longwood Gardens by the fountain

 

Don’t you love that smile?

Cute Asian gril outdoor portrait

 

And on a more serious note:)….

Cute Asian boy outdoor portrait

 

And one of my favorites from the session. Love the contrast between the grandkids’s silliness and grandma’s seriousness.

Grandma with her grandkids outdoor portrait at Longwood Gardens

This image is a (surprise) large portrait on grandma’s wall. I’m sure it will put a smile on her face every time she passes by it.

 

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This was a special birthday celebration: Mike turned 99. His daughter, Debora, gathered many of his friends to celebrate this milestone in his life. You can see the joy of having his friends around him. And since Debora spent a few years in Italy (she is an artist as well and you should check out her paintings), Marzano, a true Italian restaurant, was a natural choice.

firends gather here signMarzano restaurant menuItalian restaurant detailBirthday party at marzano restaurantbirthday partyfriends toasting at birthday celebrationbirthday celebration99 year old birthdayfather and daughter portraitchocolate birthday cake99 year old man portrait

 

Happy birthday Mike! I’ll see you next year, when you change the prefix!

We start our second installment of Alex and Rebecca’s wedding with the image of a (just a little) nervous groom:)

 

Nervous (anxious) groom before the ketubah signing

 

And everybody else is getting ready for the signing of the ketubah (the traditional Jewish wedding document)

Preparations for the ketubah signingRabi giving the last instructions before ketubah signing for a jewish weddingBride signing th ketubah at Blue Bell Country ClubGroom signing the ketubah at Blue Bell Country ClubBride and groom showing the ketubah

 

Another Jewish tradition is the Bedekken – veiling of the bride. It references the biblical story, in which the father substitutes one daughter with another. The groom traditionally lifts the veil to make sure he is marrying the right bride. Based on the smile, no problems here:)

Peeking under the veil is a jewish wedding tradition

 

We were lucky for a very beautiful day to celebrate.

Bride walking down the isle with her mother in an outdoor jewish ceremony

 

Another tradition is the encircling of the groom. The bride circles the groom seven times (sometimes 3).

Bride circling the groom seven times during jewish ceremonyGroom showing the ringsGroom putting the wedding ring on brideBride puts the ring on groom

 

The tallit used, it belonged to Rebecca’s father who was present in spirit on this wonderful day.

Bride and groom covered by a tallit (shawl) under the chuppahBride and groom under the chuppahMother of the groom giving blessing during wedding ceremonyMother of the bride giving blessing during ceremony

 

The breaking of the glass is another Jewish tradition which serves as a reminder of the fragility of life.

Breaking of the glass during jewish weddingBride and groom recessional at Blue Bell Country Club outdoor weddingBlue Bell Country Club wedding decor

 

The reception started with the traditional hora and chair dances.

Bride and gromo during chair dance for a jewish wedding

 

I love the expression of mom right before she is lifted (it’s scary to be suddenly picked up without having any control)…

Mother of the bride on chair for a jewish wedding

 

…. but it turns out it’s a lot of fun too.

Bride and groom first dance back litBride and groom first dance at Blue Bell Country Club wedding

 

Parent dances are always emotional. Rebecca danced with her mom as well as her brother.

Mother and daughter danceBride and brother danceMother and groom dance

 

And a surprise performance by Alex’s father (along with a few relatives).

Father of the groom performs a song at their weddingwedding reception at Blue Bell Country Club

 

A lot of fun was had by all. EBE – Paris band did a great job entertaining everyone.

Guests during a jewish hora

 

As always, we end with a portrait of the bride and groom. An intimate moment between Rebecca and Alex.

Outdoor portrait of bride and groom at Normandy Farms

 

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