I’ve been meaning to write a post about huppah inspiration, and I’ve finally gathered the pictures to do it! Hooray! Most huppahs (huppot, really, in the plural) these days are very decorated, and I wanted to pull together some pictures of simple, graceful, lovely huppahs.
For all of you non-Jews out there, a huppah is one of the key elements of a Jewish wedding. It’s not just a pretty wedding canopy, it represents (among other things) the home of the newlyweds, open on the sides to the couples community, family, and freinds. In it’s original form, a huppah was a prayer shawl held up by four poles, each supported by a friend or loved one. It’s most traditional for a Jewish wedding to take place outside, with just the huppah and the sky as a covering.
One of the first things David and I decided about the wedding is that we wanted a simple, traditional huppah. For us, this canopy serves as a religious symbol, and we wanted it to be made of a prayer shawl.
Our wedding is going to be outside, and we knew we wanted a natural look, and this photo from Belathee Photography set my little heart on fire. We have to figure out how to get long sapling branches to make our huppah!
Now we just have to decide if we want a free standing huppah (more practical) or a hand held huppah. I love the image of the canopy being carried down the aisle by the wedding party, which is making me lean towards handheld.
Pictures from: Twin Lens Studio, Martha Stewart Weddings, Belathee Photography, Marla Aufmuth via Snippet and Ink, and Jocelyn Filley.