Being a wedding photographer, I am often asked to describe “the nicest wedding I have ever seen.” Over the past 20 years, I have been to thousands of simchas, and last Monday night was one of the nicest I have ever been to!
On Monday evening, November 5, Yulia Dykman and Moshe Hill were married at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst. The Sephardic Temple was in an area badly affected by Hurricane Sandy and power was not restored prior to the wedding. Yulia and Moshe did not want to postpone the wedding or find a new location–power or not, they were getting married! It would have been so easy for the vendors to cancel because of their own hardship; after all, providing services in the dark without power could be extremely challenging.
Equipped with lots of battery power and portable lighting, I headed to Sephardic Temple to meet Yulia and Moshe and take their photos. Avi Abikser of Genadeen Caterers beautifully decorated the ballrooms with lots of candles and prepared the food outdoors on a barbecue grill. The bandleader, Zvi Lampert, used a generator to set up his sound system. At 6:30 p.m., the guests arrived, equipped with flashlights, and the wedding took place.
Although there was nothing ordinary about this affair, once it began, there was nothing to hint of the challenges and hardships that had been overcome. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the bride and groom were so happy.
In addition to the ambience, stunning decor, delicious food, and great music, this was one of the nicest weddings I have ever attended because of the people who came to celebrate with Yulia and Moshe and the way that people fulfilled the mitzvah of mesameach chasson v’kallah, enhancing the joy of a bride and groom.
Mazal tov to the Dykman and Hill families. v