The moment you say “I do” will be ingrained in your memory for the rest of your life — a wonderful memory that's also captured by your photographer (and if you have a videographer, them too!). So you’ll want to make sure your altar is truly something special. Planning a Jewish wedding? One of the most important parts of the ceremony is the chuppah, the canopy under which a couple stands during their ceremony. It represents the new home the couple will create together, symbolized by the cloth canopy and the four poles.
A chuppah is a beautiful way to honor tradition while also expressing who you are as a couple. From classically-draped chuppahs to those adorned with bold blooms, there are countless ways to create the altar of your dreams. Looking for inspiration for your ceremony? Here are eight of the most picture-perfect chuppahs from real weddings across the country.
Natalie and Garrett’s ceremony was held in the center of the room, so visibility was paramount to the chuppah design. Revel Decor delicately placed florals to allow guests to see the couple without obstruction. Hydrangea, roses, inverted orchids, calla lilies, and greenery created a cascading rain effect surrounding the newlyweds, and the ethereal white birch structure and soft white blooms made for an exceptional contrast to the industrial aesthetic of Revel Fulton Market.
Rebecca wanted to marry her earthy boho vision with the classic ballroom venue. To do so, Love n' Fresh Flowers designed a chuppah that was both elegant and celebrated the season. The lush botanical decorations included a base of autumn foliage — namely oak leaf and smoke bush — layered with heirloom chrysanthemums, dahlias, garden roses, and anemones, and topped with unexpected touches, like pomegranates, privet berry and kangaroo paws (yes, that’s the name of a plant!).
For Michelle and Ethan’s July nuptials at the Harry Parker Boathouse, this simple chuppah was the perfect complement to the breathtaking backdrop of the lake. The non-traditional triangle structure was handmade from bamboo foraged from the bride's parents' backyard! As a finishing touch, the chuppah was minimally decorated on the left-hand side with green ivies and white Hawaiian orchids.
Los Angeles, California
The inspiration for this chuppah, like the rest of the wedding, was a lush garden with a hint of elegance. Enchanted Garden Floral Design executed the bride’s vision by mixing vibrant blooms with loose and textured greens to create light, organic movement throughout. The birch structure was the perfect way to incorporate an understated touch of wood without compromising elegance.
This outdoor summer ceremony at the Mountain Top Inn embraced nature completely. The magnificent chuppah was dressed with hydrangeas, light pink roses, and peonies, as well as dollar and seeded eucalyptus. The effect was abundant and earthy, while still impeccably elegant. The hand-painted silk cloth draped above the structure was purchased in Jerusalem, Israel (a suggestion from the groom’s grandfather). This vision is a perfect example of why the chuppah remains a symbol of togetherness, community, and tradition.
New York, New York
Lauren and Mike's walk down the aisle at Tribeca 360 included a modern, romantic take on a traditional chuppah. The bride wanted it to be very airy, so Tantawan Bloom suspended the canopy and used hanging orchid buds to serve as the pillars. The floating structure and use of hydrangeas, roses, and phalaenopsis orchids created a modern fairytale statement at the altar.
Laguna Beach, California
To complement the seaside vistas of Ana and King’s coastal nuptials, Square Root Design built this structure out of driftwood branches. The bride loves flowers, especially roses, so the chuppah was completely covered in Pink Floyd roses, white O’Hara garden roses, Juliette garden roses, and kiwi green hydrangea.
The couple loved the idea of incorporating a rustic yet delicate look using birch paired with locally-grown thorny olive foliage, lisianthus, and hydrangea paniculata. “We know it would be hot (it was 100 degrees), which influenced the flower and design choices. The type and freshness of the blooms helped make this beauty last through the ceremony and into the evening,” says Andrea Gagnon of LynnVale Studios.