ILANA AND KRISSY’S COMMITMENT CEREMONY

I’ve known Ilana and Krissy since they first grinned at each other across a rehearsal room at Monash University, so I was thrilled when they asked me to shoot their commitment ceremony. Krissy converted to Judaism for Ilana, and their synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, was behind them throughout the process of their preparations. I went along to a Shabbat service the day before their ceremony, and it was so loving and supportive – the rabbi brought the families of both girls up before the hundreds of people there, turned to the parents and asked ‘Is there any joy greater than seeing your children happy?’ I burst into tears amidst cries of ‘Mazel Tov!’ from men and women old and young.

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The ceremony was simple and sweet, the reception was full of dance and song, underscored by the chords from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ ‘Same Love’, as the words ‘No freedom til we’re equal’ rippled around the room. Krissy looked out at the sea of family and friends and said ‘Most people here might not consider themselves political, but just by being here, you’re saying something really special: you’re saying that this is okay.’ Every face looking back at her glowed with pride.

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