A sea of blue wedding dresses and white wedding gowns await, as some Jewish couples take their vows in front of their newlyweds.
A few dozen couples are also in attendance in a courtyard at a nearby Orthodox Jewish wedding ceremony.
For most Jewish weddings, the ceremony is a ritual that begins when one couple has their feet on the floor, and begins with a small blessing.
It lasts just a few minutes.
But this year, some couples are planning to hold their wedding ceremony on the roof of their home or even in the backyard.
“This year, I want it to be a little longer, to allow more time for the couples to have the ceremony on a bigger scale,” says Yotam Alsheikh, a Jewish wedding photographer in Jerusalem.
In recent years, some weddings have been held on the sidewalk outside a park, or in parks that were not available for the traditional Jewish wedding.
The idea is that they will be more visible and will help people see the couples who have chosen the outdoor ceremony, while they are still in the midst of getting married, Alsheik says.
The number of Jewish weddings in the United States has been declining for years, as the number of weddings has declined along with the number that take place in traditional religious venues, according to the Jewish Federations of North America.
But the number is rising.
The Jewish Federation of Southern California reported a 1.5% increase in weddings in its last report.
The American Jewish Congress reported an 8.2% increase, and the Jewish Women’s Center of New York reported an 11.6% increase.
But it’s still unclear if the trend is sustainable, says Shira Shiklberg, a rabbi and founder of the Temple Beth El in Los Angeles.
“I don’t think it’s going to continue,” Shikmberg says.
She believes the trend will likely continue, even if the numbers are going down, and if the number in attendance is decreasing.
But for those who are planning their wedding on the rooftop, Shikberg says, the best way to do so is to plan a large wedding, preferably a wedding that has a lot of guests, or to have a large party for the whole family, she says.
“The roof is not only a place for the wedding, it’s a place to celebrate.”
And as with any large event, the weather may also play a role.
For instance, last year, there were reports of a fire at the Chabad of Los Angeles that caused about $50,000 in damage.
But in this year’s numbers, there is a slight increase in fires in the area, according the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Shiklberger says that if you plan to have an outdoor wedding, you should plan on the wedding ceremony taking place in a place that has lots of light and shade, so it’s easy for the guests to see.
She also recommends that you make sure the wedding party includes people who are observant, and that the bride and groom wear white.
“It’s important that you are able to have your ceremony in a way that doesn’t take up a lot more space, but also doesn’t require a lot,” Shkolberg says of the wedding.