Prior to the actual wedding ceremony, the groom "veils" his bride. This ritual is called bedeken.
The practice of wearing a veil derives from the account in Genesis 24:65 of how Rebekah covered her face with a veil when she saw her husband-to-be, Isaac, approaching. Further support of the custom is taken from the account of Jacob being tricked into marrying Leah instead of Rachel. Jewish grooms have assured themselves before the ceremony the woman they were to marry was in fact their intended.
This "ceremony" is so the groom can verify that he is getting the bride that he wants. He is reading something similar.... (I don't recall quite what - nerves....)
Right before the bedeken (shown above) two witnesses sign a religious wedding contract called a ketubah. This is Joseph G., BTW also in this photo are my father (in glasses above my shoulder) The rabbi next to Michael & our professional photogrqpher Shane Carpenter. He and his assistant were WONDERFUL & I can't wait to see those photographs! (But Kathy & Joseph got some great shots too.)