In our last wedding of 2016, we got quite the cultural experience at Vuso and MJ’s wedding. This Zimbabwean-Filippino, (Zimbabpino?) love affair was one of those reminders that, as MJ’s sister declares, love knows no borders.
Andrea and I got to the reception and started our usual set-up. After troubleshooting a few lighting positions, one of the friends of bride came and said we were needed out in the lobby. The grooms family decided last-minute to do a Zimbabwean tradition of welcoming the bride. We ran to our station, grabbed two cameras, and entered the lobby to a scene of women dancing and signing. We hit “record” and experienced our first traditions from this culture.
This past Saturday while 3 different types of precipitation were falling from the sky in Toronto (#canadianweather), Andrea and I were out spending the day with Jason and Cristina. I found myself in the Italian side of things at the beautiful house of Cristina’s parents, while Andrea picked up some Portuguese with Jason and his entourage at the Thompson Hotel downtown.
From those places we travelled to and from St. Mary’s Church on Adelaide and made our final stop at the Eglinton Grand. At the reception is where our couple’s personality shined, from the elegant, 1920’s feel of the decor, the old films projected on the wall throughout the night, the fedora-wearing band and the eclectic music selection.
We were so in love with the vibe of the night that we had to tear ourselves away from the theatre. Here’s a little peek at their big day.
Here is our most recent survival story. Charles, our groom, escaped the Friend Zone after over a decade of captivity. However, because of this time there, he and Jamie have a strong foundation of friendship and support for one another, which will undoubtedly give their marriage a solid base to stand on. Here is their story!
I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so much as a wedding before. Marc and Emily’s wedding was good times with each bit of sentiment packaged with a clever punchline. Our couple and their loved ones definitely shared the same culture of humour and light-heartedness. Check out their story:
Jamaal and Alisha are definitely our most memorable long distance couple of 2017. Alisha represents Toronto in this relationship, but after their union, she moves to Atlanta to be with her sweet heart, Jamaal. With the strong bolds of these families, I feel for her family as they send her off BUT it makes so much sense with the way Jamaal and Alisha are perfect for one another.
We start our Friday at Alisha’s house and Jamaal’s aunt’s respectively. We did our usual prep work but, for the first time, I got to capture some Henna touch-ups. This was done the night before, as is tradition for a Nikkah (muslim wedding), but sometimes a girl needs her touch-ups! Jamaal sees his bride for the first time as she is walked down the aisle by her brother and father at Agnus Glen Golf Club. It was beautiful.