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.
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!