Michael and Emi’s days started in North York and Downtown Toronto respectively. We arrived at the house in the Rosedale area to a room filled with Japanese chatter. Emi’s mother, grandmother, cousin and friends were around the dinning room table offering emotional support as they got their hair. Emi was scrambling to finish her speech.
As the ladies put together the final magical touches, the men assembled at Michael’s mom’s. Besides Michael’s brothers and his friend, Vlad, the others arrived intermittently like the members of an Ocean’s 11 squad. They put the final touches on one another, persuaded Michael to eat and had a shot of whiskey. The shot was purely for celebratory purposes :)
The weather was favourable at Sunnybrook Estates where we coordinated the first look and photo sessions with the rockstar team of Matt Trimble Photography. These were followed by the shortest ceremony I’ve ever witnessed, clocking in at under 15mins, with no rain in sight! I guess it really doesn’t need to be any longer than that, does it?
The reception continued in the Vaughan Estate. One particular challenge this couple faced was translation. As Emi’s family and a few of her friends had minimal English, Emi recruited a friend beforehand to translate for the Japanese table. They were many speeches, including a number of surprise speeches, which prolonged the celebration. However, the most moving speech of the night was one that only 10% of the intimate audience at the wedding could appreciate - the maid of honour speech. Yuka debuted at the podium in English but concluded in their native tongue, moving the room to tears - both from understanding and from seeing others swab their eyes. I had to figure out what she said!
There was a late start to the dancing but, even as we packed up and left, DJ Randy Jarrett, the Jack of Spades, put together mixes that confined the couple and their friends to the dance floor. Michael and Emi are one of those examples of the fact that love is a universal language. Despite the occasional lapse in communication, their love for each other was clear and unmistakable to all who came to take part in their fun day!
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!