Chen & Andrew’s wedding day was greeted by grey skies and on and off again showers, but the dreary Toronto weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits! The couple decided to have their bride and groom prep at their respective homes, with their families around them. Andrew then travelled to Chen’s for their first look. Sometimes when we film a couple’s first look, they are alone (besides the wedding videographers and wedding photographer of course) and sometimes, there is a small audience looking on. in this case, there was a large audience of family members and bridesmaids, and they were very excited. It was such a sweet, memorable first look! We loved it!
We then moved on to the quaint village of Kleinburg, north of Toronto for Chen and Andrew’s creative wedding videography and wedding photography session. Kleinburg’s main street Islington Avenue is a lovely spot for this and we got some great shots, but the rain didn’t make things easy. Then it was off to the ceremony and reception venue Chateau Le Jardin in Woodbridge. There was a period of time set aside for family photos and mingling with friends and family. Eventually the foyer filled and it was time for the Jewish wedding customs to take begin – the Tish, signing of the Ketubah, and the veiling ceremony – the Bedeken. We love to film these Jewish wedding customs because they are deeply meaningful, exciting and contain beautiful moments before the marriage ceremony takes place. Chen and Andrew’s wedding canopy, the chuppa, was so beautiful as was the entire room. Their ceremony of course was the highlight of the day, touching, beautiful, coming to an end with the well-loved custom of breaking the glass, which Andrew did with enthusiasm followed instantly by many voices shouting mazel tov!
Soon after, one of the most exciting parts of the day takes place… the Hora dance. All the anticipation and excitement that has been building all day comes to a peak with this traditional dance where the bride and groom are lifted high above the crowd on chairs. Family and friends dance ecstatically in circle as the couple tries not to look down. This is a time when we wedding videographers have to be careful not to get flattened in all the celebrating!
We were so happy to be there to film all the wonderful events of Chen and Andrew’s day and look forward to editing their full Feature Wedding Film. In the meantime, here’s their exciting and beautiful Wedding Highlights in just a few minutes!
Samara & Ami at BAYT | Jewish Wedding Videography
“Samara & Ami’s Wedding at BAYT, Toronto” Produced by Summerfield Films | Directed by John Summerfield | Videography by John Summerfield & Sri Vemuri
Samara and Ami were married and celebrated their reception at BAYT – Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto, an Orthodox Jewish Shul in the Greater Toronto Area. This was the first Orthodox Jewish wedding we’ve had the privilege of filming, and we were in awe of the beauty, joy, grace, and deep sense of family evident throughout the day. There were many highlights for us on this wedding day… the powerful dancing and singing of the men as they spirited Ami to Samara for the lowering of her wedding veil… the excitement in the couple’s eyes as they saw each other for the first time in a week… the processional to their ethereal chuppa … their deafening grand entrance into the reception… and the dancing!!! This reception was far and away the most energetic, joyous, intense and enthusiastic celebration we have ever witnessed!