Nothing transcends boundaries and barriers more than an act of love, and a wedding such as this one is a testament to that undying fact. The union of Mallika and Neel was a pleasure for us to work on, and as a Toronto-based wedding videography and cinematography group, it came as a surprise when they came up north for their wedding from Washington DC and chose us for our services. In both wedding and photo-booth services, the family from the capital made sure to capitalize on the best we can offer. For the couple from across the border, most of their families and friends are in Toronto, and in a Hindu ceremony fitting for the multiculturalism Toronto is known for, the celebrants held their special day on September 14, 2013, at the Grand Empire Banquet & Convention Centre (100 Nexus Avenue, Brampton ON L6P 2K9).
Wedding day started particularly early for both bride & groom to be. Mallika awoke only an inkling before 4 in the morning to begin preparations, and both Mallika and Neel were set and ready by 7 in the morning. Our crew arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn where the couple were staying and captured footage and pictures of the opening moments of an unforgettable day. Once everyone arrived at the convention centre, everyone began preparing for “baraat”, the traditional Hindu bridegroom procession. A particularly extravagant and lively display, Neel arrives and is welcomed by Mallika’s family, and the couple travel together to the wedding venue on a mare, accompanied by traditional Gujarati dancing and music from a live band. A fitting atmosphere for such a joyous occasion.
The baraat continues until the group arrive at the Grand Empire banquet hall. Mallika enters with her uncles and aunts, and our Toronto wedding videographers were there to capture every special moment as she descended down the stairs of the bridal suite and into the main hall. Welcoming rituals are performed for Neel as he too is escorted into the Grand Empire hall. Breakfast is served for the guests, as everyone waits in anticipation for the Bridal Party in full to make an entrance.
One by one, bridesmaids holding diyas (oil lamps) begin their procession into the hall, followed by ring bearers holding a pillow with wedding bands for the couple, and the bride is finally escorted by a large congregation, all in tune to a sentimental soundtrack chosen by the family. The couple finally unite in marriage to the joy and jubilation of everyone, and our photographers were on hand for a special wedding photo group session afterwards. As the formal wedding ended, the post-wedding rituals began. In Hindu fashion, the couple and all in attendance made their way to Toronto’s Hindu Sabhah Temple (9225 The Gore Rd, Brampton, ON L6S 5Y8). A holy blessing for a holy day.
Once the post-wedding rituals were performed, the newlyweds and respective families proceeded to the nearby Clairville Conservation Area (Claireville Conservation Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 0B3) for more post-wedding celebrations. Our videographers and photographers were there for a special photo-shoot amongst the backdrop of Toronto’s lush natural scenery, certainly a spot well chosen to highlight Toronto’s geographic diversity to please both couple and tourist alike.
After an immersion into Toronto’s creeks and ravines, post-wedding celebration preparations were in attention. The blessed bride and grateful groom, after some time getting prepared, were perfectly fit for undoubtedly one of the happiest evenings of their lives. Our crew were on hand for an exclusive pre-reception photo shoot with a select list of the the newlyweds and immediate family. A gorgeous wedding cake made its arrival, meticulous arrangements of tables, canvases, guestbook and a gift box were made, and and a photo-booth staffed by yours truly at SDE Weddings was up and running before the beloved pair made another grand entrance, this time into the Hilton Garden Inn.
At the start of the evening, at 7 pm, guests began to arrive. Greeted with buffet-style appetizers and special guest seating, the wedding staff made sure to accommodate and share this happy day with all in attendance. As the reception began, speeches and well wishes from family and loved ones poured out from the crowd, one by one. We made sure to the request of the newlyweds to capture every word of blessing, and as the sentiments of the celebrants made themselves known, through slideshows and speeches, a somber dance for the newly united pair highlighted the evening’s festivities. As the first dance ushers forth an entire night of dancing and celebration, we at SDE Weddings were proud to be a part of such spirited and memorable moments throughout this special day. We hope you too can share in the couple’s happiness in the highlight wedding video that we filmed and edited for the couple.
Bride & Groom Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn | 2648 Steeles Ave. East | Brampton, ON L6S 6J9
Photographer: Banga Photography | Anil & Simmi
DJ: Empire Entertainment | Rajen & Kareem
Wedding Co-ordinator: Seema
Wedding Officiant: Shastriji Parshootumbhai Pandya
Clairville Conservation Area: Claireville Conservation Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 0B3
A wedding is a celebration to cement the love of two in an union fit for a lifetime, and we at SDE Weddings know how unbelievably special such a day is for everyone involved. This sentiment rang especially true for the wedding of Thuy and Long Nguyen, a Vietnamese wedding couple who’ve been together and known each other for an especially long time. A sentimental and rather ordinary meeting was the start of the story for the two, when they simply met through mutual acquaintances at a trip to Canada’s Wonderland, just north of Toronto, the premier amusement park of Canada. The two hit it off immediately, and in retrospect, it was no ‘wonder’ at all how these two made it together this far.
The wedding proper was held in Hamilton on September 28, 2013, and the wedding reception afterwards in Brampton, just southwest of Toronto. A particularly long trek for those familiar with Southern Ontario’s geography, but such trivialities as travel were not in the minds of our Toronto wedding cinematographers and videographers when they accompanied the couple and their families all throughout the day. Such a special touch is a testament to our dedication to make the wedding day indeed the most memorable day in one’s life, and we hope that Thuy and Long share the same feeling.
Some say love is simply stated in the form of a letter, and for our couple’s case, the bride and groom wrote letters to each other for the special purpose of reading the other’s heartfelt feelings on the morning of the wedding day. In a throwback act of teenage-love, the letters were reminiscent of first confessions, yet on such a special occasion, such confessions are meant to last a lifetime. Our Toronto wedding videographers were in attendance to capture and film the couples’ reactions to each others innocent messages of heartfelt emotion, and hope that these memories last in the couples’ hearts throughout their lives.
The wedding took place in Paramount Drive Alliance Church (1035 Paramount Dr. Stoney Creek) in Stony Creek, Hamilton. Quite literally across the lake from Toronto. Yet in a metaphor, indeed no lake as deep and as wide can match the dedication these two have for one another, and we made sure our dedication as well, to capturing the happiness and the memories of this day, was there to match. As the wedding ceremony took place, the most important events of the day were meticulously documented by our Toronto wedding videography team, and as the procession came and went, we were there in entirety to film the happy couple’s holy union. As the wedding group parted ways with the wedding procession and lunch, we were on hand to take request pictures of the celebrants outdoors at the Hamilton Escarpment, a large formation of limestone which spans across the city. A fitting choice of scenery as a complement to the the wedding, indeed a wedding itself as a rock-solid foundation with which Thuy and Long will build their lives and future upon.
As the proper wedding celebrations close, the group made their exodus to Brampton for the post-wedding reception and celebrations. Guests and celebrants in attendance began arriving at Brampton’s Kingsley Chinese Restaurant (50 Kennedy Rd. South, Brampton), and at the closing of the day, the dinner and post-wedding program begins. A photobooth as well was assembled after the ceremonies for the entertainment of the guests, so that they too may have a token of remembrance of Thuy and Long’s blessed wedding day. A night of joyful celebration as a finishing touch to a wonderful day. The family, friends, a special DJ and MC spinning the couples’ favorite music, and us at SDE Weddings on the spot to capture every cheerful moment for their wedding video. We hope you too can enjoy Thuy and Long’s memories of their special day with a few of our choice photographs from Jason Shum, and hope in sincerity that Thuy and Long have a prosperous life together.
Wedding Photographer: Jason Shum | LittleFreeLenser
DJ: DJ Kevin & MC Huynh
Officiant: Pastor Jeff Dods
Make Up Artists: Bobby Couture
Limo & Transportation: Happy Time Limo
SDE’s Photobooth was filled with festive cheer this Christmas season when WB. White Insurance’s Sarah Hamilton chose us to help capture their holiday memories with our photobooth service. All the ‘holly-jolly jubilations’ were set in Oshawa & District Shrine Club on Simcoe St. N. in Oshawa on the 20th of December 2013, only inches away from the day that falls once a year, but we at SDE are sure that with the smiles on everyone’s faces, that Christmas did indeed come early for everyone involved in photobooth pleasantries. You too can share in their memories with some of the shots shown below.
Oshawa & District Shrine Club | 1626 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1G 4X9
Weddings contain some of the most precious moments in one’s life, and us at SDE Weddings are more than delighted to be a part of capturing these moments, and creating mementos that last a lifetime. Such were our sentiments when we were given the precious task of handling the wedding cinematography for Dan and Danielle. A couple whose namesake compliments each other perfectly, and hopefully our service complimented their wedding as well. Our Toronto Wedding Videographer had a blast filming Dan & Danielle’s wedding on September 21st, 2013.
The wedding ceremonies took place at the footsteps of the fall season, in a very special location in Toronto. Our story begins in Old Mills Inn, in the early morning, where the beautiful bride makes preparations for the big day. With mother and bridesmaid on hand, she fits and fashions herself to ensure perfection for the wedding, and indeed for life. Nearing mid-day, a special bouquet of flowers is delivered to the church, Morningside High Park Presbytarian church, to commemorate the holy union, and our bride and groom arrive on the scene. Both entourages in black and white escalades respectively, a fitting contrast for Dan and Danielle who compliment yet complete each other. Guests begin arriving as well, and are greeted by the jovial sounds of the ceremony musicians, Duo D’Amore, ‘the two who are in love’. At noon, the wedding ceremony begins, and the twin fates of Dan and Danielle are made one. As the wedding proper finishes off, the festivities only start to pick up. The faithful couple greet the guests auspiciously at the backdrop of the church’s entrance, and the celebrants begin their trek to the setting of the wedding celebrations.
As the afternoon begins, the wedding congregation travel to the heart of the city for pictures, to remember these moments. The wedding reception was held at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, a fine setting for the denoument of the day. Once everyone arrived and made themselves comfortable, the newlyweds shared their very first and very special dance together. To add to the celebration, a timeless cultural tradition, as the party performs a Ukranian bread ceremony, to emphasize heritage and tradition, and indeed, the formation of a new family. Afterwards, the wedding dinner began, the entrees are served and the best man makes a speech and toast to the happy couple. As dinner progresses, one by one, relatives, loved ones, and family of the newlyweds make their piece known through their speeches, as outpourings of well wishes fill the atmosphere.
The speeches conclude with a word from the couple themselves, and afterwards, the formal dances begin. First, and most properly, a father-daughter dance, and shortly after, a mother-son dance. Proud parents telling their children to enjoy the gifts of marriage, as they too have done. As the sentimentaly sets the mood, the dance floor opens, and everyone is free to celebrate to their hearts conent. Bouquets are tossed, and as the evening closes, a late night buffet and celebratory cupcake tower are made available.
All in all, as the wedding day of Dan and Danielle comes to an end, our crew made sure to capture all the happiness and love that filled the air, so that indeed, this day was one that everyone will remember.”
Bride Getting Ready Location: Old Mills Inn | 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto
Church: Morningside High Park Presbyterian | 4 Morningside Ave, Toronto
Reception: St. George’s Golf and Country Club | 1668 Islington Avenue, Etobicoke
DJ: KoolTempo Dj Service, Dave Sen
Photographer: Purple Tree Photography | Purpletree.ca
All photos courtesy of Purple Tree Photography | Purpletree.ca
On Saturday, November 30th, Tommy & Kathleen hired our open concept photobooth for their wedding reception at the Shangri-la Banquet Hall & Convention Centre. (50 Esna Dr PK, Markham, ON) Everyone at the wedding reception really enjoyed our photobooth and they all received a printout of their wedding photobooth photos.
Here are the highlight photos from our open concept photobooth.
First and foremost, Jacqueline & Shane were a very laid back couple and they were a pleasure to work with. They were both very easy going and were very comfortable in front of our cameras when we were videographing them throughout the day.
On Friday, October 11, we traveled to Hamilton for the third time this year to videograph Jacqueline & Shane’s wedding. We started at 10:30AM in the morning and our team arrived separately at Hamilton & Stoney Creek to film Jacqueline & Shane getting ready in the morning. The weather was perfect and the sunlight looked amazing reflecting on the country scenery. As per our suggestion, Jacqueline & Shane decided to exchange wedding gifts to each other in the morning. We made sure to capture all of the details of those emotional moments.
At around 2PM, we traveled to the Royal Botanical Gardens (680 Plains Rd West, Burlington) for the wedding ceremony. The ceremony started at 3:30PM and lasted only for 30 minutes. What really touched our heart was listening to Jacqueline & Shane exchanging their wedding vowels which they wrote for each other. It was also a very heart warming moment to see Shane cry as he first saw Jacqueline walking down the isle.
After the wedding ceremony ended, we did a bit of wedding photos & creative video session at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario. At around 5PM, we traveled to the Waterfront Centre located in Hamilton (555 Bay St) for the wedding reception. Jacqueline & Shane and the rest of the wedding party made their entrance at 6PM in the evening. There were many memorable speeches in the evening, one of the bridesmaid even performed a rap song during her speech.
The night ended with the couple, the wedding party and guests dancing the night away.
One of the minor details of the day that caught our eyes was the wedding schedule created by the wedding co-coordinator Jenna Humphrey. We wrote an article about it on an earlier wedding videography blog post which you can read here.
Here is the wedding highlight video that we made for Jacqueline and Shane’s wedding that took place in Hamilton.
Photographer: Robin Zhang | Robin Zhang Photography
Officiant: Colleen Hyslop
Make Up Artists: Jessica Biggly
Limo & Transportation: Yorkville Limo, Hamilton Limo
On November 23rd, 2013, we had the distinct pleasure of filming Gita & Edward’s wedding in Toronto and providing them with our photo booth service for their wedding reception at the Panorama Lounge (55 Bloor St W, Toronto). On the wedding day, we experienced a heavy snowstorm in the morning but the weather cleared up as the day progressed. Both Gita & Edward slept overnight at the Sheraton Hotel (123 Queen St W, Toronto) in downtown Toronto.
During the morning preparation, Gita had hired Shirley Wu from Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu for her bridal makeup. After everyone was ready, we went to the 2nd floor of the Sheraton Hotel for the Hindu wedding ceremony. The Hindu ceremony last for over 2 hours and then we immediately started the Korean Pyebaek ceremony. It was a very eventful wedding as Gita had a Hindu background and Edward’s background was Korean, so it was necessary to schedule two different wedding ceremonies on the same day.
Once the ceremonies were done at around 7PM in the evening, we traveled to Panorama Lounge to setup the photobooth for the wedding reception party. With over 150 guests, everyone had a turn to take photos at our open concept photobooth. Throughout the evening, there was a lot of dancing, drinking, mingling, and Edward even performed a rap song for Gita.
We also ran into our friend Kevin Lam from Kevin Lam Photography who was just a guests at the wedding.
Here are some of the photos that our open concept photobooth took during Edward & Gita’s wedding reception.
Reception Venue: Panorama Lounge | 55 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Photographer: Kenneth Chou
DJ: Dennis Kam-Thong
Hinduo Ceremony Officiant: Kishore Jani
Makeup Artists: Shirley Wu | Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu
Limo: 5 Star Limo
On Saturday August 31st we were hired to film Tamara & Daniel’s wedding at the Avenue Banquet Hall, located at 1600 Steeles Avenue West in Toronto. Earlier in July this year, Tamara & Daniel had first inquired about our wedding photobooth, but later they decided to book us to film their wedding.
The wedding day started with the bride & groom getting ready at separate locations. Although the weather was a bit cloudy, we were still able to capture some beautiful colors throughout the entire day of the wedding. At around 12PM noon, Daniel along with his wedding party, drove to Tamara’s location to pick her up for the wedding portrait photo session. The wedding photoshoot took place at Kiwanis Park (Main St and Peel Village Pkwy). We finished the wedding photoshoot session at around 2PM and began to travel to the wedding ceremony venue.
The wedding ceremony & reception took place at the same venue, The Avenue Banquet Hall at 1600 Steeles Avenue West. The ceremony started at around 3PM in the afternoon and last for about 30 minutes. After the ceremony was over, we traveled to G Ross Lord Park for more wedding photos with the family. The cocktail hours for the wedding reception started at 6PM. The reception program for the evening started when Daniel & Tamara made their wedding entrance at 7PM in the evening.
The rest of the evening included speeches from the parents, the best man, and the maid of honor. There was also the traditional father & daughter dance, the mother & son dance, and of course the bride and groom’s first dance. After desserts were served, everyone got onto the dance floor and that was the beginning of the evening dancing party. We had a great time filming Tamara & Daneil’s wedding. We were able to videograph a lot of emotional moments and laughter throughout this memorable day.
Here is the wedding highlight video that we made for Tamara & Daniel’s wedding that took place in Toronto.
Photographer: David Morris
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. Bice DD. CD. KGSJ
Make Up Artists: Truth Miller
Friday November 15th was Bianca’s sweet 16th birthday party. To celebrate this special occasion her parents hosted a birthday party at the Julius Banquet Hall (2201 Finch Ave. West) where all of her friends and classmates were invited to attend. Bianca and her friends really enjoyed our photobooth and throughout the evening they kept coming back to take more photos. A lot of them also took selfies with our life sized stand up Obama and Bear poster boards.
Here are some of the photos that we took from our open concept photobooth.
On Saturday, August 24th, 2013, we had the pleasure of attending and videographing James & Kamila’s wedding. We were really excited to film this wedding because this was our first time filming a Polish wedding.
The day started at 7 in the morning with Kamila getting her makeup & hair done at Donato’s in Square One Mississauga. While Kamila was getting ready, the groom & his groomsmen were preparing at James’ apartment. Once Kamila was done, she went back to her mother’s house to put on her beautiful wedding dress. At around 11AM, the groom & the groomesmen also arrived at Kamila’s mother’s house. After everyone settled down from all the excitement, the Bride & Groom started the Polish Blessing Ritual from the parents. Once the Polish wedding rituals were done, we traveled to the St. Maximilian Kolbe Church for the wedding ceremony. (4260 Cawthra Road Mississauga)
The wedding ceremony lasted for over a hour and it was followed by weddings portraits with friends and family at the Church. At around 2PM, the wedding party traveled to Kleinburg Historic Railway Station (Main Street Kleinburg) for more wedding photos. While at the Kleinburg Historic Railway Station, we set aside 20 minutes to shoot a quick wedding skit which you can see in the wedding highlight video that we made. (Posted below)
When the wedding photos were done, we traveled to The Manor (16750 Weston Road, Kettleby) for the wedding reception. For their wedding entrance, James & Kamila did a very funny fishing hook dance. We really enjoyed the food from the reception, we had a three course meal catered by the talented chefs at The Manor, there was a dessert table and Pierogi (Polish Dumplings) was served at the end of the night. We also really enjoyed the Polish wedding atmosphere as there was a lot of drinking and a live band performing throughout the evening.
What was really heartwarming about the wedding was that James mentioned in his speech that he had a dream the day before where he turned old. In his dream, he was separated from Kamila by the nurses at the retirement home and they had to live at different rooms. He was terrified at the thought of being seperated from the woman who he loves so much and so dearly.
What a fantastic wedding!!! Once again, we were very honored to be part of James & Kamila’s wedding and having the privilege of filming all the important moments.
Photographer Information: Marcin Moka
DJ Service Information: Sonet Band