The summer season has always had love in the air. With the passing of spring and the symbolic beginning of new life comes the blossoming of many beautiful scenes under the sun. And through many spotless summer skies, our wedding videographers and cinematographers here at SDE Weddings®, Toronto’s premier wedding videography, cinematography, and photobooth group, have spent years documenting many couples choosing a perfect summer day to be their wedding day. One such special couple was Peter & Paula, a young couple of Korean and Filipino backgrounds respectively, finding themselves and each other amidst the multicultural mosaic of Canada. The truly special couple held their summer season wedding day on June 8th, 2018 in a brilliant ceremony and celebration held at the Oakview Terrace Reception Centre, a breathtaking countryside wedding venue in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto, and a first foray for our videographers and cinematographers to this rather impressive event space. Having filmed many multicultural weddings over the years, our videographers and cinematographers have always held the belief that true love can bloom regardless of who you are or where you’re from. Indeed, there’s always a beautiful love story to be found, and our videographers and cinematographers would love nothing more than to share such touchingly beautiful love stories with the world. So join us as we recall some of our most treasured memories from our work with Peter & Paula on their summer season multicultural wedding day.
Sometimes the best love stories are those that start the earliest. A childhood crush, a lifelong friendship, and ultimately an unbroken vow for those that are – quite literally – meant for each other. For us here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography, cinematography and photo-booth group, such fancifully romantic tales are the perfect stories we’ve always loved to film and feature. Such is the story of Diana & Kevin, two childhood friends from kindergarten that began dating a decade ago and have finally chosen to tie the knot just this past September 3rd, 2016 in a beautiful ceremony and reception at the University of Toronto’s historic Hart House Centre. Kevin, who’s Korean, and Diana, who’s Chinese, had chosen a cross-cultural motif for their wedding day; an homage to both heritages, and an absolute pleasure to film for our videographers and cinematographers. A truly particularly special couple to work with, our videographers and cinematographers had also went the extra mile by incorporating several scenic shots of the couple in and around the grounds of their old elementary school; a beautifully nostalgic gesture perfectly planned and placed on the couple’s wedding day. So join us as we recall our wonderful time filming for Diana & Kevin on a day that remains both nostalgic and unforgettable. What is also special about this wedding is that Diana is Rainbow Chan’s cousin. Rainbow Chan is a Toronto Wedding Planner & Coordinator that we often collaborate with, and we want to thank Rainbow Chan for referring us for her own cousin’s wedding.
“All that glitters is not gold” is what the old proverb says. Indeed, the love of your family and friends is brighter than any treasure life can give, and the shimmer of gold must be symbolic of such a treasured bond. That’s why it was very special for us here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography, cinematography and photobooth group, to be a part of Sang & Min’s wedding celebration just this past March 13, 2015 at the beautiful Paradise Banquet Hall in Vaughan. From what we had gathered, our work ultimately shined through in providing our trademark photobooth service to the couples’ friends and family. Staying true to our word, and slightly to be fashionable, our photobooth staff had supplied a specially ordered golden sequin backdrop as per request of Sang & Min. The result, as you can preview below, was something to be truly treasured, if not for the beautiful custom layout and backgrounds, but in the unforgettable smiles and happiest memories shared between loved ones on the most special of special days for Sang & Min. You can peruse our specially chosen snapshots in the gallery below.
Date: March 13th, 2015
Venue: Paradise Banquet Hall | 7601 Jane St, Vaughan, ON L4K 1X2 | (416) 661-6612
SDE Weddings’ videographers and cinematographers took a much needed break from doing video work this March 1st 2014, and instead were focused on a rather unique task, setting up and running a photobooth for a wedding day celebration. Michelle and David, a Korean couple from Toronto, requested us for our photobooth services for their wedding day reception, and with our extensive experience with handling wedding day events, coupled with dozens of completed photobooths for various companies and events, a gig like this was right up our alley. With an already exquisite reception setup at The Royalton hotel in Woodbridge, our photobooth was simple icing on the cake for the wedding guests to enjoy. Our dedicated photobooth staff were available for all the memorable snapshots throughout the evening, and given the plentiful smiles in the following sample photographs, there is no doubt that our presence at Michelle and David’s wedding celebration made the celebrants all the more happier in commemorating such an unforgettable evening. Share in all the wedding day cheer with a few of our choice snapshots below.
Date: March 1st, 2014
Location: The Royalton, 8201 Weston Road, Woodbridge, ON, Canada
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
Hindu Ceremony Officiant: Kishore Jani
Makeup Artists: Shirley Wu | Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu
Limo: 5 Star Limo
Time for a lovely historical tale. During ancient times, the Korean peninsula and the Korean people had been split into several kingdoms after many generations since being formed, as many ancient people were, through a legendary lineage lost in antiquity. One of the smaller kingdoms, called “Gaya” situated in modern-day South Korea, finds its creation through a very curious tale of a visitor from far-off lands descending onto the land of the morning calm. Legend has it that a young maiden princess from the distant country of “Ayuta” arrived in what would become the “Gaya confederacy” and married a fabled king named “Suro” who would soon ascend in rank to be the first king of the land of Gaya, one of the ancient founding kingdoms of Korea. The young princess became historically known as Heo Hwang-ok, and her home country of “Ayuta” is traceable to the ancient Indian kingdom of Ayodhya, which still exists in India as a Hindu holy city near the Nepalese border.
Last Sunday (November 10) was a very special day for Selena & Ben, it was the day where the lovely couple decided to tie the knot as husband and wife at the St. Andrew’s Church downtown. After their wedding ceremony was over, they traveled to the Country Club (20 Lloyd Street) for their Korean wedding ceremony and their wedding reception. With over 150 in attendances, they had guests that flew in from Korean, the United States and various other parts of the world. The president of Korea is a close family friend of the Bride’s parents and shipped flowers to the wedding as his gift to the newly wedded couple. We were very lucky to be invited to Ben & Selena’s wedding. They had asked us to film their wedding and capture all the memorable details. In their wedding reception, we also had the opportunity to setup our photobooth for their wedding guests.
Here are some the photos that our photobooth took during Selena & Ben’s wedding reception at The Country Club. We congratulate Selena & Ben once again on their wedding.
Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew’s Church | 73 Simcoe Street
Reception Venue: The Country Club | 20 Lloyd Street
Photographer: Sam Obeid
Officiant: Reverend William Ingram
Makeup Artists: Maggie Ng
After filming several Korean weddings this year in Toronto, we began to understand the symbolic meaning behind all the Korean wedding customs.
The paebaek (폐백) is an ancient Korean wedding tradition intended for the bride to pay her respects to the groom’s family. In this process, she is officially accepted into the groom’s family. The bowing in the ceremony process represents her responsibility and devotion to her new family.
The bride and groom will bow together to the groom’s parents and relatives. They will take turns sitting in front of a table to receive the bows from the couple. The groom’s parents will receive two full bows (or more) and a half bow. Relatives will receive one full bow and a half bow.
The Serving of the Tea
After each bowing, the couple serves tea to their elders. The bride holds the tea cup with her hands under the long apron as the groom pours the tea. A relative or a close friend will assist with the serving of the tea to the elders.
The Words of Wisdom
The elders will sip the tea and offer the couple words of wisdom and blessings.
The Catching of Dates and Chestnuts
The bride and groom will extend the long apron and the elders receiving the bows will toss dates and chestnuts to the couple. The couple will try to catch them. This ritual is meant for the couple to have many healthy children.
Bowing in Unison with Siblings
After all the elders have been bowed to, siblings of a similar age or younger will bow together with the bride and groom.
The Piggyback Ride
The ceremony concludes with the groom giving his bride and a piggyback ride around the table, a gesture of his everlasting devotion and love for her throughout their life. The groom may also give his mother and mother-in-law piggyback rides.