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.
From inter-faith to inter-cultural, life and love intertwined together has the power to transcend all barriers and boundaries. We here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography, cinematography and photo booth group, know this message all too well. So in working with Kristin & Tommy in filming their wondrous wedding day set on the bright summer day of July 5th, 2014, we are reminded of love’s lasting power to unite people, and just how paramount our passions can be in bringing people together. In an inter-faith ceremony of both Buddhist and Christian tradition, Kristin & Tommy, a Filipino and Vietnamese couple, were wed in a sentimental setting between their most precious loved ones, and held a lovely gathering at Markham’s Casa Victoria restaurant to celebrate and enjoy one of the most beautiful moments of their lives. We were privileged to spend their wonderful wedding day with them, and more so honoured to provide the full footage of their unforgettable day. Scroll further to learn more about Kristin & Tommy, their inter-faith and inter-cultural wedding, and the memorable marriage celebration afterwards.
Faranak and Ayaaz, two prospective doctors and avid movie goers, were an absolute delight to work with for us here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s top wedding videography and cinematography company. Not only from the way the two were always brimming with positivity and shared an ever abundant love for one another, but through their openness, humour and above all a love of life that we knew that these two were among the brightest couples that we’ve ever set our sights on. Unique in our work with weddings, Faranak and Ayaaz had requested a special engagement video, where the couples’ love of film and interest in videography bonded with our very own. In midst of our studio’s green screen, the couple, along with their closest friends and loved ones, recreated a few of Hollywood’s most iconic scenes in a rather haphazardly humorous way, all with the running gag of Faranak and Ayaaz’s upcoming wedding celebration. Our work with the two would further culminate in a festive wedding weekend on May 30th and June 1st, 2014, at the familiar steps of Toronto’s ever luxurious Liberty Grand. Scroll further to learn more about Faranak and Ayaaz, their engagement’s green screen gregariousness and the beautiful weekend wedding ceremony and celebration that followed.
For Tanya and Nick, two best friends at the prime of their lives, the consummation and culmination of their years of friendship in a perfect wedding day was a journey far from simple status quo. Something we here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography and cinematography company, can well enough relate to. Tanya, a spirited Portuguese brunette; and Nick, whose namesake is short form for the Greek ‘Nikolaos’ meaning ‘victory’ reflects his heritage succinctly, met just short of eight years ago as young university students at a pivotal crossroad in both their lives. The two served as a source of support for one another, through thick and thin, and would soon develop an insurmountable bond that stood steadily through many of life’s tests. Such a bond would endure another hurdle on May 24, 2014, in the form of their final moments as mere friends and their first as husband and wife. In a dual ceremony alternately held at St. John Bosco Church and All Saints Church celebrating both Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox religious tradition respectively, Tanya and Nick faithfully accepted each other’s call to be one another’s soul-mates and partners in the path of life. Tanya and Nick’s fateful first evening as newlyweds would finalize in an all-inclusive luxury reception at Bayview’s aptly named Grand Luxe Event Boutique, and all the many timeless memories of the evening were captured by our videography and cinematography crew in among the most elegant and simply stated weddings we’ve filmed thus far. Scroll below to watch Tanya and Nick’s wedding highlight reel and learn more delightful details about their special day.
Simple, elegant, austere and perfect. These few words and their grander meanings sum up in entirety the wedding day of Janice and Owen, a young couple whose wedding we filmed this past month on May 10, 2014, with ceremony at St. Gabriel Catholic Parish and a Victorian reception at Casa Imperial. Janice, a native of Toronto, had met Owen, a student of Mathematics, whilst studying English Literature in the UK. The two, clearly drawn to each other through their intellectual pursuits, found themselves as complements of one another, and discovering together an unbounded emotion whose depth is greater than the uncountably infinite, and whose breadth is wider than any Shakespearean exposition could ever encapsulate. We here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography and cinematography group, are ever enamoured by the profundity of how something as simple as the ‘union of two’ rooted in marriage can transcend the transcendental, rationalize the irrational, and fill in the disparate gaps of a continuum incomplete. Such was our sentiment of Janice and Owen’s minimalist approach to their wedding day itinerary, of which serves but one half of two ceremonies, the other being held in England wherein our work for them would be played back for Owen’s family and friends. In that sense, it’s no stretch of a metaphor to say that for the young couple and their wedding wishes, that ‘all the world’s a stage’ for the ceremony whose significance completes Janice and Owen’s lives as one.
One of the greatest transitions in life is the passing from adolescence to adulthood, and at the young age of twenty-five, Sarah and Ellis chose to make the jump from simply being young professionals at the budding stage of their working lives onto a fulfilling life of love in marriage. Ellis, a bookworm in his own right, with a masters in management and accounting, met the love of his life, Sarah, once a subject to his tutelage while TA’ing for one of Sarah’s senior-year accounting classes. Only a year apart in schooling at University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, Sarah was poised to complete her undergraduate studies whilst Ellis only begun his masters program. It is through this tumultuous transitional sea of sacrifice and schoolwork that the two would form a lasting bond that would buoy them to the shining shores of a marriage made complete. We at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s top wedding videographer and cinematography company, were immediately drawn to the youthful enthusiasm shared by the two, especially throughout the wedding celebrations, and were well honored to handle all the media work for such a special day in their lives.
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.
Toronto is famous worldwide for its unique multicultural atmosphere. Often boasting its status as the most multicultural major city in the world, among other accolades as ranking among the highest in standards of living and a near-utopian culture of tolerance and acceptance of immigrant traditions that mold together into a cohesive social structure. Toronto is like a miniature UN, so to say. That’s why we were very pleased as Toronto’s premier wedding videography & cinematography company to film Sabrina and Ranvir’s wedding, a couple whose love transcends yet envelops culture and religion both. Sabrina, a christian of the Church of the Nazarene congregation, and Ranvir, an ardent Sikh belonging to the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat, are an extraordinary couple indeed, yet who met ironically in rather ordinary circumstances. The two were introduced during high school, and began dating soon after graduation. The classic story of teenage lovers, their bond soon grew as time went on, till both finally decided on a lifelong commitment to one another, going above and beyond cultural and religious barriers, as love often has the power to. The couple were married in a two day celebration on August 16th and 17th of 2013, in both Christian and Sikh wedding traditions, where which well over 400 guests were in attendance. A rather extravagant reception for an extraordinary duo to say the least.
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