One of the many things we love about working and living in Toronto for us here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography and cinematography group, is the boundless plethora of peoples and cultures we have the utmost pleasure in working with. Every event seems like a step into different worlds, an immersion into a whole new culture each time. So on November 8th, 2014, we were utmost proud to prepare and partake in an auspicious wedding day photobooth for Gav & Sujana, a South Asian couple who had their wedding’s reception and celebration at Brampton’s Chandni Grand Banquet Hall, one of a handful of South Asian-themed banquet halls we’ve come across here in the GTA. For our specially prepared photobooth setup for Gav & Sujani, we had offered two photobooth printout profiles and Sujani herself had opted to write personal notes for each of the printout covers we had distributed for the guests, a special gesture in itself from celebrant to guest. From the several photobooth preview pictures we have featured you can markedly tell the difference in attitudes between the young folk and the older generations, yet despite that, a unified feeling of celebration was undoubtedly on everyone’s mind throughout the evening. Feel free to peruse a few of our favorite shots from Gav & Sujani’s wedding day photobooth gallery below.
Cheryl & Duane’s wedding gathering and celebration just this weekend on November 1st, 2014 at the gorgeous Venetian Banquet Centre in Vaughan was a sight to behold for us here at SDE Weddings, Toronto’s premier wedding videography, cinematography and photobooth group. Mostly through witnessing how our creative collaboration with Cheryl & Duane to make their perfect wedding day photobooth layout and experience came to full fruition to make an unforgettable night for the couple and their guests. A custom design for Cheryl & Duane’s photobooth printout was made in advance by our graphics design specialists, who used a handy layout based on Cheryl & Duane’s invitation cards which were sent to their guests prior. An excellent design choice that ties in the initial surprise of an invitation, with the final experience of the wedding’s jovial after-ceremony celebration with a photobooth printout. All together, we offered two different printing profiles for Cheryl & Duane, one specifically for the cocktail reception and the other to suit the rest of the evening’s celebration. A perfect arrangement for those who want a simple wedding day memorabilia, to those who want a bit more prop-fueled flavour to their festivities. To yet invoke a curious running theme, for those who’ve followed our various photobooth escapades, we had met Cheryl & Duane just a few months prior on August 8th, 2014 through our work with a previous couple, Sherry & Shawn, whose wedding videography, cinematography and photobooth we had adamantly provided. In the end, our photobooth experts aren’t ones to disappoint, providing a full five hour photobooth service for Cheryl & Duane’s guests till well into the evening. Judging from the preview photos below, you can see just how much fun everyone had. No surprise for us, of course. We’ve had plenty of practice.
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.
“When I look back later in the future, I want to know and remember how much fun people had”, a simple request from Mariam in handling the filming and videography for her wedding day, resonates a humble and sincere wish to have this timeless token of a wonderful wedding day handled as perfect as possible. We at SDE Weddings know all too well the magnitude of importance our work is to the overjoyed newlyweds as a means to reflect on happier days, on a lifetime’s milestone, on the days their lives were made complete. Indeed, for Mariam and Andrew, a young Ghanaian couple from Toronto, a token of remembrance of such a magnanimous occasion meant to them a milestone made immemorial. The two were wed in a very personal ceremony in Mariam’s residence, followed by a lively reception at the Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre. For us here in Toronto’s premier wedding videography and cinematography group, a humble request like Mariams’ is made no simple a feat, in particular, by a request for the wedding day to be filmed from beginning to end in all its entirety. Our wedding videographers, however, are ever up to the challenge, and with the end reward of bringing a smile to Mariam and Andrews’ faces, for us, there is no greater an achievement.
Mariam and Andrew both immigrated from the Ashanti region of Ghana, yet would find and complete each other in a serendipitous meeting nearly halfway across the globe here in Toronto, and it no doubt serves our pleasure as wedding videographers to play a part in our first traditional East African wedding. Our videographers began their storytelling journey with the bride and groom’s steadfast preparations on the morning of the wedding day. Bride and groom each opted for a conventional western ensemble for their wedding, and once everything was fit and perfect, the bride’s family eagerly welcomed Andrew and his relatives to their abode to begin the ceremony. Under the imam’s blessing, Mariam and Andrew were joined as husband and wife by a ritual prayer, which traces back to ancient Ghana’s adoption of Islam many centuries before.
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
The 1871 Berkeley Church is one of SDE Weddings‘ all-time favourite wedding settings for videography and cinematography in Toronto’s downtown, and one particular wedding that drew us in and made us fall in love with the quaint intimacy of the oft-eschewed ‘small scale’ wedding celebration was that of Michelle and Robert, a couple who were wed on November 2nd, 2013. Michelle and Roberts’ vows to one another were enough to warm even the coldest of autumn days, and made for a fantastic wedding reception and celebration to capture on film.
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.
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.
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
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