Michelle and Erique’s
Two Day Wedding
Filmed by: Dušan and Kosta
Edited by: Dušan
Studio Family Portrait Session
Photography by: Dušan
June 20, 2009
Yiola and Suchart’s Wedding
Photography by Nika and Dušan
Yiola and Suchart threw an intimate wedding for their very closest family and friends. The ceremony took place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church located in the centre of Toronto.
The candles symbolize the spiritual willingness of the couple to receive Christ who will bless them throughout this sacrament.
The exchange of the rings signifies that in married life, the weaknesses of the one partner will be compensated for by the strength of the other.
The bride and groom are honoured and glorified as husband and wife as king and queen or their own dominion - the home and family, which they will rule with wisdom, justice and integrity.
On our way to the reception, we made a quick stop at Toronto’s Harbourfront in order to take a few photos.
The reception was held at the gorgeous Toula Restaurant on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.
It’s great to be able to photograph the way family members interact with each other. This session was full of love, laughter and happiness.
Maternity sessions are usually very private and intimate experiences for couples. One of the things we often recommend is taking some photos without clothing or with very little clothing in order to fully focus on the pregnant belly. On the day of your shoot, it is important not to wear tight elastics or any attire that may leave marks on your body. Here are some of our favourite photographs from Chantal and Anselm’s maternity photo shoot.
Amy-Lyn and Andy
May 24, 2009
Kariya Park, Mississauga
Photography by Nika and Dušan
Lidija and Nick’s Wedding
Photography by Nika
On May 23rd, we shot Lidija and Nick’s gorgeous wedding. We started at the bride’s family farm in Stouffville, Ontario. The reason Lidija chose to get married in May was because she wanted to have photos taken in the apple orchard. We’re so happy that she did:
In Macedonian tradition, the mother of the bride throws money and sweets above the bride’s head as she leaves her parents’ home to go to the church ceremony:
The wedding ceremony was held at St. Dimitrija Slolunski Macedonian Orthodox Church in Markham, Ontario.
Lidija and Nick’s wedding program had thorough explanations of all the symbolism of a Macedonian Orthodox wedding ceremony. Many people wonder why it is an Orthodox tradition to crown the bride and groom. Here is the explanation that was inside the wedding program:
The crowning is the high point of the service, the ultimate expression of the spiritual reality of the sacrament. The Bride and Groom are “honoured” and “glorified” as Husband and Wife, as King and Queen of their own dominion — the home and family, which they will rule with wisdom, justice and integrity.
When the crowning takes place, the Priest takes the crowns and holds them above the couple and says, “the servant of God, Nicholas, is being married to the handmaiden of God, Lidija, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
The beautiful bride:
The reception was held at the beautiful Bellvue Manor in Woodbridge, Ontario.
The reception began with a Pig Dance:
The pig dance is commonly performed by the males in the wedding party and any relatives or friends with enough courage to “perform” in front of the guests. The band begins to play the song “Ajde Kume, Kume” (which means “Come on godfather, godfather…”) and those performing the dance begin to enter the area, one of which carries the baked pig attractively dressed with other foods. Many are clothed in various Macedonian costumes, most in modern times simply take off their jackets, raise their pants and tie various cloths around their legs, head, and arms. Most are holding bottles of wine, and forks and knives to cut the pig with. As they enter the area where the kum and kuma are seated they dance and yell, offering them their meal in exchange for money. They also offer wine to the kum and continue to sing, dance and whistle. It is also at this point that many other guests also contribute to the meal in exchange for a piece of the pig’s meat.
It is not until the bearers of the pig (ie. the ones carrying it) are satisfied that the kum has sufficiently paid for his meal that they leave the room ending the dance. (http://forum.stirpes.net/98359-post10.html)
Many other traditional dances are performed, such as the bread dance and dances that honour each close member of the family. This is every wedding photojournalists dream: