Heather and Leo threw an elegant, beautiful and intimate wedding on a Sunday afternoon. The ceremony took place on the gorgeous grounds of the Prague Restaurant in Toronto and the reception was held inside.
Photography by Nika and Dušan
Today we found the most beautiful referral letter on the Discussion Board of our Facebook Group.
Suchart and I had our marriage ceremony and wedding party on June 20, 2009. It was one of the happiest days for us. We really enjoyed our wedding day. This was partly due to the professional, friendly and outstanding work of Nika and Dusan.
From the beginning - the booking - to the end - receiving our photos, Nika and Dusan were clear in their process and respectful of our style and wishes.
Suchart - a Master martial artist - and me - a professor - have distinct styles and characters and we wanted these respected and represented in our photographs. Nika and Dusan understood our style and needs, and more importantly respected and celebrated our uniqueness and personalities.
Reliable, sensitive, and exceptionally skilled - we received the most beautiful photos and had so much fun in the process. Nika and Dusan make an amazing team - one took photos close up, while the other found the most interesting angles. One took candids, while the other spent time taking structured, well framed family portraits. We were so pleased. For us, their strengths were in capturing the emotions of the day - people’s expressions - and key moments between people. Our photos were not just photos - so many of them were creatively artistic.
The only challenge we had was deciding which of the photos to enlarge - they were ALL amazing!
We strongly recommend Nika and Dusan as photographers for any occasion. Their work is stellar and their style is professional yet personal… a perfect combination for your special day.
Yiola and Suchart
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: