Toronto Orthodox Wedding – Michael and Suzi

My best friend Michael got married in Toronto, and the best part of it all was that my husband and I came out to support them – and I had the great joy of being a part of their wedding in a very special way by photographing it. My husband and I packed up and took off to Toronto for a week, where we helped Michael and Suzi with preparations and stayed in their new apartment while we enjoyed Toronto. My favourite part of the week was when we went to the flower market area at Avenue Road and Davenport Road in Toronto where five florist stores had nearly every flower you could imagine on display –  Suzi picked out her own flowers with a bit of help from me and a few days later with help from Michael’s twin sister we put together bouquets and boutonnieres ourselves and they turned out beautifully. Michael and Suzi also made their own crowns for their uniquely devout Orthodox wedding service.

When the wedding day came, we had a grand reveal of the bride to the nervous groom at the house where the Bride grew up where her Mother sang a traditional Romanian wedding song as she helped Suzi get ready, and then we went out to the spring blossoms of the city and the extremely fun Kensington Market provided a great backdrop of excellent graffiti walls and market stalls in an old and beautiful area. We then took a few more formals and family photos at the lovely Sunnybrook Park – which was an estate in the late 1800’s. Their solemn and beautiful wedding at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church included their hand-woven crowns to symbolize their eternal grace in heaven, handbinding to symbolize that all their actions would affect the other, and being led around the altar to symbolize the martyrdom they undertook by entering the service of marriage. It was my first experience taking photographs in a more conservative house of worship, and I felt very privileged to be allowed on the platform near the altar to capture the faces of the bride and groom as they entered marriage together – in an Orthodox ceremony, the couple faces the altar throughout. The reception, also at St. George’s, was opulent and exciting, with delicious food and a lovely atmosphere of friendship. We sat with some of the couple’s friends from Toronto and talked about theology and desserts and other fun topics!

There’s nothing like seeing someone you love marry someone you really like to have around – and that was the case for me at this wedding. Great food, great fellowship, and a wonderful day – enjoy!

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