Natalie + Daniel’s wedding was my first Russian-Jewish wedding and did they ever set the bar high! It was a day full of smiles, laughter, tears, tradition, love, rain, dancing, drinks, food, dancing, food and more dancing! It was definitely one for the books! I knew it was going to be a good one when a couple days earlier at their rehearsal they said they trust us and to just do our thing on the day of, from that point even the downpour of rain couldn’t bring down our spirits.
The morning of their wedding, Francis hung out with the guys at Dan’s brother’s beautiful house where there was no shortage of shots and cigars, boys will be boys lol.
Meanwhile Gary and I were at Paramount, watching Marsha and Ceilidh work their magic on the girls. The guys may have had their share of shots and cigars but I’m sure it was no comparison to the amount of energy and excitement the girls had, it was infectious that’s for sure!To say Nat was stunning was an understatement!It’s tradition for Jewish couples to see each other before the ceremony so we setup a sweet little reveal for them and they were both beaming from ear to ear.We headed over to Kleinburg for the creatives, the closer we got the darker the clouds got, we basically ended up driving into the storm. Moments after this photo was taken it started raining and we ran for cover. We did have a back-up location for rain but we liked the area so much that we stuck around and the rain provided a wonderfully different backdrop.These two are so in love 🙂The Bedeken ceremony which is the Jewish version of signing all the legal papers and making it official happens before the actual ceremony where they walk down the aisle. At the end of the Bedeken ceremony, the groom is the one to cover his bride with the veil, so that he’s the first one to see her face when he lifts it up for the first time during the ceremony. I thought that was so sweet and it was really cute when everyone was saying “bye” to Nat when Dan put the veil over her hehe.Mazel-Tov 🙂They started the night off with a traditional Horah. They had warned me that at this point it would be a free for all and they weren’t kidding! I’m not quite sure how we managed to survive the crowd but we did! I also knew that part of the Horah involves the bride and groom being lifted up above the crowd on chairs, I was scared for Nat but she did amazing, everyone landed back on the ground safely.The only time during the night when things slowed down a bit was during their first dance, they are just way too sweet together, the whole room was just in awe watching the two of them.Nat + Dan, congrats again! I know it wasn’t ideal to have to look for another photographer when your initial photographer could no longer shoot your wedding but I think it worked out pretty good in the end 😉 I’m so happy to have met you two and gotten to know the both of you over the last year! I felt your amazing chemistry with each other the first time we met and I knew that your wedding would be nothing short of unforgettable! I wish you guys lots of love and happiness in your future together and keep giving each those perfect kisses 🙂 Have an amazing time in Greece, can’t wait to hear about it.
Photography | Heidi, Francis + Gary
Venue | Paramount
Wedding Planner + Make-up | Marsha Baker
Hair Stylist | Ceilidh Costello
Band | Rhythm Kings
Rabbi | Steven Schonblum
Videography | Level Studio – Gord