S and J were excited to have a very downtown Toronto wedding. They met lindy hop swing dancing, as you may recall from their engagement photos. They incorporated loads of fun cultural elements into their celebration and some goofy ones too. I was thrilled to see the unique and wonderful Medusa band when I arrived. They provided a beautiful soundtrack for the ceremony and cocktail hour on the fiddle, cello, and nyckelharpa.
The officiant was a progressive Christian minister who incorporated Islam on her side and Judaism on his.
Before she waltzed down the aisle, S surprised J by having one of their friends dress up as a lion and sneak up behind him as the band played music from the Lion King! At the reception, they Lindy Hopped their first dance, did a choreographed Bollywood style dance, had a Balfolk dance lesson and several Balfolk dances that followed, and of course, they did the hora!
One of the things I love most about being a Toronto wedding photographer is getting to experience so many wonderful cultures!
The festivities began with a Mehndi (henna party), which was great as I got to meet some of the other guests first and get my own henna done.