Gorgeous Orthodox Jewish Wedding at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto
Olivia and Mitch had their Jewish wedding at the very elegant Royal York Hotel in Toronto. They picked me as their wedding photographer after seeing me photograph at their friends wedding at the Gardiner Museum. I could not imagine a sweeter couple. The love in the air from both families was truly palpable. Not only was it a really emotional day, but it was a serious party! These two know how to have a good time. By the end of the night they could barely stand up. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness!
I love this picture for a reason most will not notice. On the right side of the image is the grooms Kittel which he will wear during the chuppah ceremony. The bride and groom in a traditional Jewish ceremony will not have seen each other for a week before the weeding. So I love that Mitch is represented in this photograph too. This is also the room where the ceremony will be.
This picture has since become known as the Oceans 11 picture. I’m not sure what it is about it, perhaps it screams young Clooney, or perhaps it looks like he just knows something. Either way very cool!
Here Mitch is wearing one of the coolest jackets I’ve ever seen. It is actually what his father wore at his wedding. It goes to show that good fashion never goes out o style.
If that was the Oceans 11 shot this might be the Armageddon shot.
As good as Mitch looks on the piano I think what really sells this photo is Shaun (his brother) in the background.
In an Orthodox Jewish wedding the Men and women first have separate ceremonies called the Tisch and the Kabbalat Panim. This photo is just before the signing of the Ketubah the Jewish Wedding Contract. I love all the emotion in this photo! Not to mention the equally cool glasses they each have.
As part of the Tisch the two mothers come in and break a plate to foreshadow the breaking of the glass at the end of the wedding ceremony. There are other meanings for this too but needless to say it’s a great tradition.
The men now march out of the Tisch so that Mitch can see his bride for the first time and pull over her veil. He might be getting a little emotional here.
When it comes to Toronto wedding photography the Royal York hotel is pretty hard to beat as a classic venue, it just has so much going on.
I really think the longer the aisle you have to walk down the more emotional it is. I love photographing over the shoulder of the groom as he sees his bride walk down the aisle.
This room at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel is simply stunning! The Murals are breathtaking and the Chuppah (Canopy) they installed for this is simply amazing.
In the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony the breaking of the glass is the very last thing to happen. There are again many meanings I have heard for this but I think it is basically for good luck.
This is just a really natural wedding portrait that I think really captures the moment.
This is what ended up being the cover for their wedding albums! It is a little stylized without really feeling posed at all. I think it has a great cinematic feel like it is right out of an old hollywood movie.
Now the party begins with a really big wild hora.
You can see the love in her reaction as Mitch makes his speech
This is one of my favourite photos of all time, it is all about chance and patience. As the videographer was circling around them I waited for him to provide me with just the perfect light behind them. These are the magical things that happen in wedding photography.