Have you ever been to a Serbian wedding? If not – find some Serbian friends who are going to get married soon and GO! It's a wonderful, beautiful, chaotic, magical emotional rollercoaster of awesomeness. Plus, there's tambourines. Like, tambourines for days. Dancing, music, folklore bands and accordians, too! Savka & Danny's wedding was no different and was a total party from beginning to end – their emotional ceremony at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Hamilton was beautiful (just wait until you see this cathedral!), followed by a classy (read: GORGEOUS) reception at the incredible Winona Vine Estates event venue.
After their ceremony, we zipped over to Ivy Bar & Kitchen in Hamilton (love shooting there! Plus, their food is amazing!) where the wedding party was able to eat and drink while we stole Savka & Danny away for bride and groom photos on site, indoors and out.
The day started out at Savka's parent's home, and it was bustling with activity getting ready for the traditional parade that Danny and his groomsmen were about to make to "barter" for Savka (eventually they offered enough money to Savka's brother, so she was able to come out of the house and join the celebration in their front yard (what a party!). Before all this, though, she wanted a photo with her grandfather, who recently passed away. And the process brought me to tears, too. Sometimes the most important guests at a wedding are seated in our hearts.
See? I told you it was an emotional rollercoaster. Luckily we all pulled ourselves together and the day went off flawlessly, wrapping up at Winona Vines Estates, and one of my favourite first dance photos!
And, I can't let you get to the rest of the pics just yet, until I mentioned that we literally see everything as wedding photographers...and nothing shocks us. Not even when a groomsman drops his pants, the groom ends up wearing his favourite neon green hat and a curiously strange thong over his suit...
So, without further ado, have a look at Savka & Danny's big Serbian wedding day! It was a blast spending the day documenting the rollercoaster of love, laughter, tears...and a LOT of dancing! Many happily ever afters to both of you! xoxo S&C
In Savka & Danny's own words: "As soon as we got engaged Shawn Van Daele was the first vendor I had to have for our wedding. After seeing his work I was captivated. You can truly feel the emotion in the photos he takes because his love and passion shines through his work. His level of professionalism and being able to capture all the special moments without being obtrusive is commendable. There are not enough words to express how grateful and thankful I am to have had the chance to work with him."
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Vendor Love: Video: Studio 433 | Florist: Opening Night Flowers | Transportation: Celebrity Party Bus | Music: Nostalgia & Mystique Band | Gown: Powder Bridal | Stationary: Paper Damsels | Cake: The Dessert Room | Flooring: Dance Floor Decor | Makeup: Make Up Worx | Hair: Bent Hair Design | Photography: Van Daele & Russell | Decor: Classic Creations Wedding Decor