Melkite Catholic Wedding Ceremony
I take pride in the cultural diversity of my wedding couples. With Toronto being such a hotpot of backgrounds, I’m kind of surprised how few photographers are do the same. Many stick to their specialities and don’t ever learn about the cultures and traditions beyond their niche. And here I am, still eager after 10 years in the industry to photograph a new type of wedding ceremony.
To those who aren’t aware, the Melkite Catholic Church is the adaptation of the Catholic faith within the middle east. Only 5% of the UAE population are Christians. Half of them are Eastern Orthodox while the other half are Melkite Catholic. So needless to say, there aren’t a lot of them around, let alone in Toronto. Hence why I was so excited to capture this Melkite Catholic Wedding at Good Shepherd Chaldean. It was a very interesting fusion of ceremonies. They the crowns and sashes of orthodox ceremonies mixed with the structure of the Catholic. And of course it was all done following the Covid safety protocols of the time.
Once the ceremony was over, we did some quick family photos inside the church. Then headed Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens for the couple’s portraits. It was such a beautiful day to work with. Not to mention the bride’s terrain and veil was extravagant. She provided me with some inspirational photos the week before in the hopes of replicating. Normally I would aim for a couple of these, but she had so many fun ideas to work with. And with this elopement only being 2-3 hours long, there was no stress of guests waiting.