Thanks to Alesia and Matthew’s Sts Peter & Paul Melkite / Sala San Marco Wedding, the Fall wedding season definitely ended with a bang. Not literally of course but this was a roller-coaster ride of intensity from start to finish. This is normal for Lebanese weddings but not quite all of it was typical…

Starting at Alesia’s parents, everyone who has ever known Alesia and her family was at the house to celebrate. We spent 2 hours squeezing though throngs of people, food, video taping, doing makeup, Skyping with family in the Middle East, getting dressed and getting everyone photographed. From there we headed to?Saints Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church. This is one church that I always love shooting at since I shot my third ever wedding here 11 years ago and it’s one place where you’re expected NOT to be subtle and make sure that you get the shots. I have even had a priest take me by the hand here and bring me behind the alter to get a better angle! This ceremony started like most with everyone coming down the aisle and getting in place, just like most weddings. All was fine until about 10 minutes in when one of the groomsmen started to to wobble and pass out! This isn’t unheard of because of heat, nerves, lack of snacking etc… About 5-10 minutes later all seemed back on track when ANOTHER groomsmen started heading for the floor! THEN THE GROOM! Suddenly everything stopped, theories were being spun, candy and fruit was being passed to the front with water. It was quite something! 10 minutes later were were back and made it to the end without a hitch. As Matthew’s father said later that night during his speech “this was the first time Alesia had 3 men fall for her in one day”. 🙂

We headed to the National Gallery and Alexandra Bridge for photos and finally to Sala San Marco for a non-stop event of food and dance. The Ottawa Zaffeh Group treated everyone to traditional Middle Eastern Dance and music as part of the introduction of the couple and went straight into speeches, dances, cake, garter, etc… In between, there was constant awesome food as expected.

We couldn’t have asked for a better end to a great season and I know their fun will continue on for decades!

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The best man announcing that the groom has survived and the show will go on after a 10 minute break on the floor

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Some brothers realize how lucky they are before it’s too late

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Very Happy that the City of Ottawa shut down the Alexandra Bridge just for us. Thanks Ottawa!

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