To say that Rouzhin and Naram’s wedding had it all is an understatement. It had more than we could have ever thought “all” to encompass. A beautifully decorated sofreh ceremony, ballerinas, an a capella choir, gelato trucks and traditional Turkish coffee stations, a bubble send-off, a multitude of performances, a choreographed first dance, and an extravagant Marie Antoinette-themed reception spread across Toronto’s Four Seasons, St. Paul’s Basilica, and the AGO.
Every aspect of their day – big or small — had a personal touch and sought to provide their close friends and family with the most amazing experience
Now all these elements are a wedding cinematographer’s dream, but our main concern when couples tell us they’re having such epic celebrations is that the couple themselves and their story isn’t lost amongst the lavish decorations and jaw-dropping performances. This was honestly never a worry we had with Rouzhin and Naram though. Every aspect of their day – big or small — had a personal touch and sought to provide their close friends and family with the most amazing experience. Lovers of culture, art, and travel, it was only fitting that their celebration took place in the Art Gallery of Ontario and when they sent us the personal vows that they would exchange at their early evening sofreh ceremony in Walker Court, we knew we had an extremely emotional and intimate storyline that would seamlessly connect each scene in the film.
And so our storyline sets up the sofreh and the meaning of all the intricate pieces that surround the couple and the rituals taking place around them before moving to their vows where we get a glimpse of their journey together. But the film as a whole is as much about Rouzhin and Naram and their union as it is about their guests and their journey through each aspect of their celebration – whether that be enjoying gelato or walking through the galleries as ballerinas stretch and dance in the empty rooms along the way to the reception.
When we last met with the couple before the big day, they had mentioned that they were working on a choreographed dance routine to Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” (you might recognize some of the lyrics from the song in Rouzhin’s vows). Seeing as it was such an important element, we took them to one of the empty gallery rooms on the day to do one final run-down of their dance – one that cut beautifully with their actual first dance.
There’s so much more we could say about this couple and this wedding, but the film says it all. It was a beautiful celebration and it took a dream team to make it all happen. From Laura & Co. to Rachel Clingen, Paper and Poste to 5ive15ifteen and Bits & Blooms, so much hard work went into every tiny intricate detail of this jaw-dropping milestone and it shows in every frame of Rouzhin and Naram’s wedding film.