At King Edward Hotel I had a chance to photograph a few beautiful weddings and this wedding photo was taken during one of them. The Vanity Fair ballroom at King Edward Hotel (King Eddie for the employees) is an amazing venue for any event. The ballroom can easily accommodate 2-300 people and the hotel staff are just amazing!
This photo was taken during the hora and I have to admit I love the dance! With Romanian origins, hora is that part of a jewish wedding wedding where men lift the bride and groom, who are seated on chairs while everybody dances around them. The bride and groom are above everybody else and enjoy the music and the intense dances. The song that is usually played is Hava Nagila.
During this Hora at this King Edward Hotel Wedding I was in the Vanity Fair ballroom and once I saw the bride and groom on the chairs I pulled a chair form a table and jumped on it to get a higher vantage point. I asked one of the guests if I can take her chair and she responded "OF COURSE! IT IS THE HORA!!!" The lady almost felt offended if I did not stand on a chair. The hora is THAT important.
Now while hora is a perfect occasion for wedding photography, it is also a very dangerous dance for the bride, groom and the photographer. People move so fast and the emotions are so intense that there have been cases where people got hurt. A very common situation is for one of the dancers to fall and be stepped on by the dancing guests. This can lead to scary and hilarious situation. My advice for the bride and groom is to pick their chair bearers ahead of time and to do the hora before too much alcohol was consumed :-). The men who lift the chairs during a hora should be strong and sober!!!
Make sure you pick solid chairs and by no means use folding chairs - those could be recipes for disaster.
Website: King Edward Hotel
Location: 37 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9.