Aysu & Adam’s Retro-Styled Turkish / Jewish Wedding (Video)


I haven’t really been posting videos here unless they’re part of a wedding or engagement shoot feature but when this lovely film of a beautiful retro-styled Turkish-Jewish celebration landed in my inbox, I just had to share it with all of you. The trailer was sent in by Christopher Allen of Brooklyn-based Mint Wedding Cinematography who shares that Aysu and Adam’s multicultural wedding took place on September 2 at Studio 450 in Manhattan. If you’ve never attended a Turkish or Jewish wedding (like me :) ), I’m sure it’ll be fascinating for you to see  how they were able to blend the different cultures & traditions — which they pulled off splendidly.

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Aysu is studying to get her PHD at Yale in the Psychology department and Adam is a lawyer in Manhattan.  This screen shot from the video was taken right after the Jewish portion of the ceremony (which came after the traditional Turkish ceremony) and it shows Adam hurriedly carrying off Aysu as soon as they were proclaimed husband and wife. (I’m afraid I’m not sure if it’s something that’s traditionally done in their cultures but I found the gesture very romantic!) Christopher’s here to tell us more about the event & the couple.

The wedding:

The wedding was a blended Turkish/Jewish wedding.  During the ceremony there were at least 5 speeches given by friends and family.  They were married under a chuppah and during the reception they performed traditional Jewish and Turkish dances. Dancing was a huge part of the reception, and they played everything from traditional songs to Michael Jackson to The Beatles.

There were about 150-200 guests in attendance.

For dinner there was roasted portabello mushrooms with salmon, carrots and potatoes (which was delicious!)

The video:

Aysu & Adam’s Wedding Trailer from Mint Cinematography on Vimeo.

How they met:

An icy January rain fell on New Haven, Connecticut. Aysu was invited to a party at the home of a fellow graduate student, Venkat, but she had to stay in the lab that night and read articles. Later in the evening however, Aysu’s laptop began to lose power–and she had left her adaptor with her friend. “I am at Venkat’s party,” her friend said, “you can meet me here and get the adaptor.” “Fine, I’ll go,” said Aysu, and she reluctantly left her studies to make a brief and auspicious appearance at Venkat’s apartment.

Meanwhile, Adam, too, had received an invitation to the party. Venkat was not only a Ph.D. in the making, but also Adam’s former college roommate. Adam had three (yes, three) lasagnas in the oven and didn’t want to leave them unsupervised for too long. But he thought he should at least say hi. He bicycled over to Venkat’s to put in a brief appearance.

Luckily, all the stars in the universe aligned that night and Adam and Aysu were at the party for the same fifteen minutes. When Adam entered the apartment, Aysu’s eyes sparkled. She put down her chin and smiled at him. Adam, drawn near by her inviting smile, said “hi,” and added “you are dressed like a scientist.” And that’s how they met.

Thank you Christopher for sharing your beautiful film of this sweet wedding with us! Congratulations to the lovely couple! :)

Cinematography: Mint Wedding Cinematography
Venue: Studio 450, NY

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