Today we come to you with a very thought filled wedding with Cretsen and Ingrid. Their wedding was filled with dozens of completely personal touches – something we love to see. In our longest post to date – we lay out a few below.
Starting at the groom’s house, I (Tanya) arrived, prepared to shoot and asked Cretsen for some items so I can take some detail shots. He hands me his cuffs, a watch, Ingrid’s ring box, and another similarly shaped box wrapped in a Walmart and sealed shut with some scotch tape. Puzzled, in inspected the box and read the writing on the tape: “For Crispin’s Eyes Only. Not Cet’s.” (with Crispin being one of the best men amd Cet being Ingrid’s endearing pet name for Cretsen). I asked Cretsen what the dealio and he shared that Ingriddid not trust him to not read the inscription before the wedding and so she sealed it up in the last second before handing it over and he promised her that he would give the box as-is to Tanya when she came in the morning to shoot. Haha! He had a great set of groomsmen which helped for some happy moments in the morning. Some blessings from the fam and we were on our way to the church!
Over at the bride’s house, Annuj shares with me that Ingrid’s house was very calm. Ingrid, a high school teacher, was always very prepared. Throughout the wedding process she was always quick to respond and always on top of her share of the load. Her studiousness shined on the wedding day. Not liking the curtains in the room she was going to get dressed, she swapped them with her living room curtains in advance, thinking they would be nicer for the photos. And she was right! They permitted great light to come through which allowed Annuj to capture the soft photos you see below. She even had a backdrop beautifully arranged on the main floor for the blessings photos. Another cute fact: I’m sure you’ve heard of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, but did you know there’s a last line that is usually left out when reciting the expression? “And a six pence in her shoe” almost always never makes the cut! But not for Ingrid – this girl does her research and gets it right. She did not forget to glue a six pence to the bottom of her shoe – thus assuring that she was officially a bride! 🙂
Back to thoughtful details everywhere we looked. Ingrid’s mother sadly passed away five years ago – but Ingrid made it a point to pay tribute in many ways to the mother she loved so dear that she truly was there with her on the big day. From wearing her mom’s wedding saree to her bridal shower, to prayer petitions at the mass, to a photo locket of her beautiful mom on her bouquet, to even including the Chunthy flower (the flower that her mom, Cynthia, was named for) in her bouquet, Ingrid showed true honour to her beloved mother (leaving me in tears at many different points of the day). It was such a beautiful way to remember a loved one.
They had a lovely ceremony in the beautiful St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Markham. This church has been listed as one of the 25 most beautiful churches in Canada to get married in. It is infamously renowned for its stained glass ceiling runner.
After the ceremony we headed over to Edwards Gardens for their bridal photo shoot. Yet another personal detail, this is where Cretsen proposed to Ingrid! We had an awesome shoot with their bridal party! At one point, there was an elderly couple sitting so adorably on a bench, just holding hands and talking. We asked them to take a photo and it is definitely one of our faves – demonstrating young love and old. Ingrid and Cretsen, when you guys become an old married couple, we hope that you will be like the one we met that day and head over to Edwards Gardens for walks while reminiscing about both your proposal and your wedding day!
We got to the reception venue and we saw their AWESOME bonbonnieres! You should know that our groom, Cretsen, is a fabulous hot sauce chef! They wanted to make sure that their wedding favours (along with everything else at the wedding, clearly) were a labour of love so they decided to have a homemade hot sauce bottle for each and every one of their guests. A few months back, Ingrid and Cretsen came over to our place to try and design the labels for the bottle. With Ingrid’s initial ideas, Annuj’s talent and attention to detail, my neverending criticisms, and Crestsen’s lovely dimples for inspiration, we ended up with a label we all loved! Annuj and I were so excited to see the end result and we loved it! And another bonus – the hot sauce is amazing too! Ingrid and Cretsen spent three full days making it, found bottles, printed the labels, AND figured out how to get them shelf ready so it didn’t spoil! Pineapple Habanero – it’s spicy with a tangy flavour. Cretsen, if you get famous for your hot sauce, don’t forget about us little guys!
Cretsen hails from a very musical family. His brothers all play instruments, his uncle orchestrated the choir at their wedding (consisting of more musical relatives and friends), and his mother is a piano teacher. In fact, his mother was INGRID’s piano teacher growing up. Keeping this in mind, thoughtful Ingrid made sure that we snapped a photo of her and her new mother-in-law at the piano. 🙂
Though I’m sure that I’m missing a good hundred more, the last thoughtful detail I’m going to mention is the daddy daughter song. Apparently when Ingridwas a little girl, her father would sing to her at night for her to fall asleep. And at her request/demand, it was the same song, every night, sung by her father, or she just wouldn’t go to sleep. The song played around them as he spun her on the dance floor that night and he sung to his baby girl, once again.
Their reception included loot bags for the kiddies, fireworks (that Ingrid almost caught herself on fire when she spun over them!), speeches, and lots of dancing! I don’t think I’ve written a longer blog post before about a wedding but there were just too many details to talk about. A wonderful and touching affair! We hope you enjoy these images!
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Annuj & Tanya
Wedding Venue: St. Partick’s Church
Reception Venue: Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre
Videography: FaithBooth Cinematography
Hair and Make up: Allana Mirza
Bride Wedding Outfit: Julia’s Bridal in Markham, ON
Groom Wedding Outfit: Moores Clothing
Bride Reception Outfit (if different):
Groom Reception Outfit (if different):
Bride’s Wedding Accessories: Veil from Julia’s Bridal in Markham, ON
Groom’s Wedding Accessories: Armani
Flowers: West Hill Florists
Music : GTADJ
Decorations: Handmade by Bride, Groom and the Bridesmaids
Wedding Cake: Maria Pereira
Stationary: Designed by Bride & Groom. Paper and cardstock from Paperland in Markham, ON
Wedding Favours: Handmade by Bride & Groom. Labels designed with Tanya and Annuj Yoganathan
Transport: Avenue Road Limousine
Event Coordinator: Bride & Groom