Shiraine & Raymond – Buddhist Wedding & Reception – Toronto, Canada

Hi folks!

Here is the follow up to Shiraine & Raymond’s Hindu Ceremony. Their Buddhist ceremony was the following Sunday. We started off the day with a bridal party photoshoot at Guildwood Park. But just before that we did a quick first look outside of their hotel. As you can see, Raymond can truly appreciate how beautiful Shiraine looked that day. After the bridal party shoot was completed Shiraine had left to the salon to get re-dolled up for her Buddhist wedding. Adorned in a stunning white and gold dye cut saree, Shiraine walked down the aisle on traditional Sinhalese fashion accompanied by dancers and drummers. The ceremony is a very familial event including much involvement from the parents and dropping betel leaves to honour past ancestors. Directly following the Buddhist ceremony was a cocktail hour for the guests and then the reception. Ray and Shiraine entered with their bridal party and right into a choreographed number! With some loving words, good food, and non-stop dancing. Everyone was in for a good night!

Hope you enjoy some of our faves 🙂

 
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Colin & Amutha – Tea Ceremony & Reception

We’re here today with Colin & Amutha’s wedding reception. In true fusion form, this mixed raced couple started off their day with a Sri Lankan Hindu wedding and followed it up with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and reception. The tea ceremony was filled with thoughtful quotations, loving wishes, jokes, and of course, tea!

Amutha had a day full of outfit changes. From starting her day in her manavara saree, to tying the knot in her koorai saree, then changing into her traditional Chinese dress (for the tea ceremony), to a white princess wedding dress, then back into her Chinese attire (at the reception), and finally into a beautiful teal stonework saree. That is a LOT of changing for one girl over approximately sixteen hours – but she pulled it off.

Their reception was a Disney themed affair. From Amutha’s princess gown, to their Alice in Wonderland themed shoot, to their happy endings cake, to Beauty and the Beast centrepieces and so much more! The ten course meal failed not as everyone was stuffed by course five! A big highlight of the night was their concept video made by Atrium Pictures. A hilarious yet touching mini-film, Amutha and Colin showcase their story of how they had met in the office and went from friends to so much more. You can check it out here on YouTube.

Hope you enjoy some snaps from the second half of their wedding day!

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For more of Amutha & Colin:

Alice in Wonderland Engagement Shoot

Colin & Amutha’s Wedding Ceremony

Vendors:
Reception Venue: Casa Victoria Fine Dining and Banquet
Videography: Atrium Pictures
Hair and Make up: Angell’s Beauty
Bride Reception Outfit: Bridal Studio
Groom Reception Outfit: Tuxedo Royale
Flowers: Can Asia Promotions (Bouquet and Garlands)
Music: Sonny Productions
Decorations: Can Asia Promotions
Wedding Cake: Can Asia Promotions
Stationary: Can Asia Promotions & Casa Victoria Fine Dining and Banquet
Event Coordinator: Ricky of Sonny Productions (reception MC)

Anu & Goby – Reception – London, England

Hey guys,

We’re back today with Anu and Goby for their reception. This was held at a beautiful estate in Hertfordshire called De Vere Hunton Park.

Anu wore a beautiful net saree and a gorgeous designer kundan set. We took some great couple photos around the estate during cocktail hour as the guests were entertained by a magician and were served scrumptious appetizers made by Freshco. The reception was filled with speeches – some that made us laugh (Pratik), some that made us cry (Jenni – even reducing the groom himself to tears), and some that made us awwwwww (Goby!).

Speaking of Goby’s speech – I don’t think we’ve ever received a more ringing endorsement in a speech. Most clients tend to say thank you to us during their final speech at their reception and we are so grateful for the fact that they are so appreciative of our work. Goby took it yet another step further. After all was said and done in his speech, he left the very last thank you for us! It was something like this “And I have to thank Annuj & Tanya. They came here from Canada as our photographers, but they are not only our photographers here, they are our guest, our family. They have been amazing to us this whole time and I am so glad we went with them.”

AND if that wasn’t enough, at the very end of the night, Goby wanted to get a shot of himself and all of his mates with some very fine cigars. As we are setting up for the shot, Goby walks out of the shot, faces the crowd of his friends and says a little something: “LISTEN! ALL OF YOU SHUT UP! LET ME TELL YOU RIGHT NOW… IF YOU DON’T GET ANNUJ & TANYA TO COME TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR WEDDING, YOUR MARRIAGE WILL BE CURSED FOR LIFE AND I WILL NOT BE COMING TO THE WEDDING!” – a very sweet and unbelievably hilarious vote of confidence!

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Wedding Venue: The Oshwal Centre (Potters Bar)
Reception Venue: De Vere Venues Hunton Park
Videography: Cookies Production
Hair and Make up: Annie Shah Make up Artist
Bride Wedding Outfit: Venison’s (Wembley, London)
Groom Wedding Outfit: Tradition’s
Bride Reception Outfit: Pothys (Chennai, India)
Groom Reception Outfit: Brioni Tuxedo
Bride’s Wedding Accessories: Avari couture (wembley)
Groom’s Wedding Accessories: Hublot watch
Bride’s Reception Accessories: Variety Silk House
Shoes:Jimmy Choo shoes (bride)
Brioni shoes (groom)
Music : Dynamic Road Show ( Reception DJ)
Decorations: Wed-in-style (Rayners lane)
Wedding Cake: Genuine Cakes (hatch end)
Wedding Favours: ‘Cupcakes’ – Ranji Cakes
Transport: Rolls Royce Phantom – Brides car
Maybach – Grooms Car
Event Coordinator: Jeni and Phil

Cretsen & Ingrid – Toronto Catholic Wedding

Hey guys,

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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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

Thush & Mali – Reception – Scarborough Convention Centre

Hey WordPress World!
So of course following up from their beautiful wedding day is Mali &Thush’s reception!  Lightly inspired by Alice in Wonderland, their reception included a fantastical tree backdrop and a mad hatter cake (an homage to Mali’s nickname for Thush and his extensive headwear collection). Their reception was the first we had been to where the couple was not being waited on, entrances happened at the times they were planned to, and the dance floor opened earlier than expected! (and who’s going to complain about that, really?). An easy way to tell how amazing a couple are is to see the company they keep. Thush and Mali’s family and friends went above and beyond when planning speeches, games and even a lipdub video with over two dozen cast members (no easy feat, we can tell you). But our favorite part of the night to show how clearly creative and unique these two are were their choice of MCs – none other than the couple of the hour themselves: Thush and Mali. Amazing night!
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Cinematography: Inthemoment Productions
MUAH: AK Makeup

Alice & Stephen – Distillery District Wedding, Toronto

Hi guys,

Today we’re so excited to bring you photos from Alice & Stephen’s wedding!  They had a beautiful Catholic wedding followed by a stunning reception at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District in Toronto.

Stephen’s house was filled with Hindi music and laughter when we came through the door.  He has such a lively and happy family; you could definitely feel the love in the house.  Alice was an absolutely stunning bride.  Her dress was fabulous and her hair and make up was on point!  She got ready at her brother’s condo.  Now her brother has a dog, which sheds a little bit and as you can see from one of the photos below, Alice has some dedicated bridesmaids at her side, attacking her dress with lint removing sheets to make sure all of the fur was off her dress before her big walk down the aisle!

Their ceremony went off without a hitch and we moved on to their bridal party shoot at the very cool Evergreen Brickworks!  From there, we went to the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District.  Their location was filled with elegant touches of white flowers and feathers – it was beautiful!  The night was fully catered by “The Food Dudes” and we must say, the food was absolutely delicious!  They need to open up a restaurant because we cannot wait for another wedding to be catered by them again!  After Alice & Stephen’s first dance, the cutting of the cake, and the daddy-daughter dance were some extremely heartfelt speeches.  Here are a few of our favourites from their big day.

Overall a wonderful night with a great couple.  Stephen & Alice, we wish you nothing but the best!

Annuj & Tanya

Niroshan & Renetha – Reception, Toronto

Hello blog world!

So it’s time for another blog post.  This time it’s a wrap up of Niroshan and Renee’s story with their wedding reception.

Before their reception we shot at the Hilton Suites in Markham.  I’ve always driven by this hotel and loved how the glass windows go up all the way to the top of the building front of the building as the actual building is a U shape with the glass connect both ends.

Niroshan and Renee are always fun to work with and they always do whatever we ask them to and this time we had them jump on the bed fully dressed and the photos really showed how much of a fun couple they are.  Their reception was at Scarborough Convention Centre and included a fun filled reception with an introduction dance, speeches, and a hilarious reenactment by their friends of their first meet (along with ACTUAL video footage of that first time)!   How sweet and thoughtful is that?!

Here are some of our favourites from their day!

We got home around 2:30am that night and packed our luggage because we had a 10am flight to Jamaica the next day!

As the first couple who booked us for their wedding, Niroshan and Renetha will always have a special place in our hearts.  They had faith and confidence in us and we’ll never forget that.  We are so glad with how quickly they switched from clients to friends – such an easy going, amazing couple.  We had fun shooting them from beginning to end and hope to build many more relationships with clients like we have with them.

Wishing them nothing but the absolute best that this world can offer,

Annuj & Tanya

Ohm Bridal Magazine – Fall 2012 Edition

We were SO stoked when the Ohm Wedding Magazine team approached us to do a 6 page spread in their premier edition!  The fact of even being considered to be part of a well-renowned print publication within a mere six months of starting up our business makes us feel so honoured that our photography is being well received by the public.  We shot a few different looks for Chandan Fashion and as it was our first crack at fashion photography, it was very exciting to shoot with experienced models (including Ahmed & Prasani who was the cover Model for the last Ohm & Jodi Magazines!)!  Make up and hair was done by the fabulous Kavita Suri – coordinating was done by Thadshiga Jeyaseelan of Dreamers Events.   We were pretty fortunate to work with such a focused but fun team!  Really looking into doing more fashion/beauty work.

Interestingly, we learned about the limitations of doing print photography for fashion businesses.  Of course the shots had to be portrait, and full bodied, but also the draping of sarees, the postures, the expressions used – every aspect of the photo was thought out down to the last detail.

BUT! We also took some extra shots for ourselves to enjoy.  We love them and hope you do too! 🙂

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Have a spectacular week!

Annuj & Tanya

ModernRani – Our Wedding & Reception Feature!

Hi All,

The lovely folks at ModernRani featured our wedding and reception!  For those of you who may not know – ModernRani is a great place for South Asian couples to get planning advice, tips, vendor contacts, and inspiration for their wedding.

Here is the link to our wedding and our reception articles!

Enjoy the read from our friends at ModernRani!

See you soon,

Annuj & Tanya