Janice & Mahdi – Catholic Wedding & Reception – Toronto, Canada

Hello folks!

We’re here today with Janice and Mahdi. Their wedding festivities started at Pickering Village with a first look! I remember that Mahdi’s hands were shaking as he awaited Janice’s tap on his shoulder. She tapped, he turned, she smiled, he cried. It was a beautiful reveal. After some bridal party portraits we headed off to their wedding. The wedding was held at the church Janice has gone to since she was a little girl, so there was a big sentimental attachment. It was even noted by the priest as he marveled at how she’s grown into a beautiful bride.

Their first dance starting with a traditional slow song but ending with the very grooooovy Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye drew in the Ooooooohs from the audience as if it were a grade seven classroom! From there it was some hilarious speeches that were basically the bride and especially the groom getting torn from head to toe by their nearest and dearest (you will see their hilarious expressions when listening to their speeches). But Mahdi and Janice were just as good when it came to their turn to speak – it was a great night! Hope you enjoy a few moments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Amanda & Adam – Toronto Catholic Wedding

Hey all,

We’re here today with Adam and Amanda’s wedding day. One thing that stood out for us was how there was no hustle and bustle, no rush rush rush. Everything happened at a great pace and everyone was calm. Everyone made it on time, the groom is handsome, the bride is beautiful, the priest was hilarious, and it was a lovely ceremony.

The down side was that it was raining. Hard. So we had to skip the beautiful outdoor location that they got a permit for and head over to Mississauga Convention Centre early for their bridal party photos. Which really wasn’t a problem – with the right eye almost everything can become a backdrop. 🙂

I (Tanya) was shooting with Adam in the morning and he is nothing but a gentleman. From constant “thank yous” and “pleases”, to asking me to sit down and have breakfast with him and his grandparents to even turning down the air conditioning in the hotel room before he came down for breakfast (because he “knew a ‘lady’ was going to be in the room soon and girls always seem to be cold”), he proved that what they say is true – a small town boy (from Penetanguishene, Ontario) knows how to treat a lady. And that was the consensus at the reception. Nothing but high praises from family, friends, and from Amanda herself for how lucky she was to find someone who always treats her right and knows exactly what to say. Adam’s speech showed the world that though Amanda is an independent, determined, successful young woman, she is also the perfect blend of city and town, who is not afraid to go on an adventure and get dirty. A match made in Heaven!

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Niroj & Abi – Toronto Catholic Wedding

Hello all,

We are so excited to bring you today’s wedding of two very special people. If you aren’t already well acquainted with Abi & Niroj, you can catch their football themed engagement shoot here and their classic engagement shoot here.

Their Catholic ceremony took place on a very sunny Saturday afternoon in July. One detail to note was their aisle! They framed photos of themselves from young to old and put it at the end of each pew. As they walked down the aisle, their history accompanied them to where they are today – how thoughtful!

After a lovely ceremony, we headed over to their planned location for their bridal party shoot. This place was completely rammed with people. We decided to leave and went to an abandoned barn for their bridal party photo shoot. Little did we know how perfect this mishap of events would be.

Their reception was held at the newly opened Markham Convention Centre. The Perfect Setting provided the decor for the event and they provided just that – a perfect setting. The whole hall was oozing of rustic elegance. Tree stumps, bird cages, mason jars and candles. Soft browns, pale pinks with golds and whites made this into an unbelievably delicate stage. To complement Abi’s lace A-line gown and pearl jewelry, the centerpiece jars were wrapped in white lace and the mouths of the jars were lined with strands of pearls. We couldn’t get over how utterly beautiful their reception was.

But remember that a wedding is a two-person affair which means that Niroj had to incorporate himself into the picture as well. And anyone who knows Niroj knows that if there’s one thing he’s passionate about – it’s football (hence, their themed engagement shoot). So his personality shone through with football team table numbers, a football crashing into their wedding cake AND a football inspired couple entrance. For traditional portion of the reception including blessings from elders and garland exchange as well, Abi changed into a beautiful designer saree. This royal blue lehengha styled piece had a huge and beautiful silver border. With an energetic MC, short (but sweet) speeches from loved ones, video complications from friends, and a dance from the bridal party (including the couple themselves), the reception was a big hit.

We hope you love their wedding as much as we do.

 

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Vasi & Chandra – Wedding Next Day Edit Slideshow

Hi guys!

Here’s a slideshow of Vasi & Chandra’s weddings played at their reception!

Hope you enjoy!

Annuj & Tanya

Vasi & Chandra – Catholic Wedding & Reception, Brampton

Hi guys,
So this couple is not only an interracial couple (Chandra: Guyanese, Vasi: Sri Lankan), but they are also an interreligious couple (Chandra: Hindu, Vasi: Catholic).  So they had two wedding ceremonies followed by a reception.  We’re here today with Vasi & Chandra’s Catholic wedding which took place at St. Theresa’s Church in Scarborough.  Chandra wore an exquisite dress that reminded me of the old hollywood glamour style.  She was beautified in a sequinced strapless fitted gown with a ruffled bottom and a long train – and looked absolutely beautiful!  After the wedding ceremony and taking their bridal party photos, we headed over to Pearson Convention Centre for their reception.  They had a Paris-themed reception as Vasi had proposed to Chandra in front of the Eiffel Tower last year!  All of the details were perfectly fit for their concept.  After some speeches, games, and a dinner provided by “The Host”, the dance floor was open and it was packed!  A great night for a great couple 🙂
 
 
After all of these photos taken with Vasi & Chandra, it’s hard to believe it is all over.  We wish you both all of the very best in the future!
xoxo
Annuj & Tanya

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

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

Alex & Sarah – Wedding

Alex and Sarah’s wedding was such a great time!  From her beautiful dress to the accents of royal blue, it was a classy affair.  Hope you enjoy our favourites!  Feel free to pin, share, like, comment and all that goodness 🙂

This was one of our favourite moments from the day.  As soon as we saw it, we loved their condo elevators and had to shoot in there!  We tried to keep it on the ground floor as we shot, but eventually, the elevator gods overruled and sent them going up.  Though I (Tanya) wasn’t in the elevator at this point (shooting from the outside lobby while Annuj was inside with the groom himself) Annuj confirms that Alex started to freak out thinking that he might see his bride before the wedding and bad luck would ensue!  Much to his terror, the elevator stopped on their floor (see my photo from the ground floor showing that they landed at 6.  I was wondering if they’d cross paths).  Alex turned to the corner while valiantly his younger brother, Marvin, blocked any view of Sarah seeing her groom before their nuptials.  Luckily, it was only other members of their family that were coming on the elevator.

Of course we went back to shooting, but believe it or not, this ordeal happened twice in a row ! Haha!  Only good times and absolutely no bad luck! 🙂

Fortunately, we did not have to go too far as their church was just steps away from their condo – an attached parking lot, in fact!

Now this is a sign of a happily married man!

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