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

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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

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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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Nizani & Neero – Backyard Civil Ceremony

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Today we’re back with a fan favourite couple – Nizani and Neero. It seemed that many enjoyed their multi-themed engagement shoot and we’re positive you’ll feel the same about their civil ceremony.

Nizani put a lot of thought and effort into styling her ceremony – including renting items from a few different vendors and hand making some items herself. She, along with the help of her family army, worked hard to making her dream come to life. Two long rows of tables, long candlesticks and short vases with gorgeous magenta details. They even printed off many of their engagement photos, put them into frames, and scattered them throughout the tables. Just goes to show you that a backyard ceremony doesn’t have to be simple – but can be grand and oh so elegant.

Nizani, beautiful as ever, was decked out in a magenta dye-cut kancheepuram saree, embellished with stone work. As the lead behind Crown Beauty, she opted to do her own make up but left her locks to someone else. Her hair was adorned in curls and was styled by the very talented Justyna Mroz Hair Artist.

After signing, exchanging rings, and cutting the cake, the event moved on to various performances done by the couple’s family and friends (and one dance with the bride herself!).

We ended off the day with a bridal party shoot at the Guildwood Inn. As you can tell by the last photo – the couple was beat!

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Vasi & Chandra – Wedding Next Day Edit Slideshow

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

Hope you enjoy!

Annuj & Tanya

Dillon & Lagitha – Civil Ceremony, Toronto

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Today we come to you with another one of our fave couples – Dillon & Lagi.  We shot their civil ceremony at the end of May and all we can say is that these two know how to put on a show!  Aside from the usual signing and speeches, they set up a skit/dance number that completely knocked everyone’s socks off.  The thought, effort and execution was absolutely flawless.  It was funny, clever, and thoroughly entertaining with a mix of Tamil and English in script and song, props, costumes and so much more!  I have never seen something so entertaining put on by the couple and their bridal party!  Hats off to them!
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Mathan & Nirossa – Civil Ceremony, Mississauga

Hi all,

Today we’re here with a very special treat.  Mathan & Nirossa had their civil ceremony this month and we cannot say enough about how cute they are together.  Throughout the ceremony, Mathan was constantly joking with and whispering sweet nothings into Nirossa’s ear; his speech was so thoughtful and heartfelt.  Nirossa and her family are from Germany and she is moving to Toronto after their fall wedding so it was a very emotional day for everyone.  But despite their long distance relationship, she and Mathan are so unbelievably comfortable with each other – their love radiates through the photos.
What a special day filled with smiles, tears and so much love.  We are so honoured to have been a small part of a wonderful day.  Really looking to their engagement shoot in the summer and their wedding this fall.
xoxo
Annuj & Tanya

Tharshini & Sathees – Civil Ceremony, Toronto

Hi Everyone!!!

So it’s time for another blog entry.  This time is another civil ceremony between Tharshini & Sathees.  You might remember them from the 1950’s Kollywood themed engagement shoot!  They were a lovely couple to work with on both occasions and gave us many moments to capture!  It was especially heart-warming to see her father in tears after getting registered.  Tanya cried behind the camera; she’s a softie.

After the ceremony we continued to shoot the couple in the foyer, which made for some really great shots!

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Make sure to come back soon, as we’ll be posting their wedding in the near future.

Annuj

Mali & Thush – Civil Ceremony, Toronto

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We are back and this time with a Civil Ceremony.  Thush & Mali are two people who met and became friends in their high school, L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, and then 10 years later fell in love – how cute! 🙂
And now, years later, they are getting married! Their civil ceremony took place at J&J Swagat Banquet Hall in Markham and we were delighted to be a part of their day.  After a short prayer session, and tradition registration rituals, there were speeches and games – overall it was a happy and fun day.
Mali was dressed in a BEAUTIFUL red, green and indigo designer saree – and credit it must be given to Amplified Soul who took care of her hair and make up for the day.  Hope you enjoy the photos 🙂
Looking forward to shooting their engagement shoot, Hindu wedding, and reception in the next few months! 🙂
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