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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Mayu & Charan – Fall Engagement Session – Toronto, Canada

Hi all,

We are back with one of your all-time favourite couples. When we posted Mayu & Charan’s San Francisco engagement shoot, we were flooded with comments about how beautiful this couple is and how amazing their shoot turned out. One of the most common comments were, “I wish I was friends with them”, “I feel like I know them”, and “I wish I could hang out with them”. These are all pretty valid comments – as friends of Charan & Mayu’s, we can assure you that these comments are not unfounded. They are kind, fun, loving, genuine people and we are so fortunate that our paths crossed the way they did. Yes, you do want to hang out with them and be friends with them. No lie – you really do. And if you don’t, you should.  Lol.

Now onto their new shoot! Even way back when planning our international sessions a year ago, Mayu expressed her desire to have a more classic shoot in the fall consisting of two things – their “nai kutties” (aka puppies), and a recreation of Charan’s whimsical proposal to Mayu.  We started off at the park/forest that they usually walk their doggies, Mason and Lebron (from here on out referred to as “Lebbie”). You grab their personalities instantly – Mason is the sweetheart and Lebbie is the man in charge. We had our hands full making sure Lebbie didn’t get cold and Mason stayed out of the mud. But posers they were!

Now you will note from their San Francisco shoot that Mayu needs no assistance styling herself. She came perfectly dressed for fall fashion in a long sleeved plum sweater dress – aptly access prized with a gold body chain, knee highs, and brown leather boots (MUAH! *kisses hand to the air like a chef). Speaking of MUAH, Mayu was beautified by Anna of AK Makeup. Anna did a wonderful job with a neutral smokey eye and soft tousled hair. Anna is one of the few artists in Toronto that we can really attest to in not only professionalism but also perfection. Her hair and make up stay put WELL after a tired bride has gone through the rigorous motions of a wedding day, or even more strenuous, a shoot with Annuj & Tanya! LOL! Anna is truly an ARTIST – she doesn’t just DO make up and hair, she CREATES ART. But we digress…

For the second portion of their shoot – we headed over to Charan’s house and recreated the magical moment when Charan asked Mayu to marry him. There’s a long story behind the proposal but it basically involves how Mayuri has added music, light, love, happiness, bliss, and so much more into Charan’s life – and it ends with a beautiful Princess cut ring and a “YES!” 🙂

They toughed it out in unbelievably cold weather – Mayu gets extra props for doing it all in a saree, with a smile, and like a boss. We hope you enjoy their photos!

 

Can’t wait for the wedding! 3 months away, guys! ❤  

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’til next time,

Annuj & Tanya

Impressions by Annuj – Interview with TOinitiative.ca

Hello friends!

Getting any sort of international acclaim is of course flattering, but we are always just as excited when local agencies approach us. Yesterday, an interview with Annuj and TOinitiative.ca was posted online. TOinitiative.ca is a community-based initiative group highlighting Toronto’s Dreamers. And dream we do…

http://toinitiative.ca/2014/02/04/annuj-yoganathan/

TOinitiative

Annuj & Tanya

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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Raymond & Shiraine – West Indian Hindu Wedding – Toronto, Canada

Hello there friends!

We’re here today with one of a two part series with Shiraine and Raymond. It seems that we at Impressions by Annuj tend to attract a lot of mixed couples towards us. Raymond is from Guyana and is Hindu while Shiraine is from Sri Lanka and is from a Buddhist descent. We were very excited when they approached us for both their Hindu and Buddhist weddings along with their reception.

Their Hindu wedding was on a Friday evening and was filled with family, friends, and cheer. As Shiraine was getting herself beautified with her bridesmaids, I (Tanya) was at Raymond’s house. As per usual “brown standard time”, things were off to a bit of a delayed start but Raymond was nothing short of the perfect host. Whether it was making sure I was okay, to entertaining his boys or saying “hi” to every individual who entered the property, it seemed as though his only prerogative on his wedding day was to make sure that everyone was welcomed and had a good time.

It is no hidden secret that Shiraine is a beauty. Donned in a beautiful red lehengha, she stole the show. From the welcoming Bharat with the tussa to walking around the fire, they had a beautiful wedding day.

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For more of Shiraine & Raymond, check out their engagement shoot here.

Mathan & Nirossa – Hindu Wedding – Toronto, Canada

Hello friends!

We’re here today with the beautiful and emotional wedding of Mathan and Nirossa.  I think with Mathan and Nirossa, it’s hard to not be filled with emotion – whether it is the happiness of the celebration, the bittersweet sadness that Nirossa will be moving from her native Germany to Canada, or the pure love they have for each other… they are a passionate pair.

The got married on a stellar day in the beautiful Swaminarayan Temple (BAPS Temple) in Etobicoke.  Surrounded by their nearest and dearest, they were united through a traditional Brahmin ceremony.  One of the best weddings we shot that day because they are such a wonderful pair.  Down-to-earth, calm, happy, and kind – these are the clients we live to photograph.  It also doesn’t hurt that they are a hot pair as well!  🙂  We’re sure that Kowsi from Beauty Creation had no problems dolling up Nirossa!

From Mathan majestically awaiting his bride, to Nirossa’s tears as she is greeted by her father, to laughter with the groomsmen, to their saree-flying shot at the end – this is one of our favourite weddings to date.  Enjoy 🙂

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For more of Mathan & Nirossa:
Civil Ceremony
Engagement Session

Mathan & Nirossa – Toronto Engagement Session

Hey guys!

We’re here today with one of your favorite couples! Mathan and Nirossa wanted a simple engagement session that concentrated on their relationship and love – and that’s exactly what we did. Here are a few of our faves.

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For more of Mathan & Nirossa, you can find their Civil Ceremony here.

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)

Colin & Amutha – Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Hey folks!

Today we’re here with the Hindu wedding of Colin and Amutha! You may remember them from their Alice in Wonderland themed shoot!

Their wedding took place at Mirage Banquet Hall. A beautiful traditional ceremony, but Amutha made sure to fuse details of both cultures in the nuptials. From Chinese silk fabrics blended into the mandap decor to the bridesmaids saree blouses designed with Chinese collars to the bridesmaids entering with Chinese umbrellas, there were touches of both Colin and Amutha in the festive celebratory air.

Here are a few of our faves.

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Annuj & Tanya

For more of Amutha & Colin:

Alice in Wonderland Engagement Shoot

Vendors:

Wedding Venue: Mirage Banquet and Convention Centre
Reception Venue: Casa Victoria Fine Dining and Banquet
Videography: Atrium Pictures
Hair and Make up: Angell’s Beauty
Bride Wedding Outfit: India
Groom Wedding Outfit: India
Bride Reception Outfit: Bridal Studio
Groom Reception Outfit: Tuxedo Royale
Groom’s Reception Accessories: Tuxedo Royale
Shoes: Tuxedo Royale (groom)
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: Can Asia Promotions (ceremony), 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!

Hope you enjoy these shots!

 

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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