Kashfia & Arber – Married! 04.19.2014

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How can I describe to you just how beautiful the love between these two wonderful human beings is?

Let’s start with how sweet they are individually – they are each so kind-hearted, caring, and considerate of others… multiply that by a lot between the two of them and you have an inspiringly supportive and nurturing couple. It’s amazing how they look at each other, and how attentive they are to one another. You can instantly tell these two have a solid bond.

In my initial meeting with the two of them I was so touched to see the care with which they each explained their ideas for their wedding – making sure the other agreed, and supporting the other’s statements, affirming the importance of their loved one’s ideas.
They explained to me that they’d have two separate days for their wedding festivities – one would be a simple home ceremony performed by an Imam in keeping with Kashfia’s Bengali culture, and the other would be a more Western reception with a Bengali twist: shared, family-style food and a stage set up with a backdrop for guests to get photographs with the newlyweds. Impressively, Kashfia and Arber created this stage setup themselves since Arber has a theatre design background and they’re both very artistic. You’d never guess the super cool backdrop was made using gold spray-painted straws!

Another pleasant – and totally amazing – surprise was Arber’s speech to his wife… After Kashfia’s lovely, tear-inducing words to her husband, Arber mentioned he’s not so good with words… so the DJ fired up some music and Arber began to sweetly sing Elvis Presley’s ‘Only You’. The whole crowd started hooting and hollering at how fun it was!
I’m so happy Arber’s sister Borana – an old friend from high school – referred her brother and Kashfia to me. It was such an honour being present to capture their heartwarming love.
Warmest congratulations and best wishes for a happy marriage, lovebirds.

I have no doubt you’ll have a beautiful life together ❤
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And now, some words from the newlyweds!

How did you meet?
We first met at a New Year’s Eve party. Arber had spent the entire night trying to learn the name of every single person who was there and almost burned down our friends’ apartment by passing out sparklers to everyone. To quote a friend of ours, the sparks have been flying ever since!
What was your favourite wedding moment (bride & groom)
Kashfia: My favorite wedding moment was definitely when Arber began singing “Only You” in lieu of a speech. It was such a wonderful surprise, and it captured how sweet (and funny) Arber is as a person.
Arber: My favorite moment was our first dance, to the wonderful singing of our friend Michelle and masterful accompaniment of our friend TJ on guitar
Any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding? 
•Whether or not you are doing a DIY wedding (like we did), ask for help and use your support network; our wedding would not have happened without all the friends and family who insisted on making sure our day went well.
•On the day of the wedding, hire a day-of coordinator or make sure that someone you trust is going to take care of any questions or problems that may arise
•Manage your families’ expectations early on in the planning process, especially if you and your partner come from different backgrounds. The hardest part of all of our preparations was trying to figure out how to do right by our families and our cultures.
Details: 
– Dress designer: Off-the-rack white wedding dress, altered by Arber’s neighbour Moza who is the most talented seamstress we know; lehenga from Asiyans in Scarborough
Makeup: Asha Arabia
Suit: Custom made by Sun & Moon Ltd.
Centrepieces & Bouquets: We made them ourselves, with the enormous help of our friends!
Cakes & favours: The favours were local honey that we spent a day pouring into glass jars, that were then hand labelled by our friends. Instead of a cake, Arber’s parents got us a macaroon tree from a local Albanian pastry shop.
Venue: The Assembly Hall
Any final thoughts about the big day/experience of getting married that you’d like to share?
Try to make the planning process fun for the both of you; some things are going to be a chore and some things you won’t agree on, but it’s really nice to look back on the day and remember how it brought you and your partner closer together. KashfiaArberLRGoodWM-66

Celso & Eini’s Lovely Winter Wedding at Fantasy Farm

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Celso & Eini’s wedding was so lovely and full of happiness! The atmosphere was incredibly full of love from everyone, and many happy tears were shed. My heart felt so full that day.

Their wedding took place on the second day of Spring – although Mother Nature had other plans… it was chilly! But we barely felt it with all the love and happiness warming us up.
Eini was proactive and got her bridesmaids glamorous white furry stoles and adorable fuzzy earmuffs and mittens to keep them warm.

She made the bouquets and boutonnieres herself, and the *incredible* cakes were made by her bakery – I’ve never seen such fabulous cakes.

She did a first look with both her hubby to be and her parents, and they were all so sweet!

The ceremony & reception were both held at Toronto’s Fantasy Farm and it was a such a lovely intimate affair.
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Warmest congratulations, guys!! It was an honour capturing your beautiful love!
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P.S. Here are some thoughts from the newlyweds about their big day:

What was your favourite wedding moment?
Bride: My favourite moment were the speeches – hands down!
Groom: Preparing for the “first look” moment – you can’t quite appreciate the feeling unless you experience it for yourself.
Any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?
Bride: Have fun with the planning process. We had 2 months to plan everything, keep it simple and manage your expectations. Any aspect that stresses you out, delegate for someone else to do if you can 🙂
Groom: Do not allow the process to stress you out. Identify your absolute must-have’s and focus on those…good taste doesn’t have to cost a small fortune.
Any final thoughts about the big day/experience of getting married that you’d like to share?
Bride: Not everything will go as planned or on schedule. Just go with the flow and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest, because your guests will never know 😉 Take in each moment and make the day last!
Groom: Take some time to relax the morning of the wedding – it’s important to calm yourself (yet remain excited for your big day).
Details: 
Dress designer: David’s Bridal
Suit: Rented from Andrew’s Formals
Bouquets: DIY – Faux flowers from Canpol in Mississauga
Centrepieces: DIY
Cakes & favours: Eini & Co. (sweet table: wedding cakes, cake pops, french macarons as favours, cupcakes.)
Venues: Fantasy Farm & Brickworks
Other details of note: Decor – Rose Petal Decor (Felicia) – SHE DID AN AMAZING JOB with the backdrop and altar

Meagan & Adriano – Sneak Peek!

Been pretty sleepy today after shooting Meagan & Adriano’s wedding yesterday, but I had such an amazing time! Couldn’t help but dance along with everyone as I photographed the party later in the evening.

I’ve sifted through the photos and picked out my favourites, and now it’s time for bed! But first, here’s a little sneak peek from this super nice couple’s beautiful big day. The warmth of the sunlight was nothing compared to the warmth in their eyes!

Can’t wait to edit the rest – More to come soon!

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Christa & Jorden – Married!

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Hi Folks!
I’d love to take some time to share a really lovely wedding with you – with a couple that’s just so gosh-darned adorable and obviously in love.

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Christa and Jorden are super smitten together and it’s downright heartwarming to see how giddy they make each other.

They had beautiful oudoor wedding in Newcastle, Ontario.

It’s always a risk to do an outdoor ceremony (you never know what kind of weather Mother Nature will decide to put out), and the forecast did unfortunately call for thunderstorms that day.
Christa and Jorden spent a good deal of the morning checking and double-checking their weather apps as they got ready, and we all had our fingers crossed as we prepared for the ceremony.
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*Fortunately*, the rain held out just long enough to allow the ceremony to happen with open, sunny skies, and little droplets started to fall just as the two lovebirds did their signing table jazz.
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It started to rain pretty hard immediately after that so we found a sheltered porch to do family portraits (while my assistant Jonah so selflessly held the umbrella over me and the gear off the porch as she got pretty drenched) – but everyone was in good spirits and it was all good fun.
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It was my absolute pleasure to photograph this easy-going, totally adorable, super nice couple. Christa and Jorden, your wedding was beautiful, and your love is even more so. Thank you for having me be a part of your big day! Best wishes for you both in your new wedded life!


And now, I’d love to share some reflections from the bride and groom themselves!

Tell us a bit about your dating history, and how Jorden Proposed:

We had been together for 7 years before Jorden proposed. He proposed during the May long weekend in Bala – he made me breakfast in bed and proposed when he woke me up.

How did you feel on your wedding day, and what was your favourite moment?
Jorden was very nervous and excited. I was just really excited and giddy. Our favorite moment was watching everyone having an amazing time on the dance floor. So happy.

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Any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?
Keep calm, have fun planning, don’t sweat the small stuff… it’ll be your perfect day no matter what.
Also some of the most important advice, and I got it from you, actually, is to stop and take it all in! That was something that really stuck out to me, I did this several times throughout the night, I’m glad I did. Thanks to you! Xo

Some details:

Wedding & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Suits: Vera Wang

Centrepieces, cake toppers, bouquets, boutonnieres, table chart: All hand made by Jorden’s mom Barb
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