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Neilin + Faisal’s Pithi & Mehndi Ceremony | Edmonton Ismaili Wedding Photographer

This past summer, I had the opportunity to check another item off my photographers bucket list: photograph an indian wedding. Now, simply using the term “indian wedding” actually encompasses a huge range of cultural and religious traditions, so to be more specific, I was asked to photograph an Ismaili wedding ceremony, over two days (or an evening and a day, anyways). Neilin & Faisal both were patient with me as I asked a ton of questions, and I did more prep work than is typical for my weddings (including a drink or three with friends who photograph indian weddings pretty regularly). Still, I went into Friday evening not knowing what to expect, and I can admit, I was totally blown away. I was not prepared for the total whirlwind of family, friends, joy, laughter, fun, and FOOD that I was exposed to over these two days. We’ll look back at Neilin & Faisal’s wedding over two posts, because there just isn’t enough space in one post to really capture all of it.

Day one consisted of the pithi & mehndi ceremonies. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect; the best that Faisal could tell me was that he was going to get “really messed up”. And he wasn’t wrong, not one little bit. Neilin got of easier in that regard, and spent the rest of the night meeting and receiving blessings from just about everyone in attendance, being oh so generous with her time and giving everyone who wanted it a moment with her. It was a warm, heartfelt, beautiful family affair, with great food, dancing, and everyone shaking hands, talking, and enjoying an evening out before tomorrow’s festivities.

Here is a quick overview of that wonderful night. Later this week: day 2!

 

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Showing my work off

I really should have shared this a couple weeks ago, but it’s better late than never, right? Maybe you don’t have plans for this weekend yet? Maybe you want to see some really beautiful wedding and portrait images from Edmonton photographers? And maybe you also really really want a cup of tea, or the best chai latte in town? Well have I got a proposition for you!

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Teshia + Matt | Edmonton Wedding Photographer

Happy new year to everyone! I’m so happy and excited with what 2014 will be bringing for me this coming year both professionally (including a bunch of awesome weddings, each at unique locations I’ve never had the opportunity to work at before) and personally (like both of my boys getting bigger, older, and more adventurous)!

To celebrate, I would love to take a moment to look back almost 6 months to one of the highlights of my wedding season, a day spent at Fort Edmonton Park shooting the wedding of Teshia & Matt. We took their engagement pictures in the historic Highlands neighbourhood of Edmonton, so getting married at the Fort was a natural progression. I had never worked in Fort Edmonton before, just visited like most people are used to doing, and it was, I’ll admit, a bit overwhelming at times, as there’s just SO MUCH to see and do, places to visit and backgrounds to use! Luckily, Teshia & Matt were as laid back as could be and the whole day went just as smoothly as could be. We got to tour the whole town tang “formal” pictures (which weren’t always that formal), and the dinner and dance at the Hotel Selkirk were awesome too. What a great place to get married, and what an awesome bunch of people to spend the day with! If you have the opportunity to attend the Newfoundlanders wedding, I highly recommend going. It’s one you won’t soon forget!

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Pam + Kelly | Edmonton Wedding Photographer

I’m back, FINALLY, after a long hiatus from blogging! It was a long summer and fall, full of fun, adventures, and lots & lots of wonderful people that I had the opportunity to take a few pictures of, and I promise that over the next months I’ll be sharing as much goodness as I can. Starting with today’s wedding, from a-way back in June.

If it’s possible to describe a 6’1″ dude with a righteous beard and an aptitude with guns as “adorable“, Kelly would definitely fit that description, especially when you see he and Pam together. They have this easy, confident calm about them, and it totally permeated their whole wedding, which was a wonderfully laid back and casual day full of family, friends, and laughter. The ceremony was outdoors at the beautiful (and new to me!) Rainer Gardens in southeast Edmonton, and the weather cooperated beautifully, giving us plenty of light and warmth to work with. After sneaking away for some pictures together, the reception kicked off at the Windemere Golf & Country Club where everyone danced and celebrated the night away.

More than anything, this year I was blessed with clients who were a perfect match for me: a little laid back, a little bit cool, a little bit stylish, and a whole lot of fun. I honestly couldn’t ask for anything better, especially these two. Congrats Pam & Kelly!

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Pam + Kelly | Edmonton Engagement Photographer

I’m a little late in getting these posted, but in my defence this was my last engagement session, and we took Pam & Kelly’s engagement pictures a little over a week prior to their wedding, so these two beautiful people are already happily married.

What can I say about Pam & Kelly? I was uber excited for their wedding from the moment we sat down at our first meeting. They’re super chill and effortlessly stylish and just plain C-O-O-L. I mean seriously, look at that beard. When you spend some time with them, it’s also overwhelmingly obvious that they’re one of those wonderfully serendipitous matches where two people are completely at ease and super in love with each other. The time we spent wandering around the U of A grounds was definitely time well spent, even if mother nature decided to sprinkle on us for a few minutes right off the top.

The wedding pictures are coming soon, but I promise they’re definitely worth the wait. It was an awesome time! In the meanwhile….

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