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New West Engagement: Larisa + Micah

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Larisa and Micah met me at Starbucks on Sunday to sit down and have a little chat before our session that afternoon. Micah had never met me before, so this was a great opportunity to get a feel of each others personalities and to see how Larisa and Micah acted together. I felt as if they had been together for 10+ years, they were so comfortable with each other. This comfortable, easy-going feeling lasted the entire fun engagement session. In reality, Larisa and Micah have only been together for 3 years and got engaged this past July! During our coffee meeting, Larisa and Micah asked me about my thoughts on some wedding topics. Micah seemed almost exhausted by even the idea of talking about it! But like he said, it’s his “first wedding” so I think we’ll give him a break. Wedding planning is exhausting for anyone, really!

The jokes didn’t stop there, and we had a lot of fun walking around Antique Alley in New West finding some great areas to stop and take some pictures and have a few laughs. Micah and Larisa seemed in perfect sync, they matched each other perfectly. Their love was a comfortable kind of love, where you find yourself almost addicted to being around them. You want them to be your best friends, you want them at all your parties, you want them to be your maid of honour and best man, they are just that kind of couple. Every chance they got to look at each other, a big grin spread across their faces. I think they’re a perfect match, and I can tell they know it too.

I had a blast hanging out with Larisa and Micah and absolutely cannot wait for their wedding in September so we can have a whole other day full of laughs and love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


New West Engagement Sneak-Peek: Larisa + Micah

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

A sneak-peek of the amazing engagement shoot I shot today! More to come on… Tuesday!

Indian Engagement: Nooreen + Imran

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

On a Wednesday, I was contacted by Imran’s father to photograph an Indian Engagement Party on the upcoming Sunday. I happily agreed, knowing that he was a good friend and client of Mr. & Mrs. Reed of P&L Speedprint, who are very good friends of mine. I was also eager to photograph my first Indian Engagement.

I arrived a bit early and was warmly greeted by Nooreen’s family, offered food and a seat. It was a very warm day, but the fans in the house kept it cool. I was then taken upstairs to meet Nooreen and saw her get wrapped in her gorgeous beaded sari. Turquoise and pink are my favourite colour combination and the two looked amazing on Nooreen. After the sari was tucked and pinned perfectly, Nooreen put on a big jeweled necklace and matching earrings. She looked like a princess, I was so excited to take pictures of her. Nooreen was full of smiles, making small touches here and there, waiting to go downstairs.

Imran and his family arrived and started their procession up the stairs to the threshold of Nooreen’s aunt’s house. Gifts, hugs, kisses and smiles were exchanged when they were finally invited inside. It was exciting to see two large families join together over such a loving occasion.

The families seated themselves and Imran waited at the bottom of the stairs. It was finally time, and Imran’s sister walked Nooren down the stairs to Imran’s loving embrace.

The ceremony was so much fun! Family members from both sides came up to the couple sitting on the couch, made a dot of saffron paste on their foreheads, threw rice over the couple to represent prosperity, abundance and bounty of nature, fed them candies to symbolize the sweetness of their love, and brought their heads together. At this point, the blessers could either whisper advice or well wishes to the couple or perform what I think is called “Dukhna” where they crack their fingers on their own heads to symbolize the breaking of all of the evil forces. There were a few more steps that I missed, please excuse me, I’m new to this!

After the ceremony, the guests socialized outside and in while the delicious scent of food wafted over to me. Over five different people asked me to either go get food, or asked me if I had gotten food yet. I was so excited to eat, the food looked and tasted amazing. As night fell over the house, the rooms cooled down and my hair frizzed up. It was time for dessert! Nooreen’s family brought out fruit platters, three different kinds of cake including Nooreen and Imran’s engagement cake.

All the guests and family took care of me like I was a king, offering me all sorts of different things, even when I was walking out the door I was handed some spice tea. Put Chai tea to shame! I would have easily taken the whole dispenser home for myself.

I had a great time photographing this event and it was a pleasure being welcomed so warmly into Nooreen and Imran’s special day. I wish them both the best of luck.


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