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I don’t use the word ‘epic’ very often, but this wedding certainly was. What I loved so much about Poonam & Deepak’s wedding is that although it was packed with guests, had many many days of events, and a team of vendors involved along the way, the wedding actually felt very intimate. It was all about Poonam & Deepak and their families, and ensuring all of the guests had a fantastic, glamorous time.

We’ll start with the week of pre-wedding events. Poonam’s family hosted a sangeet/mixer party at the Maharaja Banquet Hall.

Guests were wowed by the dance moves of Harman B!

Deepak’s side also had a small mixer party at their gorgeous house.

Poonam had several ceremonies prior to the wedding, including maiyan (turmeric paste), mehndi, and chura (wedding bangles).

During the chura ceremony, the priest explained that this was the last ceremony that Poonam would have with her family, and that from that moment on she would begin to be a part of Deepak’s family. It was really emotional, and very obvious how much Poonam loves her family.

I love this sweetness between Poonam and her Dad.

From all of the Vatna ceremonies we’ve seen, we know that it’s tradition for the groom’s family and friends to take advantage of the groom a bit – take Deepak’s brother-in-law, who spread a bunch of the cold paste down under his shirt, and the groomsmen…well…you can see what they got up to.

Edmonton makeup artist Sonia Sajnani helped Poonam look flawless on her wedding day.

Is Michael considering a career change? We have a lot of experience with Indian weddings and he’s becoming an expert on attaching the sehra. According to one of the guests at the wedding, since Michael attached the sehra he is now Deepak’s brother…

I think he did a pretty good job!

The Hindu ceremony was full of laughs, these two are super cute together.

So here’s a tip for all of our couples. Ummm…remember to get your marriage licence before the wedding. But if you forget, you can always go get one on the day. Just remember to bring along your photographer, and a good friend who can pay for it if you forget to bring your wallet.

And back to the Mandir where Deepak pays to get his shoes back.

Some alone time.

In the last few ceremonies of the wedding day, Poonam leaves her family home and joins Deepak’s family. Not too sure what’s going on here…that’s Poonam’s brother so I think Deepak might want to get his eyesight checked.

After this game at Deepak’s house, I think Poonam wears the pants now.

I’m so excited about this set of portraits, the light was beautiful, Deepak & Poonam were so relaxed and happy. A perfect way to start the reception.

The reception at the Mirage was stunning, and their lighting on the dance floor made all the difference.

This is just a sneak peek at the reception – you can find more crazy party pictures on the Shandro Photo Facebook Page!

Deepak & Poonam – thank you for bringing us along for your romance, from the proposal to the wedding day. We’d enjoyed having you get to know our family, and being so terrific to work with.


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  1. Kristina posted the following on May 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm.

    Love all the outfits with the bling! Love the parkade photos…love all kinds of things about this set! Great work! Definitely worth all the memory card space they took up!

  2. Dan - Pure Portraits posted the following on June 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm.

    Wow these are breathtaking photos! I’ve always wanted to photograph an Indian wedding…

  3. Marian Cristea posted the following on June 2, 2011 at 12:47 am.

    Absolutely flawless! Every picture tells a story! It is true, the story is from “1001 Nights”! Congratulations!

  4. Mom posted the following on June 18, 2011 at 11:05 am.

    What a loving, fun, beautiful family!


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