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Lyila & Karan’s wedding unfortunately fell on a weekend that we were already fully booked, but fortunately Michael was able to squeeze in a portrait shoot with this fun couple and their bridal party before the ceremony!  We obviously think that photography is one of the most important parts of the wedding, and we love it when our clients do too.  We wish these two a happy marriage together!

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Silky & Tajinder had a smaller Sikh wedding than we are used to, but the atmosphere was wonderful, and the dance party at the reception was just as enthusiastic. Such a colourful wedding! We wish these two a very happy marriage!

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We’ve known Rupinder for years, she has been a guest or family member for many of the weddings that we have shot.  She has a warm and sweet personality and we’ve always been happy to see her. When she got engaged and contacted us about photographing her wedding we couldn’t have been happier!  We look forward to celebrated with her and Jatinder next year in Edmonton AND Calgary!

Here are a few of our favourites from their recent engagement ceremony.  Shout out to the incomparable Sunita Sumaru for her amazing hair and makeup skills, and our NAIT intern Taylor who helped Michael out on this shoot (the last picture in this post is his!).

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Michael had a great time with Zeb & Aniqa on the week of their wedding, starting with an urban engagement session in downtown Edmonton. Aniqa is from Charlottetown and only arrived in Edmonton a few days before the wedding.

Zeb & Aniqa are very sweet together, and were easy to photograph. Their wedding involved family members and friends of a lot of weddings that we have shot or will be doing soon!  Michael enjoyed swapping stories with the guests that he knew there.

Thanks to awesome second shooter Andrea!

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Zeb told Michael that he wanted something completely different from what he’d ever seen before so together they came up with this image. Michael was precariously perched on a staircase holding his flash in a very tight spot to accomplish it!

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Prepare yourselves – this is officially the longest blog post ever.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Suneina & Summit.  From the moment I met them back in 2011 I knew we were destined to have a fantastic relationship.  To the point that I even got a text from them on their honeymoon!  It’s impossible not to smile when you’re with them.  Summit is a snappy dresser, and Suneina is a social butterfly, they are both successful doctors, and their families mean everything to them.  Above all else, they are totally, utterly, and completely in love with each other.  They make a fantastic team, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

It’s obvious that it’s not hard to take a great photo of these two, but I have to say what an absolute pleasure it was to work with a couple who trusted me completely.  We had a fantastic time the whole week (there were events from Tuesday straight through to Sunday!)  The weddings days were a whirlwind of dancing and music, a horse AND a donkey, a jazz marching band playing Indian music, lots of food, and a whole love of laughter.

I want to say a special thank you to my second shooter and friend Tessa who traveled up from Canmore and stayed with me during the wedding!  We had a blast.  Also thanks to Bruce who helped out with an overlapping event! We’re so lucky to have an amazing team of second shooters!

 

This big, fabulous, over the top Edmonton Indian wedding could not have been possible without a stellar team of vendors:

Sikh Ceremony: Nanaksar Gurdwara
Hindu Ceremony: Crowne Plaza
Reception: Delta Edmonton South
Wedding Planner: Atmosphere Wedding Planning and Design
Hair & Makeup: Pink Orchid Studio
Florist: Kate Ashton
Cake: Cake Couture
Decor: Grand Design
Desert Table: LOVEinc Dessert Styling
DJ: DJ Scammy D
Videographer: A Love Story

 

The week started off with pre-wedding events on both sides.

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Suneina’s family is Sikh, and Summit’s is Hindu, so they had two ceremonies, starting with the Sikh one at Nanaksar Gurdwara.  Summit got Suneina a gift for each day of the wedding, and on this day it was a Chanel purse!  He’s a keeper for sure, and definitely knows one of the ways to Suneina’s heart.

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The next day we did it all again, with a Hindu ceremony at the Crowne Plaza.  I thought that the first wedding day was amazing, and there was even more in store on the second day.  After a few feisty negotiations (and a LOT of dancing) Summit was allowed inside to marry Suneina (again).

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Finally, it was time for the reception at the Delta Edmonton South.  Tons of dance performances, an amazing candy bar, and a huge party.  A perfect end to an amazing week!

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The Labour Day long weekend certainly was aptly named in the world of Shandro Photo!  On that weekend we completed two multi-day weddings between us, as well as another wedding ceremony, we had 5 different second shooters from all over Alberta including Canmore and Fort McMurray, and shot just about 25000 images.  So prepare yourself for some big blog posts coming your way!

Big thanks to Tessa, Ken and Chrystal for second shooting Sharan & Sammy’s wedding events with Michael.

 

Sharan & Sammy’s relationship grew from a single text message. (Awwww!!!)  Sharan won over Sammy’s heart when she paid for the movie on their first date, and the rest is history.  They have been inseparable ever since and loved each other more each day.  This glam couple loves a good party and certainly entertained their guests at their wedding.

Hair & Makeup: Sunita Sumaru
Florist: Wild Orchid
Cake: Cake Couture
Sweets Tables: Duke and Duchess Boutique
DJ: Divinity Productions

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OK girls, you were excited about maybe being on the Shandro Photo blog, and here you are! Michael loved working with all of you!

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Naveen & Shakti compliment each other perfectly.  There was a crazy energy that ran through the wedding, all of their family and friends couldn’t help but dance and smile the whole day.

Shakti loves trains and is a systems engineer for the C-Train in Calgary, so there was no question about incorporating trains into their wedding photos.

Naveen looked absolutely gorgeous (with help from one of our favourite makeup arists Sunita Sumaru!)

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The negotiations at the Doli took on a hilarious turn that I have never seen before. The bride’s side had failed to acquire Shakti’s shoes at the Gurdwara. They tried to convince me to trick him into taking them off during the couple’s portraits but I did not want to be an accomplice. When he arrived at Naveen’s parents’ house, Shakti took his shoes off and left them on the car, essentially giving them away to the other side so that he could buy them back.

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Naveen and Shakti got ready for the reception in the Queen Elizabeth II suite at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. It is huge! Over 2100 square feet. It was a beautiful way to kick-start an evening of elegance.

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To Naveen and Shakti’s delight, their friends did an excellently choreographed Bollywood dance.

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I love these pictures that our second shooter Melissa got of people partying it up to the bhangra music at the dance.

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I liked spending time with Nilam & Mirron from the moment I met them. They just exude cool and confidence. They ADORE each other, and with the help of wedding planner Priya put together a super fun party for their family and friends.

My awesome second shooter team of Wil & Sam helped me out with this one, and we always love  working with videographer Ewen from Vigor Media!

The wedding started off with a party including the Dandiya (traditional folk dance of the Gujarati Indians)

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The wedding day flew by, starting with Nilam’s family journeying into Edmonton from their beautiful Spruce Grove acreage.

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I have never seen such a raucous fight to steal the groom’s shoes.  I almost got taken out in the melee!

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Mirron is a DJ and they had a SUPER cool cake, complete with turntables that actually rotated!

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Sheliza & Graeme (like so many of our couples this year) had a fun and relaxed wedding.

The music party at Palace Banquet Hall was like nothing that I had been to before. A talented quartet played and sang to Hindi tunes that were described as “retro”. The play of light and colour in the room appealed to the senses and complimented the music. The guests sitting on the floor on blankets was like a group of people attending an outdoor concert, only it was in the middle of a hall.

The wedding day at the Devonian Gardens went perfectly. Perfect timing, perfect setting, perfect light, and a perfect romance. There were two ceremonies, a civil service followed by a few Indian traditions.  Sheliza & Graeme are very relaxed together, and are a wonderful couple.

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Preyona & Dileep are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet.  They met where she worked at World Health Club, and slowly their treadmills got closer and closer together…and the rest was history.  Their beautiful Hindu wedding ceremony was filled with laughter, and the smiles didn’t stop through the reception – Preyona & Dileep were so happy to have their friends and family supporting them.  Congratulations you two!!!

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