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To quote one of the reception speeches, Kiran found the best thing that you could possibly find at Home Depot!

These two lovebirds met in the lumber aisle there, and the rest was history. I first met Kiran at her cousin Sam’s wedding last year, and after she saw the photos she called me to shoot her wedding to Kyle! Kiran is the definition of a bubbly personality, and Kyle is the perfect complement to her.  He’s goofy, and constantly smiling.  They were just a delight to work with.

Unfortunately I was already booked for the first of the two wedding days, but luckily we have an amazing team, and Melissa stepped in as an associate shooter for us to shoot the ceremony day (with awesome second shooter Grace!).  The girls did an amazing job, and we’re looking forward to expanding the team to having some more associate shooters in the future!

This wedding was all about family and friends, and Kiran and Kyle have a HUGE group of supporters who are overjoyed about their marriage.  The joining of these two families was a really cool thing to experience.

Ceremony: Nanaksar Gurdwara and Mirage Banquet Hall
Reception: Mirage Banquet Hall
Hair & Makeup: Sen Studios
Decor: Mirage Banquet Hall
Video: Ring Tail Films
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

– Haley

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Day 2 brought a Christian ceremony officiated by Kyle’s aunt, and a big party! Melissa and I had a fantastic time.

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Behind the scenes!

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Better grab some popcorn, folks – this is going to be a big one!

Sheena & Rajat’s was my longest wedding of the year, and easily one of the most luxurious.  Until you have been a part of a wedding like this I don’t think you can fully comprehend the amount of planning, organization, construction, scheduling, and emotion that goes into a multi-day cultural wedding.  Not only are there more functions and events than a single-day caucasian wedding, there is more EVERYTHING.  Every function has food, different jewelry and outfits, different family members and guests, and a different purpose.

After nearly 10 years of photographing all types of weddings, and all types of ‘Indian’ weddings (Sikh, Hindu, Muslim) I have developed a pretty intimate understanding of each event, sometimes even more than some of the guests!  I’m so very fortunate to have been given this education, and I truly love being at the epicentre of these vibrant weddings.

Sheena & Rajat’s wedding started off with me doing a tequila shot with the bride’s dad, and I immediately felt like one of the family.  Sheena is a gorgeous energetic girl, and Rajat is constantly smiling – mostly whenever he is around Sheena.  My favourite moments at this huge wedding are when it was just me and these two (along with my fantastic assistant Christine, and my favourite videography crew from A Love Story). Even though we had a ‘job’ to do, I loved getting to hang out with them in the middle of their wedding.  A chance to take a breath! To slow down, and relax. Through it all, they were never stressed out, they just enjoyed everything! They were truly a team – taking care of each other through the process and just completely in love.

I can’t say enough about each and every vendor involved in this wedding. We throw around the word ‘dream team’ a lot, but I can definitely say that with this wedding.  I got to work with so many of my favourite people at this wedding!

Ceremony: River Cree Resort
Reception: Shaw Conference Centre
Planner: Atmosphere Weddings
Florist: faBLOOMosity
Cake: The Art of Cake
Hair/Makeup: Sen Studios (Sunita)
Decor: Elegant Touches, Dress My Day, M Wedding and Events, Site 6 Events
Vidoegrapher: A Love Story
DJ: Harman B
Dancer: Harman Baweja (Third Street Beat)
Photo Booth: Ready Set Booth
Mehndi: Henna Art

(For the photo nerds out there, my team shot over 13000 frames over 29 hours of coverage over 5 days!)

Ready? Here we go!

– Haley

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Behind the scenes, and some fabulous videos from the team at A Love Story!  Check out how the decor all came together, and the highlight video!

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Surprise! I shot the wedding of these two gorgeous people a couple of years ago, and was super happy to see them as guests at this wedding!

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I didn’t have an opportunity to meet Jaskreet & Harjot before their wedding, but everything about what and who they chose to put on their lavish event was right up my alley.  They flew in makeup a makeup artist from LA, and some of my favourite local vendors like Dress My Day, faBLOOMosity, and PinkPolka.  With such an awesome team in place, I knew that we would have a fantastic day together.

Some photographers recommend couples an engagement session before the wedding in order to become comfortable with your photographer and to learn how they shoot.  While I absolutely love shooting engagement portraits of my clients, I also definitely think that any wedding photographer should feel comfortable walking into a situation and being able to make beautiful images without having previously worked with the couple.  Weddings are a whole different ball game as compared to a portrait shoot, and nowhere is that made more evident than a mulit-day Sikh wedding!  I love the chaos, the colours, and all the family members.  Most importantly, Jaskreet & Harjot trusted me and my team to accomplish everything we needed to, and we had an awesome day.

Thanks Bruce for shooting this with me (and RedBull and Starbucks 😉

*Side note for photographers: if you want to learn more about Indian weddings, make sure to come to Canada Photo Convention 2015! We’re going to be speaking about the ins and outs of Indian/multi-day/cultural weddings. October 21-22 in Toronto!*

 

On to Jaskreet & Harjot’s wedding!  All of these images are from the same day – they opted to have their ceremony and reception back to back. It made for a long but very packed day!

Florist: faBLOOMosity
Cake: Cakes by Geeta
Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lu Lu
Decor: Dress My Day, M Wedding and Events
Video: Style Video
Stationery: Pinkpolka
Photobooth: Ready Set Booth

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Behind the scenes!! Follow me on instagram @haleyshandrophoto for more behind the scenes action as it happens!

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Jasmine & Paul were married on the August long weekend, and just shortly beforehand we squeezed in an engagement session, partially so that they would have some beautiful prints to display at their reception!  I’m super excited to share their wedding photos (which I’ll be blogging next week!) and in the meantime here is their fun urban engagement shoot in downtown Edmonton.

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We first met Neelam years ago at a friend’s wedding, and we’re so happy she followed along with us and our work ever since! When it came time for her to tie the knot with Rajat (hey, that rhymes!) we are so happy she chose to work with us.

We had a full ceremony day with a traditional Sikh ceremony at Nanaksar Gurdwara in the morning, followed by an intimate backyard Hindu ceremony. There were plenty of tears from all sides both of joy and of realization. Weddings like this make Michael wonder how he is not going to cry for the entire day of our daughter Evelyn’s wedding (hopefully many years in the future).

Neelam exudes happiness. No matter what is going on around her, even rain on her reception day in Banff, she and Rajat were just so happy to be surrounded by friends and family celebrating with them on their wedding day.

Michael and our second shooter Bruce had an awesome time traveling between Edmonton and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for this fab wedding!

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The Mirage Banguet Hall was a great setting for the chuda ceremony. It was beautifully decorated and there was lots of room for people to see what was going on.

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Before the ceremony while everyone else was getting ready, Neelam and I went out to the forest behind her house for a quick impromptu portrait session. As a child she played in this clearing.

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Breaking with tradition a little nit, Neelam just couldn’t wait to see Rajat and she had me coordinate a chance for Rajat to sneak out so that they could see each-other before the wedding ceremony.

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Multi-day weddings are vibrant, chaotic, loud and eventful. At the core of them are a husband and wife, starting out their lives together.  One of the privileges I have as a wedding photographer is to be with them in the quiet moments, the in between times where it’s just the two of them.  It’s then that I really get to know the people I’m photographing, and get a sense of who they are as a couple.  I want to sincerely thank Tehseena & Omar for choosing me as their wedding photographer. They are such kind and genuine people, and I really got to know them as friends during their wedding.  We had a fantastic time, and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at the wedding as well!

An extra thank you to my second shooter Sam for his hard work and support over this 3 day event.

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Tehseena waited in a separate room while the Muslim marriage contract was signed – there was some confusion about who she was actually married to – either Omar or his father!

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The groom’s siblings decided to attack Tehseena’s sister with silly string…Sam and I got hit as collateral damage!

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Gurvir and Jag will be celebrating their engagement ceremony (with Michael behind the camera) next weekend!  I met up with them for a fun engagement session and they’ll be displaying some of the photos at the engagement ceremony.  I love their style, and I love how much they value photography – we had a great time together and I’m so excited I got to work with them!  Thanks to my NAIT intern Kelsey for helping me out with this shoot.

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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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