Posts Tagged ‘Trash the Dress’

This is Michael: while Haley was home with our new baby girl back in March, I jetted to Mexico for a unique wedding.

Anu and Rajeev did something quite different for their wedding – they had a traditional Sikh wedding in an untraditional location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! We believe this is the start of a trend. We met Anu in 2007 when her twin sister Ashu was getting engaged, and we have grown very close to this wonderful family.

So let’s get started with the pictures from this trend-setting wedding! Anu’s sisters did her mehndi by the beach.

The sangeet was an open-air affair on the hotel’s beautiful infinity pool patio.

How many Dhanju sisters does it take to lift Garry?

The DJ is their friend Scotty, who totally pounded the beats…we expect to see him at many weddings in Edmonton in the future!

The decor for the chura ceremony was unlike anything I have ever seen before: fantastic white couches, shiny white dance floor and bar, crashing waves, and distant mountains.

Anu is stunning!

They got married at the Dreams Los Cabos, and the resort did a fantastic job of taking care of Anu & Rajeev’s every desire. They got ready for the wedding separately in the resort.

A few days before the wedding I had noticed a place to rent horses on the beach. Many Indian grooms will ride to the ceremony on a horse for the barat, and I thought it would be incredible to have Rajeev do the same. So I surprised him by renting a horse for his grand entrance!

The ceremony location was picturesque.

After the ceremony I had a chance to spend some time with Anu & Rajeev around the beautiful old town with a vibrant marketplace.

An Indian Sweets shop in Mexico?

Earlier in the week I had scouted a location with a calm beach for our ‘trash the lengha’ photo shoot! Anu had really wanted to do this, so all three of us hopped into the water.

The reception was held in a private corner of the hotel, can you imagine a more beautiful place to have your first dance? And Anu & Rajeev treated us to a fireworks show.

We had a water taxi shuttle us to these incredible secluded cliffs the day after the wedding. The white outfits look amazing against the sandy rock.

The first reaction we have to the huge canvas on our wall is usually: ‘wow, that’s hot!’

The second reaction is ‘how on earth could she do that to her dress?’

So, in the interest of public education, we are here to tell you that after her Trash the Dress session, Stephanie’s wedding dress was far from trashed. She took it to a drycleaner (which she was planning to do anyway) and it came out perfectly clean. So if you’re worried about how your dress will fare on the wedding day or anything you might be brave enough to do with it afterwards, rest assured it will be just fine.

Bridal Expo 2009

September 29, 2009

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at Bridal Expo this past Sunday at the Shaw! The turnout was amazing and we enjoyed chatting with everyone at our booth. Special thanks to Jasmine Lalli ( and Shana Verma ( for providing amazing free henna to people who came by our booth. Also special thanks to Shanna and Lindsay, who were on hand to talk about their experience with Shandro Photo. The beautiful flower arrangement was by La Piazza Dasee, another exhibitor at the show, and we couldn’t have done it without A Modern Proposal and Special Event Rentals. Thanks guys!

I love Michael for so many reasons. He’s my partner in life and business, and he makes me smile each and every day. Cheesy I know, but it’s true! One thing I love about him is how handy he is. He built this whole booth (I painted!), and I am so impressed at how it turned out. It was a tremendous amount of work, but totally worth it, and unlike anything we’ve seen in Edmonton.

We’re looking forward to meeting with many of you again soon!

We’ve had such an incredible response to this image. I love this huge canvas, and I love that we get to look at it every day. Sexy!!!

Welcome to the new look of Shandro Photo! We saved this amazing photo shoot for the launch of our new brand. We’ve worked really hard over the last several months to create a fresh new look for our company. We absolutely love what we do, and are so excited about the change.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Stephanie & David, who are still on their 2 month Australian honeymoon (jealous!) Stephanie & David planned a day-after session when they first met with us about their wedding photography.  Stephanie knew she wanted to do something extraordinary, and we knew just the spot. They have been waiting to see these photos – we didn’t show them anything in the back of the camera during the shoot, and we saved them for the blog launch – so I know they’ll be excited to see them!  I’m going to let these images speak for themselves – I get goosebumps every time I look at them.

This amazing image it is officially my favourite image of the year – we have a huge canvas of it in our gallery.

This one is inspired by John Michael Cooper.

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