I remember being very anxious for the weekend of Nadia + Tariq’s wedding because I had 3 back to back shoots (2 weddings and a maternity) and I’ve never done that before (2 at the most). I have been warned by other photographers how draining that could be but what could I say? I was excited and did it anyway. It all worked out in the end, I had a great time at all the events and thanks to the cardio I was working on, I didn’t feel too bad after that weekend.
Nadia + Tariq’s wedding was a little different for me, one thing was that they were already married. You see, Tariq works and lives in the States, so Nadia + Tariq had already signed all the legal papers last year so that Nadia could move over there with Tariq by the time all their wedding celebrations were completed. Yes, there were multiple celebrations/ceremonies and I had the honour to document their last one in Canada (they had one more in the States once Nadia moved over there). Nadia had told me she was pretty “wedding’ed out” by this point which I don’t blame her, I mean planning one wedding is stressful enough but imagine planning multiple ones in one year! Even though she was sick of planning, she showed up beaming and looked stunning! We started off the day with creative portraits at the Humber Arboretum.
Don’t you just love how colourful and intricate Indian wedding gowns are and the groom isn’t left out either 😉We were having so much fun at the creatives, we really didn’t want to leave but there was a big party waiting for these two, so afterward we headed to the Woodbine Banquet Hall that was decorated in their pink and bling theme.Meet Nadia’s cute little nephew in his awesome outfit! Normally he’s very camera shy but that night he was a natural model hehe.It was so fun that night, everyone was buzzing with energy. They had small ceremonies throughout the night and near the end the bride’s family had to steal the groom’s shoes and he would have to pay up to get them back. It was pretty funny because at one point Nadia pretended to steal the shoes from her family for Tariq and everyone gasped since it was so unexpected. In the end, bride’s family did pretty well if you ask me.The most emotional part of the night when Nadia’s family had to send her off, especially since Nadia was moving to the States and leaving the next day.Thanks again Nadia + Tariq for allowing Francis and I to document your last celebration in Canada. Wish you both nothing but the best in your new life together in the States, finally no more long distance! 🙂