This past May I flew with two wanderlusting Torontonians to Iceland for an epic Icelandic adventurous engagement session. I only had 30 hours to explore the island with them before heading back to Toronto, so we took full advantage of our limited time together and took in as much as we could from one of the most breathtaking places on our planet.
As you'll see in these photos, Michelle and Cory are so genuinely themselves - and their beautiful wedding completely reflected that. Their Toronto wedding took place at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse near the Distillery District - it's a gem of a venue that's perfect for smaller, more intimate affairs. There was no need for formalities or false pretences - the intimacy of their wedding showed over and over again how relaxed and genuine everyone was with one another. From Cory's gangsta ceremony entrance, to their relaxed and hilarious best friend photos (no bridal party!) - it was so much fun to capture two people who wanted to keep things real, be their awesome selves and celebrate with the people they love most in the world. Thanks for having me document your beautiful wedding day you too! <3
Awesome people who helped make this wedding happen
Officiant: www.portraitceremonies.com (Laura Higgins is incredible)
DJ: www.vinylvows.com (they play all vinyl, it was rad)
Makeup artist: Michelle's friends Jenn & Kat
Hair stylist: Suzzi Raposo
Bride's gown: vintage (ummmm hell yes)
I have a confession to make. I have a love affair going on with Arizona. Maybe it's because the terrain is so vastly different to what I'm used to in Toronto. Maybe it's how kind and courteous the locals are. I can say one thing for certain - it's DEFINITELY connected to the crazy amount of cacti native to the land. Arizona is cactus heaven and I couldn't have been more excited to photograph an engagement session in a state that I've fallen in love with!
Ellen, Eric & I spent two days road tripping through northern Arizona this past January while shooting engagement photos. When we weren't oohing and aahing over the landscape at every turn, the hours in the car were spent talking about our lives, amazing podcasts (thanks for getting me hooked onto How I Built This with Guy Raz!), Eric's nervousness regarding the dog they were about to foster and mine and Ellen's mutual love for all things cacti. It was so special getting to spend a solid amount of time with these two before their wedding day!
The accessibility to nature in Arizona is something that I really appreciate - wherever you turn, there seems to be a great hiking trail available. We definitely took advantage of that. Day one was spent exploring the rugged and desert terrain of Page, Arizona. A hidden slot canyon that required a 1.5 km hike into the middle of nowhere and Horseshoe Bend were the main attractions. The second day was just as thrilling as we spent the day in one of my new favourite places - the Flintstones' town of Bedrock - I mean, Sedona. Hiking the Devil's Bridge Trail and checking out crystal shops during the day while photographing more engagement photos at sunset with Cathedral Rock in the background. Our earth is such a wonder to me. I am amazed by its beauty and Arizona is proof of its magic!
What I loved most about Padmini & Alex's wedding was how epically Canadian their love story is. Two people who grew up in entirely different worlds, met and fell in love in Toronto. Their wedding celebrations were steeped with Chinese customs & Indian traditions with Tamil elements. And their guests?! It seemed as though people from all corners of the globe flew in to celebrate with these two amazing humans. It was a beautiful display of diversity and it made my heart absolutely swoon.
They started by having a civil ceremony and Chinese tea ceremony in Toronto. The second part of their wedding adventure took place a month and a half after that, at Tijara Fort Palace in India - a place so magical you'll believe you're dreaming. Situated on top of a mountain and surrounded by fields of mustard, it was the perfect setting for Padmini & Alex's magical wedding. Though their wedding in India was a three day visually-rich affair that included a gorgeous reception at Gymkhana Country Club in Delhi, here are the highlights from Tijara Fort Palace!