Katrina + Brandon

When we first met Katrina and Brandon 4 years ago, they were still college students, dating, and living as roommates, while growing their new wedding photography business. It was clear that these two were ambitious and well beyond their years in terms of their talent and accomplishments. Daniel and Brandon met through the online wedding photography community, and Brandon invited us to stay with them in California while on a roadtrip across the United States. We hit it off immediately and they quickly became two of our closest friends, who we now consider family. We feel like we know these two pretty well; we are so familiar Brandon’s sense of humor and indescribable laugh, and Katrina’s gentle, kind, and generous spirit. But throughout their wedding weekend in Palm Springs, we had the pleasure of getting to know their families whom we had never met before. It quickly became apparent that these two are appropriate products of their parents: Brandon’s side is hilarious, adorable, and at times wonderfully inappropriate, and Katrina’s parents are thoughtful, sweet and just like their daughter, they laugh at all of Brandon’s jokes.

Katrina and Brandon put so much thought into their big day, and to say that it paid off would be an understatement. Brandon, who Katrina often jokingly referred to as the bride, insisted on a romantic twilight reception on the stunning grounds of Korakia, and balanced it off by surprising guests with a Vegas nightclub-inspired dance party at a secret location, complete with showgirls, fog, lasers, and a performance by the groom. We often joked that this wedding had split personalities, but in fact, it was perfectly suited to this couple who appreciates beauty and romance, but who also loves a baller party!

Epic is a word so commonly used nowadays, but I honestly can’t think of a more appropriate word to sum up this whole affair. Katrina and Brandon, we are so touched that you selected us to capture your most incredible day. We love you both so very much and our lives are better with you in them.

You can view our favourite photos above, and take a look at their slideshow, HERE!

Nadia + Lawrence

We were connected with Nadia and Lawrence through what we like to call our "Taiwanese Connection" (because it makes us sound really hardcore and mysterious). This connection is actually our former bride Grace, whose wedding to Yitao we photographed in Taipei back in 2011. We had such a great time with these two and the feeling must have been mutual because we have since traveled to Japan and Bhutan for weddings that she recommended us for. It was notable that Nadia and Lawrence's wedding in California's wine country would be the first time we saw this group of friends outside of Asia! After working as an unofficial wedding consultant for her friends, we were both thrilled and unsurprised when Grace announced that she would be the official wedding planner for this wedding, a business she hopes to continue expanding. The weddings we had the pleasure of documenting in Taiwan, Japan, and Bhutan were all so unique in their own way, and Nadia and Lawrence's was no exception. They chose Sonoma for its undeniable beauty and delicious wine, and we got all that and then some at Kunde Estate. They picked only their favorite Taiwanese tradition, the door games, and kept the rest of the day nice and simple with a short ceremony officiated by a friend, followed by cocktails, a first dance, dinner, and a few speeches.

Don't think that because the traditional Taiwanese part of the day was short that this means the girls took it easy on Lawrence and his groomsmen! In order for Lawrence to earn the right to see Nadia, the guys had to reenact some complicated gymnastics poses, pop balloons between their legs, and remove pantyhose from over their faces without using their hands. But it was all worth it once the two were reunited again, and we finally got to witness the sweetness between them. Daniel and I got to spend some additional time with Nadia and Lawrence as we took them around the property for portraits, and the kindness and respect they have for one another was evidenced by the sweet, helpful gestures they offer each other. Getting around a vineyard in a wedding dress has it's challenges, but Lawrence was always up for lending his bride a helpful hand.

It was an honor to share in the lovely union of these two individuals, in the always stunning setting of California's finest landscapes. Thank you to Grace, Lawrence and Nadia for making us a part of it.

Abby + Bahi

On the eve of Abby and Bahi's wedding, we met up with them at a bar in downtown Toronto. The four of us discussed how life has a funny way of putting two individuals together, often times despite the odds. It was our very first time meeting them, yet the conversation flowed effortlessly, and had the four of us sharing intimate details about life with a partner. The complicity we had discussed the night before was so obvious to us as we witnessed them become husband and wife the next day. Having been kept separate for the first part of the day, they constantly exchanged excited glances throughout their traditional Sri Lankan ceremony when they were finally reunited. You could feel the relief that came from being together again, as though all was now right in the world again.

After the ceremony, Abby swapped her sari for a navy gown, and Bahi went from a traditional sherwani to a silver suit for their elegant reception at the Art Gallery of Ontario. There, about a dozen friends and family members took the mic to recall stories of Abby and Bahi's lives as individuals and as a couple. It was a trip down memory lane for the two of them, as told by the most important people in their lives, and it gave all guests a unique insight into these two individuals. What ensued, as one would imagine, was laughter, tears, and everything in between.

We absolutely love photographing cultural weddings for their energy, color, and sacredness, but to get such an intimate view into the relationship of these two individuals was even more special to us. Thank you, Abby and Bahi, for allowing us into your lives and your wedding day.

Janice + Jason

We have had the pleasure of getting to know Janice and Jason (the J's) through Jason's sister MJ and his brother-in-law Mike (the M's). The M's are two of the most important people to Daniel and I (the D's), so we the D's knew that because we love the M's, we would also love the J's (and we do!). On their wedding day we quickly learned that we are but two names on a very, very long list of people who also love the J's. From the start of the day to the end of the night, their posse of friends and family enthusiastically participated in surrounding them with a crazy amount of high energy. They ambushed them at the exit of the church, cheered them on during the limo ride drink-chugging, and every one of them took part in an epic dance-off... not surprising considering  one of the groomsmen is a member of the Jabbawockeez!

The J's incorporated their shared passions for beer, their cockerspaniel Fuji, and Star Wars into their wedding; my personal favorite was their "May the J's be with you" Instagram hashtag. Not only do the J's share these quirky interests and inside jokes with each other, but their friends and families are very much a part of the stories that led to their ongoing antics. Throughout the day I was reminded of how precious it is to not only find the person who brings out the best version of yourself, but also to find an entourage of friends who enrich your life. The J's have that in spades, and their wedding was a celebration of just that.

The M's have enriched our lives since the moment we met them, and we are so grateful to have been included in the J's circle with such warm and open arms. Thanks for sharing your wedding day with us, you two. "This will be a day long remembered." (that's a Star Wars quote... which I'll admit I had to Google!)

 

The Vendors Venue: Hilton Waterfront Huntington Beach Church: Our Lady Queen of Angels Coordinator: Simply Sweet Weddings Photobooth Rental: Photobooth Supply Co. Videographer: Film Foto Fusion DJ: SGM Events Cake: Kings Hawaiian Bakery Hair: Eileen Alvarez Make-up: Beauty by TK

Irene + Jimmy

Getting to Paro, Bhutan is no easy feat. The country has but one airline, which only flies out of a select few destinations in Asia. Only 8 pilots in the world are trained and certified to take off or land there, and the weather conditions have to be just right - a tricky thing to predict at an elevation of 7300 feet. As we swerved through the mountains and prepared to (hopefully) land safely, I turned to Daniel and said, "You just know that a place that's this hard to get to is going to be good!" As it turns out, this proclamation would prove to be quite the understatement. Irene and Jimmy chose to have their wedding in Bhutan after falling in love with the place on a previous trip. They wanted their guests to experience the stunning landscapes and unique culture for themselves, so they planned a 3-day affair to show off the best of what the region has to offer. From the traditional performances upon our arrival, to the farewell hike up to an ancient fortress (for which all guests donned cultural dress), Irene and Jimmy ensured that their guests got the full Bhutanese experience.

The greatest highlight for us, not just of this trip but possibly of our entire careers as wedding photographers, was the monk's blessing.The city's 1300 year old local temple receives very few visitors, and those visitors must abide by a strict no photos rule. Much to our delight, they graciously waived this rule for us and allowed us to photograph the blessing of Irene and Jimmy's marriage. What our cameras could not capture was the sound of the monks' instruments and chants - a sound which gave both Daniel and I goosebumps and tears in our eyes.

Irene and Jimmy, thank you for choosing us to document this special event and special place for you. It was truly the experience of a lifetime.

You can browse through our favourites above, and you can also view their slideshow HERE.