TRINA + QUINTON

There are so many words that come to mind when describing Trina and Quinton’s 4-day wedding in New Orleans... beautiful, wild, opulent, classy, crazy, delicious, energetic, and of course, Bollywood! It is fair to say that not a single detail was overlooked as Trina, her family, Christine Paul Events, and David Beahm planned the whole affair.

It was also a very full schedule that kept Adam, Sarah, and I very busy (we had just welcomed our little Max at home, and Davina couldn’t make the trip). There was a gathering at Trina's family home, followed by an evening celebration where 500 guests filled up the Civic Theatre in downtown New Orleans to watch friends, family, and professional dancers put on an incredible show full of colour, energy, and laughter. Under a colourful wash of light, everyone filled the dance floor... and set the bar high for the next day. Not surprisingly, the wedding day itself was chock-full of surprises, complete with flower-clad Ferraris, a festive Second Line, and a private concert by British Indian sensation RDB.

Truth be told,  heard about Trina even before she even inquired with us, as she had communicated with many of our photographer friends in the industry (something we can now tease her about!). So it was no secret that photography was one of the most important elements for Trina and Quinton. While that meant that the pressure was definitely on for the three of us, we were also incredibly humbled by their choice to have us be the ones to document their wedding weekend. A huge thank-you to Trina, Quinton and their families for choosing us and welcoming us so warmly.

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.