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.

Liliana + Richard

Lily and Richard are probably one of the most adventurously unique couples we've ever met. But don't take it from me, consider this email we received from Richard a few months before their wedding: "Lily and I have a really terrible automatic defence system when we get overwhelmed - we grab backpacks, find cheap tickets to anywhere, and disappear. Right now we're in the jungle in the south of Mexico. One time we freaked out and ended up in Jerusalem. Another time it was north Africa. 2 years and 20 countries later we're just accepting that it's a joint character flaw." I don't know that I'd call it a flaw... more like an incredible mutual sense of adventure. Naturally, after all of this, we were more than intrigued to see how these two would translate their relationship into a wedding. Well, what they did, is throw a beautiful ceremony and reception in Lily's parents' backyard in downtown Toronto, complete with a trip to the farm, a Dr. Seuss reading, mariachis, an oyster bar in the garage, Chinese lanterns and a blues band. In other words, it was perfectly "them."