As he recounted in his speech on their wedding day, Bhavesh clearly remembers exactly when he realized he was falling hard for Aarti. While out in Toronto one day in the early stages of their relationship, they witnessed a confrontation between strangers. As soon as she realized what was happening, Aarti sprang into action. She flagged down a police officer, gathered witnesses, and made sure the victim was safe. All of this, she did without hesitation, and Bhavesh felt incredibly lucky to have met such a brave and decisive woman. In that moment, he knew he wanted to keep this courageous and compassionate person in his life.
Aarti and Bhavesh share a love that is warm, strong, and full of humour. They deeply inspire each other and consistently push one another to pursue their greatest dreams. In fact, Aarti defended her PhD dissertation only a month after their wedding, so when she wasn't wedding planning, she was writing and prepping like crazy, and Bhavesh encouraged her every step of the way. These lovebirds recently reunited after a year of living long-distance, just in time for their wedding festivities to begin. And oh, what a series of celebrations it was!
I am deeply grateful to my longtime friend and her lovely new husband for the incredible amount of faith they showed in asking me to document their day. Although I've attended many Indian weddings, they knew this was the first one I've captured as a photographer. When I asked Aarti about different traditions and certain moments, she outlined a few key things and then said that she trusted me completely. I can't overstate how much it means to a photographer to know that you have a person's complete trust. Aarti and Bhavesh, you put your faith in me and Brian and we are so appreciative. It was an absolute thrill on every level to photograph your wedding day in all its vibrant glory. Wishing you so much happiness and love, and congratulations again, doctor!
Okay guys, get ready for an explosion of colour, love and joy. I will warn you I've gone overboard with how many photos are included, but there are so many amazing traditions that I wanted to include them all. I'm sure you'll be as obsessed with the beauty of their wedding as I was.
The day really kicked off with the baraat
, in which drums and singing heralded the groom's arrival, by bicycle!
Then the milni,
which is the meeting of both the bride and groom's families
While the milni
took place, Aarti secretly watched from above, though I was spotted by a few guests!
Then it was time for the ceremony, which was spectacular
Then it was time for the doli
, where the bride leaves her family to join the family of her husband. It is traditionally a bittersweet ceremony, given the bride's mixed emotions of excitement about her marriage and her sadness over leaving her family home. Though she certainly did her best to remain solemn out of respect for tradition, there was the occasional smile.
We headed to Spencer Smith Park for some portraits.
The sweet owners of Kelly's Bake Shoppe
kindly let us step in for a few photos. Aarti is a huge fan of cupcakes, so it was pretty great.
Then Aarti and her gorgeous sisters headed to the studio of South Asian makeup and hair guru Shirley Wu to prepare for the reception.
Once they were ready for the party, Aarti and Bhavesh and I headed to Brampton for some more portraits. Two amazing looks and two portrait sessions? It was a photographer's dream!
Thanks for indulging me with this next photo, A + B! I couldn't resist.
The day culminated in a reception with incredible food, heartfelt speeches, a really, really awesome dance floor and an epic dessert spread that included a milk and cookie bar!
Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you about one other awesome thing they did! Aarti and Bhavesh love Nuit Blanche, and were sad to miss Toronto's version for, you know, their wedding day. They decided to bring a little of the spirit of Nuit Blanche to their reception, and included this beautiful poem in their dessert buffet area. So cool!
Ceremony Venue: Burlington Performing Arts Centre
// Reception Venue: Embassy Grand
// Photography: Dallas Curow Photography, with Brian Fauteux // Makeup & Hair: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu
// additional credits coming soon!