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Charmaine + Nikhil Wedding |

by Kevin Lam

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When I meet new couples, we usually chat over a coffee (…or two) to get to know each other and look through some of my past work. When I met Charmaine, our first meeting must have lasted for only ten minutes as she thumbed rapidly through my sample albums. I got the initial impression that perhaps she wasn’t all that interested in having me photograph her wedding. It was surprising therefore when I heard back from her and Nikhil about photographing their wedding. I was thrilled!

Nikhil hails from Bangalore, India and didn’t move permanently to Canada until recently. So planning the wedding was mostly in Charmaine’s very capable hands.

During our conversations, Charmaine & Nikhil expressed their fondness for travelling the world. In all of Nikhil’s travels, up until this past year, he still hadn’t seen a Canadian Autumn. Fortunately for him, their wedding would be in mid-October. Right in the middle of the gorgeous Autumn season. We photographed the newly married couple that day at Humber Arboretum. Personally, I can’t think of a better way for Nikhil to experience his first Canadian Autumn than getting married to Charmaine!

Photographed by Kevin & Billy.

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Engagement photos: Charmaine & Nikhil Engagement
Venue: Riviera Parque
Church: St. Paul’s Basilica Parish
Hair stylist & Make-up artist: Ruchika Verma, Lesonne Bridals

Ivy + Chan Wedding | ,

by Kevin Lam

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Ivy & Chan are a playful couple that knows how to have fun. Their great sense of humour was a constant element throughout their wedding day. It was all about having fun and not taking things too seriously. These two just couldn’t stop laughing and smiling all day long!

Sarah Bunnett-Gibson was invited to officiate their wedding. Sarah is one of my favourite people to work with and I always know my couples are in good hands. Her ceremonies are always tasteful, sincere, and entertaining. I can always wholeheartedly recommend her when any of my couples are looking for a wedding officiant.

The Gardiner Museum was chosen for the wedding ceremony site for its sleek and modern aesthetic. We photographed them around the museum in the afternoon, taking full advantage of the beautiful architectural elements throughout. The Gardiner Museum can be a challenging venue for most photographers, but we really enjoyed using our keen eye for lighting and composition to bring out the best in the photos

For the reception we headed up to the Markham Event Centre for a full Chinese banquet complete with a lion dance and awesome music played by DJ Triple J.

Two of our photos from Ivy & Chan’s wedding were chosen by Bride Canada as top 50 finalists for Best Wedding Photos of 2012. We’re completely honoured! But regardless of any accolades, the most important thing is that we’re glad Ivy & Chan just had an amazing wedding day and that we got to be a part of it.

Photographed by Kevin & Kevin F.

Ivy & Chan's Wedding Images Chosen for Bride.ca Best Wedding Photos 2012

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Ceremony: Gardiner Museum
Venue:  Markham Event Centre
Officiant: Sarah Bunnett-Gibson
Make-up artist: Rowena Chung
Hair stylist: Shirley, Fanbo
Cake: Angeline Chean
Music: Jovie Jovellanos, DJ Triple J
Florist: Rosalind Chu, Petals N Blooms
Lion dance: Sammy Cheng Toronto Lion Dance
Photo booth: CheezySmiles Photo Booth

Julia + Samuel Wedding |

by Kevin Lam

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Kudos to Julia, Samuel, and their bridal party for braving the bitterly cold and windy Autumn weather for us on the wedding day. Julia really loved the idea of Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in the Autumn and wanted us to photograph them there.

Even though I came prepared with a jacket, it was colder than I anticipated. I could only imagine how cold Julia and her bridesmaids must have been feeling. Nevertheless, everybody toughed it out and we came away with some fantastic images.

Let’s not give all the credit to the girls though. I mean Samuel and his groomsmen toughed it out in other ways too. The girls certainly didn’t make the Chinese wedding door games in the morning easy for them at all. Having to dance “Gangnam Style” several times was certainly not something Samuel anticipated he’d be doing on his wedding day I’m sure. Everyone had a lot of fun with it though, and that’s what weddings really are all about.

Photographed by Kevin & Andy.

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Engagement photos: Julia & Samuel Engagement
Church: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Markham
Hair stylist & Make-up artist: Rowena Chung
Florist: Classy Flowers