Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.
Daniel and I were looking forward to Alicia and Shez’s wedding since they booked us last fall. They had all the right buzz words to get us excited: DIY, homemade, long weekend, outdoor, out-of-town guests, cape cod… all of which painted a really nice image for us! And their wedding was really all of this. The amount of work that went into it, and the way in which everyone pitched in was really amazing. It really was a labor of love.
Being there the entire weekend and staying at the B&B with all the guests made us feel like we were really a part of this wedding. I love when we have a chance to get to know everyone better. It reminds me why I love being a wedding photographer, as opposed to any other type of photographer, so much: real people. Oh and we got to take home a few vintage plates from the desert buffet – bonus! ; )
A few from the rehearsal evening…And of course, the photobooth made a presence!
Text and photo by Davina Palik
People always comment on how wonderful our jobs are – and they are right. We get to capture one of the happiest days of a couple’s life. The first day of the rest of their lives together. But a few days ago, we photographed a very different type of event. Marie, who should have been getting married today, got together with her closest friends in honor of the fiance she lost just a few months ago. She put on her wedding shoes and reception dress, got her hair done, and had some cocktails with the girls who continue to be her support system. As she told me at some point during the night, this is what Rob would have wanted her to do.
There are no words to express how truly devastated we were to receive this news, and I can only begin to imagine what Marie has gone through and continues to go through. But I can say that she is my hero. The courage and strength she’s shown is an inspiration. I cannot think of her without getting emotional. I have put the wonderful thank-you note she wrote us on our fridge for a daily dose of perspective; a reminder of what is really important. And we will proudly display the milkglass vases she got us for our wedding (she reads my blog!) next year (thanks Marie!).
As for today, we remember Rob and send all of our warmest, most positive thoughts to Marie. She told me she had no regrets about how she spent the short life she had with Rob. She said she was thankful that they never took each other for granted. These words will stay with me forever. I pass them on to you in hopes that they may give you perspective too.
To Marie + Rob.
Written by Daniel Kudish. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.
We always look forward to engagement shoots because they give us the opportunity to photograph in new places. Besides hanging out with our pretty cool clients…
So Shital suggested to do their session at one of the McGill libraries (where she’s working on her Ph.D.). We went into it expecting something big, with long shelves and rows of books, but instead were presented with a small, warm space. There are days where we feel like we have amazing light follow us around, and this was definitely one of them.
Shital & Chet are throwing a big hindu wedding in a month, and even though we expect to be pretty tired (we’ll be coming back from a wedding-trip to Bali), we’re really looking forward to it!
Written by Davina Palik, Photographed by Davina Palik and Daniel Kudish
Before I start this post, you should know that Rachel and Ian got engaged last January. That’s 5 months before they actually got married. Oh, and did I mention that they live in Atlanta, not Montreal? Somehow, they still managed to get all their first pick vendors (*ahem!*) and to pull off one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to. From the custom made tartan kippahs to the specially ordered thistles (the Scottish flower), no detail was overlooked for their Scottish-Jewish wedding. Kristine & Tania of Blanc Events did a wonderful job at putting everything together, and coordinating on the wedding day!
As for Rachel and Ian, well, what can I say? We truly are so lucky to have such fantastic clients. When we first met Rachel and her mom, it was in New York on the first stop of our roadtrip. We met for breakfast and went through our usual client spiel, but it was wedding dresses that we ended up talking about the most. In fact, Rachel and I went to 2 different wedding dress stores at the same time, eventually both finding our dresses on the same day, from the same bridal consultant at Kleinfeld!
Finally, a shout out must go to the Rusty band. Rachel and Ian booked them on our recommendation, without ever hearing them in person, and we couldn’t have been more proud to have referred them! As with every wedding they do, the party was awesome!
Rachel and Ian, thanks for being some amazing to work with. Thanks for having such a fabulous wedding. Thanks for having poutine with us in your wedding gear the day after your wedding. And most of all, thank you for getting in that fountain!And a few from the next day: