Candice + Marc-O | Montreal, QC

posted in Weddings
May 25, 2011

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

Candice and Marco’s wedding, simply put, was a grandiose ballroom affair with the heart and soul of an intimate backyard wedding. With Donald Trump’s wedding as her inspiration, Candice, along with the incredible team at Maddy K, used a sea of flowers to play up the Windsor Ballroom‘s old world elegance. Yet the undertone of this elaborate affair remained down-to-earth, just like Candice and Marco themselves. Candice floated through her day without a care in the world and Marco, a football player for the Alouettes, tugged at our heartstrings every time he looked at his bride. The love in his eyes whenever he held her head in his hands… well, let’s just say it was a pleasant surprise to see this from such a tough jock (sorry Marco, I couldn’t keep that to myself, you’re just too darn sweet!).

Candice and Marco also chose lovely ways to honor the memory of both their fathers. They were beautiful moments throughout the day; from a quiet prayer before the ceremony to a dance with their mothers dedicated to the dads, which reminded everyone of their presence.

This day was truly a pleasure and joy to photograph, and we’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience every emotion this day had to offer. With our own wedding behind us, I’m glad that the appreciation of what we do for a living is only enhanced by having lived the experience ourselves. Thanks for choosing us to capture yours, Candice and Marco!

As always, our favorites are below:

  • tim: gorgeous colors! amazing as always guys! (05.25.2011 02:27pm)
  • Adam Kealing: You two are AMAZING! love love love the pic of the singer!! (05.25.2011 02:38pm)
  • Vatche Vick: Great pics like always loved the chandelier shot !!! (05.25.2011 04:50pm)
  • small: So beautiful! So elegant! And so FUN! (05.25.2011 04:58pm)
  • Julie: Magnifiques photos, comme d'habitude.... spécialement celles sur le plancher de danse, on a le feeling d'être là! (05.25.2011 06:32pm)
  • fer juaristi: One more killer wedding to the dynamic duo! (05.26.2011 06:18am)
  • Jesse: Very nice and awesome party shots!! (05.26.2011 10:49am)
  • Megan: Love, Love, love! I don't know how you keep coming up with so many incredible shots, while amazing moments are happening! Great work you two! (05.26.2011 12:28pm)
  • Micah: Incredible work you two! Love the mannequin portrait and the light spots on the dance floor (and the cameo by Daniel). (05.26.2011 01:23pm)
  • Caroline Robert: You guys are just ridiculous (ly amazing!) (05.26.2011 10:25pm)
  • Stacey: So much fun! I love your unique perspective on a bunch of these - very well telling the story. Looks like a rowdy bunch! (05.28.2011 02:29pm)
  • Katie: Gorgeous! Long time fan, it's about time I comment! :) (05.31.2011 08:54pm)
  • Dina: Beautiful work! (06.14.2011 05:33pm)
  • shipra: i truly don't know what to say. Your work is just mind-blowing and I'm left just plain speechless! Big fan from Florida. (07.03.2011 12:24pm)


Toronto Workshop with Fer Juaristi

posted in Workshops
May 17, 2011

Written by Daniel Kudish. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

Last week, we traveled to Toronto to teach a 2 day workshop with photographer Fer Juaristi. We were very fortunate to have an amazing group of very passionate photographers from all over. Their enthusiasm kept our lectures going, made our shoots a blast, and was a true inspiration to us.

Special thanks to Fer for coming all the way from Mexico to teach with us, Jessica who leant us her studio for 2 very long days, our patient “models” (real couples of course), and our 15 wonderful students!

Here are a few of our favorites from the shoots and a look behind the scenes:

  • fer juaristi: dudes, the honor was all mine! We had a blast! Next stop, Mexico! (05.17.2011 12:24pm)
  • Kathleen: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE!! Keith & Keeley are so adorable :) (05.17.2011 01:50pm)
  • Adam Kealing: In love with the first picture, and it looks like it was so much fun!!!!! (05.17.2011 04:34pm)
  • Megan: Um, you guys are amazing! Wish we could have been there too! (05.19.2011 12:53pm)
  • aga: great stuff guys, lucky students to have fer and the two of you inspiring and teaching them! (05.21.2011 10:46am)


Maryam + Nabil | April 16th 2011 | Montreal, QC

posted in Weddings
May 5, 2011

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

In life, you can plan and plan and plan, but you never know what unexpected things might pop into your life and change everything. Maryam and Nabil were hoping for a big wedding in Maryam’s native Venezuela, but a little change in plans came along… in the form of a baby bump. They have of course embraced this unexpected surprise, and opted for a low-key, Montreal wedding with their closest friends and family by their side. Small weddings tend to be our favorites to photograph, as they are often more focussed on love and emotion rather than the grandness of the event, and this wedding was no exception. With Maryam’s Venezuelan roots and Nabil’s Lebanese background, we knew we could count on the party being a wild one – even with the small guest count. And boy were we ever right! The small dance floor, always bursting at the seams with happy dancers, forced us to get right in there and view the party from a different angle. We’re always grateful for a kick outside our comfort zone, and this was certainly a welcome one.

After a bit of a long hiatus (we have a good excuse: we were off getting hitched ourselves! But more on that later…), we’re happy to share our favorites from Maryam and Nabil’s wedding.

  • Micah & Megan: You guys are unstoppable! Perfect balance of emotional moments and how the #*%!@ did you do that! Love the one with the red spheres! (05.06.2011 03:11pm)
  • Roberto Ramos: Pure fantasy¡¡ stunning images. Congrat¡¡¡ (05.06.2011 05:06pm)
  • Adam Kealing: Wonderful post guys!!!!! Agree with Micah and Megan, the one with the red spheres is AMAZING! (05.08.2011 03:38pm)
  • David Josue: Killer shoots dudes! I love the one of the smile throu the hands (05.08.2011 10:41pm)
  • fer juaristi: Dudes, rocking the pictures big time. (05.09.2011 10:31am)
  • daniel stark: so good--love them all. nice work, guys! (05.09.2011 10:56am)
  • Derren & Lisa: Awesome images! We especially loved the uncorking moment a couple of shots in. (05.09.2011 11:04am)
  • Daniel Aguilar: You guys are fantastic! (05.09.2011 11:17am)
  • NATAN: Too much good, guys, unreal (05.17.2011 06:13pm)


Grace + Yitao | March 12th 2011 | Taipei, Taiwan

posted in Weddings
March 28, 2011

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

It seems fitting that Grace and Yitao flew us halfway around the world to photograph their wedding. Airplanes have played a big role in their relationship, from the very beginning when Grace caught Yitao’s eye on a flight to Shanghai. It wasn’t until they ran into each other at a club in that same city that they finally had the chance to meet, starting with Yitao bolding saying, “Remember me? We were on the same flight!” There were going to be many more flights in their future, with Yitao living in San Francisco and Grace living in Taipei, but eventually the two moved to San Francisco… and then eventually back to Taipei again! – so they could be together.

Throughout the craziness that surrounds a wedding, Grace and Yitao made it a priority to show us around their city for the few days that followed and preceded their wedding day. It was like having our own personal tour guides who made sure we ate our way through the city. And did we ever eat! At this very moment, I am desperately craving some world famous dumplings from Din Tai Fung. Mmmmm….

Grace and Yitao, thank you so much for entrusting your wedding photos to us and for giving us such a great tour of your wonderful city. And THANK YOU for going to karaoke after your wedding – it certainly was a highlight for us to witness, document, and yes, even experience!

  • Rafa: D+D super power! Congrats amigos. (03.28.2011 01:51pm)
  • Hannie & Jon: .........LEGENDARY (03.28.2011 02:46pm)
  • Daniel Aguilar: I love the way you guys see the world :) (03.28.2011 04:19pm)
  • fer juaristi: every freaking click is full of magic! (03.28.2011 04:22pm)
  • ARI: One word. Amazing. (03.28.2011 04:24pm)
  • Sasha: Rockin!!! (03.28.2011 04:35pm)
  • Leo Timoshuk: You guys just can't stop...Amazing pictures!!! (03.28.2011 05:30pm)
  • daniel stark: dang. so. awesome. (03.30.2011 04:05pm)
  • Phill: You've made cinema, in stills. (03.31.2011 08:44am)
  • Dave: Floating makeup hand?? wowzers! (04.01.2011 02:06pm)
  • Leslie Biggar: I had been looking forward to seeing this wedding, and it did not disappoint! I love these photos so much, and the glimpses of Taiwan are absolutely perfect! (04.02.2011 03:13pm)
  • name*miah klein: You have those angles down. Refections, color, light...mi likey. (04.05.2011 07:45pm)
  • barbara chung: I got really tingly looking at those photos.. great captures!!! (04.17.2011 04:48pm)
  • micah carroll: Absolutely love your work... I'm an aspiring photographer myself, but I just wanted to take the time to let you know. Best of luck! (04.25.2011 07:27pm)
  • Jeanette Verster: OMW how stunning! (04.27.2011 10:14am)
  • Brett: You rocked this wedding. And that first getting ready shot is just pure awesomeness! (05.05.2011 02:41pm)
  • shanni: love the floating hand!!! (05.26.2011 06:13pm)


Frances + Jimi | February 27th 2011 | Panama

posted in Weddings
March 17, 2011

Written by Davina Palik. Photographed by Davina Palik & Daniel Kudish.

We first met Frances years ago, before we were Davina + Daniel. Back then, we were At First Sight Studio, and we had a team of photographers working with us. Frances was one of our photographers, and she quickly became a good friend. Soon enough though, Daniel and I got fed up with mass producing wedding photos and we decided that we wanted to focus on become better photographers and work as a team, just the two of us. Around that same time, Frances’ boyfriend Jimi moved to Panama for work, and she moved there to be with him.

Last year, Frances and Jimi got engaged and immediately asked us if we would be the photographers for their wedding in Mexico. We happily accepted, however destination wedding planning (as Daniel and I know all too well!) became too much and that plan was aborted. Instead, they planned a wedding for two – just the two of them and the two of us – in Panama where they now live. The result was unlike anything we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing and photographing. With just each other to focus on, their legal ceremony on the roof of their building, as well as their beach ceremony 2 days later, were emotionally charged and just simply beautiful.

This also gave Daniel and I new roles that we had never faced before: the role of only guests. I often found myself switching from bridesmaid to photographer, especially when Frances’ bouquet was delivered and it was nothing like she had wanted. I turned into a florist and gathered all the baby’s breath I could find to give her the bouquet she originally had envisioned for herself. Even Daniel got in on the bridesmaid action and re-glued Frances’ false eyelashes when they fell off from the heat! {Shameless plug: check out our facebook fan page to see some of the behind the scenes photos from this and other weddings!}

Frances and Jimi, thank you for putting all your trust in us for capturing this most spectacular day. We hope these photos bring you back to the moments which made the day special and we hope your friends and family who missed out on being there will feel like they experienced it all with you. To see the full two-day affair, click here for the slideshow.

  • Michael: This is some of the best work I've seen from anyone in a while. Killer set! The first shot is oh sooo good! (03.17.2011 04:20pm)
  • Jeremy: Whoa, guys! I especially love that street shot of the woman looking back at the couple :) (03.17.2011 04:21pm)
  • Quin Cheung: Such beautiful work guys! You killed it while doing double duty! Way to go! (03.17.2011 04:27pm)
  • daniel stark: jaw is on the ground. period. (03.17.2011 04:28pm)
  • Megan: Guys... I'm speechless. I can't even pick a favorite. This wedding is so epic, so beautiful, and you captured the whole thing perfectly. Well done. (03.17.2011 04:40pm)
  • Micah: There are no words guys, but I'll try to muster up a few! Moving. Epic. Clever. Real. Dramatic. Absolutely incredible work my friends! (03.17.2011 04:40pm)
  • Brandon Wong: Holy shit (03.17.2011 04:44pm)
  • Jasser Abu-Giemi: Each shot is spectacular, you guys made eye candy with this project. (03.17.2011 04:55pm)
  • Jenn: oh my gosh i am speechless and breathless- these are definitely some of the most AMAZING INCREDIBLE GORGEOUS ARTISTIC photos i've ever seen from you guys... simply stunning. wow. (03.17.2011 04:57pm)
  • Tim Chin: beautiful, beautiful work you guys. (03.17.2011 05:23pm)
  • Paolo: Amazing, I really love the one where the older woman turned around for a second take! I like her style ;) (03.17.2011 06:12pm)
  • Leo Timoshuk: just amazing... love every single shot! (03.17.2011 06:51pm)
  • Vanisha: AMAZING!!!! I love :) (03.17.2011 06:55pm)
  • Chris Boyd: Awesome set of images. But that first one... wow. Stunning. (03.17.2011 07:50pm)
  • molina: i love this so much... i almost cried. (03.17.2011 08:02pm)
  • Sarah Kealing: ummmm seriously?? These couldn't be more perfect, and the slideshow definitely brought me to tears. So amazing. :) (03.17.2011 08:05pm)
  • Adam Kealing: Oh my goodness, beyond incredible! Definitely looked over and caught Sarah tearing up during the slideshow. You two constantly give me the inspiration to become a better photographer :) (03.17.2011 08:07pm)
  • fer juaristi: dudes, this wedding is freaking awesome! Amazing set guys! (03.17.2011 08:19pm)
  • Caitlin: Love, love, love!!! You guys are amazing! (03.17.2011 08:52pm)
  • Vatche Vick: very nice and very neat congrats !!! (03.17.2011 09:00pm)
  • PHOTOSBYSTICKS: You guys KILLED it! Wow. Awesome work. (03.17.2011 09:16pm)
  • Erin C: I gotta say guys, this is the best work i've ever seen from you. You reached a new level with this wedding. Congrats :) (03.18.2011 12:19am)
  • Will Pursell photo: just came across your website... Really amazing work! very inspiring Lovin that first shot! (03.19.2011 01:57pm)
  • Kat: Simply amazing! You are my favs! The one of the bride in the tree is really unique. I loved every single one of these photographs! (03.19.2011 04:15pm)
  • jose díaz: Wow! I like it very much, "Saludos" from Spain!!! (03.20.2011 02:52pm)
  • ARI S.: These are all amazing! wow. (03.21.2011 05:48am)
  • bartek: ridiculous guys! your use of lighting is really beautiful (03.21.2011 08:32pm)
  • Mark: That opening shot is amazing. Really, really nice work! (03.22.2011 10:35am)
  • Javi Collazo: Wooo really awesome pics .My favourite, the tree's photo with the bride. Great work!!! (03.23.2011 09:57am)
  • Jenny: These photos are stunning! (03.23.2011 12:53pm)
  • name*Jessica Moores: message* wow. I agree with Erin. Best EVER. Fabulous. (03.24.2011 12:52am)
  • JasonG: Wow... amazing image. (03.24.2011 07:10am)
  • Dave: You have obtained intergalatic spiritual one-ness with your camera. This is a career highlight... super stoked for you both! (03.24.2011 06:01pm)
  • luis mateus: super cool this photos, you very well captured the love of the couple. Congrats (03.25.2011 05:24am)
  • Ashley I do not know what to say. I am welled up with emotion and so many thoughts.This is one of the most captivating wedding albums I've ever seen. You both have outdone yourselves! I hope someday to have learned some of what you both have mastered. Well. Done. (03.28.2011 01:52pm)
  • Rafa: One word, amazing! (03.28.2011 01:53pm)
  • Miah Klein: holy smokes that first image is insane! (04.05.2011 07:46pm)
  • Brett: Just found you through Micah and Megan who bragged on you big time. Their praise was well deserved, you guys are rockin it!!! (04.08.2011 09:12pm)
  • Orlando Wedding Videographer: I seriously LOVE that dress that she wore for the TTD session. Any chance I can get the name of the designer? (08.27.2011 06:49am)