We had such a fun time photographing Anoushka and Aabid’s Ismaili Centre and Westwood Plateau wedding. This couple was actually our first photo shoot that we ever did at the Sea to Sky Gondola. It was an awesome engagement session with these two. After their engagement, they chose their wedding date and hired us for their wedding, and we couldn’t have been more excited about working with them again! Fast forward to this year, they originally chose another venue in the Okanagan, but they experienced some last minute changes, and had to change their venue completely to be local. They decided on the Ismaili centre for their ceremony and Westwood Plateau for their reception. We photographed their Mehndi party a couple days prior to their wedding at Royal Palace Banquet Hall. I love these parties! There is so much energy, a ton of colours, entertainers and dancing. Towards the end of the night, Aabid surprised Anoushka with a song he had written and performed for her with his band, which put her in tears. It was an epic party.
Two days later, it was their wedding day. They got ready at Executive Hotel in Burnaby where Ayesha Lakha Makeup and Faye Smith Makeup and Hair made them all look picture perfect for their day. We found this amazing waterfall wall at one of the resident buildings nearby that was the perfect spot for their first look. They wanted to exchange rings and vows at this time, since their ceremony didn’t involve it. It was a special moment for the two of them. Afterwards, we took them to Deer Lake for some wedding photos of just the two of them. They had an outdoor ceremony at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, and Anoushka’s mom walked her down the aisle. Anoushka actually chose her wedding date based on her dad’s birthday. Her father passed away years ago, and she wanted to celebrate on his birthday, as he always loved good food and amazing parties. She mentioned this during her speech at the reception, and it was honestly the hardest thing to photograph when you are in tears and you can’t see through your lens. There were so many vendors involved in their day: Dream Wedding Flowers for their flowers and bouquets, cake and dessert by Cake by Nicole, their reception was decorated by Koncept Event Design , Lonsdale Event Rentals, PRO-SPEC Production Services Ltd for lighting and sound, and Modern Mint Events who also did double duty and coordinated/planned the day so it went smoothly. I’ve never seen Westwood Plateau look like this, it was completely transformed! They hired DJ Friktion and flew him in from Vegas to get the party started. Did they ever party and dance the whole night away! Anoushka and Aabid, we can’t thank you enough for having us a part of your Westwood Plateau wedding! You guys are adorable and awesome, and we are so happy we had the opportunity to work with you! – Lauren