First birthdays are a big deal. But it down side is the guest of honour often isn’t in any place to really enjoy it that much, so it’s important everyone else has a good time. That’s exactly what happened today with this party. The grandparents got a chance to catch up and admire other grandkids, the parents got to let their kids blow of steam and the babies all got attention from everyone. With great “concession” food, street hockey outside for big and little kids, as well as games for those who were not willing to brave the chill in the air, everyone had an amazing time. If you want to see some of what it was like, click here. There is a password, so you’ll have to get that from the parents.
Well my time with this wedding has come to a close. With the Satak, the last of the family events is done, and now the wedding and reception will be passed over to another photographer. The Satak ceremony is an interesting one, as many religious ones are. They are, at the core, rituals that haven’t changed for generations. They create a bond between those who have shared them and this makes them awesome and powerful. So for a simple ceremony, I find this one to have quite a bit of weight to it. Mehul was joined by a massive extended family today that came to support him for this weekend. If you want to see some of what happened, click here, and yup, the password is the same.
Well it’s finally started. Mehul and Sheral are finally getting married. After all the waiting and planning, things kicked off with the Sanji night at the ACCA Centre. Dancing, playing, laughing, and eating with friends, family, and friends and family that are soon to be was the order of the evening. Outside of the learning curve for dandia, everyone had a great time. If you want to see, take a look at the gallery here. There is a password, but you can ask Mehul or Sheral for that.
Culture is about tradition, and of all the colorful traditions that hail from India, one of the most interesting is the shrimant. There are many stories as to why this ceremony is done, and what is to be included; there is however always food, fun, and family. This was certainly the case with Shetal and Jaimini’s event last month here in Edmonton. Held at the Summerside Beach House, family from across Alberta came to celebrate the pending arrival of a new addition to the Patel family. If you want to see it again, or see what you missed, click here.
Last night was the 6th annual Timeraiser in Edmonton. It saw 4000 volunteer hours raised for dozens of organizations. The evening brings together a great variety of people who are all interested in making Edmonton better by giving of themselves. This year was no different. But compared to other years, this one was different in a couple ways. First, it was downtown at the Boyle Street Plaza. Second, because it has run a few times, people knew what do, so the bids came quickly. If you want to see some of what happened through the night, click here and enjoy.
I was somewhere outside of Viking Alberta when I got the call from Jenn asking if I would be able to capture her grandmother’s 101 birthday party. While I couldn’t do much over the phone while driving, I was quickly able to get all the details sorted with Jenn. To say that I was a little bit intimidated would have been pretty close to the mark. Having just witnessed the birth of my second baby, who at the time of this shoot would have been 13 days old; capturing the special moments for a family with a grandma who is 101 just blew me away. I met up with them in Japanese Village here in Edmonton, and while being entertained by the teppanyaki chefs, they all had a blast. If you want to see the smiles, click here and enjoy!
Both June and her husband just turned fifty, and though this surprise party was for her husband… he said it was a delayed party for her. Regardless of who it was for, it was a great time with family and friends. Especially touching was having four generations able to be together. Quite an accomplishment these days to be sure. If you were there and want to see who else was there, click here to see what I captured. If you want to share your photos to your own gallery, let me know and I’ll set one up!