The first time I met Maya & Zaafir, it was on skype. Maya & Zaafir live in Palo Alto, CA where they both attended Stanford University, but they originally met at Princeton University. Zaafir is from here in Calgary and Maya was born in Kentucky in the U.S. They decided to have their wedding here in Calgary at the Sheraton Eau Claire. I immediately liked them when we had our video chat and couldn’t wait to meet them. The second time we met was for their e-session in Kananaskis. Their connection with each other during that session made my job really easy. I knew that on the wedding day it wouldn’t be hard to get great photos of them. On this day I had my friend Alicia Price come out and help me shoot M&Z’s wedding.
The wedding was a grand fusion of Hindu and Ismaili traditions. The day started with Maya getting ready for their Hindu ceremony, which was first. Maya was adorned in a traditional Indian sari and lots of gold. Alicia stayed with Maya while I went downstairs to meet up with Zaafir and do his getting ready photos. Once they were done getting ready, we did the first look in the sky walk that was attached to the Sheraton Eau Claire. I love doing first looks! After the first look it was time for the traditional Hindu ceremony. Once the ceremony was completed we went and did photos of M&Z around the Sheraton before heading back up to the hotel room to get ready for the Ismaili part of the day. We did more getting ready photos of M&Z, but this one was more traditional when it comes to North American weddings. Maya slipped into her beautiful wedding dress and we had a ball photographing her. She looked absolutely beautiful and cameras were clicking away like crazy. Once they were ready, we did another first look so Zaafir could see Maya in her white dress. We immediately went and shot more photos of the couple afterwards and then met up with their wedding party.
Thank you Maya & Zaafir for your trust on your big day. We really feel honored to have been a part of your wedding. We really loved your connection with each other and we’re so proud of the photos we have created for you. I wish you all the best and please do let me know when you are back in town so we can hang out again. I will do the same if I am ever in San Francisco.