Ali and I have been living apart for a few months now as he explores opportunities half-way across the globe in Qatar. I miss him dearly and I count down the days until we are together again. So this shoot below didn't come out of nowhere. The idea that loving someone to the extent that you lose your sense of identity doesn't resonate with me. Being away from your loved ones is difficult, but it doesn't mean that you shrivel away and refrain from living your life to the fullest. I think that in any relationship, for it to be long-lasting, strong and mutually beautiful, two people must stand side-by-side on equal footing, cheering each other on in the pursuit of each other's dreams.
They were first friends at work. Ian, who is a quiet, contemplative kind of guy, was captivated by Uzma's bubbly and kind personality. Her sweet demeanour, always paired with a huge beautiful smile, is one of her contagious assets. She makes friends in an instance and Ian couldn't help but be one of them for the longest time. Their friendship blossomed into a deeper, more meaningful relationship that, years later, ended up with an engagement ring on her finger.
As all my friends know, I am a jewelry fiend in love with big statement pieces and long-lasting heirlooms. And yes, the two can definitely go together if worn with the right attitude. As I type, I'm wearing my grandmother's turquoise stone on one finger and shiny gold beads around my neck dangling down my sweater. The most recent pieces in my collection (yes I do now have a collection!) have a special place in my heart. They remind me of the times of wandering through hidden alleyways, experiencing unique cultures and being by Ali's side full of love and excitement. I've begun selecting pieces that reflect my personality so that I'll appreciate them for the long haul.
We are thrilled to launch an exciting guest blog series we've been preparing over the past weeks! We've invited some of our most talented wedding industry peers in Ottawa to guest blog on each of their respective specialities, whether it's choosing the right wedding dress or planning your ideal wedding day. Most importantly, they'll be talking about how to make your wedding day the most meaningful, genuine and personal to you.
We first met Hanan and Said on the day of their engagement shoot and couldn't help but fall in love with this bubbly, romantic couple. With mild February weather (right before the storm!), they walked through the busy streets, hand-in-hand and smiles all around. We could not put down our camera for a single second during this shoot! Whenever we tried, these two would hug so closely, laugh with one another and just be so in love as if we were not there clicking away.