Details From Hodan and Abdi's Wedding!

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year and welcome to my first blog post of 2018! Today I get to share the gorgeous detail images from one of the beautiful summer 2017 weddings that I covered! A little backstory here is that the bride and groom don't actually live in Canada but instead are currently based in Abu Dhabi however as the bride grew up in Scarborough, she returned home to have her wedding. The bride is a good friend of a past client of mine and that is how she had come to find out about my work.

The wedding took place in what is one of my favourite banquet halls in the G.T.A; The Scarborough Convention Centre! One of the things I really adored at this wedding was the beautiful colour scheme of maroon and blush! (2018 Brides take note this was actually a most stunning combo!). Weddings by Sultana did an amazing job on the reception decor and I distinctly remember a couple of guests coming up to me to ask who did the decor since they were in love with it.

I have to say that it was a sincere pleasure to work with Hodan and Abdi for their wedding and engagement photos and I wish them a most blessed life together always. Ameen.


Wedding Venue: Scarborough Convention Centre

Wedding Decor: Sultana's Wedding decor

Bride's Bouquet: Sultana's Wedding Decor

Cupcake Tower: Frecious Catering 

Bride's Shoes: Nina Shoes

Videographer: Noor Aqil

If you would like to book me for your 2018 wedding then get in touch HERE!

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That brings me to the end of this blog post! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Our "African Inspired Modern Wedding" Styled Shoot Got Published!

Hey y'all! This is just a quick blog post to shout out the fact that I am finally a published photographer! Woohoo!  The "African Inspired Modern Wedding" Styled Wedding Shoot that I shot earlier this year was picked up by Munaluchi Bride Magazine for their Winter 2017 issue that was just released on December 24th! Here is my feature below! Stay tuned for a blog post on my website with the full set of images/ backstory from this shoot featuring an amazing group of vendors (all the vendors are listed at the bottom of this post with their links to their website or instagram page! To view the digital magazine of Munaluchi Bride then please click on this LINK!

If you would like to book me for your 2018 wedding then get in touch HERE!

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Event Planners: M and Z Event Planners

Florist: Zuhoor Designs

Groom's Suit: CE Clothier

Bridal Dresses: Gesare Regalia

Decor: Decor Inspirations

Makeup Artist: Faces by Zainab

Cake: The Bowtie Bakery

Accessories: Love Lakeri

Accessories (Earrings): Designs by Yaa

Cinematography: Aperture Lane

Models: Rasheed Donalds and Yasmin Nooh

Invitation Suite and Menus: Karimah Gheddai for Studio Gheddai

BiaSHEara: Vendor Spotlight: M & Z Event Management!


Hello everyone! Today's blog post is exciting as I get to feature two amazing Event Planners! Maryam and Zuhur of M & Z Event Management. I am featuring them as part of the BiaSHEara series which focuses on highlighting the work of women who are of East African heritage and who are entrepreneurs serving the Greater Toronto Area. However please note that the BiaSHEara blog series also features "womenpreneurs" from all different backgrounds as well (as you will have noticed if you have read past blog posts).

I first heard of the M & Z Event Management team when they contacted me about shooting a wedding for one of their clients at the beginning of this year (See that wedding HERE!). They showed up to my client meeting along with the bride and asked all the right questions about the way I shoot weddings. This was key as it ensured that we were all on the same page. On the wedding day they were very professional and took their jobs seriously. Amongst the many services they provided, I was most impressed with the fact that they made sure to take the time to communicate the agenda to the photographer during the course of events (I know it sounds like that should be a given, but I have seen my fair share of "planners" and "coordinators" who just don't think this is important for some reason) this included making sure the bride's entrance was smooth which allowed me to do the videography and photography at the same time all by myself (something I rarely ever do due to the logistics of it all).

M and Z Event Management also assisted me in planning and successfully executing a "Styled Wedding Shoot" earlier this year. With their help we were able to put together a great styled shoot with one of the most dedicated teams. Stay tuned for some exciting news on that styled shoot!

If you are looking for planners for your event, bridal shower or wedding then get in touch with them at the following e-mail: or you can also visit their instagram page HERE.

Above: Zuhur of M & Z Event Management.

Above: Maryam of M & Z Event Management


Details from Newal and Ibrahim's Wedding

Today I have the utmost pleasure of sharing some of the detail images from one of my favourite weddings of this past summer. This one was special as it was the wedding of a cousin of mine and everything about it was spectacular. The couple are Eritrean Canadians and so there were many elements of Eritrean culture that were featured during the wedding. I will only be sharing details due to the privacy request by the couple.

This was a cousin from the Aberra side of my family woop woop! (had to give them a shout out). If you don't know, the Aberra brothers (one of which was my grandfather on my mother's side) were the original entrepreneurs out of Eritrea, they ran one of the largest bus lines in the city of Asmara back in the day, and though those days are long gone they are forever one of my entrepreneurial inspirations!

Anyway back to this wedding... it really all was amazing from the venue, to the outfits, to the opportunity to see so many of our relatives (Aberra family members) who turned up in large numbers from all over North America and the World!  Thank you to Newal and Ibrahim for having me as your photographer to capture your special day! Congratulations!

Vendors (Click on their names to visit their social media pages/websites):

Wedding Venue: Scarborough Convention Centre

Wedding Decor: Bliss Beginnings by Baneen Abidi

Melse Venue: Thorncliffe Banquet Hall

Melse Traditional Decor: Rami Decor

Bride's Make-Up: Neo's Beauty

Bride's Bouquet: Zuhoor Designs

Videographer: Naoma Khan

If you would like to book me for your 2018 wedding or special event then get in touch HERE!

The bride's bouquet for the wedding was stunning and was created by Zuhoor Designs. It was requested by the bride for it to look like one big rose. Apparently this is called a "Glamelia" in the world of floristry. Let me say that"Glamelia" was something! I had certainly never seen anything like it in all the weddings I have covered. 

The "Bride and Groom" Champagne Glasses were super cute. P.S Of course it was non-alcoholic champagne that got served

Each of the bridesmaids at the wedding wore one of the lovely headbands shown below 

Wooo check out that rock! I love the rectangular design! Oh and those shoes again my oh my!

I incorporated the "N" and "I" letter lights from their Nikkah Party (which I photographed earlier in the year) in this detail shot below.

The 5- tier cake was certainly one of the largest I have ever seen. I liked that it was simple but had those beautiful lace details and pops of red roses.

It was beautiful to see all the women dressed up in their colourful yellow Zurias serving the food. Each group of women wore a different colour of Zuria based on their affiliations with one another.

The dancing was off the hook and apart from the Habesha and Arabic songs I have to say I will forever link French Montana's song "Unforgettable" to this wedding as it was played a couple of times at the reception and Melse (how fitting as it was an unforgettable wedding)


A Melse is a traditional Eritrean/Ethiopian wedding event that happens on the second day of a wedding. The Melse at this wedding featured tons of cultural touches and lots and lots of dancing!

What a colourful backdrop! The decor specialist (Rami Decor) did some great work on this traditional decor setting

Injera is usually served on a platter for the bride and groom to share with their bridal party

Hambasha is a type of sweet bread that is served with traditional coffee after a meal.

Finally since it pretty much rained all day on the actual wedding day, we simply did not have the ability to do outdoor shots so we scheduled a post wedding bridal session and I have to say I absolutely loved the images like the one below. Remember brides this is always an option if you were not able to do portraits on your wedding day for one reason or another. Getting back in to your wedding dress on a less hectic day than your actual wedding day can result in a fun shoot!

Okay so I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Watch out for a number of blog posts coming up in the following weeks! Until next time...

À bientôt !


Details from Z and M's Wedding!

Hey y'all! Hope you are having a lovely fall season so far! I personally am loving fall this year which is odd as I used to dread this time of the year! However what can I say, the opportunity to wear layers and drink Hot chocolate while cozying up with a blanket (not that it's that cold yet) to read a book has just won me over! I am currently in editing season, trying to wrap up all the weddings I had the opportunity to cover this past summer and so here is a blog post of one of those beautiful weddings! Due to client privacy requests however I can only share details from this wedding. Enjoy the blog post!


Event Planner: Alyssa and Co. Events

Venue: The Venetian Banquet Hall

Decor: Alyssa and Co. Events

If you would like to book me for your wedding or special event then get in touch HERE!

Until the next blog post (which will be coming up pretty soon!) have a great one! I hope to have you back on my page soon!


Caryma's Portraits

It's not too often (maybe about 5 times in my life now lol) that I have come across another person on this earth with essentially the same name as myself (well if you ignore the spelling in this case lol), so you can imagine my joy when I saw an inquiry for a photo session by a Toronto lawyer named Caryma. What were the odds!

We had the photoshoot in the lovely neighbourhood of Kensington Market as this is where Caryma spends a lot of her time and it is quite close to her office. I personally just love Kensington Market as there are so many amazing backgrounds and features in this neighbourhood, that it really gives any portrait session a unique pop! 

To find out more about the work Caryma is doing/does, check out her firm [S]ADVOCACY for your legal needs!

If you would like to book me for your portraits then get in touch HERE!