Safia and Abdurahman's "Golden Elegance" Wedding

Hi Hi Hi! It's been a while but welcome to my latest blog post! This wedding took place at the Verdi Convention Centre in the West end of Toronto. I can only share details from this wedding due to client request but as usual the details were beautiful! The colour scheme for this wedding was filled with touches of gold, and it all looked so elegant. The bride had two entrances and opted for a most lovely Sari for her first entrance while her bridesmaids wore a simple but chic Diraq (traditional Somali outfit)! For the second entrance, the bride wore a lovely white dress with a a gorgeous low cut back.  Some interesting things about this wedding were that it featured the traditional Buranbur (A Somali traditional dance circle) and some live Somali Singers. One really cool thing though was the custom ice sculpture that was done by Nandasins, a man who took second place (if I remember correctly) at last year's Bloor-Yorkville Ice Sculpture competition (see last photo in blog post for image of ice-sculpture)! Nandasins and his wife also cater desserts and were at the event at the time, setting up their dessert stand. I had a quick chat with him and that's how I found out about him being a past winner of the Ice sculpture competition. All in all the details from this wedding were beautiful and I think it serves as a beautiful inspiration for those thinking of going with Gold as part of their Wedding colour scheme!

I still have dates open for summer weddings up until the date of September 1st. Get in touch if you are still looking for a photographer.

If you would like to book me for your 2017 wedding or special event then get in touch HERE!

Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Verdi Convention Centre

Wedding Decor: Elegant Wedding and Event Decor

Bride's Henna: Henna by Arany

Wedding Cake: Yummy Stuff

Ice Sculpture: Nandasins

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Okay I hope you enjoyed looking over the images in this blog post! Until next time stay blessed!

-Karimah

A Cinematography Post! Vintage Themed Styled Shoot

Hi Hi Hi! Today's post is exciting for me as after a very long time I am finally releasing the video I shot and edited from a styled shoot that I planned and organized along with my friend Husaina from HBaraya Photography.  We had a very talented team of vendors and team members come together to bring the shoot to life and I have to give them all a shoutout on here so here goes:

VENDORS AND TEAM:

Photography at this shoot was done by Husaina Baraya of HBaraya PhotographyHusaina was such a lovely partner to team with and it was a pleasure to work with her. You can soon see her new website at www.hbarayaphotography.com.

The absolutely stunning dresses that the models wore were generously provided by the designer Mishal of Behsah

The beautiful beautiful floral Headpieces, bouquets and centrepieces were done by none other than Bilquees of Zuhoor Designs, and it was stunning. If you have read my blog posts before, you will have noticed that she has done the flowers for majority of the weddings I have covered and that is because she is simply the best out there. None other like her.

Brittany Lynn of Events By B.lynn researched her way into setting the scene for us with the vintage victorian theme. Along with her right hand woman Brenda, they were able to take us back in time. 

Castlefied Designs provided us with two beautiful invitations for the two looks and I loved the colours! Sophie the designer and founder, is amazing at what she does but I really don't need to tell you that, as her work speaks for itself.

Nada of Vanilla Bean Cakery  went way out of her way to design the two beautiful cakes for the shoot and WOW WOW WOW you have to see the beautiful purple cake she created. To say it was stunning would be very much an understatement. I am not just saying this but I truly believe she is one of the most talented cake designers that I have come across in my time as a wedding photographer.

Noura of Nur Artistry did a fabulous job on the Make-Up and we appreciated that she came all the way from Kitchener to be a part of the shoot. I think she did a most lovely job showcasing the two looks.

I can't thank Yasmin Mathurin enough for assisting us with the shoot that day and offering all the advice she had when it comes to film-making, like letting us know where exactly the reflectors should be placed lol. She is a great journalist and film-maker, with a passion that is inspiring. 

Our Models Kate and Lisa were incredibly fabulous! We are grateful for their patience.

Finally I would like to thank Natasha of Natasha Events and Travel for finding some time out of her day to come assist us with the shoot. We truly appreciated it

So... do check out the video above (hit the HD button) and enjoy all the details featured in this shoot. It was a lovely one!

Also see below for some of the lovely photos taken by Husaina and go follow her photography page on Instagram!!!

DISCLAIMER: THE IMAGES BELOW WERE ALL TAKEN BY HUSAINA BARAYA OF HBARAYA PHOTOGRAPHY

BiaSHEara: Rania El Mugammar

Hello! Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather we are having so far. Today's blog post is part of my BiaSHEara series showcasing women entrepreneurs in the city of Toronto. This post is of the fabulous Rania El Mugammar, who is a community activist, writer and artist. We had this shoot back in February and it was a pretty frigid day outside but Rania still managed to look stellar even with all the windy uncomfortable weather. To find out more about the excellent work that Rania does as a writer and community activity then please visit her website at raniawrites.com !

Shoot Location: Regent Park/ Daniel's Spectrum

Rania's Dress:  Kaela Kay

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A Golden 1st Birthday Party!

One of the joys of being a photographer is getting to see how families change over time! On today's blog feature, I am showcasing some of the decor details from a birthday party that I covered for a one year old. I previously had the pleasure of working with this family for their first born's birthday a number of years back, and recently I was invited to cover their younger son's first birthday as well. The party was a small family event that happened in the client's home. All the decor was done by the aunt of the little birthday boy, with items  that were selected by his mom. A fancy "Drip Cake" (this is the "it cake" of 2017) was made by Le Dolci, as well as a smaller plain cake which was used for a cake smash! Due to client request, only the details from this wonderful birthday party are being shared!

Vendors

The beautiful Drip cake, as well as the smash cake were made by Le Dolci.

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Details from A & S's wedding

Good day to you! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Today's feature is on an elegant wedding I covered back at the tail end of January. Due to client privacy I can only share images of details from this wedding, but as usual the brides who go with KGP always have great taste ;P, and so the details are worth a blog post!  A little about the wedding; This wedding took place at the Royal King Banquet Hall in the West end of Toronto.  The bride who is of Somali heritage had two entrances. The first was in the traditional Somali clothing called a Guntiino which is a yellow fabric with red stripes that is tied around the bride's shoulder and draped across her waist in an elaborate fashion. For the second entrance the bride wore what I think was quite possibly the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen! It fit her so perfectly, MashAllah! She also was styling a black henna design that complemented and added to the beauty of the bride's wedding dress. It was truly a pleasure to cover this beautiful wedding and I wish the married couple a wonderful married life InshAllah.

I also have to give kudos to the ladies at MandZ Event planning who were the event planners at this wedding! If you are looking for some help to plan your summer wedding these ladies are fabulous. Remember I am having a promotion where you can get free event planning services up until the end of this month if you book your 2017 summer wedding with me! *terms and conditions apply*.

Vendors:

Event Planners: MandZ Events

Venue: Royal King Banquet Hall

Decor: Babylon Decor

Bride and Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Zuhoor Designs

Bride's Make-Up: Neo's Beauty

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

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Details from H and H's Wedding!

Hello! Welcome to another blog post! This one features a wedding with stunningly beautiful stage decor that is certainly Pinterest worthy! Unfortunately due to client privacy requests however I am unable to share any identifying images, but the details are so beautiful!

I have to say this bride certainly had lovely taste, from her dress to her shoes and down to the welcome board featuring amazing calligraphy! It was the first time I got to see laser cut paper panels as part of the backdrop design at a wedding and I was impressed by the super intricate design by Sultana Wedding decor! It truly was all amazing MashAllah! 

Wedding Venue: The Markham Convention Centre

Cake and Dessert Table: Frecious Catering

Wedding Decor: Sultana Wedding Decor

Bride's bouquet: Zuhoor Designs

Videography: Naoma Khan  

Calligraphy: Mandy Calligraphy

Finally I should mention that if you are still looking for a wedding photographer for your summer 2017 wedding then get in touch with me today to find out about the special promotions I am offering alongside other wedding vendors including FREE event planning services by MandZ Events and and half off Bridal Henna Services by Umm.Kareem! Now who would not want that!  ***terms and conditions apply***

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

Details from S + K's Wedding

Hi Hi Hi! Welcome to another blog entry! Today's post features details from a beautiful Somali wedding I covered back in December right here in Toronto! Yes December weddings are a thing now! In fact I have been covering weddings in December for the past 3 years now Alhamdulilah! The bride wore two beautiful dresses for this wedding. One being a traditional Dirac (a traditional Somali outfit) in the colour green, and the other a stunning off white dress which she managed to find in record time just a few days before her wedding! Due to client privacy I can only share details from this wedding but I enjoyed covering the wedding and I wish the married couple a wonderful marriage ahead filled with blessings from Allah (S.W.T)!

Vendor Information:

Location: Brighton Convention Centre

Decor: Laila Decor

Bride's Henna: Umm-Kareem

Bride's Bouquet: Zuhoor Designs

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