01/07/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , ,

Our E-Shoot Story | Part 1

Ok so I know the last few posts have been right out of my bridal diary, but the big day is quite near and that means lots of stories, venting, and advice for future brides (or grooms)! bangastudios-532

Last week we finally had our e-shoot with the FABULOUS people from Banga Studios!
I say finally for a reason. See the first day we were scheduled for our photo shoot, it rained, and rained and rained. That plus an outdoor shoot don’t mix really well.

For whatever reason, maybe it was the universe trying to tell me this day wasn’t going to work; I woke up stressed. Although I was seeing rays of sunlight, I had this horrible feeling it wasn’t going to last. I spent 2 hours getting the perfect curls in my hair, then my MUA raced over from the west end, to make me pretty, only to tell me the storm was horrible there. Trying to be optimistic even after all the warning signs, I hopped in my car and raced over to see Mr. Fiance. I’m not sure why but again for some odd reason we both felt a little stressed and just not our usual selves which, of course, led to an argument – I have no idea what we argued about, but maybe those few rain drops were getting to us. By the time we got to our location, it was pouring.

Our fabulous photographers were already there and gave us the bad news – it wasn’t going to happen. Now Gurminder (who, by the way, is the most humble person I know in the wedding industry) did call me the morning of, but we thought we would risk it and test our luck. One thing I have to say is the minute Gurminder started talking to us, he was very honest – which is what I appreciate about him as my vendor. He instantly saw my stress and knew how important these pictures were, so he suggested a new date. At first I didn’t like this idea, are you kidding?! I just paid for makeup, spent 2 hours on my hair and had my nail done, not to mention threading my eyebrows to perfection to hear it’s not happening. But he made a point that Mr. Fiance agreed with too, you need a certain mood for your images and clearly we didn’t have that this day.

Then came day 2 of the shoot; the forecast? Rain. GRRRREAT! But the thing about this day was nothing could bring me down. I was just super excited and Mr. Fiance felt the same way. Our shoot was for later in the day so we both took a half day from work to figure out things for ourselves. I even had time to meditate beforehand. My MUA was slightly late, but she made me feel pretty as ever!
The best part? Somehow the rain missed Toronto! It was ONLY in the west and east end. So literally there was no rain exactly where we were shooting. A nice overcast and tiny rays of sunshine – it was PERFECTION.

Gurminder made me feel like I was on ANTM. Honestly, his team knows how to make you feel comfortable in front of a camera. Both shoots went flawlessly… and we all had a lot of fun! His team was organized, and he was willing to do anything to get the shot, even if the meant climbing on top of an 11 ft. basketball net (yes this happened). Simirin came up with some really romantic poses; I loved having her there while Gurminder shot because with all the raw imagery I felt she added that really pretty look into the mix. And the third shooter Sahil, although quiet, I could tell he was looking at things through a whole different angle. It was an amazing team to work with and I can’t wait to work with them again for our big day! These are the kinds of vendors that excite you and make all the craziness worth it. 

The one thing I will say is through all the craziness, back and forth, bookings, planning and what not it all was over in a blink of the eye. Just like that the e-shoot, probably one of the things I was looking forward to the most (maybe even at par with the wedding) is done. Now we wait with excitement for our images.

The moral of the story…

You have to REALLY stop and enjoy every second of your wedding because before you know it, it’s done and all you can do is wait for the pictures to come.

THANK YOU once again to our amazing photographers. None of this would be possible without you!

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25/03/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , ,

Not The Only One

This past weekend, my good friend and colleague, Paras Mehta invited me to his home where he hosted a ‘Discover Your Core-Reveal Your Purpose’ workshop. In only a few hours I learned about my thoughts on money, my life, relationships and that I’m not the only one. Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.40.31 PM

Running a design studio I spend a lot of time by myself, but in this time I’m never focused on me. It’s always about pleasing my clients and ensuring those around me are happy. This workshop peeled away all those roles I play, and let me take a moment to just be with “me” (as one of the guests put it).

It was also a huge eye opener. I’m not the only crazy one! I’m starting to discover most creative people are very emotional just like me. I don’t mean mood swings, but overall we get so involved in our work we think that it’s a direct reflection of us. I’m not saying our work shouldn’t be part of us – but it’s should take over our life mission. I always say a client’s happiness is my happiness. If the clients not happy with something I could very well absorb that and bring it into my personal life. I’m learning to stop this and it’s really nice to know I’m not the only one. In fact, even some of my mentors feel this way.

I’m also learning to take breaks. I use to feel guilty doing this but I’m beginning to realize my life mission is to make the world beautiful and I can only do that if I have some food in me, am healthy, active and happy.

Being a girlboss I still have a lot to learn but I’m happy to be surrounded by so many strong, positive and likeminded people that help me and raise me up vs. pushing me down. This is only the beginning of my journey and there is a lot more to come. I’m growing everyday and slowly learning how to be the best me and deliver that to my work and life. If you’re going through the same then remember you’re not the only one.

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