Aliya and John toasted with their friends in candlelight, amongst the books in Casa Loma's library room in Toronto
These posts start as a blank page; for Aliya and John I had thousands of pictures I could have filled it with.
I spent four separate days photographing them last year. Four days may not seem like a long time in the scheme of getting to know a person, but in the context of a wedding I think it is. When a group of people come together there is reminiscing of the past, and there is stories to recount from the time spent apart. I heard bits and pieces from every corner of Aliya and John's life. Jokes from their siblings from childhood, and well wishes from their co-workers.
They spent the final night of their wedding celebrations surrounded by age old stories in Casa Loma's library room and it was there that Aliya's two best friends told a story in their speech, that I surprisingly already knew.
They shared a small excerpt from children's book The Little Prince.
“For me you are only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me and I’ll be the only fox in the world for you.”
“I am looking for friends. What does that mean -- tame?"
"It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties."
"To establish ties?"
“People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
I now have had the pleasure of knowing Aliya and John, four days of ties. With that knowledge of two people's story, intertwined together, I became responsible for telling the truth of their story in a way that is unique in the world.
As always, but especially for Aliya and John it was a privilege.
All-Star Team that helped make these four days worth telling stories about for years to come.
Second shooters: Brian Van Wyk and Aamer Kapadia