Shania and Arvind

Vancouver, BC, Canada



Photography | Hong Photography Studio | @hongphotography

Location | Private Residence

Event Planner | Jessie Khaira Events | @jessiekhaira

Makeup Artist | Vivian Jun Makeup Artistry | @makeupbyvivianjun

From the Photographer

With Arvind proposing to Shania in India at the Golden Temple, we wanted to create a modern look for their engagement shoot at home. Our vision for Arvind & Shania’s engagement shoot was for it to feel as though we were flipping through a magazine.

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Arvind and I met through our family. Our families have known each other for 20 years and he had seen me at my parents business and told his sister that he liked me. His sister told his mom and his mom told mine.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

We both love being active and spending our time by doing activities such as hiking, working out and playing with our dogs. We also love to travel so we always have spontaneous trips that we literally will book a week in advance so it keeps our relationship exciting.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

We first became best friends and were able to tell each other everything which made us trust each other. From there, a spark grew and once we started talking about our future, I knew he was the one.


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

He surprised me in India at the Golden temple when we went to go wedding outfit shopping! He got the ring ready in 2 weeks before our trip and planned it all with his family. His parents kept telling me I had to dress up and do my makeup to go to the temple but I refused to. Then his sister said she was dressing up so we could take nice pictures so then I ended up dressing up as well and when I got there I was praying and when I turned around he was on one knee.


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

My ring is a classic round brilliant just over 3 carats with a band with diamonds that go all around. I wanted something classic and clean so this is perfect.


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

Yes, I am super excited! I know that I want an outdoor wedding and that’s pretty much it so far!