Shali and Shiv

Image 19 of Shali and Shiv

How We Met

Shiv saw Shali for the first time on Dil Mil, a dating app. It was love at first sight for him. Unfortunately, she didn’t see him on the matchmaking app. After months of searching for her, his baby cousin finally ended the hunt – she found her through Shali’s mom’s Facebook account! That was not the end of Shiv’s struggle. He messaged her for weeks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter till Shali finally gave in and decided to reply. A month and countless conversations later, on a rainy summer day they met.
It was also love at first sight for Shali.

How They Asked

Well.. it all started with a vision.

I had asked my best woman, Daisy, to help me scope some locations. Shali had been sweet enough to never ask for a certain kind of proposal (or ring). Instead, her only request was that there be a lot of pictures…because she wouldn’t be able to take it all in.

Image 1 of Shali and Shiv

Yeah, I had definitely that covered.

Daisy and I started by scouting a few spots.

Image 2 of Shali and Shiv

Our choice was Toronto’s Distillery District. Shali and I have always loved that location. Spending countless dates there, walking the cobblestone streets in the summer. It was ideal because it’s romantic, but this is November. It’s cold outside, and the Christmas market was about to begin. I suddenly realized I didn’t want the proposal to be public and cold.

Image 3 of Shali and Shiv

The mood I wanted was warm and intimate. And that’s when we visited The Loft.

It was perfect.

Closed off. Warm (in temperature and mood). Intimate. and available! Daisy had actually gotten married here back in 2015 and the location had always been in my mind as a special place. After talking to the event manager, we were able to secure a few hours on the 20th of November.

Image 4 of Shali and Shiv

The plan was set. I grabbed my A-team.

And the rest is history. Once she realized it, she was at a loss for words.

Image 14 of Shali and Shiv

Image 13 of Shali and Shiv

I took her to the backdrop and asked her to marry me.

Image 12 of Shali and Shiv

Well, I said it in a much sweeter way, but I have no idea what I said, and I’m sure it’s recorded somewhere, but you don’t want to watch a video of me in tears (yes, I cried) professing my love. At least I don’t want you to see it.

Image 5 of Shali and Shiv

Image 6 of Shali and Shiv

Image 7 of Shali and Shiv

Image 8 of Shali and Shiv

Image 11 of Shali and Shiv

Image 15 of Shali and Shiv

Image 18 of Shali and Shiv

Special Thanks

Linda Li
 | Photographer