Angela and Danny Married. Copper Creek Wedding

This entry comes from a café half way around the world in Hong Kong as I’m working away on my vacation (if my daughter was old enough to speak.. her and her mommy would be yelling at me right now)…but I digress. Since it’s Nov 11 in Toronto right now ,  I can’t help but be thankful to all the soldiers that fought for our freedoms.  Ironically, I look across the street and I can see hundreds of people protesting day and night for the same democracy we take for granted.  As I’m forever playing catch up on our site, we head into our October wedding shoots, featuring Angela and Danny.

I’m really excited to share these pics from Angela and Danny’s wedding for many reasons.   One, as I got to know them in the year leading up to their wedding, I found them to be such sweet and genuine people.   Not only that but I can say that this was one of my favourite weddings this year. It is always fun when you see the bride and groom really enjoying themselves … and that, in m opinion, makes an awesome wedding.

So there are a few things about their wedding that were pretty noteworthy.  Angela’s parent’s home is really nice - More so… according to the family.. the house was quickly renovated just in time for Angela’s big day.  Ironically I can relate as we didn’t do anything to our home for 5 years and the moment our daughter was about to arrive, we started painting and installing “real” curtains… must be a daughter of the house thing.  There were so many sentimental aspects in the pics that I appreciate – Formal pics were done at Angela’s parent’s home in their beautiful backyard. Angela’s veil was from her Mom’s wedding.. which was pretty sweet and the Cadillac they took to the church belongs to her grandfather.

Before we get to the pics to story tell their day,  I wanted to sincerely thank both Angela and Danny for being such a fun couple that made our jobs so enjoyable.  Thanks to my friend and teammate Kevin C for working hard on this shoot with me.

P.S.  Unlimited Ten Ren BBT…is such a good thing to have at the end of a wedding shoot, thanks again guys!

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Var and Anderson Married. West River Event Centre Wedding

If you follow us on Instagram, you might notice that I’ve been posting a lot of street photography pics of Asia. For me, street photography is something I love shooting and sharing. It brings me peace like a athlete and its like training as it hones me to be a better wedding photographer.   I’ll  always advocate this… if you want to become a better/wedding photographer.. do street photography.  It’s late at night for me right now in my part of the world and I’m sitting in our hotel room while mom and baby are sleeping excited to finally share this wedding.

Var and Anderson was the last of our back to back September weddings. This was a much anticipated wedding for me as I’ve been in constant communication with Anderson from the day they gave us this wonderful opportunity.  On their wedding day I was also pretty stoked especially since I got to see our mutual friends Allen and Michelle.  On their wedding day they packed a lot of events into their itinerary and everything was executed perfectly. On that note, special thanks to Christine March (www.imprintwedding.ca) and her team for coordinating their day, Harvey & Roger Tam (www.rovey.ca) for their impeccable catering, Carla Abramovici (tradesensationevents.com) for the gorgeous décor (awesome seeing you again!) and to Norris Wong’s Team (www.norrisfilms.com) for their awesome SDE.

Since we carefully chose the pics to tell their story, I won’t go into the specific details of their day and let the pics do the talking. One note worthy and talented mention was a special guest that attended / participated in their wedding.  I remember when Anderson wrote me an email telling me about a singer named Kathleen Nguyen and how they thought she would be a perfect musical talent for their day. Fast forward to their wedding and they were totally right. Her voice added so much to the feel of their day and definitely made the SDE that much more emotional.

I want to thank our good friend and teammate Kevin C for shooting along side me and also to thank Anderson and Var for having us on their special day.

 

Your Friend,

 

Leon
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Life in HK

A lot of people thought we were nuts for wanting to go to Asia with our three month old little girl.  And here we are half way through our trip that seemed so scary at first but will probably be one of our greatest memories as a family.   People scared us with things such as our baby girl is too young, what if she gets sick, the protests in HK will cause you to be locked up in your homes, you will not get to see the city, and her sleep will be ruined.

Luckily it has not been as dark and grim as everyone has foreshadowed.  Those who gave us hope that it is possible to travel with a three month old in a city that we love is what helped push us through.   Not to mention the fact that we are pretty determined parents with a daughter who seems to be adaptable to various environments.  As I tell everyone, we are very lucky to have a girl like her.  She was a great sleeper on the plane, she adapted to the time zone well, she lets us walk around and fusses a bit but there is always a reason for it.   As for the city itself, we have been able to experience the protest zones in HK and they truly are peaceful.  From Causeway Bay (where we are staying) to Mong Kok to Admiralty, the protests have truly been picturesque  and our daughter has  come along for the ride.

I don’t kid myself to say that this trip is for her because we all know that she will not remember any of this other than seeing the pictures later on in life.   However, for us it has been great because traveling as a small family unit is quality time that you cannot get at home.   You try and you say will but the day to day activities/responsibilities take over.   I do have to say that I can’t wait for more adventures as our little one grows up and we truly get to share the experiences with her and have these adventures in her memory bank.

Signing off – the scared parents who are now a little bit more confident in this decision to have this crazy adventure.

Gi
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Amy and Gary Married. Hilton Suites Markham Wedding

Coincidentally as I’m uploading Amy and Gary’s pics, I’m also looking for a flight to Taiwan on my other monitor and recall Gary’s speech.  I think he said to Amy back in the day that she’s the only person he knew that was “made in Taiwan”… I know... totally random way to intro this post.

Amy and Gary’s wedding was part of our September back to back weddings.  This was a sweet wedding since it was an intimate event, not too big and not too small.  The bride and groom definitely spent a lot of thought in narrowing down their friends and family list along with all the little details which was a true reflection of them.  As an awesome example, Amy and Gary fave bubble tea is Chatime, which was why it was perfect for them to cater in Chatime for all their guests as a part of the dessert.  Kevin and I definitely enjoyed this personal touch.   Another note worthy point was that they had Psy perform at their wedding. Yes. Psy.. like Gangnam style Psy.

As we’re continuing to process the rest of the pics, I want to share with you a carefully select number of images to tell their story. I want to thank Kevin for shooting this wedding with me and I want to sincerely thank Amy and Gary for having us capture their awesome day.  Enjoy!

P.S. Saxx are awesome.

Your Friend, Leon
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Klia and Nick Married!!!

September was a wild busy month for us with daily shoots and the never ending editing.  So before it gets too late into October, it’s back on the blog post wagon we go.  Starting off with a wedding shoot of my friends Klia and Nick.

I really looked forward to this wedding for many reasons from the obvious of watching my friends get married to the fact that I got to see some of our mutual friends at their wedding.  I started off in the morning where Klia was getting ready and Kevin was with Nick. On my end, Klia’s house was filled with family and friends rolling in the doors every minute.  This totally reminded me of my old hood where most of my neighbourhood was Greek. When  a celebration was happening , the whole street was jammed up with cars and you could hear the celebrations from a mile away.

Glancing at Kev’s pics of Nick getting ready, it was pretty awesome to see that Nick had a traditional groom shave in the morning.  Speaking of Greek traditions,  there was many throughout the day that I totally enjoyed capturing -  from the pig dance to the bread breaking.  If only they did the smashing of the plates… that would have been awesome…haha.

Before we get into their post, I want to thank my friend  Kevin for all his hard work in shooting this wedding with me. I also wanted to acknowledge Klia’s uncle who’s a retired wedding videographer that graciously decided to pick back up his gear and capture their day.  That’s hard work and love.

I want to sincerely thank my friends Klia and Nick for having me capture their amazing day and also for making it so easy for me as you basically told me the date and to show up.  I appreciate the trust.  As we’re editing our brains off, here are a few pics from you awesome day.

 

Your Friend,

Leon
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Monica & Veneet’s Wedding. 2 Awesome Days.

It’s funny what we consider the norm since obviously it’s based on what we are used to.  I had a wedding prospect meeting last night and as we were talking about their guest list …the couple was saying they really couldn’t grasp the concept of a small wedding. She said they only have been to weddings where there is min 600 people.  On the flipside, as I’m writing this blog entry at a locale café, a random onlooker (aka the person that won’t stop staring at my screen while I edit) and I got into conversation about this post and the pics.  She moved her chair closer to me  and started saying how she has never seen a Indian wedding and was blown away by the colours that a wedding event could be several days.  So if you have been following our postings, we’re finally uploading the main event of Monica and Veneet’s wedding which took place over the course of two days.

I think one of the most beautiful parts that stood out for us at this wedding was capturing the mix of emotions. There was so much energy during the day from dancing and cheering to tears of sadness / joy. I won’t write out the events that happened during the course of the two day wedding as again I’ll let the pictures tell the story.  What I do want to quickly say is that I’m grateful for this experience and thankful to my friends Monica and Veneet for having us basically capture the month of August for them =) Special thanks my friend / teammate Kevin C for shooting along side with me for both these days.  As we continue to process the rest of the pictures, here are a some pics from their wedding day.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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