A very happy 65th birthday

There are so many aspects about this event that’s amazing aside from the actual event itself.

If you think about it, there are very few occasions for a son or daughter to publicly honour their parents.  What’s great about this event is that their family and friends got to share their sentiments about the guest of honour in front of everyone that know him best.

There was so much hard work and coordination that went into making this surprise event so special.   I could only imagine how hard it was to coordinate everyone (all over the world) but it was a win for me since I got to see my friend Mark that flew in from HK for his father’s event.  The schedule for the night was jam packed with speeches, dance performances and my personal fav… my friend’s daughters on the stage singing – holy insanely cute talented stuff batman.

To my friends Gina & Paul, thanks so much for asking me to document this special event for your family – I really appreciate it guys.  I’m happy I made official family photographer status…hehe. See you at the next event =)

Your Friend, Leon
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Evelyn and Andrew Married.

I think in all my email correspondences with Evelyn leading up to the wedding day .. I ended off every email with… “You are so on the ball with this wedding sister…” To give an example, she had a good as it gets draft itinerary done like a year before the wedding … where in most cases.. I’m asking for a schedule the week of or the night before.   So as expected.. their wedding went super smooth and everyone was super relaxed.

This was such a fun summer wedding.  In the morning Kev and I split up as usual and over on my end, things where pretty relaxed on Evelyn’s side.   The make up artist was pretty awesome since Joy was in the wedding party too.  As I thought this was her main profession… I heard her sing in the Church a bit later and was blown away… so talented.

After their beautiful church ceremony, the kind couple had the perfect thing for all their guests on a hot summer afternoon – an ice cream truck. So good.  We all headed over to Oakville where we spent some time shooting the wedding party playing ball, on a half pipe, playground and even at Starbucks. Fun times is truly the word.

To my new friends Evelyn and Andrew… congrats again and thank so much for having us capture your big day.  Here are a handful of pics we selected to bring back some good memories.

Your Friend, Leon
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Our Baby Girl’s First Birthday, Ontario Science Centre Birthday Party

Soo…I never expected to be one of those mom’s that went crazy over a birthday….ummm…well maybe a little :p…Our baby girl has officially turned one today and we decided to celebrate this past weekend with our friends and family.   We have so many great friends and family we wanted to make sure we could see them all.  The perfect place for us was the Science Centre.   It was located mid-town, a place where Alexis goes to visit almost every other week, and there is tons of fun stuff for people to do.

Yes, I know, this party is more for us than her since she is only 1.  But we captured the pictures so hopefully she can remember them all since it will be the last big bang of a party she will have till she is 16.   The next party will be just be for the kids.

The theme of this party was Oh the Places You’ll Go!  The reason – I love this book and it is the book I read to her since she was born.   I also hope she gets to travel and experience so many more things in her life.

With the help of some awesome friends and family, we were able to pull this party off from a perfect sweet table made from love.  Cakes galore from Crystal included cupcakes, a smash cake, and a three tier cake.  Cookies, rice crispie squares, and pom pom balls from Marilyn just highlighted theme.   Not to forget the running around, cutting, gluing and late nights from Cousin J and Ms. Linh.   We also cannot forget Rovey Catering super team of Roger and Harvey – with the help of Miranda that made sure all our guests were fed.   They even made sure we had a noodle station – I mean anyone who knows me that soup and noodles are key staples in my diet J.  Last but not least is a key member of the Leon Chai Photography team, Mr. Kevin Chan who set up the photobooth.  We are lucky to have you not only as a friend but a partner in crime when it comes to shoots of all kinds – including our daughter.

This 3 hr party went by like a blur because we got a chance to see a lot of people we haven’t seen in a while.  I hope to get to see all of you more often at occasions beyond these crazy parties.   When I look back at the pictures, I know how lucky we are to have such fantastic people who have crossed our path in life.   I also know how lucky Alexis will be to grow up with so many friends in her life!  Thank you for all the love you have given to both us and our little girl.   This family thanks god everyday for the life we have been given.

This little family sends our love back to all of you.
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Kelly & Richard… A few more days to go

I’m pretty stoked for the weekend.  I get to shoot a wedding with these good peoples, Kelly and Richard, and I get to see a handful of our mutual friends at the same time.  I’m also super stoked since the next day is our baby first b-day party…. Sigh how time flies so quickly.

There could not have been a better spot to start off their lifestyle session then at Rich’s parents home. I’ve been here before during the Fall season when I did a shoot for Rich’s nephew and niece… and I love their place.  Front and back yard is immaculate... all the hard work in landscaping definitely shone through.

Kelly and Rich are a super easy going couple which makes this picture taking business super fun on my end.   We started off using their awesome London Style phone booth in the front and worked are way around the house.

When the garage opened… it was like heaven for me.  Mint Lambo Countach on the left and motorcycle on the right.  So naturally we just had to use these toys.  We headed off after to a near by park and just wrapped up some more fun shots with Kelly and Richard.

I want to thank my friend Jerry for the warm intro to his brother in law… thanks always for the support brother. To my friends Richard and Kelly thank you both so much and can’t wait till Sat.

Leon
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Emily and Victor, High School E-Shoot

This shoot was fun times since it was the first time I shot in a high school.  It was a fitting location since Emily is a teacher and her fiancé actually went to the high school she teaches at back in the day.  We started off the morning at Guild Inn but we quickly bolted out of there since there were tons of little flying bugs swarming the place.  You know how they say… if you carry a dryer sheet bugs will stay away... well we tried and no luck – bugs loved us.  We headed next to mid town and used a few spots near Unionville.  My friends Emily and Victor were easy breezy in front of the camera… super comfortable with each other which always makes for great pics.

We headed over to Agincourt High School where I got a chance to see where Emily teaches and got to use some spots around the school for pics. I loved that that we got to use the room that Emily taught in this year.  It as also super cool that Victor’s grad pic was actually hung up along the hallway

I’m really happy and honoured to do this shoot and excited to capture their upcoming wedding.  Not only because Emily is my family, but her and her fiancé are such amazing peoples.  Thank you both so much and can’t wait to celebrate the big day with you both.

 

Lots of love,

 

Leon
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Marisa & Fadi Married. Fontana Primavera Wedding

So this was my first wedding shoot since going on mat leave from my weekend job with Leon Chai Photography.  I missed our dynamic duo so was excited to start off the wedding season.  As luck would have it, I got to start off the season with a great couple.   As always, I started off with the boys at Fadi’s parents home which they had prepared and decorated for the day of the wedding.

Fadi’s mom was ready for visitors as she had pictures of the couple everywhere.  Maybe I am even more appreciative of the motherly touches now that I am one but it was super sweet.  I would say Fadi gets these sentimental touches from the women in his life as his gifts for the boys were all personalized and appropriate for each of them.

The credit for the cutest gift has to go to Marisa since she got him a one of a kind bait hook for the “fish” that she hooked for life.   So appropriate for this loving couple as the ceremony was filled with bashful yet loving glances between the two.

With this fun group of boys and girls we headed off to Alexmuir Park for some group shots.   We obviously had tons of fun with the boys showing their strength and Fadi’s willingness to literally jump off a cliff for Marisa.  For my first wedding of the season I couldn’t have asked for a more fun group that reminded me why I love shooting weddings with my husband.

Having a daughter has definitely changed how much time I can spend at the weddings, but I will continue to try my darndest to make it out to as many as I can.   It is tough since I am back at my day job Monday-Friday where I don’t get to spend much time with our baby, but when you get loving couples like this, it is all worth it.

Thank you Marisa and Fadi for reminding me how great shooting weddings can be.  Thank you to my baby A for loving me no matter how often I leave you for my day job or my weekend job.  Remember no matter where I am I always consider you my full time love and I continue to be honoured to have the best job in the world of being your mom.

Gi

I totally remembered the first time I met Marisa and Fadi. I was half way around the world in Singapore and we set a time for a skype meeting. We’ve done many skype meetings before but I didn’t factor in the intense Singapore heat, time difference (2am) and me not trying to wake our baby up in the middle of the night. Thank the lord they accepted this whispering, sweaty photographer for their awesome day.

The day of their wedding was actually the first time I had the chance to really get to know Marisa and Fadi.  End result – confirmation that they are just truly good peoples. Gi joined me for the first half of the day where we split up to the places where Fadi and Marisa were each getting ready. I got a chance to check out Gi’s pics of the guys in the morning and I love the symbolic fishing hook from Marisa – super sweet.   With the girls, I loved seeing everyone’s awesome Henna designs – a true mix of the traditions. The reception was definitely an awesome party and it continued to the tradition of integrating two cultures that love to dance…my trini peeps and Middle easterners.

I’m not going to go into the full details of their day since the pics will tell their beautiful story. I want to thank my wife Gi and friend Chris Chan for helping me capture their story. I want to sincerely thank my new friends Marisa and Fadi for having us capture their amazing day – thank you both so much. Here are carefully chosen handful of pics to tell your story. Enjoy!

Leon
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