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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Susheila & Ross’s Wedding – Broiler House Loft, Distillery District

Before I get into this wonderful wedding, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.   This wedding was easily one of my favorite wedding’s we captured this year.  Not for nothing, there’s an unfair advantage because Sush and Ross are friends of mine.  More specifically what I loved the most about this wedding is how genuine their love is for one another.  Sush and Ross, you guys make such a great couple and I’m truly so happy that you both.

I’m not going to chronologically write what happened at their wedding as the story will tell itself through the pictures. But there are a few parts I wanted to highlight as I was so impressed by the thoughtfulness.   First off, when Kevin and I looked at the itinerary together, we where pretty stoked to see door games.  Thinking about it now, I think this was the first wedding this year that had traditional Chinese door games.  All the groomsmen rocked.. and they did an awesome job as you’ll see in the pics.

Another moment worth mentioning was Sush and Ross’s first reveal – it was pretty heartwarming. Again.. I’ll used the word genuine love to describe them.    Sush impressed both Kev and I as she had memorized her entire itinerary and had everything planned to the minute.  This was not surprising as she does wedding planning.  I’m kinda jealous that she could be so hands on.. if only a photographer can ever photograph an event with themselves in it…

Their wedding was held in the Distillery District, at the Broiler House Loft.  This venue and all the little touches they added were so them and perfect.    As always I want to thank my friend and teammate Kevin C for all his hard work. To my friends Susheila and Ross, congrats again guys.  Thank you so much to you both for having us capture your amazing day. Here are some pics to bring back some awesome memories.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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How cute is this little dude…

I always loved doing these family lifestyle shoots and now that we have a baby, I like them even more. I find it cool that I can relate to each baby’s life stage especially if they are close in age to our daughter and it is even more fascinating for me to see what to expect if they are a few months older (so not looking forward to the teething stage next..)

When K contacted me, I was thrilled to hear that they had a gorgeous little baby boy and was excited to meet this little dude for a shoot.  When I got to their house and met baby J for the first time…I was all smiles since this little dude is so flipping cute.  Not for nothing too… Mom looked super fit (my guess is she’s like Gi and started hitting the gym right after birth..). We started our shoot at a nearby park and walked back to their home to take a few more shots in their beautiful backyard before heading in.  Baby J was perfect in front of the camera and basically we kept taking pics until baby J got tired of being a model.

I want to sincerely thank my friends K&M for having me capture their little man - congrats again guys.  Here are just a few pics from our shoot

 

Your Friend,  Leon Chai
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4 wonderful events in one post – Monica & Veneet

It finally feels like the weekend just ended for me as we started off with an awesome wedding on Saturday, 3 shoots on Sunday and I literally let go of the camera an hour ago.  Fun part about my last shoot this evening was Gi and our baby got to join me as I worked.. so no missing my girls =)

So I’m back to updating our site as I’m currently in the back seat writing this while Gi is chauffeuring the family home.  So back to Monica & Veneet’s.. wedding events. What I loved the most about Monica and Veneet’s wedding was the fact that I got to capture all the traditional rituals that led up to their wedding day. So in this post you’ll see 4 different events that I got to capture – all of which are pretty cool… from watching the talented Shikha Bedi do her henna art to the religious ceremonies down to watching my friends Monica and Veneet get smothered with yellow turmeric paste.  I won’t even try to explain the significance of each ritual, but the bottom line for me is I love seeing and capturing these traditional aspects each time.  Here are a handful of pics from 4 events as we’re editing like mad monkeys in the studio.

Your friend, Leon
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Veneet’s Sangeet

So before the weekend I posted a few pics from Monica’s Lady Sangeet to start the  showcase of their wedding events last month.  I really enjoyed capturing all of these events and one of the many positive aspects of doing this is that I got the opportunity to get to know Monica and Vaneet’s family and friends each time.

Veneet’s Sangeet was a fun night.. to add to this point, the next morning when I was to arrive to capture Veneet’s Mayyan, everyone ended up being late due to the great party from the night before.  The night was filled with singing and dancing, plus tons of positive energy.  I hate generalizations, but there is one thing I’ve noticed with every Indian event I’ve captured – everyone is on the dance floor.

Your Friend, Leon
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Happy 2 months Baby O!

I’m finally feeling more energetic after  pulling  40+ hours of shooting this weekend.  So to play catch up on our blog, I’m double posting tonight with the continuation of a multiday wedding capture and starting with this cute baby shoot .

R & J are friends of Gi and I and we’re thrilled that they are parents and the fact that I got to take some pics of their beautiful son.  Funny, the last time I saw R&J we were covered in mud, sweat and tears (the tears on my end) from a Spartan Run event we did last year.  So it was a nice change to see them in a clean non running / muddy environment this time =)

Baby O is a cute little dude. Ironically enough, he was born around the same time as our daughter so it’s nice to be able to relate to his current life stage.  Baby O was great in front of the camera and was totally cooperative with us that evening.  I love the fact that at 2 months, he can wave to the camera =)

To our friends R&J, congrats again guys and thank you both so much for having me do this shoot for you 3.  Here are just a few pics from Baby O’s 2 month shoot.

Your Friend,

Leon

 
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