72 hours captured. Nahid and Jay’s Wedding

There was 4 crazy memorable things about their Gaye Holud ceremony and wedding that come to mind even after almost 2 months when I reflected back.   First, was the amount of effort that went into the Gaye Holud ceremony.  Their aunt and uncle held the event and meticulous in the level of detail that went into the decorations. Thank the lord it didn’t rain and this statement will make sense when you look at the pics of the house.

Second thing I remembered clearly was Faria and her fiancé Billy, you would have thought they were the wedding planners but I knew that wasn’t the case because I had previously met them with Nahid.   They were literally setting up, planning, coordinating .. children watching… kind of running the show and basically if we had a question, they had all the answers.

The third thing and probably the best thing I personally remembered was the blending of cultures.  It’s so awesome to see throughout all their wedding events how everyone was open to experience each others cultures and rituals. Even my second lead photographer said the same thing to me at the end of their wedding.

And the last thing was the dancing. Everybody danced. I’m not talking just swinging their hips on the dance floor. It felt like everyone did a coordinated dance for Nahid and Jay (including Nahid and Jay). Definitely some awesome stuff.

As we’re in full edit mode, I wanted to share some pics from each day. Thanks so much to my friend Chris C for shooting this event with me and I especially want to Nahid and Jay for having me.

 
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Lama and Rashad, Wedding at Berkeley Church

This wedding from beginning to end and it felt like one big party (and hey.. that’s the way it should be!) This couple flew into Toronto from Abu Dhabi to celebrate their wedding with all their Toronto friends and family. I had never met Lama or Rashad before this day…or even seen a picture of them.. so it was kinda funny showing up asking “are you the bride?”. Luckily both Lama and Rashad are such sincere and kind people making them super easy to work with. Not to mention the fact that it didn’t hurt that they are a great looking couple.

Arab weddings rock. I always enjoy documenting them since there is always tons of dancing and music.  When we got to the Berkeley, Lama and Rashad’s entrance was lead by a group of dancers and live performers.  Pretty dope.  We had a small window to do formal pics and we totally utilized the cool space at Berkeley Church and its surroundings. Since this was later in the evening, it kind of worked to our advantage since there wasn’t any harsh sunlight like our usual mid afternoon shoots.

We had fun at this wedding and I want to thank my new friends Lama and Rashad for having us capture their special event! I also want to thank Kathy from Berkeley for being so on the ball with things and keeping us informed of every move.  Lama and Rashad, here are some pics from your event. Hope you had a great time in Toronto!

 

Leon

 
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Trash the Dress. Family Edition.

This was such a fun family/trash the dress shoot. When I came home and told Gi about this shoot, she loved the idea and was totally down to do something like this with our kids.  T&A  (the parents) are so creative and fun,  not to mention super easy going which is why this worked out so well.  This was actually a part 2 of a shoot (which I’ll post soon) that initially started off with their daughter’s cake smash / family session.   We took the opportunity to trash the dress just down the street from their family home by the ravine.  The outcome… everyone had a blast and super cool pictures. I think this is the way to go instead if storing the dress in a box =)

Many thanks for T&A for having me do this and great seeing you guys again.

 
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Grace and Eric Married. Arcadian Court Wedding

This is totally random but these wedding pics literally traveled with me around the world to Asia. I usually back up all my files on and off site… but didn’t get a chance to do the offsite since I had to hop on plane in the early am right after their wedding. So… second best thing, I figured I would carry them with me.

This was a wonderful wedding in so many ways. From Grace and Eric being such great peoples to capturing all the cool locations and little details that made this a gorgeous wedding. I loved that Eric wore his uniform to his wedding. This was stellar. I loved that Grace got ready wearing her custom-made Hui- Tang Jay’s jersey and of course she looked amazing in her dress. The morning started off with door games which is always fun for everyone. After the loving first reveal, we walked over to a location that Grace found for us to do their wedding party pics. The spot was gorgeous and the bonus part was that it was conveniently located.

After their perfect ceremony (ironically held at Grace Church on the Hill) we headed over to Arcadian Court. This was large wedding with a guest count of almost 400 people. It was super cool that Eric made the back drop for their head table and it was an even more memorable story since it was a team effort that went into hanging it. Their centre piece giveaways were pretty unique and special as it came from Kenya where Grace had recently visited.
I want to thank my friend Maurice for shooting this event with me. I especially want to thank both Eric and Grace for having me capture this beautiful day. Here are just a few pics I wanted to share with you as we edit the rest.

Leon
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Wedding at Balzac’s Coffee – Nahid & Jay Married

This was a nice start to the Spring / Summer wedding season… being a smaller wedding that was held at Balzac’s Coffee in the Distillery District.  I met Nahid in the afternoon at the Grand hotel where she was getting ready. She was pretty much ready when I got there and she looked gorgeous as you’ll see in the pics.  I took off right after and met up with Jay to set him up for their first look – his reaction was awesome.

Doing the formals pics was fun… just the three if us using the space of the distillery for pics.. really calm and relaxing.  We got back to Balzac where the space was transformed to have their ceremony.  The ceremony was perfect and the great thing about having a smaller wedding is that it was such an intimate feel.

The evening had great food and speeches and personally I learned a great deal about both Jay and Nahid.   There’s a part 2 to this wedding that I’m excited to capture in July – a tiny bit bigger =) See you guys then and here are some pic from your wedding. Have a great weekend.
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Nahid and Jay – The Family E-Session

Since my last post, we have been doing A LOT of travel for work both internationally and domestically. I have tons of cool shoots that I want to share.  Here’s the most recent lifestyle shoot of my friends Nahid and Jay.  Let me back track a bit.  I met Nahid and her wonderful son a few years back from a family shoot I did for them.  Loved the shoot and them… really good peoples. When she told me she was getting married this year and the details… I knew I wanted to shoot their wedding.   This was especially the case after I met Jay, these two are both such kind souls.  So I’m really happy I got to do this for my friends.

This was a fun shoot. I’m glad Nahid and Jay decided to get the boys involved…these kids are great.  We wandered around Steam Whistle brewery and worked our way around downtown before they all headed off to a special b day celebration up in the 360 restaurant at the CN Tower.  Thanks so much guys and here are some pics!
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