Melissa and Dan Married. Eglinton Grand Wedding

My month leading up to Melissa and Dan’s wedding was pretty nuts.  I was on an assignment half way around the world doing a commercial shoot in Shanghai and Vietnam...and was scheduled to come back a day before their wedding.  Since I didn’t want any chance of missing this important day, my amazing travel advisor (aka Gi) booked the craziest itinerary back for me. I’m talking 3am departures, multiple stop over’s and being up for 20 hours all to create an extra day of buffer.  Like I said, I did not want to miss this event.  I personally think, the itinerary back could have been payback on Gi’s end for me leaving her with the kids.. JK.

So this was our first wedding for the 2017 season and it was a great one.  Melissa and Dan are really fun and easy peoples… pretty entertaining to capture all day too.  It’s also nice that I know Melissa brother and sister in-law and their adorable kids, which made this day even better.  Some really cool parts about this wedding was that we lucked out with the weather. We got some of that perfectly misty snowfall which made for some awesome winter wedding pics.  I also loved how we made a stop at Dan’s family restaurant (Spiga) and did a run and gun styled shoot there.  As you’ll see in the pics, we also used De La Salle school as a photo location...which was a pimp spot.

I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me. I want to also thank my friend Rob and Jo for all their hospitality throughout the day. Last but not least, I sincerely need to thank to my friends Melissa and Dan for having us capture your amazing day. Hope you both had an amazing time in South Africa for your honeymoon, the pics looked awesome.

Leon
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Jeemin & Suzy Married. Alderlea Mansion Wedding

This was a cute and sweet lunch wedding celebration held at a venue that has only been open to the public since 2015.   When I got to the event, both Jeemin and Suzy were onsite getting ready but the nice part about this place was that the couple could be separated since the top of the house has a beautiful room that could be used as a bridal suite. Suzy was all dressed when I got upstairs and she looked gorgeous as you’ll see in the pics. The vibe was calm and she was chilling out with family and friends.  Downstairs Jeemin and the guys were adding some last minute touches while the guests all arrived.

This wedding was unique not only due to the venue, but there were so many creative touches in both the ceremony and reception.  The bride and groom had personalized vows took the time to thank their family.  During the reception, they involved the guests by having them play games and prepared numerous prizes for them – definitely not a dull wedding.

I always enjoy capturing these lunch wedding events and this one was no exception. I want to thank Gina L for referring me to her family and I want to especially thank Suzy and Jeemin for having me capture their special day. Here are some pics from your event as we continue to edit the rest.

 

Thanks, Leon
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Karen & Chris Married. Evergreen Brick Works / Paradise Banquet

Aloha from Maui! Every vacation I swear to Gi the night before that I won’t do  any work while on vaca…and every year I break that promise until this year…as I technically  had all the images ready for this blog entry and planned to load them up when I got moment to settle in Hawaii.   But a slow internet connection made this easy plan a slow and painful one.  Bottom line, I am excited to share some pics from our friends Karen and Chris’ s wedding.

This wedding was one of our last weddings for our 2016 season… and I couldn’t ask for a nicer couple like Karen and Chris to wrap up our year with… they are totally good peoples.   Looking at these pictures, the other amazing thing was the weather. This was early November but that day it felt like mid summer – we totally lucked out.  I’m not going to write too much about the details of their day since nap time for kids only last so long and Gi’s gonna kill me but I do want to say a few things that the pics don’t show.  I think one of the sweetest things on their day was planning a stop to visit Karen’s Grandmother at her home.  We all know how time constrained a wedding day can be and it’s amazing that they made time for something this important to them.

I want to thank our mutual friends Jo and Rob as they are the reason I got to meet this amazing couple. I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this along side me.  To my friends Karen and Chris, thanks so much for having us capture your big day. Here are some pics we chose to tell your story.

 

Thanks!

 
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Grace and Eric. Toronto Zoo Engagement Session

Doing a shoot at the Zoo was a first for me and the space worked out pretty well and not for nothing, who doesn’t like animals?  Grace and Eric really love animals and are very knowledgeable about the Toronto Zoo itself.   I kind of wish I brought my little ones because I think these two would have been fantastic private tour guides...hehe…

I met Grace and Eric early in the morning and we started off hitting most of their favourite spots.  The background was gorgeous but the it was freezing that day...so we jumped in and out of buildings to keep warm. During the shoot I learned a great deal about various animals and other spots of the zoo that I haven’t been to before.  Shooting at the zoo was pretty tricky, a lot of high fences and shooting through glass. As more people came through, we had to be patient with the crowds and of course… the hope of getting some animals in the shot (google Kit Kat Panda commercial… that was me…haha)

To my friends Grace and Eric, thanks so much for a fun day and I am super excited to capture your big day next year. Thank you both so much and here are just a few pics from our shoot.
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Welcome Baby A&M! Beautiful Newborn Twins

What was really sweet about this shoot was something that these pics don’t tell.  You often hear the phrase  “enjoy every minute” (esp when it comes to babies and the wedding day) but not many people do.  The feeling of walking into J&A’s home it was just that. It was such a calm and heartwarming feeling with parents whom truly enjoy every single second of this newborn phase with their beautiful daughters.

Baby A&M are adorable and having only had the opportunity to meet them for a few hours, I can definitely see each of their individual personalities already. This was a fun and cute shoot and I want to thank my new friends J&A for having me capture these sweet memories of their family. Thanks so much to you both and here are just a few pics from our shoot.

 

Leon
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Edelyne & Naeem Married. Atlantis Pavillions & Payal Banquets Wedding

October flew by, as it was one of the busiest months we had for the year.  Coupled with this amazing weather, we got to squeeze in so many amazing Fall shoots.  I met Edelyne and Naeem pretty close to their wedding day unlike most of our wedding clients that we meet a year before. Not that it matters since the moment we met I got a sense that these guys were super easy going.. plus another great thing was I also knew Edelyne’s cousin Fred.

This was a two day wedding shoot so I decided to combine both days into this one mega blog. I started off in the morning where Edelyne was getting ready at her condo. It was pretty jam packed with friends and family but it was all good times.  I have to say that Edelyne is one of the most hands on brides I’ve met.. I think she helped everyone get ready in the morning.  On the guys side, Chris C was with Naeem at the church.. waiting for us to arrive. Everything for that day was held downtown and was within a 15 min drive from place to place which was kinda neat. After their beautiful ceremony, we headed to the venue.  Atlantis Pavillions has always been a sentimental spot for me as Gi and I got married there also. So it was kinda sad that this would be one of the last weddings at this venue since they are closing the grounds by the end of the year.   We had a blast working with the wedding party and of course Edelyne and Naeem.

The celebrations continued the next day where Edelyne looked amazing in a traditional Indian outfit. We did a first look at the venue before everyone arrived and the night was filled with some great entertainment and tons of dancing.  I want to sincerely thanks my friends Fred and Claire for this warm intro – so good seeing you both. I want to thank my friend Chris C for shooting this with me and last but not least, I want to thank Edelyne and Naeem for having us capture your wedding.  Here are some pics I wanted to share as we continue to edit the rest.

Leon
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