Bryan and Colleen Lifestyle Session

Location – Uptown - Downtown - Around town

Bryan is probably one of Gi’s closest and oldest friends.  Of course once we started dating, Bryan and his fiancée Colleen have become of my closest friends as well… He even has the keys to our place :).

When Bryan and Colleen got engaged, I was honoured that they asked me to “pitch” to them. Actually, they threw out two options at first, MC or Photographer?    In my politically correct answer, I said “just being a part of your big day in any way would be my honour”… as I was screaming inside… photographer, photographer  :) Gauging the fact that I shot their lifestyle shoot, we can guess which part I’ll be doing at their wedding.  I am definitely looking forward to their wedding.

Sincerely, Leon Chai
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Nellie and Aman Lifestyle shoot

Nellie and Aman Lifestyle Shoot

Location- Unionville Main Street

Video – Nick Li, from www.group45.com

Nellie and Aman were a referral that came through good friends of mine, Kelvin and Joyce, whose wedding I also had the honor of shooting.  When I first met Nelly, she was one of those people that are just full of energy and an amazing personality.   I remember thinking to myself, how much fun it would be if I was chosen to capture her day.   So when everything was a go, I was super excited to work with her and to meet Aman.

This lifestyle shoot was picture perfect and this was the first time meeting Nellie’s fiancé too.  And of course just as I had hoped and predicted he was just as great as she was. They chose the area of Unionville Main Street, starting from the beginning of the block to end.  Like the majority of our clients, I’m blessed with the fact that they were born naturals in front of the camera and very, very photogenic.    I’m also excited to see how the video turned out, as they choose a very talented videographer and good friend of mine, Nick Li from www.group45.com.

Needless to say the afternoon was a blast and if time permitted, I would have loved to hang out with them more…that’s how awesome they are  :)

By the way, if you guys live in the Richmond Hill area and crave pizza, I would highly suggest going to the Pizza Nova on Bayview and 16th…I know an awesome guy that owns it… ok, I’ll stop using the word awesome.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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Michelle and Nelson Wedding

Venue, Metropolitan Hotel

You know what the greatest part about having the opportunity to “pitch” for photography for a good friend is?  … well in this case, when I first met at Nelson and Michelle’s place, Nelson cooked for me…and damn he’s a good cook!  So the answer is food J

Nelson and Michelle are a great couple together and on their wedding day, it was easy to feel that same sentiment from all their guests.  Their venue was awesome and being in the core of downtown Toronto, we had TONS of places to work with.   There was a wonderful surprise while crossing through Nathan Philip Square, a marching band randomly joined the wedding part!  The wedding was definitely perfect from beginning to end.  Two cool aspects was that I got to spend the whole day with my wife as she help coordinate the day and watching an old high school friend Pat, MC the wedding…He had a great personality in high school and I was glad to see he never lost his humor 12 years later… oh man, I’m old J  Congrats to two good friends of mine!

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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Michael and Cheryl Wedding

Venue- The Paramount

Wedding Planner – Maria Ferragine (www.instyleweddingplanners.com)

This was one wedding I was looking forward to because Michael and Cheryl are both good friends of mine and it’s great to see two perfect people getting hitched.  Also, after our lifestyle session, I knew these guys would be the “next top model” for the camera.    This was a perfect day from morning to end and it was great seeing so many familiar faces with the guests.  Not to sound too corny, but it is great to take a part of a day where you watch such great people find their life partners. Thank you for having us at your special day.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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