Make up – Ya-Hsun Hopwood
Helen’s hairdresser – Hirut
Date: April 24, 2010
Ceremony – Museum of Vancouver
Venue – False Creek Community Centre, Granville Island
I’m going to divide this entry into two parts since these clients are special to me, starting with: The Photographer and The Friend (I almost feel like I have a split personality… hehe)
Leon Chai The Photographer:
Back in November, Gi and I headed down to Vancouver to shoot their lifestyle session, which took course over a span of two days. Helen and Enoch were great to work with – up for anything regardless of weather or the time of day. So needless to say, on their wedding day today the last thing I worried about was two camera shy couples. Leading up to this day, I have never been so glued to the Vancouver weather in my life. Every day my ipod weather app kept telling me that was going to be 90% chance of rain on the Saturday. I’m never too worried about rain when it comes to a wedding in Toronto, for a few reasons, 1) I would have a rain sheltered alternative for the client and b) In Toronto for the most part, it rains for an hour max and the rest of the day should be fine. For those of you who have never been to Vancouver, the difference is, when they forecast rain… it rains… ALL DAY.
So we took off on Friday around noon and landed into rainy Vancouver in the afternoon. Priority to me right off the bat was to visit all the locations and plan out the locations for the shoots in case it rained. So Kevin and I drove around Vancouver for 5 hours to scout all the possible locations that would work for both rain or shine. After the scouting, the plan was set :)
The day of the wedding went perfect. Waking up bright and early to head over to the suite where Helen and her bridesmaids were started off a fun morning. Keeping an eye on the weather, it was a mix of drizzle and breaks of sun… So far so good. After the amazing ceremony for Helen & Enoch, their wedding party followed us to all the locations and thank God, the weather held up for three hours for us to shoot. The reception and the rest of the night was perfect, but as always, I’ll let the pictures below tell the story. I like to thank Kevin Fung, (www.fungkeblog.com ) for assisting me with this shoot, Hirut, Brendan and Ya-Hsun for making everyone look gorgeous and my wife Gi, for being my lighting girl (who says one can’t be a bridesmaid and a human light stand)
Leon Chai The Friend.
Helen - almost 1 year ago to date you came down from Vancouver for our wedding and the moment you got to our place, you went right in to business, helping Gi out and kept us sane from all our last minutes to do– for that, I can’t thank you enough for. So getting off the plane and getting straight to it was a joy for me and being able to be document your wedding is great times :) Enoch, I totally hear you on your speech brother and can concur that marrying Helen entails adopting all her friends and family…on that note, welcome to the family and I hope you guys enjoy a few quick edits from your day. Love you guys both.