A very happy 65th birthday

There are so many aspects about this event that’s amazing aside from the actual event itself.

If you think about it, there are very few occasions for a son or daughter to publicly honour their parents.  What’s great about this event is that their family and friends got to share their sentiments about the guest of honour in front of everyone that know him best.

There was so much hard work and coordination that went into making this surprise event so special.   I could only imagine how hard it was to coordinate everyone (all over the world) but it was a win for me since I got to see my friend Mark that flew in from HK for his father’s event.  The schedule for the night was jam packed with speeches, dance performances and my personal fav… my friend’s daughters on the stage singing – holy insanely cute talented stuff batman.

To my friends Gina & Paul, thanks so much for asking me to document this special event for your family – I really appreciate it guys.  I’m happy I made official family photographer status…hehe. See you at the next event =)

Your Friend, Leon
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Evelyn and Andrew Married.

I think in all my email correspondences with Evelyn leading up to the wedding day .. I ended off every email with… “You are so on the ball with this wedding sister…” To give an example, she had a good as it gets draft itinerary done like a year before the wedding … where in most cases.. I’m asking for a schedule the week of or the night before.   So as expected.. their wedding went super smooth and everyone was super relaxed.

This was such a fun summer wedding.  In the morning Kev and I split up as usual and over on my end, things where pretty relaxed on Evelyn’s side.   The make up artist was pretty awesome since Joy was in the wedding party too.  As I thought this was her main profession… I heard her sing in the Church a bit later and was blown away… so talented.

After their beautiful church ceremony, the kind couple had the perfect thing for all their guests on a hot summer afternoon – an ice cream truck. So good.  We all headed over to Oakville where we spent some time shooting the wedding party playing ball, on a half pipe, playground and even at Starbucks. Fun times is truly the word.

To my new friends Evelyn and Andrew… congrats again and thank so much for having us capture your big day.  Here are a handful of pics we selected to bring back some good memories.

Your Friend, Leon
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Our Baby Girl’s First Birthday, Ontario Science Centre Birthday Party

Soo…I never expected to be one of those mom’s that went crazy over a birthday….ummm…well maybe a little :p…Our baby girl has officially turned one today and we decided to celebrate this past weekend with our friends and family.   We have so many great friends and family we wanted to make sure we could see them all.  The perfect place for us was the Science Centre.   It was located mid-town, a place where Alexis goes to visit almost every other week, and there is tons of fun stuff for people to do.

Yes, I know, this party is more for us than her since she is only 1.  But we captured the pictures so hopefully she can remember them all since it will be the last big bang of a party she will have till she is 16.   The next party will be just be for the kids.

The theme of this party was Oh the Places You’ll Go!  The reason – I love this book and it is the book I read to her since she was born.   I also hope she gets to travel and experience so many more things in her life.

With the help of some awesome friends and family, we were able to pull this party off from a perfect sweet table made from love.  Cakes galore from Crystal included cupcakes, a smash cake, and a three tier cake.  Cookies, rice crispie squares, and pom pom balls from Marilyn just highlighted theme.   Not to forget the running around, cutting, gluing and late nights from Cousin J and Ms. Linh.   We also cannot forget Rovey Catering super team of Roger and Harvey – with the help of Miranda that made sure all our guests were fed.   They even made sure we had a noodle station – I mean anyone who knows me that soup and noodles are key staples in my diet J.  Last but not least is a key member of the Leon Chai Photography team, Mr. Kevin Chan who set up the photobooth.  We are lucky to have you not only as a friend but a partner in crime when it comes to shoots of all kinds – including our daughter.

This 3 hr party went by like a blur because we got a chance to see a lot of people we haven’t seen in a while.  I hope to get to see all of you more often at occasions beyond these crazy parties.   When I look back at the pictures, I know how lucky we are to have such fantastic people who have crossed our path in life.   I also know how lucky Alexis will be to grow up with so many friends in her life!  Thank you for all the love you have given to both us and our little girl.   This family thanks god everyday for the life we have been given.

This little family sends our love back to all of you.
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Kelly & Richard… A few more days to go

I’m pretty stoked for the weekend.  I get to shoot a wedding with these good peoples, Kelly and Richard, and I get to see a handful of our mutual friends at the same time.  I’m also super stoked since the next day is our baby first b-day party…. Sigh how time flies so quickly.

There could not have been a better spot to start off their lifestyle session then at Rich’s parents home. I’ve been here before during the Fall season when I did a shoot for Rich’s nephew and niece… and I love their place.  Front and back yard is immaculate... all the hard work in landscaping definitely shone through.

Kelly and Rich are a super easy going couple which makes this picture taking business super fun on my end.   We started off using their awesome London Style phone booth in the front and worked are way around the house.

When the garage opened… it was like heaven for me.  Mint Lambo Countach on the left and motorcycle on the right.  So naturally we just had to use these toys.  We headed off after to a near by park and just wrapped up some more fun shots with Kelly and Richard.

I want to thank my friend Jerry for the warm intro to his brother in law… thanks always for the support brother. To my friends Richard and Kelly thank you both so much and can’t wait till Sat.

Leon
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