Mihaela & Armin Married. Humber Bridge Wedding

We’re almost caught up blogging our September weddings (I think we shot 6 that month?)… so just a few more to go and we should be good =) Mihaela and Armin’s wedding was one that was memorable to us.  In the morning, I started off at Mihaela’s place where she was getting ready.  Walking in their home I was instantly greeted with one of the warm faces and offerings of food and drinks.  Mihaela looked beautiful as always and overall things were pretty calm on my end.    We waited for Armin to arrived and do a reveal / pick up his wife  before we all headed off to the Humber bridge for pics.

When Kevin and I got to the Humber Bridge, parking was pretty insane that day as everyone was out enjoying the gorgeous weather.  The CNE air show was also happening next door making for tons of spectators and loud overhead noise.  Kevin and I worked our best despite all the people and got in some pretty cool shots with the planes as you’ll see.  We headed to Le Treport right after where they had their beautiful ceremony following their reception.  It was great to see a handful of friendly faces especially my friends Will and Nev… as this wedding shoot wouldn’t have happened for us if it wasn’t for them.

To my friends Mihaela & Armin, here are a few pics from your day as we continue to process the rest. Enjoy!

Your Friend, Leon
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Kayla and Brent Married. Gallucci Winery Wedding

Kayla and Brent’s winter engagement shoot was one that I’ll never forget because of the freezing cold weather that day… (when they say… anything for the shot… that was them... so awesome).  The perfect tradeoff was on their wedding day, it was a complete 180… hot and sunny.

I started off at Kayla’s home in the morning where her and her bridesmaids were all getting their hair and make up done.  Kayla is pretty photogenic... so no doubt she looked great that day and in every pic.   They lived pretty close to Gallucci Winery  and this was the chosen spot for Brent and Kayla’s first look and for the formals pictures.    Brent looked solid when I met him at the Gallucci and his reaction to the reveal was awesome.   If you guys have a chance, check out the same day edit shot by our friend at Norris Films: https://vimeo.com/140496113

Before heading to the venue, we stopped off at a personal fav spot of mine (where I take our daughter all the time for pics) to grab a few shot.  The night’s event went perfectly and to my surprise, their first dance was pretty spectacular.. totally nailed it.

Before we get into the pics, I want to thank my friend Chris Chan for shooting this event with me and also Norris and his team… as it’s always fun times working together. To my friends Kayla and Brent, thanks so much for having me capture your big day. Here are some pics we chose to showcase your amazing day as we continue to edit the rest.  Thanks!

 

Your Friend, Leon

 
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HK to the Toronto, Elaine & Ron’s Married. Grand Luxe Wedding

I think in total, I had 2 email communications regarding Elaine and Ron’s wedding throughout the year leading up to their wedding day.  In normal circumstances this lack of communication would be stressful for both parties but to be fair, I know Ron’s side of the family very well… and vice versa…as I was lucky enough to capture Sandy’s (Ron’s sister) wedding. Sandy and her family played a big part in the planning of this wedding, since both Ron and Elaine reside in HK and only flew in the week of their wedding.  On that note, I’ll echo what was said in all of the speeches that day – Sandy – you did such an amazing job.

I met Elaine for the first time on their wedding day and talk about a wonderful, kind, easygoing person – honestly a perfect match together.  Both their easygoing personalities made this day so easy and fun to capture us. Our day started off at the Sheraton on hwy 7 (which we totally digged the interior space for pics) and we moved over to Unionville Main street for formal pics with the wedding party.  I made the bridal part first do a detour to a spot near my house that I always wanted to use with Alexis and Gi.  Afterwards we headed back to the Grand Luxe for the ceremony and an awesome night.  Our friends at Ryan Buan Productions killed it on their same day edit video... Check out their video on this link:   https://vimeo.com/142021739   so good.

I want to thank my second lead Kevin Chan for his craft and shooting this event with me.   To our friends at Ryan Buan Productions, always awesome working as a team together. To Sandy.. this blog  wouldn’t happen without your trust in us. Thank you always for your years of support and you did such an amazing job again.  To Elaine and Ron, congrats again and thank you both so much for having us capture your big day.  So good meeting and seeing you guys again!  Here are a few pics we selected to showcase your day.

Your Friend, Leon

Cinematographers – Ryan Buan Productions

Second lead photographer – Kevin Chan

Best juice drink in the world - Sannas Farmacia

Venue & Ceremony – Grand Luxe
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Amanda, Roddy and Noodle + baby bump. Maternity Shoot

I literally cheered out loud when we read that our friends Amanda & Roddy were expecting!   Fast forward 6+ months and I’m stoked to be able to capture this family / maternity shoot for them.  This whole shoot was a win-win scenario..  aside form the shoot itself … we got to do brunch afterwards and spend some quality time.  Gi and Alexis also came down with me,  which was nice.  So when we began our shoot, Gi was strolling around Liberty Village trying to get our daughter to nap.

Aside from capturing pics of Amanda and her baby bump (she looks wicked btw) a good part of this  shoot as you’ll see involved Noodle (as he’s the first baby in the fam).  We did a bunch of portraits and made sure that we got Noodle in pics with the future baby.

Congrats again guys and sorry I wasn’t able to make the shower.   Thank you for this session and thanks for the delicious popcorn… when I saw that in Gi’s car on  Sunday… it was like a life saver to my starving stomach =) Can’t wait to meet the little one.

Your Friend, Leon Chai

 
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Hello Baby R! Newborn Photography

I was saying to Gi the other night… if we’re blessed with another child, I wonder how hard it would be to divvy up the love?  I know it’s such a dumb question but right now… it’s so easy to give all your love to one.  The most common answer I got from all my friends is metaphorically speaking… you just grow another heart. That works for me.

M&J and their adorable daughter C and now their newborn son are a beautiful family. On the day of this shoot, M’s parent’s were in town which worked out well as they got to squeeze in a few pics and entertain the eldest daughter as we got some solo pics of baby R. At the time of the shoot, baby R was a little over a week old…. And super co-operative.  We worked on some family shots with everyone and even got a chance to hop outside quickly for a few pics.   I want to thank our mutual friend/sister Erika for introducing  me and of course especially thank M&J for having me do this session for your adorable fam.  Here are a few pics from our shoot.

Your Friend, Leon Chai

 

 

 
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