Farica and Andrew’s Wedding Day Hawaii Part 2

Talk about an awesome wedding.   When we got back to Toronto, it’s amazing how so many people asked how was the wedding? Hawaii seem to be the dream destination for many… and take it from us, it was.  Farica and Andrew’s wedding was special to us as with all our wedding clients but this one was extra special.  I have known the groom’s family for many years to the extent… I ended up marrying into their family too (who would have thought eh Chang’s?)   Needless to say when Gi and I where asked to capture their wedding, we were super ecstatic and extremely honoured.

The wedding day started off with Gi and I splitting up as I drove to where the bride and her family were getting ready and Gi walked over to Andrew and his groomsmen.   The ceremony was gorgeous in every way and capturing Andrew singing his vows was heart warming.   Like every post, we’re much better at telling the story visually.  But as always, just wanted to give a few special thank you’s, starting off with some talented people: Patricia Lee and Leslie Fair for their artistry with make up… both extremely talented .  Ironically enough,  I’ve been following Patricia work before we met at this wedding =) To the cinamphotography team of Keith and Stan… such a blast working together (again) after all these years and wicked job on the SDE.   Last but not least, Farica and Andrew, thank you both so much for letting us be a part of your amazing week and letting us do what we love in capturing so many great memories.  Love you guys both.

Thanks, Leon

So I have a small family in Toronto but luckily enough all my cousins from my dad’s side are here.   So when my youngest cousin gets married it is a big deal.   Andrew is the baby of our family and I can only say it was an honour to be the photographers of this special occasion.   The wedding is everything you could have imagined in Hawaii, blue skies, beautiful clouds, outdoor wedding, a dreamy sunset and of course a gorgeous couple.   I would describe Farica’s style as classic, whimsical, and sophisticated.   And the wedding venue was exactly all of these qualities.   I could not help but feel the love in the air – vows were sung, tears were shed, and grandparents from across the country were represented at the wedding.  There was so much emotion in the wedding and to me that is what really made it perfect.

Gi

Wedding Venue – JW Marriot Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa

Make Up Artist -  Patricia Lee  www.patriciamakeupartistry.com

Make Up  Artist - Leslie Fair  www.lesliefair.com

Cinematography – Keith Chang & Stan Yamashita  www.silverpoint.ca
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Farica and Andrew’s Festivities Part 1 // Hawaii Luau

To get everyone together before the wedding day, Andrew and Farica set up a fantastic Luau for all of their guests.   I have never been at a Luau before so this was very interesting and exciting for me.   The entertainment was fantastic with the Chief who kept the crowd excited – it seemed like he took some notes from Leon’s playbook as he definitely had a special “humor” to him =P   We got a taste of some authentic Hawaiian food, tattoos, and of course crazy hula dancers.   The fun part of this private luau was that the Chief pulled the audience up on the stage to show their moves.  I must say these wedding guests can definitely shake their hips with the best of them.   Of course, one of the best highlights ended the show with a fire display. They moved so fast and threw the fire around like it was nothing but you could feel the heat.  Not sure how you could top a luau like the one we got!  Thanks to Andrew and Farica for giving us the best excuse to get together – your wedding  =)

Gi

I can’t believe its been over a week since the awesome events that took place in Hawaii. Back to Toronto for us as our tans peel away in this cold weather.  We documented the various events that took place for their wedding, starting off with the Luau.   Gi and I have never been to one before, so this was pretty exciting stuff for us with the actual event being even better then we could have imagined.  I know Gi just went into the details of the event so I’ll let the pics do the talking… but before that, I also wanted to showcase some other captures as we were lucky enough to have some time to hang with the busy bride and groom before the luau.   We went around the island of Oahu to try out some of the must do’s and stopped off at some of the most gorgeous points on the island.  BTW, sorry about the rerouting to the destination… contrary to popular belief and my history with the groom… I’m not directionally challenged.. I just had a lot of back seat drivers =)

Here are a handful of captures to tell the story of this event from our amazing time in Hawaii.

Your Friend, Leon
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Hawaii Destination Wedding / Aloha!!

Aloha everyone!  So we’re in Hawaii right now prepping for a destination wedding.   Prior to coming here, Gi and I have been having the time of our lives capturing some amazing events – it has been hectic but then again, for anyone who knows the both of us, we wouldn’t want it any other way =)  Our week started off with capturing a wedding that is dear to my heart. The bride is one of my oldest friends and after 13 hours of awesomeness I was on a plane to Vancouver the next morning for a lifestyle session shoot and then back on a plane to Hawaii!

So how’s Hawaii?  I think that is a loaded question … it’s almost the same as asking someone that owns a Lambo… so how’s the car?   You kind of know the answer to expect =)   But seriously, this island is absolutely gorgeous.   The past few days have been scout days for us, checking out the island and getting ourselves familiar with locations and bouncing some idea’s back and forth between me and the Gi’ster for creative.   We drove around the Island (3 times may I add…should have brought a GPS)  and found sooo many spots we would LOVE to use.   Anyways, here are just a few pics taken with our Fuji X100 to give you guys an idea of what we have been seeing with our eyes.   I’m really excited to share our adventures (how do I say a dozen entries behind) so definitely stay tuned =)  As they say here… Mahalo!

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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Gina & Sam’s Wedding Day – Punta Cana!

One of the many things I love about weddings is how we get to know the close friends and families of our couples.  Spending a week with Gina and Sam was an experience like no other, as we truly got to know all their wonderful friends and family day in and day out.  From the moment we got to their home in the early morning on Saturday we were greeted like family.  Over the next 7 days, that bond grew as Gi and I got to know everyone.    Gina and Sam are such great and sincere people.  For me, I’ve known Sam for a long time and went to high school with the both of them.  When they contacted me last year about this opportunity I was excited to just see them and then when they invited Gi and I to capture their day it was truly an invite from the heart. They really kept things simple for us from the get go… by basically saying… here’s the date… and stressed to me that they really wanted us to enjoy… and treat this as much as we can as vacation.

Spending 7 days with Gina and Sam, I can write forever about our amazing experience but we did our best to document a bit of each day as you rewind into the past entries.  So before I let the pics tell the day of their wedding, I wanted to sincerely thank Gina and Sam for not the obvious of having us be a part of this amazing experience, but for your kind hearts, both your appreciation, coordinating this 7 day party (trust me people… destination weddings are not an easy thing to do) and treating Gi and I like family.   As Gi and I captured and watched all of your friends and family truly enjoyed themselves for throughout the trip… I can’t agree more as Sam was right in his speech… this trip was Gina’s plan all along, a forced vaca…to take a step back from our hectic lives and to make sure everyone had the time of their lives… and that goal was MET!  We love you both and we’re so honoured to be a part of this event.  Hope you guys are having a blast on your honeymoon and you guys ROCK for leaving us that awesome voice message =) Here are just a few pics to tell the story on your wedding day.

Your Friend, Leon
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