Julia and Curtis Married. Pangaea Restaurant Wedding

This was a great wedding to wind down the end of our wedding season.  A smaller intimate wedding held in a great restaurant in downtown Toronto.  Julia and Curtis are super nice peoples and I totally enjoyed all our interactions throughout the year. So needless to say their wedding was a great day that we truly enjoyed capturing.

As always, we are uploading a fair amount of pictures that tell the story, so I won’t go into too many specifics. I do have to mention some things that may not be obvious when looking at the pics.  First off, it was COLD that day… like it felt like it was freezing type of cold. Great thing was, everyone in the wedding party just bit the bullet for the outdoor pics (thank guys).   Secondly…Julia and her bridesmaids did such a good job on the dance … really good stuff.  And lastly… Curtis and his fam are from Jamaica…. which meant reggae music. Good times. Big chunes.

Before we get into the pics, I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me.  I also want to thank my friend Marlon for introducing me to his brother… thank you for the constant support and good seeing you man.  Last but not least, I sincerely want to thank my friends Julia and Curtis for having us capture their awesome day. Thanks so much guys and here are just a few pics from your wedding.

 

Your Friend, Leon
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Angela & Gabriel Married. Toronto Brickworks Fall Wedding

I enjoyed this wedding a lot. It’s always nice to see friends and familiar faces which makes the day that much more enjoyable. My interaction with Angela leading up to their wedding was easy and chill it was same feeling that day.

Kevin C and I shot this wedding together as we started off at separate locations where Angela and Gabriel were getting ready.  I met up with Kev at the Church, where we set up a first look / reveal at the back garden. The Fall weather was bright and warm…could not have asked for a better day. After the Church ceremony we headed over to the Brickwork’s and had a an opportunity to work on some creative formals.  Afterwards, it was nice that everyone headed over to the bride and groom’s condo where they ordered some pizza and got a chance to relax (food on the wedding day is like gold).

In the evening they hired a traditional lion dance team lead by the same “see fu” that trained Gabriel. So pretty fun stuff to see Gabriel showcase some of his skills as he lead the dance for a bit. Before we get into the pics, I want to thank Kevin C for being the second lead and for always being a good friend.  I want to thank our new friend Ramon + his team at RC2 Films for being so easy to work with.  I want to sincerely thank our friends Angela and Gabriel for having us capture your fun wedding. Here are just a few pics we chose to share. Enjoy!

Your Friend, Leon Chai

 
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Melissa and Mike Married! Grand Luxe Wedding

There were a lot of little things that I personally enjoyed about Melissa and Mike’s wedding,  so forgive me as I’m just going to randomly shout out things that come to mind.  First off,  as a couple, they were super easy to deal with - straight up good peoples.  I originally met them at Melissa and Pietro’s wedding, which brings me to another reason why I enjoyed this event as I got to see them (and their family) again too.  Mike’s blue suit rocked… if there was a poster boy for a Groom in a blue suit -he would be that dude.  I loved how all the bridesmaid’s dresses were also an untraditional black.

I’m a car guy... and there is nothing I enjoy more than the sound of a naturally aspirated v8 while watch the rear tires light up . That was my view and the sweet sound I heard as I followed Melissa being chauffeured in her uncle’s Chevelle – good times.   The day was cold and windy but it was awesome that everyone was game for pics.  We shot at the Grand Luxe many times and their décor was beautiful, especially the ceremony backdrop.   The entrance sparklers were a great touch and just as spectacular was the big bang of confetti that started the night on the dance floor.

Before we showcase the pics, I want to specially thank Kevin Chan for shooting this event with me and sincerely thank Melissa and Mike for having us capture their big day. I’m not sure if you guys are back from your honeymoon but in any case, here are a few pics that we chose to storytell your big day.  Enjoy and see you guys soon!

Your Friend, Leon

 
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Sarah & Paul Married. Music Garden, Palais Royale Toronto

Gi is dying inside to shoot.  We had a plan this year where Gi was going to shoot a good amount of weddings with me for half the day and Kevin was going to tag her out (total win win for me… I literally get the best of both worlds).  But admittedly it’s been tough, since Gi works crazy hours during the week and has the never-ending job as a Mom… I know she’s tired… even if she won’t admit it to me.  So I called the selfless shot and pulled Gi off most of our jobs for now. So this shoot was extra fun for me as it was one of the events that I got to work with her.

Gi and I started the day together as we met Sarah and Paul at The Music Garden where they had the first reveal.  The weather was so hit and miss that day…off and on rain but luckily for us, the rain stopped just in time.  We met with Paul and all the guys first and got some pics in while we waited for Sarah to arrive. When Sarah arrived, we set Paul up for their first look and it was awesome.  We tried to work fast to beat the rain and worked with the Music garden location, which was perfect.  Everyone in the wedding party was great and super easy going.  It was sweet to see Sarah’s Mom in the wedding party, as I know they are very close.

We headed to Palais Royale and when we arrived it started to pour but cleared up just in time for their beautiful ceremony.  Paul and Sarah had these awesome vows written for each other and it was sweet that they had gifts for their grandparents.  The evening was perfect with heartfelt speeches, great food and a live band.

I want to thank Gi and Chris Chan for shooting this event with me. I also want to sincerely thank both Sarah and Paul for having us capture your beautiful wedding. Here are a handful of pics we selected to share your story while we edit the rest.  Thanks!

Your Friend, Leon Chai

 
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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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