Thu + Richard Wedding – The Canadian Edition, Eh

Thu and Richard both live in Australia and got married in Bali, Indonesia at the beginning of March. I got to see all the GORGEOUS photo’s on my Facebook feed from their amazing photographer (check out their website HERE ) To the team at Stylinimages, from the opposite side of the world, this Canadian photography team loves your work and is now a fan =)

So the crazy part about our start to the wedding season this year was that both weddings that we have done so far…we were informed about their wedding a month beforehand. The majority of the time, we’re booked a year in advance but it’s all good either way. When we got some details about their Toronto wedding from Thu and Richard via email, I was happy to see in their timeline that we had that we had a good amount of time for pics with the couple. In terms of location, Thu and Richard only mentioned Distillery and left the rest up to us.

In our planning, Gi and I felt more like ambassadors of Canada then photog scouts. We really wanted to give Thu and Richard the Canadian look for their pics to represent Toronto life. So our thoughts… snow, some woodsy nature, and the urban city. Rewind 3 weeks ago and even though we had one of the most crazy snow falls this year, the day before their wedding… things were pretty much thawed out and the snow on the ground wasn’t sticking. Luckily we had scouted a few spots that had some snow and miraculously we got some snow the night before.

We started off the morning at Richard’s parents place where they both were getting ready. We quickly got to know Thu throughout the morning and as expected, she’s a gorgeous and amazing person. Richard is pretty stellar too =) After they got ready, we headed out to start off our Canadian adventure.. I mean wedding shoot. So what the pics don’t show was how cold the day was. It was freezing. The amazing part was that Thu and Rich totally embraced the weather, jackets off and in the snow. We appropriately warmed up with some Tim Horton’s coffee (plus Timbits) and headed off to one of Gi and my fav spots for some nature shots. Afterwards we were off to the city for more of any urban feel right before we set out to the venue. The ceremony was perfectly lead by a familiar face, Peter Choi. This then kicked off the night’s festivities with games, great food and speeches. One sweet part of the night was seeing all the guests attack the dessert table – I remember there wasn’t a point where the dessert table was completely filled because people were always at it. The most special part about these desserts was it was all made by Rich’s sister where she even recreated a traditional Aussie dessert for their guests. Check out her website HERE.

I want to thank my friends Thu and Rich for having us capture the Canadian edition of your wedding. Thanks for being such a great sport with dealing with the cold weather with a warm smile and if Gi and I ever come to your side of the world, we’ll pack you some Swiss Chalet and Tim’s =) Congrats again. Here are some pics to visually story tell your beautiful day.

Your Friends, Leon & Gi

 

 
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Janice and Dan – Lions and lettuce, oh my!

I knew Janice and Dan’s wedding was going to be an exciting one right when we stepped into Janice sister’s house the day of their wedding.  Signs of double happiness, relatives greeting each other with excitement, and bridesmaids scurrying about the house was what greeted us at the door. I think everyone just wanted to make sure that they were looking good before they tortured Dan and his support team with their crazy and fun door games.  I can say the games were definitely original and Dan worked hard to get his bride – never will I look at pantyhose and oranges the same way again.

This lucky and privileged couple were able to get married at the grand and beautiful St. Michael’s cathedral downtown.  It is one of the most well known churches in Toronto and it is always an honour to shoot there, even though there are many photography rules.   At the rehearsal, we were reminded of the rules of the church, which apparently do not apply to guests, - I think I might just dress up as a guest next time – but then I am deceiving the church.- oh…moral conflict!...i digress…back to the ceremony…it was gorgeous, romantic and filled with love.  And ended off with the perfect touch handmade rings by the bride and groom…now that’s an awww moment. =p

The reception was a blast and started off with a bang as Janice surprised Dan with a lion dance and flying lettuce.  Everybody was also staring at the crazy cake that Janice’s cousin made – the details were amazing! (Please check out her site at www.wickedlittlecakecompany.ca)  With the live band, origami kisses, and butt shaking ping pong balls this was definitely a night to remember =)

Congratulations again guys!  Your day was so much fun and enjoy some of the memories we captured for you.

Thanks,

Gi
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