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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Gina and Sam’s Wedding in Punta Cana!! Day 6 & 7

I’m lost for words on how exciting and fun it has been for us this week, especially last night with the wedding and today’s “trash the dress” session…(I’m going to do a proper post when we get back).  Gi and I are currently exhausted, sand filled and salt water soaked from their after shoot …. but we freaking had a blast!!!  For me… bucket list check… as I ALWAYS wanted to kill it on the beach with a couple and today was that day for me.   I truly love these guys… and what’s even more awesome was having their family and friends watch and cheer us on today for this aftershoot… Ok.. I’m jumping the gun on this entry as I just want to show one pic.. Ok.. 2…. OK fine….3

Awesome, awesome day.  Stay tuned when we get back for a full post of their wedding…

Your Friend,  Leon Chai
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Michelle + Andrew Married Toronto Edition

Marriage is a celebration and Michelle and Andrew really know how to make sure the party rocks on.   These two not only had a civil ceremony, a destination wedding, but also a wedding in town….now that’s what I call fun.  As their Toronto based photographers we were able to capture a lot of great moments as we had plenty of time in their third installment of wedding bliss.   The wedding party went over to Michelle and Andrew’s home and got ready for a relaxed and fun filled day since no stressful timelines existed.   Getting ready in the morning was super fun with the girls upstairs and the boys downstairs.  We had the bridesmaids in their Henkaa dresses and Stella and Dot accessories everywhere.   Btw, Michelle, I just have to let you know that I have now purchased from Stella and Dot and I am my best/only customer :p.   Another thing I did take away from this day is that these guys are definitely a collector of sorts…I couldn’t help but notice the batman/anime/toy room.  Love it!!!  We had a ton of fun at this event from U of T classics to the heartwarming the visit to your grandfather’s.

Gi

Gi used the key word that described this wedding best …and it’s “fun”. Starting with everyone in the wedding, you guys are a blast!  I never laughed so much in a wedding.  I think one thing I noticed the most the close connection and friendship everyone developed after reuniting after the destination wedding.

I’m not going to go into details too much for their day, as I really want to pics to tell the story, but I do want to commend both Michelle and Andrew for something. When I first met Michelle and Andrew, they mentioned to me that it was important that we fit in time to see her grandfather who is living in a home for geriatric care.  So on the day of their wedding, it was so sweet and kind to make a trip to do this as you’ll see in the pics . It probably meant a lot for both Michelle and her Grandfather and it was an honour for us to be able to document this.

Michelle and Andrew, I can’t thank you enough for having us in the many parts of this wedding bliss through out the year.  Here are just a few pics from the day while we process the rest.  Much love to you both.

Your Friend, Leon Chai
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