Shelly & Kevin Married. Caledon Country Club Wedding

You know the morning of a wedding, it’s usually pretty hectic.  When I walked in to Shelly’s parent’s home things where pretty calm as they were performing one of the best traditions ever – eating.  I was like.. “Where is everyone?”… and when I walked in the kitchen it was Taiwanese food heaven!  I believe that Shelly’s mom cooked all the food and apparently the tradition is that the parents serve the food and pass on some words of advice. Bottom line is.. it’s the best tradition ever.

Speaking of traditions, it has been a while since we have seen some door games, so that was also a fun start to the morning when the guys got to the house.  KC and I set up Kevin (the groom) for their first look shortly after all the games.  We then had a tea ceremony and headed out to the west end of town for the tea ceremony on Kevin’s side.  After which, we headed straight to Caledon Country club and had great time taking pics of the wedding party before the ceremony and reception.  Side note, Caledon Country Club makes one delicious Ceasar for those who like that drink.

This was a fun wedding for me. I got to see a handful of good friends both in the wedding party and as guests of their wedding.  I want to thank my buddy Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me and I also want to thank my friend Leslie for the warm referral.  It was so good seeing you (although I wish you brought the family…hehe)

To my friends Shelly and Kevin, thanks so much again for having us and here are a few pics I wanted to share to tell the story of your day.

 

Thanks, Leon
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Aliya and Hafeez Married. 3 Eventful Days, The Manor Wedding

This was such a fun and beautiful wedding.  I got to capture two days of different events leading up to their wedding on the Sunday.  I decided to combine all three days into this one super duper post to share their story.  If I could sum it all up in one word that best describes their events… “fun” would definitely be in the top 3.  With great dance performances, an awesome wedding party, memorable speeches and great MC’s over all three nights were some of the many things that stood out.

I won’t go into much written details since I’ll let the pics tell the story. I want to thank my good friend Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me. I also want to thank Alisha and her fam…for being so nice.. always looking out for us (aka making sure we ate =)) Lastly but certainly not least, I want to sincerely want Thank Aliya and Hafeez  for having us capture your big day.  You guy were so cool and relaxed throughout it all which made everything so much more enjoyable.   Here are some pics to tell your story.

 

See you guys soon!

 

Leon
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Sandra & Marty Married. Liberty Grand Wedding

Every year we have one date that is highly requested and this year, it was August 13, 2016 for us… I think we had over 12 requests for this date which is pretty nuts.  I’m honoured that Sandra and Marty booked us early last year and I got to capture this day for them.   I’ve known Marty and his family for a long time and I’m so happy that his partner in life is just as amazing as he is.

It felt like one of the hottest weekends in Toronto the day of their wedding.  They got married at the historical Metropolitan United Church - gorgeous… but had no AC which made things even hotter. After their ceremony, we did our best to jump out when it wasn’t raining too hard and capture some pics. We headed over the Liberty Grand right after and did some pictures in courtyard.  It was the perfect spot for pics with the wedding party as it had just enough overhang to keep everyone dry from the rain.  The evening portion of the wedding was perfect – great food, amazing MC and entertaining speeches.  On my end, so good seeing so many familiar family and friends.

I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this wedding with me. I want to sincerely thank Sandra and Marty for having us capture your big day. Here are just a few pics we wanted to share with you as we edit the rest.

Uncle Leon =)
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6 months old!

The original date that we had planned this shoot was the exact same day that our baby boy was born… So off the bat..I want to  thank S&D for being flexible enough to reschedule.. I would have came still but my wife would have killed me =) Although I probably said this at every single stage with our daughter but 6 months is one of my favourite stages which was the same age as my friend’s beautiful daughter.

Ok.. Captain obvious over here but baby M is so, so adorable.. I swear I think she had this big happy smile in every shot I took of her … Love it.  For the shoot we kept things simple and used their beautiful home which worked out perfectly.  To my friends S&D, so great seeing you guys and little M again. Thanks always for the on going support. Here are just a few pics from ours 6 month old shoot!

 

Leon
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My Growing Family

I haven’t been blogging often with Leon …couple of reasons….busy with a 21 month old, work, and being pregnant. Now the world is going to be even crazier when this little guy is born so before his arrival I am taking a quick chance to put down some thoughts.  Really it is a blog about all the things I am thankful for.

First off,  I have to thank God for the gift of our daughter and everything she has taught us over the last 21 months.  Now I have to thank God again because I never thought I was going to be given the gift of two children.  I won’t lie but I am a little more scared the second time around.  Scared of whether I will be able to raise a boy since I have always been surrounded by women in my life, scared of how I make sure that neither of my children feel favoured or left out at the same time, scared of how I can be a good mother, a good wife, and a career woman all at once, scared of how my decisions impact those around me.    This I guess is what they call parenthood.

I am super thankful for Leon who has been the backbone to this family during this crazy time.  He is my superman and super dad when I am a nervous wreck.  He deals with my emotions whether they are up or down and supports all of us through it all.   We still fight, we still battle it out, but at the end of the day I am thankful that we do because it only means that we are willing to challenge each other and care enough to make it work. Raising a family isn’t easy, keeping a marriage together is even harder, and remembering how lucky we are to just be alive is the reality of life.    We both remind each other of that and I am lucky to have a partner in life that is my best friend, my husband, and a father who is truly hands on.  I can’t really ask for more.

It takes a village to raise a child and I can’t finish this blog without mentioning one more important person in this family unit.  My mom.   She is in HK right now at a reunion of sorts ( wish I was there but for some reason being 36 weeks pregnant they don’t recommend flying :p ).   She has been the reason why I have been able to do all the things that I have accomplished in life and in recent months.   She is the reason why Alexis feels loved from all sides and why Leon and I have a great relationship.  From the day I was born she has been my guardian and she continues to be.  I can only hope that I can take care of her half as well as she has taken care of me over the years.

And with that I am anxiously waiting for little boy’s arrival.   His room is almost done, I have two more weeks before I am off work, and I am so excited for my daughter to have a built in friend for life.   I know that just because they are siblings they are not guaranteed best friends but I hope they growing up knowing they have one another.  Maybe it is my wishful thinking since I was raised as an only child and always saw how all my friends had these enviable relationships with their siblings.

So to my child who is joining this family in less than a month.   Mommy is excited for you to join us and she wants to remind you that as lucky as we are to have you join us.  You are a lucky child because you have a family that will love you more than life itself.   As the theme in our household goes…”All you need is love”
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Sarah & John Married. The Doctor’s House Wedding

There is an unspoken rule for wedding photographers… and that rule is… focus on the bride.  For Sarah and John’s wedding the rule was bent a little… as their daughter was a big spotlight too… as she is so adorable and loved by everyone.. as you’ll see in the pics.

I’m so happy that John contacted me. He’s an old high school friend of mine that I have not seen in ages.  We had our first meeting at their home, where I got to meet his beautiful wife and gorgeous little girl. The meeting was a great chance to swap parenting stories and just play chat up.  So when we got the go ahead to capture their wedding… I was super thrilled.

On the day, John and Sarah ran a little late (don’t blame them.. try getting ready with a baby).  So we started off shooting the family that was at the venue first.  The cool part is…  I got to meet the family that makes the best espresso…(Micheal-Angelo Market Place).

The day of the wedding was cold and windy - we even had snow.  When Sarah, John and their daughter arrived, we worked extremely fast to get a few outdoor pics before anyone froze.  Sarah and John and their daughter looked amazing. The Doctor’s house was a perfect venue for their celebration. Good size , great food and has such a intimate feel.  The night was loaded with great speeches, live singing and dancing.

I want to thank my friend Kevin C for shooting this event with me and also want to sincerely thank Joanne (John’s sister) for the warm intro.  My friends John and Sarah, thanks so much for having me capture your big day… You guys are truly a beautiful family and I’m so happy for you guys. Here are some pics we chose to share with you as we continue to edit the rest.

Your Friend, Leon
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