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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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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Claudette + Gus Married. The Westin Prince Hotel Wedding Ceremony

This ceremony was perfect in my opinion. It was intimate, sweet and it was beautiful that their daughter is at the age where she will remember being a part of it.  This warms my heart personally as I can’t wait to see Gi and Alexis walk down the aisle in a few years when we do our vow renewal for our 10 year anniversary.

Gus is a childhood friend of mine whom I haven’t seen in a while. He looked great on the day along with his beautiful fiancé and adorable daughter.  After their ceremony, we shot a few family pics and worked our way around the Westin Prince Hotel.  The weather was hit and miss but that didn’t stop Claudette and Gus from heading out for pics.

I want to congratulate and thank both Claudette and Gus for having me shoot your important day. Here are a few pics as we edit the rest.
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Evelyn and Andrew Married.

I think in all my email correspondences with Evelyn leading up to the wedding day .. I ended off every email with… “You are so on the ball with this wedding sister…” To give an example, she had a good as it gets draft itinerary done like a year before the wedding … where in most cases.. I’m asking for a schedule the week of or the night before.   So as expected.. their wedding went super smooth and everyone was super relaxed.

This was such a fun summer wedding.  In the morning Kev and I split up as usual and over on my end, things where pretty relaxed on Evelyn’s side.   The make up artist was pretty awesome since Joy was in the wedding party too.  As I thought this was her main profession… I heard her sing in the Church a bit later and was blown away… so talented.

After their beautiful church ceremony, the kind couple had the perfect thing for all their guests on a hot summer afternoon – an ice cream truck. So good.  We all headed over to Oakville where we spent some time shooting the wedding party playing ball, on a half pipe, playground and even at Starbucks. Fun times is truly the word.

To my new friends Evelyn and Andrew… congrats again and thank so much for having us capture your big day.  Here are a handful of pics we selected to bring back some good memories.

Your Friend, Leon
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Marisa & Fadi Married. Fontana Primavera Wedding

So this was my first wedding shoot since going on mat leave from my weekend job with Leon Chai Photography.  I missed our dynamic duo so was excited to start off the wedding season.  As luck would have it, I got to start off the season with a great couple.   As always, I started off with the boys at Fadi’s parents home which they had prepared and decorated for the day of the wedding.

Fadi’s mom was ready for visitors as she had pictures of the couple everywhere.  Maybe I am even more appreciative of the motherly touches now that I am one but it was super sweet.  I would say Fadi gets these sentimental touches from the women in his life as his gifts for the boys were all personalized and appropriate for each of them.

The credit for the cutest gift has to go to Marisa since she got him a one of a kind bait hook for the “fish” that she hooked for life.   So appropriate for this loving couple as the ceremony was filled with bashful yet loving glances between the two.

With this fun group of boys and girls we headed off to Alexmuir Park for some group shots.   We obviously had tons of fun with the boys showing their strength and Fadi’s willingness to literally jump off a cliff for Marisa.  For my first wedding of the season I couldn’t have asked for a more fun group that reminded me why I love shooting weddings with my husband.

Having a daughter has definitely changed how much time I can spend at the weddings, but I will continue to try my darndest to make it out to as many as I can.   It is tough since I am back at my day job Monday-Friday where I don’t get to spend much time with our baby, but when you get loving couples like this, it is all worth it.

Thank you Marisa and Fadi for reminding me how great shooting weddings can be.  Thank you to my baby A for loving me no matter how often I leave you for my day job or my weekend job.  Remember no matter where I am I always consider you my full time love and I continue to be honoured to have the best job in the world of being your mom.

Gi

I totally remembered the first time I met Marisa and Fadi. I was half way around the world in Singapore and we set a time for a skype meeting. We’ve done many skype meetings before but I didn’t factor in the intense Singapore heat, time difference (2am) and me not trying to wake our baby up in the middle of the night. Thank the lord they accepted this whispering, sweaty photographer for their awesome day.

The day of their wedding was actually the first time I had the chance to really get to know Marisa and Fadi.  End result – confirmation that they are just truly good peoples. Gi joined me for the first half of the day where we split up to the places where Fadi and Marisa were each getting ready. I got a chance to check out Gi’s pics of the guys in the morning and I love the symbolic fishing hook from Marisa – super sweet.   With the girls, I loved seeing everyone’s awesome Henna designs – a true mix of the traditions. The reception was definitely an awesome party and it continued to the tradition of integrating two cultures that love to dance…my trini peeps and Middle easterners.

I’m not going to go into the full details of their day since the pics will tell their beautiful story. I want to thank my wife Gi and friend Chris Chan for helping me capture their story. I want to sincerely thank my new friends Marisa and Fadi for having us capture their amazing day – thank you both so much. Here are carefully chosen handful of pics to tell your story. Enjoy!

Leon
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Headshot + launch party, Dentistry on U

I got to work with Dr. Gina Lee on both a personal level, capturing her adorable daughter’s first birthday, and a business level, now with her practice.  I have to say this…she’s probably one of the most caring and genuine individual’s I have ever met. Here’s one example, during her daughter’s event shoot during the busy party…she went out of her way to introduce me to a bunch of her friends that may need photography while I was shooting.  Same goes during the day of her launch party… as hectic as it was she doing the same for all her other vendors… making sure everyone got to know each other and giving warm kind intros. Crazy nice of her …but I realized that is just who she is..genuine and always looking out for others.

On the day of this shoot, I arrived early before the launch event to capture headshots of the team and was going to do interior shots but there were still some final touches that needed to be completed for the decor.  The night of the launch party was a packed house with so many people giving Gina and her husband well wishes on the new business.  The event and food looked smoking (literally..see the burger pic) which was all was planned and produced by Reve Event Design, who managed the catering provided by Treeline.

I sincerely want to thank and congratulate Gina for the constant support and making her passion come to life. Love the office sister.

Your Friend, Leon
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