Elizabeth + Neil, The Loeb Boathouse Wedding

Wow, what a difference a year makes.

One year ago at this time, Leon and I were in New York on our first trip away from both kids.  It was our first adult trip that included both fun and work.  It is rare that I get to work with Leon shooting pictures since we had kids but this was a special one.  Not only was it one of our favourite cities but it was for one of my good friends.

You see, I have known the groom since our days studying at UofW where a bunch of us would stay up till odd hours cramming for our exams.     This is the way I remember the groom, even though he has grown into a NY sophisticate he will always just be my study buddy, drinking buddy, and ghetto friend.

New York is currently the epicenter of COVID-19 but in my mind it is where Broadway sits, where Central Park blooms, where SOHO shopping surprises, and where people from around the world converge.  I can only hope that when I return to this city it is as beautiful and wonderful as it was when we were there a year ago.  When it was a place for celebration, for beauty, for the mingling of cultures, and the epicenter of diversity vs. devastation.

Until then, here are some pics from what seems to be a lifetime ago.  A perfect NY wedding that started with a pre party of friends on the rooftop the day before the big day.  The wedding day celebrations began with cherry blossoms in Central Park, a traditional ceremony at the Loeb Boathouse, and night shots at the Bethesda.

NY we will see you soon.
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A surprise engagement at Carmel at the beach

I realized I have I have a lot of updating to do on this site… where do I begin?  I wanted to showcase this shoot (before posting their wedding ) . This was one of my first shoots in Cali and at one of my favourite places, Carmel by the sea.  So the plan was this,  Berton was going to propose on the beach and I was going to hideout and capture it.. easy right?  Then when I got to Carmel, I had to make sure he knew where I was hiding without ruining the surprise was the big challenge. But we somehow managed to communicate and he figured out my location.  On that note, I have done a bunch of these surprise engagement captures but something about hiding behind a rock with a huge lens taking ninja snaps at the beach .. makes one feel a little creepy..haha

As you can see in the picture, Karen said yes! Woo hoo!  Afterwards we basically had a blast going around Carmel taking pics and ending off in San Fran.   Many thanks to my friends Berton and Karen for this and I’m pumped to put together some wedding pics to show you guys.

 

Leon
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A Toronto wedding during a winter storm. This was awesome

I want to refrain from saying I miss the snow…since I know all my friends in Toronto are probably hating this weather right now.  As I’ve been updating this blog, I remembered this wonderful wedding we shot last year that was in the heart of a winter storm.  The weather was crazy and freezing.

Anyway, I going to do something a little different and jump right into the meat and potatoes of their formal pics that took place outdoors during the storm.  So how was it shooting in the cold blowing storm you ask? Oh man… I won't even go there... but I personally love the pics. The only reason it worked out so well was the bride, groom and wedding party were all super pumped to make it happen.  Stay warm my Toronto peeps.

 
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Wedding at Canoe Restaurant Jennifer & Shekeb

I remember when I first corresponded with the bride, she described to me a simple civil ceremony and some pretty pics after. A few months later… the wedding evolved to what we see in the pics…  2 ceremonies and a reception at one of Toronto’s best restaurants =)

This was a rainy day, but it totally worked out for pics… especially since the bride and groom were willing to make it happen.  I have shot at Canoe Restaurant so many times and it’s always good times – from the view to the food – for those who haven’t been check out this documentary on the head chef .

Many thanks my friends Jennifer and Shekeb!
 

 
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Faria & Billy Married. 2 amazing days #portudesh

Happy long weekend and Happy 1 month (and a bit) to my friends that are showcased in this blog. This multiday event was a celebration I really looked forward to since the planning begun last year.  We (my second lead Chris) and I got to know this family well from their Nikkah ceremony and from Faria’s sister’s wedding last year… so everything felt right at home.

As we’re currently in a heat wave, I’m reminded that during their wedding celebration last month it was also record highs. We were seriously all melting during the outdoor formals.  Before going into the pics, I want to thank Ruchika Karnani, from Beyoutiful Beginnings… (she’s an awesome planner to work with!), Chris for sweating it out with me and of course my good friends Faria and Billy.  Thank you both so much – I hope you enjoy these pics!

 

Leon

 
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Faria & Billy’s Nikah Ceremony

I’m so happy to be able to capture Faria and Billy’s wedding events, starting with this ceremony.  I felt so at home with them since they are already my friends as I had the fantastic opportunity to meet all sides of their family at Faria’s sister’s wedding this past summer.

This was a fun and intimate ceremony that happened only a few weeks back. Faria and her family got ready at her sister’s place and right afterwards we headed over to the ceremony location which was a hop, skip and jump away. Captain obvious here, but it should be mentioned that Faria looked gorgeous in her dress.   The ceremony was sweet and we literally headed out right after to take some pics around the area.

I was super excited as I knew I was going to try out some new props for this shoot.  The night before, I had grabbed some smoke grenades since I knew that with their personalities they would have a blast with them.

Thanks so much to you both and I’m so stoked for all the events next year.

 
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