Connie + Mike, Crush Wine Bar Wedding

I totally remembered this wedding for a few reasons.  Aside from the venue being at Crush Wine bar which I thought would be awesome… Connie and Mike’s wedding was held 2 days before my daughter’s due date.  So just to get this out there, I had a trusted photographer on standby and not to mention Kevin could have run the show if anything were to happen.  In most cases I usually leave my cell phone in my camera bag.. but that day.. if I could I would have crazy glued it to my forehead just to hear the call.  Bottom line is, our daughter was born days after and this wedding rocked.

I think Connie and Mike make a perfect couple and you can also judge a book by its cover as they are also a good looking couple too.  Kevin and I started off at each location where Connie and Mike were getting ready and we met up at Trinity Chapel in the U of T grounds.  I love the look of this Chapel especially the bright high ceilings.  Connie looked gorgeous walking down the aisle and after their ceremony we used the surrounding area of U of T to take some pics.

We got to Crush wine bar and the placed looked amazing. We got a chance to pull Connie and Mike aside to do some more pics, as we fell in love with some of the interior space and exterior for that matter. I really like this venue and the awesome part is I got a chance to try some food - amazing. The night was intimate and just being a fly on the wall, everyone looked like they had a blast.

I want to sincerely thank Natalia for giving me a warm referral.. thanks you so much for keeping us in mind! I also want to thank Kevin C for being my other pair of creative eyes for this wedding. To my friends Connie and Mike, thanks so much for having us capture your special day. Here are a few pics we specifically chose to tell the story of your awesome day while we process the rest.

Thanks, Leon
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Jen & Sam, The Cathedral Centre Wedding

It’s been crazy busy for us from event shooting and to all the post editing work. But we’re excited, as we’ve been shipping them out to our awesome clients. I’m playing catch up this week on blogging a few weddings that we’ve captured recently – Starting with Jen and Sam.

We can’t speak for other photographers, but we love any new locations where we have not shot at before especially since we’ve been to almost every venue in Toronto over the past 8 years. Although it’s comfortable to know familiar grounds, it’s so exciting to use new space. For Jen and Sam’s wedding , The Cathedral Centre was a new space for us. I started off in the morning with Jen at the Thompson Hotel where she had a sweet spacious suite with all her girls. It was also fantastic as I was surrounded by familiar faces from Jen’s best friend Shirley to the always talented Patricia Make up artistry. A new first for me was Jen checking her logging into her work email in the morning - now that’s dedication =)

After everyone got ready, I called up Kevin to see where he was with the guys and of course they were already ready. We all met at U of T where Jen and Sam did their first reveal and then headed around the grounds with their rambunctious wedding party to take some fun pics. The ceremony was held at the Metropolitan United Church and the ceremony was perfect. The Church and the Cathedral Centre were within walking distance.. which is a refreshing first for us… as refreshing as lugging heavy gear around in a hot day can be.
The space was gorgeous at the Cathedral Centre and what was cool about the way they had the venue set up was the fact they didn’t go with a traditional sit down meal but wanted more of an open mingling environment for their guests. The night ended with awesome speeches, slideshows and SDE video.

Before we get to the pics that we have chosen to tell the story, I want to sincerely thank Kevin C for shooting this event with me. To Jen and Sam, thanks so much again for having us capture your amazing day. Here are some pics we chose to visually story tell your wedding day. Enjoy!

Your Friend, Leon
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Klia & Nick, The wedding count down begins!

September is pretty busy for us… back to back shooting every weekend… wedding then baby shoot, wedding then baby shoot… man the second verse of that nursery rhyme of “sitting in a tree” really does apply in life. The first two weddings this month are start off with personal friends of mine (Klia and Nick fall in this category of course) which makes what I do that much more enjoyable.

I’m really glad I got to do this fun engagement shoot with Klia and Nick. I think they are both fantastic people and having to spend a little time together during this shoot only validates this notion. We all met at Evergreen Brick Works where we basically walked around the beautiful grounds, chatted and of course captured some pics. Klia and Nick are right at home with each other which makes my job easy breezy. I love the fact that they are up for any adventure, as they climbed across trails to make shots happen. Since Nick and I are forever car guys, I suggest we get some pics with his car. Ironically enough, we have the same car… great minds =) To save Gi time from over riding this post.. let me correct myself.. Gi and Nick have the same ride. Ironically enough… Nick and Gi previous to the STI had the same cars too… what the heck.. haha.

It’s hard for me to vocalize how thankful I am for having the support of friends like Klia and Nick. Aside from the obvious in having us capture the day, you guys made the process easy for us… basically here’s the date and see you then. I appreciate the trust. So.. 2 more weeks and the party begins =) See you guys soon and thanks again!

Your Friend,

Leon
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A summer outdoor bridal shower // Monica & Veneet

So this week is the home stretch for the marathon of wedding events for Monica and Veneet. I’m really looking forward to the next couple of days as it’s going to be such a fun experience that I’m grateful to be a part of.

I mentioned this before in the post where I captured the engagement party for Monica and Veneet, that this couple and their family done their best to include me in capturing all the events. This shoot was a gift from Monica sister, so before I get into this post, I just want to say thank you to Sonia and kudos for doing an amazing job setting up this bridal shower. On the day of this event, it was HOT–perfect weather for an outdoor party. The afternoon was filled with creative touches, from the décor, personalized games to the beautiful looking desserts with the cute lovebirds.

There is so much love for this couple and I can’t wait to document the parade of events starting tomorrow till Sunday.

Your Friend,

Leon
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My little buddy turned one.

I love this little guy and I was thrilled that his parents asked me to capture his first birthday last month. Gi and I were lucky to have spent a lot of time with Little N and his parents ever since he was born. So seeing him turn one for us was extra special.

The theme of the party was “wheels on the bus” and the parents nailed it. N’s Aunty’s and mom even made a cardboard bus for all of N’s friends to play with and it rocked! The day of the party it seemed like the kids were everywhere and even out numbered the adults... but it was all good since there were a ton of things to do from the crafting station, bouncy castle to my man Kevin Chan rocking his photo booth set up with props to match the theme. The parents also got little N a traditional Korean outfit where he then had to choose his destiny. The party ended cutting his wheels on the bus cake.

As the parents saved the topper.. . we headed over to little N’s the next day and busted out a smake cake session =) Love you lots guys.

Uncle Leon
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