Wedding at Balzac’s Coffee – Nahid & Jay Married

This was a nice start to the Spring / Summer wedding season… being a smaller wedding that was held at Balzac’s Coffee in the Distillery District.  I met Nahid in the afternoon at the Grand hotel where she was getting ready. She was pretty much ready when I got there and she looked gorgeous as you’ll see in the pics.  I took off right after and met up with Jay to set him up for their first look – his reaction was awesome.

Doing the formals pics was fun… just the three if us using the space of the distillery for pics.. really calm and relaxing.  We got back to Balzac where the space was transformed to have their ceremony.  The ceremony was perfect and the great thing about having a smaller wedding is that it was such an intimate feel.

The evening had great food and speeches and personally I learned a great deal about both Jay and Nahid.   There’s a part 2 to this wedding that I’m excited to capture in July – a tiny bit bigger =) See you guys then and here are some pic from your wedding. Have a great weekend.
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Susheila & Ross’s Wedding – Broiler House Loft, Distillery District

Before I get into this wonderful wedding, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.   This wedding was easily one of my favorite wedding’s we captured this year.  Not for nothing, there’s an unfair advantage because Sush and Ross are friends of mine.  More specifically what I loved the most about this wedding is how genuine their love is for one another.  Sush and Ross, you guys make such a great couple and I’m truly so happy that you both.

I’m not going to chronologically write what happened at their wedding as the story will tell itself through the pictures. But there are a few parts I wanted to highlight as I was so impressed by the thoughtfulness.   First off, when Kevin and I looked at the itinerary together, we where pretty stoked to see door games.  Thinking about it now, I think this was the first wedding this year that had traditional Chinese door games.  All the groomsmen rocked.. and they did an awesome job as you’ll see in the pics.

Another moment worth mentioning was Sush and Ross’s first reveal – it was pretty heartwarming. Again.. I’ll used the word genuine love to describe them.    Sush impressed both Kev and I as she had memorized her entire itinerary and had everything planned to the minute.  This was not surprising as she does wedding planning.  I’m kinda jealous that she could be so hands on.. if only a photographer can ever photograph an event with themselves in it…

Their wedding was held in the Distillery District, at the Broiler House Loft.  This venue and all the little touches they added were so them and perfect.    As always I want to thank my friend and teammate Kevin C for all his hard work. To my friends Susheila and Ross, congrats again guys.  Thank you so much to you both for having us capture your amazing day. Here are some pics to bring back some awesome memories.


Your Friend, Leon
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“This is Paradise” HK to the T Dot.

I love this engagement lifestyle shoot for many reasons. For starters, I think it’s super sweet of Kenneth to set this shoot up for his fiancé that came all the way from Hong Kong. So the goal was to capture the spirit of Toronto and the only thing they requested was to use the mural “This is Paradise” on Queen Street.

We all met up at the mural as a starting point. I had originally met with Kenneth 2 months ago at our mutual friend’s wedding we shot. On the day of the shoot, it was great seeing Kenneth again and meeting his awesome fiancé Edith. Getting to know them as we went around various spots around Toronto, it was so apparent that these two are meant to be and being half way around the world from each other doesn’t stop them.

So, as I felt like the ambassador for Toronto with a camera that day, we worked our way through some Toronto-ish backdrops which included Queen Street, Osgoode Hall, CN Tower, Tim Horton’s and the Iconic Distillery District. Kenneth and Edith are so comfortable with each other, thus translating into great pics.

To my friends Kenneth and Edith, sincere thanks to you both for having me capture your Toronto engagement session. I wish you both continuous happiness and all the best for your wedding in HK. Here are just a few pics from our session.

Your Friend, Leon
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Thu + Richard Wedding – The Canadian Edition, Eh

Thu and Richard both live in Australia and got married in Bali, Indonesia at the beginning of March. I got to see all the GORGEOUS photo’s on my Facebook feed from their amazing photographer (check out their website HERE ) To the team at Stylinimages, from the opposite side of the world, this Canadian photography team loves your work and is now a fan =)

So the crazy part about our start to the wedding season this year was that both weddings that we have done so far…we were informed about their wedding a month beforehand. The majority of the time, we’re booked a year in advance but it’s all good either way. When we got some details about their Toronto wedding from Thu and Richard via email, I was happy to see in their timeline that we had that we had a good amount of time for pics with the couple. In terms of location, Thu and Richard only mentioned Distillery and left the rest up to us.

In our planning, Gi and I felt more like ambassadors of Canada then photog scouts. We really wanted to give Thu and Richard the Canadian look for their pics to represent Toronto life. So our thoughts… snow, some woodsy nature, and the urban city. Rewind 3 weeks ago and even though we had one of the most crazy snow falls this year, the day before their wedding… things were pretty much thawed out and the snow on the ground wasn’t sticking. Luckily we had scouted a few spots that had some snow and miraculously we got some snow the night before.

We started off the morning at Richard’s parents place where they both were getting ready. We quickly got to know Thu throughout the morning and as expected, she’s a gorgeous and amazing person. Richard is pretty stellar too =) After they got ready, we headed out to start off our Canadian adventure.. I mean wedding shoot. So what the pics don’t show was how cold the day was. It was freezing. The amazing part was that Thu and Rich totally embraced the weather, jackets off and in the snow. We appropriately warmed up with some Tim Horton’s coffee (plus Timbits) and headed off to one of Gi and my fav spots for some nature shots. Afterwards we were off to the city for more of any urban feel right before we set out to the venue. The ceremony was perfectly lead by a familiar face, Peter Choi. This then kicked off the night’s festivities with games, great food and speeches. One sweet part of the night was seeing all the guests attack the dessert table – I remember there wasn’t a point where the dessert table was completely filled because people were always at it. The most special part about these desserts was it was all made by Rich’s sister where she even recreated a traditional Aussie dessert for their guests. Check out her website HERE.

I want to thank my friends Thu and Rich for having us capture the Canadian edition of your wedding. Thanks for being such a great sport with dealing with the cold weather with a warm smile and if Gi and I ever come to your side of the world, we’ll pack you some Swiss Chalet and Tim’s =) Congrats again. Here are some pics to visually story tell your beautiful day.

Your Friends, Leon & Gi


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Love Light in Flight // Mark & Marianna

I remember watching the movie Wayne’s World back in the day, they had this airplane landing scene… where the plane lands and almost seems to scrape the top of their heads.  Since then, I always wanted to find a spot to replicate the scene… so needless to say, I was super excited when we all talked about doing this as a part of their lifestyle shoot. OK.. both Marianna and Mark LOVE planes… It was pretty awesome that they totally lead me to the spot, they even had an app to show landing times so we could catch the moment the planes touch down … What was even more crazy?  Mark could name the model of the planes… Ridiculous.

The weather for the shoot that day was pretty erratic but we made the best of it.   Looking back now… it actually added some nice drama …as we pretty much got cloud, sun and rain across the duration of our shoot.

Before I get into the shoot, there is one note worthy thing I want to mention that you can’t see in the pics.  Marianna and Mark are one of the most sincere couples I have met. From the moment I met them together at our initial meeting to this shoot, it has been nothing but fun times.  I have nothing but amazing things to say about this awesome couple… so needless to say, Gi and I are honoured to be choosen and can’t wait for your special day.  Here are just a few of the pics from our shoot.

PS.  Happy Birthday Mark!

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Michelle & Andrew’s Lifestyle / Engagement Session

Photography for us really has opened up our eyes to see daily things, spots and places in such a different light.   Honestly its irreversible the way we look at things, really things aren’t at face value anymore.  Wherever Gi and I go… we also end up saying “the Bride and Groom would look siiiiick right there…” .  That being said, funny enough, with Michelle and Andrew’s Lifestyle Session… we ended up utilizing a cop station downtown because of the cool architecture we liked… safest shoot ever =)

Michelle and Andrew are a gorgeous couple.  I already knew they were comfortable in front of the camera since I had the great honour to capture their intimate civic ceremony a month ago.  So for their LS session… easy breezy fun is the word.   We started off in the Distillery District and worked our way around King Street East… one of our favorite areas in Toronto.  As always…let the pics do the talking.  Michelle and Andrew, we can’t wait for your Toronto Wedding, thank you both again!

Your Friend, Leon
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