Christmas Winter Indoor Family with Children Lifestyle Session at The Heintzman House (Toronto, Markham, York Region Photographer)

I love how the Christmas and New Year holiday season brings friends and families together in a very special way. In our busy culture and fast-moving world, it’s not often that families are intentional about prioritizing having a reunion, so that the entire family can get together, catch up with one another, and just enjoy one another’s presence. Life is indeed short and it’s easy to take the quickly and constantly passing time we have here for granted.

I’m reminded of the importance of how photographs, pictures, and images document and capture memories, people, and events; not just for this current generation, but also for future generations. As time continues to pass, as I grow older myself, and as I now have a family of my own to treasure, to me, the “perfect photo” is now less about achieving technical perfection (although lighting and composition are still very important), but rather more about the life, character, and person being captured.

With all that being said, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope that you’re all able to enjoy some quality time with loved ones. Remember to grab your loving family and closest friends, and take some pictures together!

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Ying Ying and Alvin’s Fall / Autumn Wedding at Black Creek Pioneer Village and By Peter and Paul’s Universal EventSpace

Ying Ying and Alvin are so kind and thoughtful! Before I even left my house that morning, they called to ask what I wanted to have for breakfast. When I arrived, there was more to eat than I could handle! But, not to worry, there were so many stairs to climb up-and-down, it was an excellent way to burn those calories off.

Their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner reception was held at the brand new Universal EventSpace, By Peter and Paul’s newest event venue, which had plenty of space for one of the biggest weddings I photographed this year with almost 500 people in attendance. Since the Toronto Blue Jays were playing their ALDS Game 3 that evening (and Alvin plays quite a bit of softball), they even chose to live stream the game! Their wedding’s MC’s also took advantage of the big screens by playing a fun multiple choice trivia game about the couple via Kahoot with all the guests and their smart phones.

There were a variety of musical performances that evening by friends and family, including (of course) Jacky Cheung’s “Your First Name, My Last Name” (張學友- 你的名字,我的姓氏). While it is a very popular song at Chinese weddings, audience participation was especially impressive that night with many swaying their smartphones high (with flashlights turned on) from side-to-side in the air.

Congratulations, Ying Ying and Alvin! :)

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PhotographersChristopher Luk: Toronto Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer (and Therese De Jesus)
Ceremony, Cocktail and Dinner Reception: Universal EventSpaceBy Peter and Paul’s Hospitality & Entertainment Group
Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Aaron Cheung of Man With The Wedding Plan
Cinematographer / Videographer: Derek Chan of Derek Chan Films
Chinese Cuisine Caterer: Harvey and Roger Tam of Rovey Service Group Inc / Dragon Dynasty Chinese Catering Services
Creative Relaxed Portrait Session: The Historic Black Creek Pioneer Village
Cake and Cupcakes: Sophia Cheung of Awesome in a Box
Dress: Mori Lee from Best For Bride Bridal Boutique
Sweet Table / Macarons: Kerry’s Macarons
Makeup Artist: Fiona Man
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Annie and Jason’s Autumn / Fall Wedding at The Angus Glen Golf Club (Markham Portrait, Lifestyle & Event Photographer)

Over a decade after they first met, Annie and Jason finally got married! On a crisp fall October morning, along with 90 of their closest friends and family members, we all joined together to celebrate their morning wedding ceremony and afternoon lunch reception. It was a bit too chilly that day to have the ceremony outdoors on the verandah, but there was plenty of room for everyone to stay warm inside.

Every night, Jason prepares one of Annie’s favourite meals for dinner: her choice of noodles, beef, or chicken. But for their wedding, there was a bit more choice available, as everyone got to feast from a buffet with appetizers galore, a make-your-own pasta bar station, prime rib, baked salmon, roasted chicken, and endless desserts! Plus, since they had a lunch (instead of a dinner) reception, we had some time after all the guests had left to do their creative relaxed portrait session at “golden hour”.

Congratulations, Annie and Jason! :)

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PhotographersChristopher Luk: Toronto Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer (and Brendan Wield)
Cocktail Hour and Lunch Reception: Victoria Room & Kennedy Loft at The Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario
DJ / MC: Roy Wong of Roy Wong Pro MC and Trinity Music Group
Wedding Dress / Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique Canada
Bridesmaids Dresses: Henkaa Sakura Convertible Dresses
Cake: Tanya Rodrigues of Cakes By Tanya
Florist: Jenny Hong of Floret
Engagement Session: Annie and Jason’s Engagement Session at The Historic Main Street Unionville & TooGood Pond Park
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