On a cloudy saturday morning, as I was driving to Gigi’s house, I was thinking I’ve known Gigi and Mike for over a year. As a matter of fact, she was the one who caught the bouquet from Betty and Patrick‘s wedding whom I had the privilege to document. Fast forward a few months from that wedding, Gigi called me while I was in Hawaii for a buddy’s wedding. I’m pretty sure she thought I was a lazy bum when she called me at 3ish pm on a wednesday afternoon EST while I sounded like I was still drooling in bed when I picked up the phone (9ish am in Honolulu). Ever since our first meet, I knew I had a really good connection with Gigi and Mike. It was a meeting but full with laughters. After months of exchanging emails, we did our engagement session back in June and just like the previous encounter, it was just filled with fun and joy.
The wedding dress and shoes
Gigi getting ready
Mike getting ready
Chinese tradition before picking up the bride, the door games!
Chinese traditional tea ceremony
Hakka traditional tea ceremony
Gigi getting ready before the ceremony
The ceremony, with Gigi’s father walking her down the aisle
An overview of the wedding at West River Event Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario
Gigi and Mike during the ceremony
I’ve been checking forecast everyday for the entire week and hoping it wouldn’t rain. Surely enough, we made it through and rain literally started dripping as Gigi and Mike walked out of the ceremony. Mike even turned around and said “is it rain I feel?” The weather was definitely on our side and we had the best of both worlds, as the Chinese say, rain on the wedding day is good luck. After the ceremony, rain started to drop, then started to pour. We couldn’t take any photos outside. Luckily their hotel was nearby and we went there for a quick portrait session.
We went back to West River shortly after the photo session for the banquet and the rest of the night went by really smoothly.
Guest table and centre piece
Head table decoration
Gigi and Mike’s grand entrance
Chinese traditional table to table toasting.
A very unique bouquet toss in where all the single ladies each grab a ribbon. The ribbon that actually doesn’t fall off and is attached to the bouquet would be the possessor
Mike getting the garter. Instead of a toss, each single guy has a balloon tied to their feet and has to destroy others’ balloons. Likewise, the last person standing with an undamaged balloon is the possessor of the garter. The dance floor instantly turns into a gladiator ring.
Gigi and Mike’s dancing instructor having some fun.
Gigi was a beautiful bride and Mike was a handsome groom, and what I saw throughout the day was just like every time I met them, full of love and laughter. I think this formula means they’re perfect for each other. Gigi and Mike, I can’t thank you enough for trusting me be a part of the day! I wish you all the best!
More photos will be posted in my facebook page in soon time!
Cinematographers: Konrad Czystowski and Mark Klassen
Decorations: Sonny Productions/RL Wedding Agenda
Event coordinator/MC/DJ: Grace Lau of Aqua Event Management
Makeup Artist: Pauline Lai of Perfect you
Venue: Hilton Suite Inn
Venue: West River Event Centre