Although I can honestly say that I’ve absolutely enjoyed every one of the many weddings I’ve attended (as a guest or photographer), I’ve always felt a bit of a void in my Wedding Photographer soul because I have never attended or photographed a traditional Jewish wedding.  Whether it be in the Hollywood movies I’ve seen, or the many that my photographer friends around the world have posted over the years, there is something about Jewish Weddings that is so vibrant & fun, while also being incredibly personal & spiritual.

When my good friend and Toronto Wedding Photographer, Sam Obeid asked me to join him to photograph Erin & Jeff’s Temple Sinai Wedding in Toronto as a “2nd photographer”, I didn’t blink an eye before saying yes.  Erin & Jeff absolutely lucked-in with weather, it’s was unusually warm for late November in Toronto.  We did some photos at a gorgeous home in Forest Hill, before heading to Temple Sinai in Northern Toronto for the ceremony & reception.  It was a bit of a new experience for me to not be allowed to take *any* photographs during the actual wedding ceremony besides the processional/recessional, but between the Badeken and the reception, I think the photographs tell the story of the day, and especially the amazing energy between Erin & Jeff.

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I would never have imagined that planning an engagement shoot for the 3rd day of Spring would have a risk of 15 cms of snow, but this is Ottawa and this has been the winter that refuses to end!  I met-up with Prescia and Salim on York Street and we had a great time walking around the market, we grabbed a coffee and took some photos.  It was a bit chilly for late March, but nothing that “Hot Paws” and snuggling couldn’t fix.

Prescia and Salim have amazing chemistry and energy, and it really shows in the photos.  Here are some of my favourites – I’m really looking forward to their wedding at Orchard View this May!

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  • Teira - She has such a beautiful smile. You definitely captured their happiness. Love the last pic!ReplyCancel

  • Paul Rowland - Awesome job C Lee! Best photographer in Ottawa.ReplyCancel

2014 has been a wild winter for weather, and Franca & Dwayne’s Royalton Hall Wedding day was no different.  As an Ottawa-based wedding photographer, I’m used to snow and cold, but I was hoping that Franca & Dwayne’s wedding in Woodbridge, North of Toronto, would be a nice treat.  WRONG!  On my way to Franca’s parents’ house in the morning, there was enough snow to cause multiple pile-ups on the Highways, and the driving stayed pretty scary all day.  The weather made the travel between venues a bit slower, but we still had enough time to get some great photos, and it was a fantastic day overall.    Franca & Dwayne are amazing people, super nice to work with, and their families and friends could not have been more welcoming.  I genuinely felt like I was an honorary Italian for the day.

This was my first “Woodbridge Italian Wedding”, and whoa…something else.  I’ve never seen a 400lb wheel of Grana Padano cheese before.  I was trying to think of how I could get the leftover in my SUV after the wedding.  :)

I was assisted by Sam Obeid, a Wedding photographer in Toronto, as an assistant and 2nd photographer for the entire wedding day.  We had a lot of fun (as always), and I think between us we captured the spirit of this incredible day pretty well.  Enjoy – here are some of my favorites:

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  • Sully - Nice job man! Really nice flash work. Looks like a fun wedding. ReplyCancel

  • Paul Rowland - Wonderful photojournalistic coverage of the day – impeccable reception images also!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - Some of your best work, Christian! I love the reception photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Chris, these are so good! Thank you so much for inviting me to help you. The out door portraits turned out great despite the freezing wind.

    Congrats once again to Franca and Dwayne, you two are awesome.ReplyCancel