I met up with Jason & Sandra on a cloudy Saturday afternoon at a metro station in Montreal. On our walk from the station to the Vieux-Port de Montreal, we chatted and got warmed up with the camera. We spoke in depth about their plans for their upcoming wedding next year (I am SO excited, it sounds like it's going to be a blast!) and about all of the good eating spots in the Old Port (Jason works nearby, I took notes). We took full advantage of the fall foliage and while we didn't get a fantastic sunset through the buildings like I had hoped for, we had a chance to experiment with all of the backgrounds that the Old Port has to offer and catch a glimpse of Montreal's brand new ferris wheel (now with added bonus that it works! ;) )
I first met Karan & Annie in the aftermath of a wild winter storm last December. We trekked out into the unplowed streets of Annie's hometown to take some gorgeous photos before settling down with warm drinks in front of a cosy fireplace.
I met up with Annie again at a salon in Farnham where she was getting ready with her bridesmaids and her sisters-in-law to be. Annie was tying up loose strings for the day on the phone, getting her hair done all the while maintaining her composure. I love seeing a bride who rolls with the punches and can get everything figured out with as little stress as possible. When Annie was mostly done getting ready, I then popped on over to Annie's aunt's house where Karan was getting ready with "the boys" over pizza.
Annie & Karan wanted to hold to the traditions of a typical Quebec wedding, including the strict rule that they could not see each other before Annie walked down the aisle. This involved a lot of sneaking around and scurrying between windows in Annie's parents house (with Karan right next door).
The ceremony took place next to the river in Annie's parents' backyard, where someone had crossed the river to put up a sign to commemorate Karan & Annie's special day. After the ceremony, everyone drove to the Chateau Bromont for the reception, where we were treated to a ride around the golf course at sunset to take the formal pictures.
They closed out the formal programming for the evening with their first dance set to Stairway to Heaven-- and a surprise choreographed Indian dance number. A fantastically fun way to kick off the dance party, which I'm sure continued well into the night 🕺
I typically begin a wedding day at around noon, when the bride is still getting ready. This is a key time for me to not only gather the detail photos, but to allow the bride and her wedding party to get used to being in front of my lens (and more or less pretending I'm not there!). It's quite rare that I book a wedding where I'm scheduled to show up just fifteen minutes before the ceremony but Dori and Matt are not my typical couple. Their love shone straight through any camera-related jitters and their beautiful wedding at the North Hatley Club went off without a hitch (well, just one 😉 ). Matt & Dori were true naturals in front of the camera and made my job very easy.
When we first chatted about the wedding in detail a few months ago, Dori told me that she had opted to skip over the traditional white gown in favour of a (gorgeous!) red cocktail dress. I was so intrigued by this idea, and seeing it in person against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Massawippi, I could not agree more with Dori's fashion decision. It was absolutely striking!
I met Arlene and Steven over some Coaticook ice cream just a few weeks ago in order to get to know them and figure out all of their wedding details. We talked video games, tech, and other geeky pursuits (my OTHER area of expertise 😉), their plans for their wedding were well thought out, yet low-key. Nothing overly complicated and a rather flexible schedule (always makes things so much easier). They were to be married in a small town on the Canada/US border, where Steven's family has a cottage. They were renting out the only church in town for the ceremony and would have the reception in the backyard of the family cottage.
When their wedding day finally arrived, the forecast wasn't looking so good. We've had a constant stream of thunderstorms hitting the area recently and their wedding day was not spared from our cruddy weather. We're talking torrential downpours and shake-the-house thunder here. As I made my way to Baldwin's Mills, I had high hopes that we might dodge the brunt of it, but as I neared the little village it began to rain more and more. When I arrived where Arlene & her bridesmaids were getting ready, it seemed like I was more disappointed in the weather than Arlene & Steven. The gloomy weather did not put a dampener at all on their mood. Arlene & the girls were getting their hair and makeup done while singing along to a playlist of Disney songs. It was then I realized that despite the soggy weather, the show was going to go on. And on it went, from a short and sweet ceremony in the Baldwin's Mills United Church to the reception back at the cottage with ping pong, drinks in a canoe, a blossoming Lego MiniFigure black market (amazing wedding favour idea!!) and a tent to shelter us from the rain. We got lucky and the storm clouds briefly parted around golden hour so Arlene and Steven could hop into a rowboat for some quick pictures before the rain resumed.
I hope my shoes dry out someday! 😛
It's not often that I get an inquiry for a wedding with less than a month's notice, but I just couldn't turn down the concept that Flavie pitched to me: a low-key garden party, where she & Mike happened to get married. Apparently, flowers for the tables weren't in the plans until a serendipitous encounter with a florist neighbour. I asked around the (rather intimate) party and the consensus was that this concept was *very* Mike & Flavie. Together for many years already, with two little munchkins, this wedding was really just a rubber stamp on their longstanding partnership. Check out the pictures below :)