Magali + Stefan

On this blog, I get the opportunity to express how special the couples we photograph are, and how much we value the bond that we build with them. This post is particularly unique and special to me, as I have been building a bond with this bride for almost 27 years. Magali and I are cousins, but we are so much more than that; we have been constant friends since we were born. Our parents tell us that we traded our pacifiers and got into trouble together (like the time we climbed onto the kitchen table and ate butter), and our friendship continued throughout our teenage years and into adulthood. I probably share more embarrassing memories and inside jokes with her than with anyone else in the world, and we know each other better than almost anyone. So when Stefan came around when we were just 18, I wasn't too sure what to make of him... he had a lot to live up to! But it wasn't too long before this goofy and silly little man made his way into our hearts too, and it's been pretty hard to imagine one of them without the other ever since. It is obvious to anyone who meets these two: they are simply perfect for each other. With Stefan, Magi is the person I have always known and loved: vivacious, happy, and a worthy opponent to her new husband in the 'silly and goofy' category. Stepping back from photography for their special day was a tough task for me, but I knew their wedding memories would be in Daniel's capable hands, as well as those of our associate photographers at Grey Sparrow, Marie-Christine and Jean-Michel. So on a cold winter's day in Montreal, Magali and Stefan stuck to their guns and lived out their dream of an outdoor winter ceremony. Stefan had us all laughing and crying as he shouted out his vows, consisting of lyrics from their favorite songs, for the entire park to hear. The band Minuit, featuring both my father and Magali's, made their second appearance in two years at the reception (the last time was at our wedding in Mexico), and their music ensured that guests never left the dance floor. With MC and JM there, Daniel was more than willing to put his camera down and join the party. As a final personal, musical touch, my sister Arielle and Magali's father led the couple's first dance with a sweet rendition of the Civil Wars' I've Got This Friend.

It was an honor to stand along side one of my best friends as she married a man who we just cannot imagine her without, and I know that it was a pleasure for Daniel, MC and JM to document it. Thanks for being in our lives, Magali and Stefan. We love you so very much!

You can browse through some of our favorite moments from their wedding by clicking on the arrows above. Many of these images were made by Marie-Christine Genero and Jean-Michel Lacombe of Grey Sparrow studio.

 

The Vendors:

Venue: Parisian Laundry Catering: Java U Coordination: Elyna of Unity Weddings Make-up Artist: Tiffany of Victoria Tiffany Flowers: Mother of the bride Cake: Ashley, Friend of the bride Band: Minuit Dress: Anne-Jean Michel Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade Groom's suit: Penguin Groom's shoes: Vans

 

Lauren + Peter

Throughout the entire process of Lauren and Peter's wedding planning, we were constantly kept in the loop by Daniel's sister, the wedding planner extraordinaire behind Unity Weddings. Her enthusiasm about this wedding was contagious - she just couldn't get enough of this beautiful couple and their impecable taste - and we couldn't wait  for our opportunity to work with them too. On a beautiful, crisp, fall day in Montreal, Lauren and Peter's vision for an elegant affair came to life. After a touching ceremony, we wisked them off for portraits at a nearby location - our sister studio's (Grey Sparrow) office which happens to be right next door. Without any daylight for their portraits, we had the rare opportunity to play with what was available to us in the studio: a projector. If Lauren and Peter felt any concern as we projected images onto them and reassured them that the result would be cool, they certainly didn't show it! Armed with their trust, we had a blast doing something completely different in these most unusual of circumstances.

A huge thank you Lauren and Peter welcoming us into their special day, and to Elyna for designing this stunning event.

You can browse through our favorite images from the day by clicking on the arrows above. The Vendors: Venue: Parisian Laundry Planner: Elyna - Unity Weddings Band: Rusty Flowers: Alain Simon Table rentals: Celebrations Lounge rentals: Luxe Rentals Food: Chez L'Epicier Cakes: Luisa Galuppo Stage and lighting: Eventex Bride's dress: Badgley Mischka for Anne Barge Bride's veil: custom made at Les Noces Couture Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy Collection

Carolyne + Andrew

If there is one thing we learned about Carolyn and Andrew from their wedding day, it is that they are FUN! They love games, so they infused their wedding day with many opportunities for their guests to play. A roll of the dice at the bar could determine what drink you would get, and what kind of straw you could drink from (silly straw in a beer, anyone?!). The Montreal Fine Arts Museum played host to the affair, their good friend officiated the ceremony, and in true Carolyn and Andrew fashion, a celebratory dance down the aisle replaced the traditional recessional. As expected, a hilarious dance party ensued, as their friends and family, including some well-known TV personalities (Andrew is a news anchor) got involved in some pretty serious dance offs.

Carolyn and Andrew, thank you for selecting us to capture it all. A couple who laughs together stays together - and we have no concerns for the two of you!

Sheri + Ryan

The majority of the weddings we photograph are destination weddings, and Sheri and Ryan's Montreal wedding - despite the fact that it was held in the city we call home - was no exception. Like many people who have visited our lovely city, Sheri and Ryan both fell in love with the European architecture and the incredible food and they wanted to share it with their friends and family during their wedding weekend. We loved learning more about Sheri and Ryan through the choices they made for their wedding. They held both the ceremony and reception at Barroco, a Spanish restaurant in the heart of old Montreal. The food and flair of the restaurant - as well as the papel picado they draped around the room - was a nod to a trip they took to Spain. In honor of their precious bunny Chloe, they made a donation to the Rabbit Rescue in Vancouver as wedding favors for their guests. And of course, the impecable menu complete with paella, oysters and lobster (hands down one of the best wedding meals we've ever had), was a testament to their excellent taste in food.

Thank you, Sheri and Ryan, for allowing us to share in your sweet wedding. And thank you for treating us to a much anticipated and dreamt about dinner at Garde-Manger! We look forward to a date night there very soon!

Sarah + Kyle

Many couples fantasize about ditching the headache of wedding planning and running away to get married... but there are very few who actually pull it off. Sarah and Kyle knew they weren't the big white wedding kind of people, so they chose to tell no one, and elope to Quebec City. When we caught up with Sarah and Kyle on the big day, almost one hour before they were scheduled to meet up, Sarah was sitting in her room at the iconic Chateau Frontenac, ready to get started, and Kyle was already pacing the lobby, ready to see his bride for the first time. With no one there to hold up the schedule, this notoriously punctual couple's wedding day actually ran early; completely unheard of in our experience!

It was a tremendous honor to bear witness to this incredibly romantic ceremony on the Plains of Abraham, overlooking the Fleuve St-Laurent and it was a pleasure to wander the old city, exploring charming nooks and crannies. Sarah and Kyle, thank you for choosing our vision to document your wedding for your friends and family to see, and for you to relive.