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Destination Wedding – Bavaro Resort in Punta Cana

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When we saw these photographs shot by Montreal wedding photographer Chris Paine, we knew we had to feature them on the blog.

Many Montreal couples choose to fly to exotic locations to exchange vows, and Olivia & Wilson headed for Punta Cana on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic known for its 32km stretch of beaches and crystal clear waters.

Wilson had proposed while singing “Fly Me To The Moon” in front of their close friends and they played the song during the ceremony, which took place at the Grand Palladium at the Bavaro Resort, when the big day came around.
Olivia wore White by Vera Wang, a dress she discovered after the 2nd time of dress shopping.
Wilson wore a customized suit from China.

For the flowers they chose Hydrangea macrophylla and their wedding cake was a 2 tier banana flavour cake.

The couple say “A destination wedding is more for a wedding not a vacation” and their advice to couples tying the knot is “Don’t be stressed, listen to you heart, communicate with your other half and his/her family. Be relaxed, maybe the wedding date is once in a life time, but the whole marriage is for a life time; don’t stress yourself out just because you want a perfect wedding. Nothing is perfect.”

Thanks a lot to Chris Paine Photography for the great images and to Olivia & Wilson for sharing their story with MTL Wedding Blog.

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Diana & Matthew – A Wedding at Pavilion de la Jamaique

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Today we are pleased to feature Diana & Matthew’s fantastic “surprise” wedding at Pavilion de la Jamaique inside Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau.

The wedding was captured by Adam Feldstain Photography, who gives us a little more about the story of their day in July 2015…

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The Vision for the Day / Planning process

The planning and the vision for the day go hand-in-hand in this case. Diana & Matthew started out with the feeling that they weren’t going to have a ceremony, rather, they wanted get married in a judge’s chambers and have a really great, laid-back party with their family and friends. Over the course of the planning process and finding a venue, they decided that they were going to have a ceremony – but insisted that it be out of the ordinary. And they weren’t going to tell anyone.

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The colour scheme was an airy mint green, cream & white, with a punch of coral in the dance floor décor. String lights hung outside and over the dance floor to give it a terrace feel. The menu consisted of chicken and waffles, Korean buns & a salad bar. Followed up with ice cream sandwiches, molten laval cakes and mini pies for dessert.

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Diana and Matthew wanted to have a surprise ceremony, but weren’t sure how we were going to execute this. After some brainstorming we decided that we are going to do a “pop-up” ceremony. Once the guests have moved inside from cocktails, there was a musical cue for the bridal party to bring out the chuppah (wedding canopy) and create an aisle for the bride and her father to walk down. Diana stayed hidden the entire time, so the anticipation to see her was really high. Diana & Matthew got married in the center of the dance floor, in and amongst their closest friends & family. Matthew’s uncle officiated the ceremony and once it was over, the chuppah was collapsed and put away and the party got started immediately with a hora!

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Their vision turned into a reality and went off nearly without any hitches. Aside from the fire department showing up…

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Most Memorable Moments: Fire Department came and they got some awesome portraits.

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Thanks so much to Diana & Matthew for allowing us to share their great story, and to Adam for the great photographs.

The Venue: Pavilion de la Jamaique

The Flowers: NDG Florist

Your Photographer: Adam Feldstain Photography

The Details + Decor: Wild Cherry Events

Tables & Rentals: Celebrations

Cocktail tent: Fiesta

DJ/Entertainment: Red Tent group

Planning, coordination, decor: Wild Cherry Events

Catering & Bar: Java U

Sandrine & Marc-Olivier – A Wedding at Sheraton Dorval

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Today we feature this fun wedding from the Sheraton Dorval with photography by Gasoline Photography.

Sandrine, the bride, originally comes from Tahiti and came to Montreal 7 years ago to study. She then met Marc-Olivier and found a great reason to stay!

Her family and best friend (her bridesmaid) traveled all the way from Tahiti and France to see her tie the knot to Marc-Olivier. Her family brought black pearls from Tahiti – the bride wore them as earrings and the groom as cuff links.

Marco’s older brother officiated the wedding and made an hilarious speech comparing Sandrine & Marco’s story to Spiderman & Mary Jane’s story, even alluding to the Green Goblin (the Diable Vert club in Montreal is where they met).

Marco’s younger brother’s jazz band played during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Their friends pieced together an absolutely gorgeous backdrop with their names where people could take photos together.

During the cocktail hour, as people sipped their drinks, enjoyed themselves and listened to the band, the couple and their photographer drove to the Millenium Park in Dorval for the couple’s photos, as well as a few with the bridal party.

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Thanks a lot to Stefanie at Gasoline Photography for sending over these photos, and to Sandrine & Marc-Olivier for allowing us to share their story.

Wedding Date: August 8th 2015
The Venue: Sheraton Dorval
Finding the Dress: Plaza St-Hubert
Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors
Your Photographer: Gasoline Photography
The Details + Decor: DIY

Kanika & Rishi – A Wedding at The Sheraton in Laval

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For today’s epic wedding say hello to Kanika & Rishi who celebrated their day with a large group of friends and family at The Sheraton Hotel in Laval.

These photographs from renowned photographer Tim Chin beautifully capture the traditions, the dynamic colours and the emotions of their wedding day.

We love how the images tell a story as well as focusing on the important details that make Asian weddings so rich with tradition.

Many thanks to Tim for sending the photos over, and to Kanika & Rishi for sharing their day with us.

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Reception: Sheraton Laval

Wedding planner & MC: Girish Bansal – Shaadi MC

DJ: DJ Kuldeep MixSingh

Gill and Pat – Montreal Science Centre Wedding

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Check out this fantastic wedding shot by photographer Ashley MacPhee!

Gill and Pat’s wedding at Montreal’s Science Centre looks like the kind of wedding we wish we’d been invited to!

With wedding planner A Belle Affair helping to make sure everything looked amazing, this is one very cool wedding.

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Wedding Planner: A Belle Affair

Venue: Montreal Science Centre

Photography – Ashley MacPhee

Hair: Christina Stavropoulos

Venue: Science Center Montreal

Floral: Fleurs Illico

Sergio and Karen – Montreal Backyard Wedding

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Here at MTL Wedding Blog we love to see emotions run high on a wedding day, and this gorgeous backyard wedding obviously had emotion all day long.

Sergio and Karen flew in from Calgary and had their wedding ceremony in a house here in Montreal.

The fantastic photos by Bachmann Photography perfectly share the story of the day.

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Amanda and Ryan – Auberge Saint-Gabriel Vow Renewal

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Amanda and Ryan renewed their vows among their closest family and friends. Yes, vow renewals. These two crazy kids went off and eloped in a rush of romance … you can imagine the reaction of their parents. But it was clear that all everyone wanted was a chance to celebrate and party with these two. And party they did!

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Both ceremony and reception were held at the historic Auberge Saint-Gabriel. A very rustic venue dating back as far as the mid-1700s. This place has a ton of character with plenty of spots to take photos. It’s also located in the heart of Old Montreal with an abundance of photo oportunities on its own.

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Having a vow renewal means no legal mumbo-jumbo rules to follow. Amanda and Ryan’s close friends officiated which provided a strong personal touch and made the ceremony more entertaining. So entertaining that the ceremony included a group shot of liquor.

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On this day the forecast was calling for thunderstorms all day. 20-30mm of rain it said. As per usual, Montreal’s weather proved unpredictable and the forecast unreliable. Not only was there barely any rain, there were plenty of clear skies. Perfect for their first look and photo session. They strolled along the streets of Old Montreal, while also taking advantage of the venue’s decor.

Speaking of decor, the room was put together by the immensely talented Allison from A Belle Affair Weddings and Events.

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Thanks to Amanda and Ryan for sharing their story, and to their photographer James Paul Correia, for the great photos.

Photography: James Paul Correia Photography
Coordinator: A Belle Affair Weddings and Events
Venue: Auberge Saint-Gabriel
DJ: DJ Shane
Florist: Krista Giguere
Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Wheels

Melanie & Charles – Au Vieux Moulin Wedding

Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

Today’s wedding was sent to us by the awesome Emilie Olson who photographed Melanie & Charles’ day perfectly.

The wedding took place at Rigaud’s Au Vieux Moulin Wedding just outside of Montreal and it’s a stunning location to celebrate with friends and family.

We asked Melanie to share some thoughts about this elegant wedding…

Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

Wedding Date: September 26th, 2015

The Vision for the Day: I wanted a fuss free wedding, very intimate, cozy and personal. I dont like clutter and wanted my wedding to have an “airy” feel… My vision was soft and romantic.

The Planning Process: This one was tough because I was planning about 10 other weddings at the same time. I’m a part time wedding planner and let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m organized and started early. I also had amazing vendors and knew I had nothing to worry about!

The Venue: Au Vieux Moulin – A private country estate with a beautiful waterfront setting.

Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com
Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

Finding the Dress: I had six bridesmaids so I knew this would be extremely hard with all their styles and opinions. I decided to bring my sister and my mother and I said “yes to the dress” to a Christianne Brunelle couture lace gown.

Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com
Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss

The Flowers: O.Xide

The Cake: Folies Gourmandes

Your Photographer: Emilie Olson

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Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

The Details + Decor: It’s hard not to go overboard with details and decor, but at a certain point you also dont want it looking like a Pinterest board! I opted for minimal (or my version of minimal) yet impactful elements. With the help of Joy from Imaginejoy, she really helped tie personal elements with her beautiful calligraphy details.

Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com
Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

The Honeymoon: Aruba – Occidental Grand Royal Club

Most Memorable Moments: There are so many memorably moments but one that stands it out more than the others was having both my dad and grandfather walk me down the aisle.

What happened that wasn’t planned: Nothing off schedule! I had my trusty business partner handle all the coordinating of the day!

Advice for Other Couples: Start early because there are SO many things to think of!”

Thanks so much to Melanie & Charles for sharing their day with MTL Wedding Blog, and to Emilie Olson for the amazing photographs.

Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com
Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com
Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com
Emilie Olson Photography www.emilieolson.com

Hair: ColorTown Coiffure
Makeup: Chelsea Dawn Chawsky
Flowers: Oxide
Photography: Emilie Olson
Calligraphy: ImagineJoy
Stationery: Nicole’s Notions
Rentals: Bravo Party
Caterer: Carambola
DJ: PG Light & Sound
Wedding planner: Lovely & Lavish Events

A Wedding at Restaurant L’Autre Version in the heart of old Montreal

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Myriam & Etienne’s wedding at Restaurant L’Autre Version in the heart of old-Montreal was a super stylish affair, taking place in June, and beautifully photographed by Sophie Asselin.

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We asked Myriam to tell us about the big day….

“We have been together for 10 years and we are proud parents of two young children : a 5 year old and a 3 year old. Our marriage was intended as a celebration of our relationship but also of our little family which we are so proud of. We wanted to demonstrate through this important event, the pride of our accomplishments and our love of the past decade. I dreamed of a rather intimate wedding (80 people), where relatives and friends could celebrate with us with ease, on a beautiful summer day.

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So, I chose an urban/chic environment in Old Montreal. I knew that the pictures would be beautiful. The splendid terrace of L’Autre Version restaurant on St-Paul Street was just perfect for a nice intimate outdoor ceremony. We just had to add a few flowers, lanterns and candles to match the vineyards and stone walls. A few tables and sofas then allowed us to enjoy the place during the whole cocktail hour before dinner. Cake and dessert were even served on the terrace in the warm evening. The chic decor and elegant interior of the restaurant with its chandeliers and stone walls was just perfect for the desired atmosphere. The flower centerpieces were so elegant. A refined food was served for the pleasure of the guests before giving way to the dance. This sunny day was just perfect!

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Projects designed by us are (DIY): We made our love story of the last 10 years on a large slate placed on the terrace. We created a card for every table with a year from 2005 to 2015 and the highlight of each year. We also had a bunch of balloons from a family picture so that the guests put their fingerprint on. We also had custom gloss for all the girls and a Photo Booth for formal photo memories of each couple and fun photos that we printed and sent to all our guests with their thank you card.”

Thanks so much to Myriam & Etienne for allowing us to share their wedding, and to Sophie Asselin for the photographs.

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Wedding planner: Unikevent
Venue: Restaurant L’Autre Version
Officiant: Mariages à Bras Ouverts
Where she got ready: Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal
Wedding dress: Mikaella Bridal, Créations Vézina
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Flowers: Prune
Music: A1DJs
Photographer: Sophie Asselin photographe de mariage

Nina & Isaiah

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This wedding was truly unique. You’ll see…

Montreal wedding photographer Steve Gerrard talks us through the day….

I met up with Nina & Isaiah at the stunning Orchardleigh House on a perfect summer’s day the day before the wedding. A little clay pigeon shooting and some delicious food, soundtracked by their own DJ, it was a nicely chilled start to the weekend.

The next day we got to witness a wedding full of the couple’s quirky uniqueness. The dresses (yep, that’s plural). Those shoes! A bouquet unlike anything I’ve seen before. The details were incredible. Then there were the fire dancers, the harpist, the silent disco…

But, as usual, it was the people that truly made this wedding one our favourites ever.

Since this day they’ve added a new member to their oh-so-cute family. Massive congrats to them from us.

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