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Photo Of The Day by Tim Chin

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Here at Montreal Wedding Blog we are starting a brand new feature – Photo Of The Day.

Here we will showcase wedding photos that truly stand out from the crowd, whether it’s a stunning portrait, amazing moment, unique detail, something amusing or just something that we love.

What better way to start than with this fantastic image from Montreal wedding photographer, Tim Chin. When all is said and done, weddings are all about people and relationships between the bride, groom and the most important people in their lives.

We asked Tim to tell us more about his photo…

“I’ve been drawn to images of grandmothers recently, having lost mine just over a month ago now. My kids are so blessed, not only to have 3 of their grandparents around, but ready and willing to love them unconditionally at a moments notice. I honestly couldn’t do what I do without their help.

The support and pride that a grandparent feels is as much a part of the celebration as the union the newlyweds share. It is of a job well done, a rite of passage and a love fully experienced.

This image is a couple years old but Dave’s grandmother is probably one of the sweetest, most affectionate old ladies I’ve ever photographed.”

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Melanie + Vinh – Theatre Paradoxe Wedding

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Here at Montreal Wedding Blog we love all kinds of venues, from grand hotel ballrooms to rustic barns in the mountains. But one Montreal venue that has something truly special about it is the stunning Theatre Paradoxe. So today we’re extremely pleased to share Melanie + Vinh’s spectacular wedding with you.

Photographed by talented photographer team of Catherine and Jesse at Bachmann Photography, this wedding has the perfect mix of style and fun, and the photos captured the day superbly.

We asked Melanie to tell us a little more about their wedding day….

“We got married over labour day weekend with perfect late summer weather and family and friends from across the globe all ready to celebrate.

The influences that shaped our day included cinema, 90’s nostalgia, and our cultural backgrounds. Vinh’s love for Tarantino films can be seen in the styling of his groomsmen, emulating the movie, “Reservoir Dogs”. Melanie’s approach was more vintage Hollywood glamour, even opting for her bridesmaids to wear white as well. The icing on the cake was the red carpet rolled out to welcome our guests to the venue.

We incorporated elements of our ethnic roots by having Filipino wedding rituals during the church ceremony. And during the reception, Melanie changed into a Vietnamese áo dài to honour her husband’s Vietnamese background while Vinh in turn wore a traditional Filipino barong.

We had our reception at a converted church that still held high ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, and phenomenal acoustics. The logo Melanie designed was projected over the head table, and the guest tables were adorned with candelabras. Food and drinks were abundant and our guests filled the dance floor – at one point, our cake table became a platform to dance on!

As Vinh’s proposal involved asking me to “be his lobster”, a few Friends sitcom references were sprinkled in for good fun. We made our reception entrance to the “I’ll Be There For You” theme song, and had our cake topper read, “You’re My Lobster”.

I was a Polynesian dancer in my adolescence and created another memorable event by performing a surprise Hawaiian hula dance choreographed just for Vinh to the 90’s tune, “Head Over Heels” by Alanis Morissette.

The two things our guests told us about our special day, was: 1) How fun the atmosphere was (all thanks to our crazy, fun-loving friends and family), and 2) How smoothly everything went. Little did they know all the things that didn’t quite go according to plan, but it really did all come together in the end. But oh how those mishaps make great anecdotes.”

Thanks so much to Melanie & Vinh for letting us share their wedding. We wish them a fantastic future together.

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Wedding dress: Pronovias
Photography: Catherine and Jesse at Bachmann Photography
Veil & cape: Custom made by mother of bride
Hair/make-up: Studio Caroline Théoret
Venue/catering: Groupe Madison
Cake: Rustique
DJ: Raz

Rebecca + Patrick – Intercontinental Montreal Wedding

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Rebecca & Patrick chose the elegant Intercontinental Hotel at the gateway of downtown and Old-Montreal for their stylish wedding and we’re thrilled they allowed us to share their day with the readers of Mtl Wedding Blog.

Their photographers on the day were James Correia and Steve Gerrard and we feel the images here capture the feel of the event perfectly. The couple opted for a first look ahead of the ceremony followed by a portrait session around Old Montreal. As Steve tells us “We were lucky too… Not long afterwards the heavens opened and everyone was running for cover. The area next to the Intercontinental Hotel is one of the best spots for photos when it’s raining outside. I think at one point we counted 8 other brides having photos there at the same time!”

Huge congratulations to Rebecca & Patrick on their marriage. We wish them all the luck in the world.

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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 why 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 multifaceted action 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 order xanax online 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