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Matt + Isabelle – A Wedding at La Toundra, Montreal

We’re excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you today, shot perfectly by James Correia who captured all the fun and colour of what looks like the kind of wedding we wish we were invited to!

We asked Matt and Isabelle to tell us some more about how their wedding all came together, how they involved their guests in the day and to share some advice for anyone else planning a wedding….

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The Proposal Story:

Matt took Isabelle to a restaurant she has been dying to try for years and he was planning on proposing there when all of a sudden, out of the blue, Isabelle says: “By the way, if you ever decide to propose to me, don’t ever do it in a public place like a restaurant because I’d be too shy.” So Matt left the ring box to jab in his thigh all night and when they got home, Matt got on one knee and proposed.

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The Vision for the Day:

Colourful, rustic, delicious, comfortable, nature, summery

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The Planning Process:

Although Matt did help with a lot, the planning and decorating was mainly done by Isabelle, including the hand-made paper flower lettering above their table.

The Venue:

La Toundra was the perfect venue to bring the outdoors inside with the glass walls, and it looked out onto the Jardins du Canada where we had the ceremony.

Finding the Dress:

Isabelle’s friend, Yasmine Wasfy from Boutique Lustre, sat down with her and discussed a design which she then hand-made. The veil was made by Isabelle and her mother.

Groom’s Attire:

Matt wore a Suit Supply navy suit, with Prada shoes.

The Readings + Music:

Carly Sheridan was our officiant, a good friend of both of ours

Nadia bashalani, Felix Dyotte and Tim Fletcher were our ceremony band, also friends of ours

Isabelle’s father, Andres Manniste, read at the ceremony

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The speeches/toasts were done by Colleen Poole (MOTG), Dory Reimer (MOTB), Stuart Lowry (Best Man) and the groom himself, Matthew.

DJs were Jimmy Spencer and Charles Pham-Dang, friends.

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The Flowers:
By Astilbe

The Cake:
By Yuki Bakery

Your Photographer:
By James Paul Correia Photography

The Details + Decor:
Matthew and Isabelle (with help from family and friends)

The Honeymoon:


Most Memorable Moments:
The meal, dancing with Isabelle’s 97 year old grandmother, the ceremony itself, the band, when the chef paraded the pig around the room.

What happened that wasn’t planned:
Lipstick stain on dress just before ceremony and despite trying to wash/rub it out, Yasmine had to emergency sew white thread over the stain!

The table cards forgotten at home, but our day planner, Vanessa Langevin, managed to make some with tags and a sharpie!

Advice for Other Couples:

Listen to the advice people give you!

Our main one would be to take a few moments after the ceremony alone together to absorb what just happened. Oh, and stay together while visiting with guests, it is easy to separate while chatting with so many people but then you end up spending the whole wedding without your new spouse which seems pointless! So remember to lock hands and visit together (also helps with introductions). Oh- one more: It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to EAT! Eat the food you paid so much to get!

Thanks to Matt and Isabelle for sharing this amazing wedding with us, and to James Correia for the beautiful photography.

Vendor/Supplier List:

Catering: Zoe Ford, www.zoeford.com

Hey! It’s us, Zoe Ford!! Welcome/Bienvenue! We take pride in providing high end catering services as well as creating delicious products for sale. We cater for corporate, private dining and large events. Be a guest at your own event and let us take care of everything! This Fall we are happy

Cake: Yuki Bakery, www.yukibakery.com

Montreal based Japanese style bakery. We use only the best quality ingredients and pay attention to the smallest details.

Florist: Astilbe, www.astilbe.ca

Flowers. Perfect for all events, Astilbe’s creations are refined, refreshing, and happy. Enjoy the pleasure of entertaining with or offering fresh flowers!

Lighting: Total Events, www.total.ca

In an industry where most duplicate, imitate, and recycle ideas,our team of professional event designers and refined clientele refuse to accept mediocrity.

Day Planner: Vanessa Langevin, www.vanessalangevin.com

Glad you’re here! Événements Vanessa Langevin Events specializes in the conception and coordination of events in the city of Montreal, and surrounding areas.

Dress: Lustre Boutique, www.lustreboutique.ca

In house clothing studio for women by women Sizes 0-18 Alternative bridal. Store location: 4068, Blvd. St-Laurent. For hours and info,