Modern, chic, whimsical, dazzling...just a few words that came to mind when I was poring over these beautiful images from davina + daniel. This Montreal wedding is seriously the bees knees. From the design and styling by Unity Weddings to those luscious, drool inducing heaps of confectionery goodness that we call cakes, I want more...more, more, more. Luckily there is a whole lot more in the gallery. Check it out.
When we started planning our wedding we knew we wanted to create a setting that was a true reflection of our personalities and life together while making the evening a memorable event for our guests. Our first priority was to find the right venue. Through our work in the Montreal wedding industry we had seen so many weddings in different venues and we knew right away that we wouldn’t have the wedding in a traditional wedding hall, nor did we want it somewhere that we had seen a lot of other weddings. We wanted to find a place that would feel unique to us. We loved the idea of getting married in an industrial, loft style art gallery. The Parisian Laundry had everything we were looking for: old Montreal character, huge windows, exposed brick, and it definitely wasn’t a place that typically holds wedding. It was perfect! Since it is first and foremost an art gallery, they have very little availability for private events. Serendipitously we were driving by one afternoon and stopped to inquire about availability for Sept 4th, which was our first choice for wedding date. As it turns out they were between exhibits that weekend and could accommodate us. As we were discussing details with the gallery coordinator, someone else called to reserve the same date. Fortunately, just moments before we had placed our reservation. Talk about good timing! The next priority was photography, and this was an easy one for us. We knew Davina + Daniel’s work, and we knew that they had exactly the right style that we wanted for our wedding. They approach their work with a photojournalistic style, and achieve photos that not only document events, but also truly convey the emotion of the moment. Plus, they are cool people that are pretty fun to spend the day with!
Working with Elyna from Unity Weddings was another effortless decision. We had worked together many times before for other people’s weddings and we knew she would bring together all our visions and ideas. In terms of the rest of the planning, we knew that it was the details that would create the ‘wow’ experience that we were looking for. We tried to make thoughtful choices that we felt our guests would appreciate and still be a reflection of us. We had a cocktail-style dinner to encourage guest mingling in the early part of the evening, a midnight poutine bar, and a surprise performance from our friend’s band. One of the best compliments we received was when a friend told us she felt like she was at our house. Two of our favourite elements at the wedding were the wall of paper flowers and the ping-pong table. We had this crazy idea to create a huge, 6’x8’ backdrop of hand made paper flowers. This was an enormous project that required countless hours of work. There was no way we could do this alone, and thankfully our family and friends stepped in and spent many long nights hand crafting each flower. In the end, the flower wall had great visual impact at the wedding, and it was so fantastic that our loved ones could help us create such an important element. We brought in the ping-pong table so that our guests could have an alternate activity to dancing. We purchased an inexpensive used ping-pong table and painted it red to match our décor. It ended up being used all night long, not only by the non-dancers, but the children in attendance and those with more competitive spirits!?In the end we were able to create an extraordinary evening, and can’t think of a better way to start our marriage than the celebration we had with everyone who loves and supports us.
Photography: davina + daniel / Venue: Parisian Laundry / Catering: Chez L'Epicier / Cakes: Bride - Jessica Berard Cakes / Planner: Unity Weddings / Stationery: Love the Design / DJ: Jason Hattem / Dress: Melissa Gentile Couture and Amsale / Shoes: Nine West / Jewelry: Elsa Corsi / Hair Piece: Lo Boheme / Purse: Davie & Chiyo / Makeup: Kato / Hair: Pure / Groom suit: Phillipe Dubuc / Groom’s shoes: Converse, Jack Purcell / Groom’s Tie: Hugo Boss / Watch: Fossil / Cuff Links: Paul Smith / Decor and furniture: Le Coordonnateur / Flowers: Fleuriste Sens / Sweet Table: Joe's Prop House