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When a Wedding Photographer Gets Married, It’s All About the Details

As a wedding photographer, this gorgeous Bride has seen her fair share of weddings and had specific ideas about how to make her own day as perfect as could be. And with the help of friends and family, it was. From having her French grandmothers walk down the aisle as flower girls to the surprise tango first dance, this wedding is full of special moments you won’t want to miss. See each and every one, captured by Richelle Hunter Photography and Isabelle Courville, in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Simon and I met through a mutual friend from Colombia, who met Simon in Quebec, and me, at a bus stop in Peru! She brought us together during a night out with friends, and we haven’t been apart since! We were friends for six months when we finally realized that we were made for each other. And three years later, on a wonderful trip to California, Simon proposed to me during a photo session on a beautiful beach in Santa Barbara.

We started planning our wedding with the valued help of our wedding planner and dear friend Katayoun of Unikevent, who also ensured that the wedding day events ran smoothly. She was wonderful throughout the adventure and allowed us to focus on what was most important: enjoying our guests and every moment of that beautiful day.

As wedding photographer, I had lots of ideas for our own day, and it was a lot of fun to think about every little detail to get everything as we liked, and to make sure our guests have a pleasant time. Fortunately, Simon and I have similar tastes and also had the same vision for our wedding, We both like simple things and airy and bright spaces. The Pavillon de la Jamaïque was the perfect place to get married: a glass wall reception hall with pretty wooden beams and a beautiful weeping willow for our outdoor ceremony, all on a small island in the heart of Montreal.

The decorative elements were mainly based on the choice of our reception venue and included beautiful bouquets and centerpieces by Atelier Carmel, petals down the grassy aisle and colourful confetti (hand cut by my sister and Simon for our recessional!) and lots of calligraphy by my talented friend Joy of imaginejoy calligraphie. We named our tables after our favourite cities in California and chose Santa Barbara (of course!) for the honour table. I was keen to do many things by myself too. I created our invitations, menus and guestbook, and Simon and I did several DIY projects with the help of our relatives.

Our color palette was composed of soft, pale tones with colourful accents. Our bridal party wore blush, mint green, gray and white, and the hall’s decorative elements and bouquets also included tones of coral.

We were fortunate to have a lovely wedding cake made my matron of honour Anne-Laure, custom-made favours by a good friend of mine (owner at Evy Jo & Co.) and a little flash mob involving all our bridal party and guests, choreographed by my bridesmaids.

And the surprises didn’t stop there. In addition to having my sister as the officiant (she was fantastic!) and my talented friend Kim as the vocalist and guitarist (accompanied by my uncle on harmonica) for the ceremony, we were treated a special song just for us. Written to the tune of “Tant qu’on aura de l’amour” by Les Cowboys Fringuants, our family performed it live while a surprise video from our guests played on a screen. We were so moved!

Simon and I then surprised our guests with a tango as our first dance (after taking secret classes for a year and a half!). And because I sang a song on one of our first dates (which Simon says totally charmed him), I wanted to surprise him by singing one of his favorite songs while walking down the aisle with my father. It was very emotional and brought Simon to tears.

Since I’m originally from France and Simon is Québécois, our guests came from all different corners of the two continents, and it was very important to us that everyone mingled and had a good time together. I was very moved to have my mom, dad and sister by my side. Even my two grandmothers came all the way from France for the occasion, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to have them with me for this important day. They were part of our bridal party as “flower girls”, and they made their entry at the reception hall by dancing! It was just amazing to see them like that, and everyone is still talking about it!

Later in the evening, we gathered our guests outside for the cake cutting and champagne toast with sparklers. This moment – as well as the confetti toss at the end of the ceremony – was truly magical! Seeing all the people we love, surrounding us with their faces filled with happiness…We wanted to stop time!

It was a joy to relive the day and see the expressions on our friends and families’ faces, thanks to our lovely photos by Richelle Hunter and her husband Eric, as well as on our beautiful video made by the talented Isabelle Courville assisted by Jessica Desjardins.

The ambiance was just perfect, thanks to all of the surprises, the excellent team of A1Djs who set fire to the dance floor, and the presence of each one of our guests.

We cherish all of these beautiful memories with our loved ones, and we wholeheartedly thank our parents, family, friends and all those made our day so wonderful!

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Photography: Richelle Hunter Photography | Cinematography: Isabelle Courville | Event Design + Styling: Lisa Renault Photographie | Event Planning: Unikevent | Floral Design: Atelier Carmel | Wedding Dress: Valerio Luna | Rings: Collezioni di Vittorio | Catering: Las Olas | Makeup: Jenniloui Makeup Artist | Hair: Francesca Demers, Esthetique Spa McGill | Calligraphy: imaginejoy calligraphie | DJ: A1DJs | Favors: Evy Jo & Co. | Venue: La Toundra | Bridal Boutique: O'Scarlett | Bride’s Earrings: Zales | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Desserts: Dolce & Gâteaux | Groom’s Attire: Brummell | Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Invitations, Menu + Guest Book: Lisa Renault Photographie | Rentals: Sofa to Go

Cotton Candy Sky Engagement Session

Jee and Paul pretty much had the best engagement session of all time. Reason being, the sky literally lit up in a multitude of colors resembling everyone’s favorite thing: cotton candy. From there Shaw Events orchestrated all the beauty and Simply Lace Photography was on hand to captured it all. See all the sweetness first hand via The Vault!

From Shaw EventsWhen Jee and Paul expressed they wanted a romantic, ethereal engagement session – I had to take the opportunity to bring some incredible vendors along for the ride. Getting my inspiration from Catherine Langlois ‘Sanja’ Gown, we chose the shoreline of the Scarborough Bluffs as our backdrop. Bloom and Co created a bouquet of seasonal and lush florals, including the most beautiful tulips I had ever seen. Adding a few extra pieces, like the handmade hair piece from frilly bits, the beautifully scripted calligraphy love note from All Things Lovely Paper Co, and some Stella and Dot earrings just brought everything together. When Bruna of Simply Lace Photography arrived to the shoot with Jee and Paul, the cotton candy sky was waiting for her, and she created magic. Taking the time to style your engagement session is worth it, and these results are a testament to that statement.

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Photography: Simply Lace Photography | Floral Design: Bloom & Company | Wedding Dress: Catherine Langlois | Stationery: All Things Lovely Paper Co. | Jewelry: Stella and Dot | Hair + Makeup: Alyssa Caron From Bridezilla | Event Planning + Styling: Shaw Events | Hair Accessories: Frilly Bits Custom Jewellery | Jewelry Stylist: Katrina Howard | Location: Scarborough Bluffs

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A Braided Updo For Bridal Showers And Beyond

What’s better than an ultra chic up-do that you did all on your own? Uhm, nothing. Take this braided beauty from Keri Bette that’s everything but boring. It’s one part heavenly halo of hair, one part part chignon, and all parts totally to-die-for, and we’ve got the breakdown on how you can get this look styled by The Well Styled Life and captured by Justine Milton below.

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Start with freshly brushed, clean hair. Using a curling iron or blowdryer to create a soft bend in the hair will allow the hair to move with more ease into the style.

Section the hair across the head from ear to ear. Back comb hair from the crown of the head to the middle of the back of head. Using the same backcombing brush, smooth the the backcombed section so it lays smooth on the surface. Pinch the ends of the backcombed section together and secure by crossing two bobby pins.

Moving to the front of the head, create a side part from mid eyebrow to crown. The side with the majority of hair, pick up a triangular section of hair right along the part at the hairline. Start your french braid.

 

Your french braid will consist of three sections of hair. Cross the outside section over the center section, then cross the outside section on the other side over your new middle section. Repeat these steps again, adding a small section of hair on the outside of the braid to each outside section. Continue this down the side of the head. When you reach the bottom of the ear, continue your braid, only picking up hair to add to the top outside section. Secure braid with clear elastic and start to pull apart the braid, moving from top to bottom to create texture.

Once you are satisfied with the amount of texture you have created in the braid, pin the braid to the head. Do this by keeping the rigid edge of the bobby pin facing down, place the opening of the bobby pin against the head and turn downwards against head to secure. Do this on either side of the braid with 3- 4 pins. NOTE: do not open the pin. This will pick up too much hair and cause the bobby pin to push itself out. The small opening on the pin allows the proper amount of hair to be picked up for a secure hold.

Keep a 1″ section along the nape hair line. With the rest of the hair below the braid, backcomb from root to end. Smooth the under side of this section so the surface is smooth. Pinch together end of the section of hair and roll hair up to the head. Secure by inserting bobby pins into either side of the roll.

Take the remaining 1″ of hair and smooth over the roll.

Using the bobby pin technique of placing the opening against the head and scooping downwards, do this along the entire top of the roll, securing the 1″ of hair over the roll. Use as many pins as needed, approximatley 8-10 pins.

Use that same bobby pin technique to close the sides of the roll to the head and VOILA!

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Photography: Justine Milton | Styling + Design: The Well Styled Life | Hair + Makeup: Keri Bette