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Quebec Wedding from Dallas Curow

This Quebec wedding at Le Belvédère by Dallas Curow is just pure lovely. Pure, oh my goodness I can’t believe this is real, lovely. It’s the type of wedding that seems like a fairytale from the first image to the last, and you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s all real. But oh it is, and it all makes for one completely stunning gallery of images.

From Dallas Curow…Staci and Dan were married at the maiden event of Le Belvédère, a then brand new, eco-friendly venue situated in the rolling hills of Wakefield, Quebec, Canada. It was a destination wedding of sorts for them, as they are two Canadians who are currently living and working abroad in Beijing, China. Although they travelled back to their homeland to be married, they incorporated many Chinese items into their wedding decor as a nod to their current locale. In fact, they packed all the Ming vases that would decorate the tables in their suitcases with them on their trip home! Those vases, along with the Maneki-neko (beckoning cats that are very popular in China), fresh pastries from the bride’s hometown of Thunder Bay, ON, and their many other elegant yet playful elements created a joyful atmosphere that paid tribute to both their home and adopted countries. They shared their first dance overlooking the valley below right as the sun set, and later their guests sipped cocktails under the stars. It was an unspeakably beautiful event, and all the more impressive considering it was planned from nearly 6,500 miles away!

From the Bride, StaciOur dress code and concept for our wedding was “Creative Black Tie.” We wanted a classic feeling to the wedding without excluding people who wouldn’t normally dress up in tuxes etc. Black tie is too formal and restrictive. We wanted to have fun, be ourselves and by making it “creative,” we made it more accessible to all of our guests. We planned our wedding from China, which was fun but made for a lot more headaches than normal. It was difficult to make decisions on what we wanted since we couldn’t really see anything in person, and had trouble knowing what we were choosing. However, it did force us to make fast decisions and stick to them. Too much choice makes wedding planning more difficult, after all.
 
Given our situation, in hindsight I would recommend using a wedding planner. It is something we should have done and would have saved a lot of stress. Research and pricing is important, but at the end of the day, all quotes we received were similar so we went with the company, vendor etc that we felt most comfortable with.  I would also recommend to follow your heart and try not to listen to the opinions of others. A wedding is a reflection of you as a couple, not your guests. Guests should feel comfortable and welcome but not dictate the day!  A kids section is always a good idea too. It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite moment, because the whole day was a great moment. To touch on a few: getting ready with my bridesmaids; walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband waiting for me; marrying him; pictures with the bridal party; my new husband’s thank you speech that brought the whole audience to tears, and of course, dancing!

Photography: Dallas Curow | Floral Design: Bloomfields | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Le Belvédère | Cake: Thimble Cakes | Decor: Elyse Cragg of Peonies and Brass | Engagement Ring: Logan Antiques | Wedding Bands: People’s Jewellers | Blue + White Vases: Panjiayuan Market, Beijing, China | Table Runners: Beijing, China | Other Decorations: Michael’s Arts and Crafts | Wedding Dress: Custom, Beijing, China by a local tailor | Groom’s suit: Custom, Beijing, China | Shoes: BCBG | Veil: Borrowed from a friend | Earrings + Tailoring: With Love Bridal Boutique

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Modern Wedding in Montreal from Isabelle Paille

There are mesmerizing weddings and then there are mesmerizing weddings.  A day so magical that you literally have to stop all other obligations to soak in every last moment of pretty.  This is one of those weddings.  A close the door, silence the phone, kick up your heels on the desk type of affair that soooo deserves your full attention.  A wedding that sparkles from head to toe with contemporary details from Fleurs & Confetti, yummy treats from Sug’art and a Centre des sciences de Montreal setting that will take your breath away.  See it all captured by Isabelle Paille right here in the full gallery.

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Spring

From Isabelle PailleThis particular spring wedding I love, because of the balance of city and green, of an industrial place decorated with warmth in all things whimsy, of a love story that’s all very urban, yet with all the classic charm to it. It’s as well balanced as this couple is, and preparing this wedding with them was nothing short of a dream!

The modern and industrial space was the perfect blank canvas, with, at night, a breath taking view of the city. Invitations were done in a modern style but with sorbet colours added, yellow, green and a tiny bit of peach! Refectory tables were used draped in white, with white folding chairs as well, to give a festive and fresh look. Yellow spring flowers such as tulips were used abundantly, as well as sugar covered lemons, as place markers. The decor elements were simple and fresh on the guests tables, drawing attention to the bride and groom’s table that was decorated abundantly. The sweet table was a huge success too.

This wedding was absolutely lovely, from the beginning to the end, with so many details and final touches that made the guests yellow with envy! And a year later, clients are still referring to it as THE Science center wedding.

Photography: Isabelle Paille | Floral Design: Fleurs & Confetti | Wedding Dress: Anne Jean Michel | Cake: Dolci Pi | Cupcakes: Itsi Bitsi | Invitations: Fleurs & Confetti | Shoes: Hold Renfrew | Caterer: Robert Alexis | Cookies: Sug'art | Event Design + Planning: Fleurs & Confetti | Hotel: w Hotel Montreal | Rentals: Bravo | Wedding Venue: Centre des sciences de Montreal

Quebec Engagement + Pre-Wedding Shoot from Lydiane Gaborieau Photographe

You know what I love? A Bride-to-be that isn’t afraid to dance around in a gown before her big day. And with her groom no less. I mean, how many times in life will you actually have a perfect excuse to twirl around in such a fabulous frock? Not many. So this pre-wedding engagement shoot is just perfection and then some in my eyes, and you can see why here.

From the Bride… It was love at first sight… from the moment we met each other in Toronto. We knew our long relationship was a challenge but our love kept us going, and as the time kept passing, our love kept growing stronger. After four and a half years of dating, we got engaged on September 3rd, 2010. We will getting married on August 2nd, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec

Photography: Lydiane Gaborieau Photographe | Flowers: Fleuriste Tigon, Montreal, Quebec | Location: Bois-Franc, Montreal, Quebec | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Michael Kors | Dress: The Bride’s ProjectToronto, Ontario | Accessories: Senhoa