the bridal boudoir affair march 2012

29th February, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Maddy K Events + Weddings Atelier is hosting The Bridal Boudoir Affair on March 11, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal.
 
The Bridal Boudoir Affair is a lavish cocktail party dedicated to stylish sophisticated Montreal brides. Not JUST a wedding show, it’s a completely new twist on all things weddings and wedding fashion. 
Brides will surely not want to miss this amazing affair.

The day is hosted by the lovely Natasha Gargiulo from Virgin Radio’s morning show and Entertainment Tonight Canada, and the talented pop artist, Jacynthe. Already in its third year, this exclusive event showcases the crème de la crème of Montreal’s wedding industry, from fancy florists to top-notch caterers and sassy jazz musicians, all brought together for one special day to help ensure a lifetime of treasured wedding memories for each and every attendee.This year the Bridal Boudoir Affair offers up some very exclusive happenings for brides-to-be INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO…

·     Fashion Show styled by Lulu Amin, founder of Texas-based premier bridal styling house November Lily. She has worked around the world, with such notable fashion houses as Oscar de la Renta, Ines di Santo, Rosa Clara and many more.

·    Vancouver-based jewellery designer Elsa Corsi, a favorite designer of Tori Spelling, Cindy Crawford and Poppy Montgomerey, among others, will have a pop-up store, at the Bridal Boudoir Affair, showcasing her statement bridal pieces FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTREAL.

·      For the first time ever, couture gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Monique L’huillier, Jenny Peckham, Marchesa and Reem Acra will be showcased at a bridal fashion show in Montreal and will be available for purchase.

·      Guest speaker Allison McGill, editor-in-chief of Wedding Bells magazine (Canada), will introduce everyone to the trends for this year’s happening weddings.

 

Brides-to-be and event planners alike will find everything they need to create a unique, one-of-a-kind event, all in the newly renovated luxe spaces of the Hyatt Hotel. Attendees will be treated to MANY SURPRISES, including samplings from Bice catering, Beaver Tails, dessert tables, open bar by Brahm Mauer Bar Services, the new collection from Sofa To Go and will see FANTASY tables set up by Maddy K. It’s the perfect place to collect ideas, be inspired and meet the people who can transform the most important day in a bride’s life into a day never to be forgotten.

Unlike other bridal shows, all of the vendors in attendance have been personally invited by Maddy K, of Maddy K Events + Weddings Atelier.

Tickets are $20 at www.bridalboudoiraffair.com and available at the door ON MARCH 11, 2012.

DOORS OPEN AT 10:00 A.M. THE GUEST SPEAKER AND FASHION SHOW ARE SCHEDULED FOR 1:00 P.M.

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Photos courtesy of Badger Photography (http://badgerphotography.ca/)

emilie olson’s featured wedding!

2nd February, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Couple: Melissa and Darryl

 

Location: Chateau Vaudreuil, in Vaudreuil.

Month: August, 2011

Emilie Olson, a Montreal based wedding photographer  was chosen  to capture the heartwarming union of two high school sweethearts who found each other again later in life and decided to tie the knot. The wedding was held at the gorgeous Chateau Vaudreuil  Hotel located along the water front in Vaudreuil, around 40km west of Montreal.

The wedding was an intimate ceremony between close friends and family. The elegant ceremony took place outdoors on the immaculately kept grounds of the hotel encompassing Melissa and Darryl’s colour scheme of fuchsia pink, pale pink and white!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Emilie Olson for sharing your wonderful pictures with us!

an english rose presents andy & bianca’s wedding…

11th January, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I have had the privilege of working with Bianca and Andy in designing their Montreal Destination Wedding for the past year and it all came together in a very romantic elegant affair at the Windsor Ballrooms on a very special day of July 2nd.. not because it was Canada weekend, but because Chris and I were also married on the 2nd July – so of course another match made in heaven!

Bianca and Andy both live in Winnipeg so we planned and worked together at a distance with Bianca coming to Montreal every few months and I ensured we maximized her visits with vendor selections, tastings and design meetings!

With Bianca’s family coming from Haiti and Andy’s family from India, it was great to bring in some cultural & spiritual elements especially during the ceremony where they honored their grandparents who were no longer with us!

As guest took their seats for dinner the room glowed in subtle gold, from the high floral centre pieces that were natural earth tones with a touch of soft pink through to the Organza overlays which were adorned in gold sequined flowers – perfectly matched with the Bridemaids who wore Bronze/Gold colored dresses and the MoH (Maid of Honor) in a Dusky Pink dress.

After dinner the bride made a surprise entrance in a stunning Indian dress escorted by an all Male Indian Dance group who came in from Toronto to entertain the guests – it certainly sent a buzz around the room and kicked off the party!

Another nice touch was the wedding favors which were given out to each guest personally by the Bridesmaids just after dinner, while I played ‘reporter’ with the Videographer getting great video stories from each of the guests to add to Bianca & Andy’s memories of a perfect day….

Photo Credit: Feddel Photography, Cake: P&B Patisserie, Flowers: Flora International

Article written and wedding planned by An English Rose !

montreal 101!!

6th July, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

Being the second biggest city in Canada and the largest French based city in North America could put a lot of strain on city development. Montreal grew to become one of the most bustling cities in North America. Complete with nightlife, arts, education, residential, and downtown districts Montreal has it all including a bustling ethnic community. Montreal’s natural beauty could be the background for wedding photos using great wedding photography businesses such as Creative Perspectives Photography, EYErick, or Nova Photography, the choice is yours. All fantastic photographers ready to capture your special day. The most difficult choice will be the location! Old Montreal, Mont Royal or anyone of the beautiful parks Montreal boast! 

Named one of the world’s most livable cities and “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine Montreal has come a long way in terms of comfort, amenities, and opportunities. Today Montreal is an important center for many industries such as commerce, technology, film, tourism, and of course—wedding location. If you have your wedding planned elsewhere you can consider a beautiful and stunning Montreal honeymoon.   Planning a honeymoon in Montreal is as easy as calling any one of Montreal’s wedding tourism based businesses with establishments such as Voyages Unisphere. The nightlife, fine dining as well as the culture are sure to please. Montreal hosts dozens of festivals through out the year, often free of charge such as the Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs and the The Loto-Quebec Fireworks! What better way to spend your summer honeymoon? 

Montreal is also a major hub city; many materials and goods going into Canada and out to the rest of the world will first go through Montreal. This creates much revenue and jobs for the city, and promotes growth. This growth is shown through wedding planning services such as An English Rose, the Event Planner, and Over the Top Events. 

Another important aspect of Montreal is the Saint Lawrence River. This seaway offers boats and ships a path into the great lakes regions and back out into the Atlantic Ocean. The Island of Montreal is also located in the Saint Lawrence River and houses most of the city’s population. An overlook of the Seaway and Montreal Island could be a great wedding site with help from wedding vendors such Cadeux Decor et Plus and Kreavie, and so many more. 

Geographical location could be considered the most important aspect of a city’s success. A city needs to be located somewhere easily accessible and capable of housing many industries without the worry of extreme weather destroying buildings and structures. Montreal is at a great geographical location but also has huge wedding potential for all types of wedding plans and bridal visions. Montreal may work hard but Montreal puts on amazing weddings as well.

All the vendors mentioned in this blog  are available on www.marketplaceweddings.com/Montreal as well as hundreds of others for the city of Montreal!

georgina avila….events captured with international flair!

18th April, 2011 - Posted by Lia - 1 Comment

We are so lucky to have such a talented internationally renowned photographer here in Montreal. Georgina Avila’s photos speak for themselves. Please enjoy this latest addition on Montreal Wedding Photographers!

How long have you been a photographer?

I have  ten years of experience in the visual arts media including  graphic design and photography. I have had the honour of being internationally awarded in both fields several times. 

How did you develop a passion for photography? 

It all started when I was quite young! At 8 years of age I remember carrying a camera with me and the passion has been with me ever since. Later on when I studied graphic design at the National School of Arts in Mexico City I realized that it was a better way for me to illustrate and express my ideas and vision. I took my photography onto another level. I realized I could capture so many moments in such a creative and “immediate” way. I could capture the “here and now” and  was able to communicate my  intentions and emotions to the world thus creating more awareness in our society and social change.

What other genres apart from weddings do you do?

Documentary and everyday life, portraits, events (baptisms, etc), fashion, creative, street photography. I am about to release my first book that portrays  the “Street Vendors” and  “Small Trades” people lives in Mexico City. In addition to the book I am about to release a photo exhibition along with it’s website. All these plans will take fruition this summer.

What’s your style of photography? 

Creative, spontaneous, strong concepts and always trying to open people’s minds to new ideas , encouraging and inspiring them to follow their dreams and passions. 

Do you do destination weddings? If you could have a destination wedding where would it be?

I do destination wedding, I have done it in Mexico (Playa de Carmen), Toronto and Quebec and I am always open to discuss any destination! My team will be always happy to explore new horizons.

Any advice for brides on choosing a photographer?

What is really important is the chemistry and the communication between the photographer and the bride and groom. To be comfortable and open in order to achieve the best results. I am always opened to new ideas and questions. Of course that creates a great atmosphere that reflects in the photographs.  A good photographer will always adapt to the needs of his clients while keeping his unique style and point of view.

Where is your favourite location to take wedding photos in Montreal? 

Old Montreal will always be a great location! Canal Lachine is gorgeous beside the canal. Montreal has many different areas where you can go depending on what you want to achieve, the character of the client and of course other factors such as the seasons and weather. Mile End is beautiful, the mountain Mont Royal during autumn is stunning… Any location is fine as long as you capture the LOVE and the MAGIC! 

Any words of wisdom for a bride on her wedding day?  

After so much work planning and running to arrive to this unique and special day, please just ENJOOOOOY!!

Please visit Georgina’s websites for more information and photos:

www.georginavila.com
www.georginaavilaphotography.com

 

 

 

 

a day to remember captured by nova photography…

23rd February, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

 “Words of wisdom” is what comes to mind when I read the responses given by a wonderfully talented Montreal based wedding photographer. With a style that’s unique Nova Photography will capture your wedding day with candid photos and  a true reflection of you and your bridal party. I hope you enjoy this interview,  the insightful answers given and of course the photos!

 How long have you been a photographer? How did you develop a passion for photography?

“I’ve spent much of my adult life traveling the world and exploring its beauty which is how I first discovered that I have a natural talent for capturing the uniqueness of a place or a decisive moment. It was the wedding of a friend of mine that got me interested in shooting them. I’ve been doing so professionally for about five years now.”

What other genres apart from weddings do you do?

“I’ve long been into documentary-style, travel photography.  There is no substitute for the feeling of satisfaction acquired when you capture that perfect candid shot that just speaks volumes about the subject without saying a word–his frame of mind, his drive, his story. However, I’ve come to enjoy working in a studio for very different reasons. It is nice sometimes to have perfect control; to see an image in your mind and then take the necessary steps to achieve it.”

What’s your style of photography?

Non-obtrusive photo-journalistic-style photography is my preferred method when I’m travelling and is an essential part of every one of my weddings but when it comes to weddings, my artistic shots are my favourites. I like to allow the bride and groom to express the emotional bond between them visually. That emotion is the key ingredient. Throw in a little direction, a little imagination and the right backdrop and it comes out looking fabulous.

What inspires you as a photographer?

“I’m inspired by all that which words cannot describe, like human emotion or the intrinsic beauty of the mundane. I’m inspired by the creativity of others, by the wisdom of nature.” (more…)

that’s amore productions keep your guests entertained!

6th February, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

That’s Amore Productions is one of Montreal’s most renowned event and wedding entertainment companies. What sets them apart is their ability to meet the needs of Montreal’s diverse ethnic communities. From Arabic music, to Greek to Italian and more, they will do their best to accomodate you and make your wedding memorable.  If you’re looking for a professional company to entertain your wedding guests with up-to-date music, props and flair look no further! Now, without further delay, I present our latest interview with Johnny Ciambrelli, founder of  That’s Amore Productions. Enjoy!

What made you start That’s Amore Productions?

The year was 1996; I and my wife were planning our wedding reception celebration in Montreal, which consisted of various different guest ethnicities, after successfully finding the right venue which met our needs, the next logical important element to the true success of our wedding celebrations was to find the right Dj Music & Entertainment Company.

 At that time I was a part time Dj in Montreal, with already a good knowledge of (multicultural) music and cultural diversities, the challenge at that point was to find an entertainment company that had a true knowledge of our specific needs, the truth is that we were not able to find a company that fit our vision. At that point I took matters in my own hands, prepared the specially selected needed music, had a Dj friend play the music for us, since I was the groom I could not spin and enjoy the wedding at the same time, regardless I managed to Mc (speak in different languages) to make the guests happy.

 The moment we returned from our honeymoon, my ultimate challenge was to establish an entertainment Disc Jockey company in Montreal that was able accommodate many different ethnics! Not only did we succeed, but today we are one of the very few companies in Montreal that truly understand the specific needs of multicultural couples that are in the process of planning their most important day of their lives.

What should an engaged couples consider in choosing an entertainment company for their wedding? 

  • Experience, amount of years the company is in business.
  • Can they provide true referrals of other happy clients.
  • Do they look presentable, personality, equipment installation set-up.
  • Do they give you value for your music and entertainment budget.
  • Do they have the capacity to speak different languages.
  • Are they organised, structured, event planners.
  • Are they patient to understand and comply with your specific needs.

 Any message you’d like to transmit to our readers and potential clients? 

If you consider music & entertainment important to the success of your wedding celebration, as we are sure you do, we invite you to visit our  web site at www.thats-amore.com or to make an appointment and visit us at our office. We guarantee your visit will be well worth your time!

 

wedding plans made simple with a true montreal professional….

17th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I’m talking from experience when I say that planning a wedding can be stressful and overwhelming. If I could turn back time and do it all over again I would definitely hire a wedding planner, someone who’s a professional in the field and most importantly someone who keeps the smile on your face on your wedding day! Jaime Korey from Over The Top Events  is a Montreal based seasoned wedding planner who’s at the top of her game. If hectic planning is not your cup of tea, she’s the one to call! We recently had the pleasure of interviewing her, getting to know more about her services, her approach as well as wedding trends for this year! Enjoy!

What can you tell me about your business and what you can offer your clients?

We offer personal service.  We actually strive to ensure our clients not only receive the best quality of style and service but receive a response in remarkable time (less then 24hrs).  Working for Over the Top Events are myself (owner and designer), one full time assistant, and during peak season of weddings we bring on one additional assistant, and two stagiers. We offer concept design and planning of weddings, corporate functions and of course special occasions.  Our average client has a mid to high end budget, however our passion is creating dreams for all our clients, we never turn a client away. We have planned and developed weddings for all cultures, as well as a couple of celebrities which we are very proud of.

What makes your business unique from other wedding planners?

I have a strong social and corporate background, with managing teams for both corporate and non-for-profit of over 100 people, I am positioned to manage and cater to any size of event.  With over 10 years of budget management and supplier negotiations,  I hold all the qualifications and understanding to contract negotiate as it is part of the responsibility, ensuring my client gets the best price is crucial without compromising quality of service.

  • I listen to my clients and keep communication open as there is no limit to emails, meetings or phone calls with us.
  • I hold Resort Group and event management of 6 years – Wedding Planning for 10+ years
  • With my knowledge of destinations (travelled & worked throughout North and South America, Caribbean, British West Indies, Mexico and Europe) creating a destination wedding goes without saying that I am your gal as I know the ins and outs of some of the most beaitufl locatins in the world, whether for the nicest pier for your ceremony, or the best location for your honeymoon, – so gives me a wider perspective on life
  • I design and develop events full time which allows my clients to be able to have my undivided attention.  This is my livelihood, which I take seriously, I am qualified and certified, with full liability insurance
  • I am extremely detail oriented and, know how to prioritize tasks and responsibilities, all the while handling numerous logistics and timelines at one, which permits my clients to have all the confidence that their event is always on my mind.
  • I’m a true believer in treating others as you wish to be treating.  Having said that when working any style of event, having a team player attitude is key, as we are all there for one purpose-creating an unbelievable event which will hold very dear to the client’s hearts.

What would you advise someone that are about to start their wedding plans?

Try not to get overwhelmed with all the details.  The most important thing to remember is that this wedding is yours and your fiancé, many times families opinions and egos get in the way of what you actually wish to have.  

Whether you are prepared to have a budget in mind or not, you need one to begin the ground work.  Discuss with a  professional your options so as to be better positioned in knowing what’s out there.  This is what I do, it’s my job to ensure I am familiar with not only vendors who have been around for a while, but as well all the up and coming ones!

Hire a planner, we have all the tips and tricks, and all the knowledge in developing YOUR wedding, all the while keeping you as stress free as possible.

Any advice on how a bride should go about hiring a professional to help with wedding plans?

First and foremost I cater to my clients and not my suppliers, meaning we don’t take any referrals fees.  I am often presented with the question what is your commission rate (from vendors) and I respond with the obvious, the discount is to be applied to my client.  When selecting vendors to work with, I consider my clients, and from there I am able to move forward with presenting 3 top selections from each vendor category along with a full description. 

Brides and grooms alike hire a planner because they are either (or both) overwhelmed and have no time to do all the leg work.  Ensuring that the lines of communication is always open, as well as selecting reputable and reliable vendors provides peace of mind.

Have you noticed a remarkable wedding trend for 2011?

-          more couples are opting for a unique wedding

-          color was and continues to be huge

-          bridesmaids are stearing clear of the traditional bridesmaids dress

-          there has been more third party entertainment

-          couples are becoming more comfortable with outside the box ideas.

 You can visit  the Over The Top Events Blog for the latest wedding trends and photos!

 

 

flawless makeup on your wedding day with ally zwonok…

11th January, 2011 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

It’s your beautiful face people are going to be staring at all night long, leave a lasting impression with the help of  Ally Zwonok a professional makeup artist based in Montreal!   We’ve even interviewed her on your behalf and asked all the pertinent questions with the goal of making your choice easier!

1)  What is your background? Where did you learn to apply makeup?

I come from an incredibly artistic family, my mother worked in Fashion for 25 years and my father was a Rock Star! I began my education in Media Arts (TV, Film, Radio) and realised I needed to do something more creative. From a young age I loved playing around with makeup and it’s always been something I was good at. I then chose to pursue my career at Lasalle College as a Professional Makeup Artist, then specialised in Airbrush Makeup!

2) How did you get started as a makeup artist?

Montreal has a lot of competition and great artists so I had to make myself different from others. I basically worked really hard and took every opportunity that came my way just so I could gain experience. Before I knew it I was working with famous designers and celebrities!

3) What is your typical week like?

I don’t have a “typical week”…which is actually great! I’m either on set doing a photo-shoot, makeup applications for different types of occasions, weddings, teaching a course or working with my Cosmetics Line which I launched in 2009!

4) How do I book you for my wedding date? Do you require a deposit? What about a contract?

 I highly recommend a trial for all brides. This is where we build a relationship work together to create your own unique look. If you are satisfied with the trial, we then proceed to booking. I do require a deposit and a signed contract in order to reserve the wedding date.

5) Will it be YOU at my wedding or another artist? What happens if you can’t make it on my day?

Yes! The trial is my vow that I will be the one applying your makeup! In case of emergency I have a team of incredible artists who can substitute for me.

6) How many weddings have you done? Do you normally work with brides? Yes, I work with many, many brides! Probably close to, 100 in the past couple of years!

7) Do you have a  portfolio?

 Absolutely! You can go to www.AllyZwonokMakeup.com, there are plenty of photos as well as some tutorial videos!

8) What size of bridal party do you accommodate? How long will it take to get makeup for my bridal party?

I can accommodate as many as time permits. I like to calculate 25 minutes per bridesmaid and a little longer to perfect the bride! If I cannot accommodate everyone in the given time slot, I bring along my wonderful assistant!

9) What methods of payment do you accept?

 For now cash or check, I’m working on accepting interact and credit cards in the new year.

10) What kinds/brands of products do you use? Is this makeup good for pictures or photography?

I have actually designed my own cosmetics line; Alter Ego Cosmetics! The products contain all the good stuff: Vitamin B, Sunscreen, Wheat-germ and not tested on Animals, (which is very important to me!) Perfect for photographing and lasting all day!

11) How do I keep my makeup fresh for the whole day? How will the product wear? What about color-matched products to touch up with?

 I work with Airbrush foundation which basically requires minimal touch-ups. I would recommend purchasing the lip gloss or lip stick you choose, as this is the only thing you will need to re-apply!

12) I have skin allergies or severe acne. Can you work with me? Do you airbrush? How about covering blemishes or my tattoo? Do you apply false lashes?

 Not a problem, I use hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic products which don’t produce or agitate acne prone skin. In fact, Airbrush is great for blemishes and uneven skin it provides great coverage with a light feeling! And Yes…I love false lashes and highly recommend them for all brides!!

 13) Do you charge a travel or location fee? How far do you travel for that fee?

If your wedding is located on the island of Montreal or close to it there is no additional charge. I have gone as far as Tremblant, New York and Florida, so this is something we would have to discuss!

14) What happens at the Trial Run? Do I come to you for this appointment? How long will the Trial Run take?

 I have a lovely makeup studio based in the West Island where I do all applications and wedding trials. During the trial run we discuss various styles in order to create the perfect look. I would suggest looking though magazines or the internet for some ideas! Usually takes about an hour.

15) On my wedding day, do I come to you, or do you travel to my venue (or where I’m getting dressed)?

 For the wedding day, I offer a mobile service for your comfort and convenience!

16) Do you sell cosmetic products?

I do sell Alter Ego Cosmetics, so just in case you forget your lip stick or gloss…I have you covered!!

emilie olson wedding photography….fresh & modern….

21st December, 2010 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

I am so excited to  present our final Montreal photographer interview for the year 2010. What can I say, I’ve saved the best for last! Emilie Olson’s style is a breath of fresh air, modern and oh so pretty! Don’t take my word for it, take a look at her stunning pictures and decide for yourself!

 

1-How long have you been a photographer? 
 

I suppose the correct answer is when I purchased my first DSLR. I knew right away that I was stepping into something that would turn my life upside down. Photography became my hobby six years ago with the purchase of my first real camera and I soon started working for companies in Montreal as an assistant wedding photographer. I’ve now been running my own business for 3 years.

2-How did you develop a passion for photography? 

I grew up around art my entire life. My mother, known in Montreal as a painter, dabbled with all sorts of mediums. I learned a thing or two growing up, but nothing struck me as my own. I started to explore her copy of Photoshop in 2004. I quickly began spending full days manipulating free images I found online. Eventually, having learned Photoshop completely on my own, I knew the next level was to take my own images and manipulate those. I realized that for an amazing outcome the image had to be taken with thought and precision, so I began to learn the art of photography. My beginning as a graphic artist had evolved … and it was meant to be! I think if I hadn’t spent so much time familiarizing myself with editing programs, my images wouldn’t have the same unique quality and signature that mine do. I’m a firm believer that when working commercially, editing is just as much of the creative process as the image-taking. 

3-What other genres apart from weddings do you do? 

My focus is the wedding industry, although I’ve taken on work with models, actors and musicians. Working with people has always been my greatest interest. I’m constantly intrigued by the emotion that can come across in a photograph, even if there isn’t a person in the frame. This is why I love shooting weddings so much. 

4-What’s your style of photography? 

I can’t express enough how lucky I was to work alongside some amazing photographers in Montreal during my training. I’ve taken inspiration from my mother and these wonderful artists. Thanks to her I feel that I’m very playful with colour and texture. I constantly strive to find these elements when shooting on location. I love to create movement in a still image by working with the lines and light that I have to work with. With these technical aspects down, I also draw a lot of inspiration from fashion photography. I like to stay fresh and modern using this type of flare with my images. 

5-What inspires you as a photographer?

Light. There are very few days that I don’t stop to look around at what the light is doing to the same things that I pass everyday. This is a huge factor on jobs such as weddings, light comes and goes, changes throughout the day, it’s my job to step in and take advantage by using or manipulating it as I see fit. 

My couples are also a huge part of my inspiration. Usually we’ll meet for coffee a few times before and after the big day. By the end of our time together I’ve almost fallen in love with each and every one of them! 

6-Do you do destination weddings? If you could have a destination wedding where would it be?

I’ve had requests to shoot in Mexico this summer although due to scheduling conflicts I wasn’t able. Of course I would be thrilled to book a destination wedding. I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite destination but I have to say Italy comes straight to mind!

7-Any advice for brides on choosing a photographer?

Take your time and love the photographer you choose. Since I now work with couples who’re already familiar with my work I’m happy to have that going into the process with them. Its important for you to be comfortable with the style you’re going with for your wedding day. 

8-Where is your favourite location to take wedding photos in Montreal?

Call me biased since I grew up in the country, but driving out of the city to find remote fields and areas has always interested me the most. I’m normally working in an urban setting and I absolutely love it, but my heart goes out to the quiet corners that look secluded and very magical. More so than the actual location, I’m interested in the light we have to play with on a given day, and as I mentioned above, with interesting lines, texture and colour available. Chemistry between the couple can also make all the difference between a good shot and a fantastic one, regardless of where you are.

9-Any words of wisdom for a bride on her wedding day? (Sweet  & Short)

Don’t let stress take over. I’ve seen many wedding-related catastrophes (minor, of course) and when the couple looks back through the photos, that’s what they’ll remember if they let it show on their faces. This day is yours, so enjoy it, however the cards may fall!

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