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:





chocolate martini anyone?

4th October, 2010 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

When planning your wedding, you may have to make a few difficult decisions. One of these may be the decision on whether to include a bar at you wedding reception. It is traditional to offer guests various alcoholic beverage options. While this is ideal, it can get very costly, very fast. There are ways around this dilemma though, it all depends on the situation, budget, and you and your grooms vision for your wedding:

Open Bar: Okay, we’ll be honest….everyone loves an open bar! Many love the freedom of having the bar open all night throughout your reception. However, depending on the number of guests, the amount of alcohol ordered, and what kind of alcohol is being served it can get extremely pricey. Our advice? If you can afford it, then wonderful! If your budget is a bit more modest, then stick to one of our next options.  Meet with the bartender before hand and concoct a signature cocktail or drink for your special day! Figure out what drink flavors, mixes, or combinations best represent you and your future spouses relationship, or even use your favorite drink as the signature drink!

Limited Bar: This is a great idea if you still want your guests to feel like they have some freedom, yet it won’t cost you a large portion of your budget. By having a limited bar at your wedding, your guests do have the open bar option but for a limited time. You will select certain hours, such as an hour or two in the beginning, or throughout the time the meal is served. By having control over when your guests flock to your bartender, you can keep costs down while still having a good time.

Cash Only Bar:  Some deem this as tacky, but if carried out with class it can be done! As I said before, alcohol can get expensive! Save on costs by offering a “Cash Only” bar. Guests can still enjoy as many beverages as they want but not at a detriment to your bank account. Have a classy and elegant sign near the bar that reads “Cash Bar Only”, and allow guests to take it from there. By allowing your guests to pick up their own tab on the bill you can breathe easy, and enjoy a drink or two yourself without worrying about additional costs.

No Alcohol Served: There is nothing wrong with not having alcohol served at your wedding. It’s your special day, your choice, your agenda. Perhaps you don’t have the funds for any sort of bar or you feel uneasy with the cash only option. Sometimes the bride and/or groom can have issues with family members drinking one too many (who’s family doesn’t have one of those!?) which creates an awkward situation for everyone. Minimize the stress by eliminating the alcohol from your wedding, it’s your decision as it is YOUR day!

Keep in mind that regardless of what decision you choose for your bar options, it’s you and your groom’s decision. Your guests will still be able to enjoy themselves at your wedding with or without a drink in their hand!


Brahm Mauer Bar Services is a Montreal based company founded in 2009. They offer over 200 different Martinis, signature cocktails and the most entertaining and professional staff in the business. They will take into consideration your theme, budget, wants & needs to customize a package specifically for you. They can be contacted here: Brahm Mauer Bar Services