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Marie and Nick’s country golf club wedding in Bromont, Quebec

Nick and Marie are a couple of fun-loving no-nonsense people who like to keep it real! That always makes me happy, because for wedding photography, keeping it real is one of the best things you can do to get natural, spontaneous photos.

Nick is from Vancouver and Marie is from Quebec. They met one wild night at a hockey game while Nick was in Montreal and hit it off. That night they fled the crazy hockey riots together. And despite living on opposite sides of the country, they kept their long-distance relationship alive and well!

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Amanda and Jeremie’s wedding at the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel

On a sunny May 17, 2014, Amanda and Jeremie were married at the Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Chapel in the Old Port.

After getting to know them a little bit during their engagement photo session in Parc Angrignon, it was a big pleasure getting to photograph their wedding day!

Amanda and Jeremie are quiet, thoughtful, fun-loving and seem to have inner magnets that draw positive and loving people close around them. It was such fun to document the moments happening as family and friends gathered together for a big party to celebrate their love.

Here are some highlights:

Guys getting ready

Whiskey, wrestling and discussions on whether to cut open the pockets on their suits…Totally!

Girls getting ready

Champagne, hugs and discussions on whether Amanda looked like a brunette Katherine Heigl… Totally!

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3 movie references that make posing for photos easier!

On my way home from shooting a couple’s engagement session, I realized I had used not just one but THREE movie references during the shoot to guide the couple into poses. Yes, I’m guilty of using chick flicks to explain photo poses…don’t judge! ;)

Here’s the movie references and when I use them:

Hitch – Go 90% of the way to a kiss

Hitch is teaching Albert how to woo his dream girl and says you never go 100% of the way to a kiss.

I like to use this 90% reference to get couples nice and close, but not quite kissing. Sometimes, it’s the moments right before you kiss that are most photogenic.

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How to use Instagram at your wedding

If you like using social media, Instagram is an awesome way to collect and share your wedding guests pictures. You’ll be able to see your wedding from the eyes of your friends and family. Plus, you can use Instagram to entertain your guests at the wedding reception.

Big serious warning: Collecting your guest’s photos can’t replace hiring a wedding photographer. Smartphone photos are fun and easy to share. But comparing professional photos to your guests’ cellphone snapshots is like comparing your diamond engagement ring to a cereal box prize.

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That being said, as long as you have a professional (like me) taking care of documenting your wedding with high-quality photography, it can be a blast to get everyone sharing their own photos during your wedding day.

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