12 Sep A vegan wedding at La Vieille Brasserie de Lachine
Here are some of my favourite parts of this wedding at La Vieille Brasserie de Lachine.
Jennifer and David worked really hard to plan and pull off the wedding of their dreams!
Wedding preparations at Pierre du Calvet hotel
The wedding couple got ready at the Pierre du Calvet hotel. It’s an ancient place in the Old Port (built in 1725). Within its halls is a labyrinth surprising rooms filled with ornate beds, musty books, live parrots, dusty wooden chairs and busts of John Lennon and Angeline Jolie.
It’s a fun playground for a creative photographer!
The wedding couple’s first look
The getting-ready was chaotic.
There were lost bras, missing shirts and last-minute ironing. David was hiding in a corner scribbling away at his vows. Meanwhile, Jenny was getting misty-eyed as she wrote hers and having to be dabbed at with Q-tips. Earrings wouldn’t go on. And David’s friends were trying to Google how to do his bow tie. Tourists wandered through the hotel.
Finally, we staked our claim on a dusty library-turned-dining room.
There, David and Jenny had their first look.
A first look is a private moment before the wedding, when the wedding couple gets to see each other for the first time (all dolled up!) and gets to share a quiet minute or two with each other before the excitement begins. And us wedding photographers get to document the moment!
For this first look moment, David waited by the window until Jenny sneaked up behind him and told him he could turn around. First, they stared at each other beaming. Then, Jenny said: “Your bow tie’s wrong. Let me fix it for you.” Aha! Finally, someone who knew how to take care of him!
The Vieille Brasserie de Lachine wedding venue
The Vieille Brasserie de Lachine makes a lovely wedding venue.
It has an outdoor terrace for the ceremony and a gorgeous rustic reception hall. The place needs little decoration, with its beautiful stone walls and exposed wooden beams. But Jenny’s mom still gathered wildflowers the morning the wedding to brighten up all the tables.
The Vieille Brasserie is also perfectly situated for picturesque wedding photos in the surrounding area. I love the riverside, the docks and the old stone walls.
A Jewish wedding ceremony
The wedding ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Elina Bykova. She included many elements of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony (the reading of the ketubah, the seven blessings, the circling of the bride and groom and the breaking of the glass). I’ve photographed several weddings Rabbi Elina has officiated. She’s always a pleasure to work alongside.
Vegan wedding caterer
As mentioned in every single speech (lol!), Jenny is vegan and Dave is vegetarian. So, it was really important to them to have a wedding reception that would be in line with their values. Their caterer, Adrian Copeland of Somatic, exceeded their expectations with a modern, upscale all-vegan dinner that had all the guests in “yums!”
The lively hora: This amazing spinning dance is a traditional Jewish folk dance where everyone dances in a big circle and 2 people join hands in the middle and spin around as fast as they can, until one of them flies, falls over or loses their breath. It’s like a kid’s game for adults. And I love it!
Gleeful swing dancing: Jenny and David did an awesome Charleston swing dance to “Sing, sing, sing” played by the Preville Big Band. High energy. High kicks. High jumps.
Hope you guys enjoy these photos of Jenny and David’s wedding at La Vieille Brasserie de Lachine!