Winter wedding at Auberge St-Gabriel

Alaina and Ryan were married on a winter’s day that couldn’t have been cuter. Fluffy snowflakes make any occasion joyous, right?

Wedding ceremony at Loyola Chapel

Their wedding ceremony took place in Concordia University’s Loyola Chapel, a lovely large room that somehow feels homey. It was an intimate wedding with some good old-fashioned hymn-singing, heart-felt vows and family and friends to witness. And it felt true to both Alaina and Ryan’s personalities.

Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception

Then everyone headed to the wedding reception at Auberge St-Gabriel in Old Montreal. Grenier Hall, a lofty attic venue, was decorated with twinkling fairy lights and there was a fire in the fireplace. The wedding reception was celebrated in the company of friends near and far (yay for Skype!). Alaina and Ryan danced their first dance while their friend played the guitar. Kids made crafts and spun in circles on the dance floor, friends and parents gave speeches with just the right mix of humour and sincere best wishes, and everyone danced to their handpicked playlist. In short, a good time was had by all.

Alaina is a friend of mine, so I was honoured and delighted to take her and Ryan’s wedding photos. Here are a few favourites images from this wedding at Auberge Saint-Gabriel:

Wedding couple at auberge saint-gabriel Bride and groom hugging in attic at Auberge Saint-Gabriel Wedding rings Close up of yellow wedding bouquet Bride putting makeup on her dad Bridesmaid practicing her guitar Bride doing her makeup Bridesmaid holding mirror for bride doing her own makeup Mom checking the bride's makeup Groom fixing his friend's tie Wedding couple dipping on a balcony Father bringing in the wedding flowers Winter bride arriving at snowy wedding under an umbrella Bride and groom at Loyola Chapel Wedding ceremony at Loyola Chapel Groom listening to the bride's wedding vows Bride listening to the groom's wedding vows Friends at wedding Wedding couple hugging Wedding emcees at Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception Best man speech Maid of honour speech Father of the bride speech A special song by a friend Wedding guest laughing Bride and groom listening to speech The shoe game at Auberge Saint-Gabriel Wedding couple skyping with a friend far away Parents of the groom giving a speech at Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception Listening to a speech at Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception Toast at Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception First dance at Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception First dance with friend playing a guitar Closeup on the bride's hands around her husbands neck during dance Bride throwing bouquet during Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception

  • Alaina Benoit
    Posted at 14:04h, 04 March

    Love the photos Esther. You have captured so many beautiful and memorable moments from our wedding day. :)

    • admin
      Posted at 16:15h, 05 March

      Thanks Alaina! :)

    • Devin
      Posted at 12:30h, 27 March

      Hi Alaina,

      Your wedding was gorgeous! I am getting married at the auberge St-Gabriel in October and was wondering if I might be able to ask you a few questions, it would be really helpful to get advice from someone who got married here already!

      If this is ok, please let me know, my email address is: [email protected]

      Thanks in advance,

  • admin
    Posted at 15:08h, 01 April

    Hi Devin, I will give Alaina your email info. :)

    Esther :)

  • Thomas
    Posted at 21:15h, 29 April

    Wow, how do you get such nice light in there? its usually a pretty dimly lit venue :)

    • Esther
      Posted at 22:08h, 29 April

      Hey Thomas! You’re right, it’s a pretty challenging location for photographers. I had to use a few speedlights with umbrellas to get some better lighting. Drastic measures! :)