Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

A nature-filled wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

After loving the vibe of Marie-Hélène and Louis’s creative engagement session, I knew their wedding was going to be unique. It turned out to be a beautiful celebration with plenty of touches of whimsy.

An outdoor wedding ceremony at La Toundra

The ceremony was held outdoors among the tall pines and flowers in the Jardin du Canada at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

As family and friends waited for the ceremony to begin, they were serenaded by Ensemble Tryade, a live string quartet, playing a mix of classical music and pop favourites.

Marie-Hélène and her father walked in to the sounds of “Don’t Stop Believin’†by Journey. Louis’s sister officiated the wedding service, making it personal, funny and emotion-filled.

Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding photos

After the ceremony and a special champagne toast, we headed to the nearby Jardin du Québec for a tranquil portrait session with the bride and groom. The Jardin du Québec has a very natural feel, with lush greenery taking centre stage rather than flowers.

La Toundra wedding reception

The wedding reception was held indoors at La Toundra. It’s one of my favourite Montreal wedding venues with its floor-to-ceiling windows that give it amazing natural lighting and that let guests enjoy the surrounding greenery.

Special DIY wedding touches

One of the unique standouts of this wedding was the glorious DIY-ery! Most of the décor was made by the wedding couple, from tiny moss gardens in jars to gold spray-painted dinosaur escort cards. A lot of work went into the eclectic collection of bottles and candleholders that graced each table.

Hosting your wedding at La Toundra means planning your own catering. The wedding couple chose to make the most of this opportunity and brought in Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, chef and owner of Le Contemporain. The platings were artistic and the food a gastronomical delight. What a treat for their guests!

As night fell, the dancing began and we had a blast photographing the party!

Big thanks to my second photographer John Koo for his excellent work.

Planning a La Toundra wedding?

If you’re getting married at La Toundra and you like creative and candid wedding photos, just send me a message to see if I’m still available on your wedding date.

White wedding dress hanging from a vintage chandelier

Groom's suit hanging on his doorway

Macro photo of wedding rings

Wedding bouquet

Groom's sister helping him get ready

Groomsmen putting last minute touches on the groom

Bride's parents smiling at each other in back yard

Friends buttoning up the bride's dress

Detail of bride's blue sequin shoe and tattooed ankle as she takes first step down stairs

Guests waiting at an outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Guests waiting expectantly at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Ensemble Tryade musicians playing at outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau Ensemble Tryade

Guests chatting at outdoor wedding at La Toundra

Parents of the groom

Family members

Groomsmen taking selfies at wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau Let’s take a selfie!

Bride arriving with her dad at outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Bride entering with her father at Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding

Greeting the groom at Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding

Kissing her father at Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding

Sister officiating at Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding

Outdoors wedding ceremony at Parc Jean-Drapeau Wedding ceremony in Jardin du Canada, a small garden adjoining the Toundra hall

A fun laugh as sister officiates Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding

Groom reading his vows

Bride reading her vows

Officiant holding up a Mazel Tov sign

Bride and groom kiss at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony at Jean-Drapeau park

Bride and groom exit their wedding ceremony at Jean-Drapeau park

Wedding guests smiling during cocktail hour

Guests chatting during cocktail hour at Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding

Wedding guests enjoying cocktail hour at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding cocktail hour

The wedding party portrait on a small wooden bridge at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Wedding portrait of bride and groom with long veil at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding portraits at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Parc Jean-Drapeau bride and groom portrait

bride and groom kissing framed by lush greenery

bride and groom's outfits

Reflection in a puddle of wedding couple

bride and groom kissing on a bridge with view of Montreal behind them

Bride and groom on a bridge with Montreal skyline behind them

A bike goes by as wedding couple enjoys the view of Montreal from the bridge Wedding couple portraits on Pont de la Concorde, with its view of the Montreal skyline

Wedding guest playing pool at La Toundra wedding venue

Wedding guests pinning up polaroids at La Toundra wedding venue

Instax photobooth display at La Toundra wedding venue

wedding table places at La Toundra wedding venue

DIY wedding decorations made by bride at La Toundra wedding venue

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-DrapeauDIY wedding decorations and bouquet at La Toundra wedding venue

Tiny houseplants and other homemade decor at La Toundra wedding venue Homemade wedding table decor

Card holder at La Toundra wedding venue

Wedding guests looking at family photos at La Toundra wedding venue Guests looking at family wedding photos

Ensemble Tryade playing live music inside La Toundra wedding venue

Wedding guests toast at La Toundra wedding venue

The scene at sunset at this La Toundra wedding Wedding dinner at La Toundra venue (the Canada Pavilion) on ÃŽle Notre-Dame

Bridesmaid speech at La Toundra wedding

Groomsman speech at La Toundra wedding

Guests reacting to groomsman's speech

Wedding guests clapping

First dance at La Toundra wedding

Beautiful first dance under lights at La Toundra wedding First dance

Guests blowing bubbles at La Toundra wedding

Sparklers Wedding guests gather outside for a fun photo with sparklers

The hora: Bride and groom being lifted in chairs Scary moment during the hora chair dance as the chair lifters slip.

Dancing guests at La Toundra wedding

Groom dancing at La Toundra wedding

Dancing at La Toundra wedding

Older couple dancing at La Toundra wedding

Bridesmaid and her boyfriend dancing at La Toundra wedding

Sister of the groom dancing at La Toundra wedding

Dancing girls

Blurry long exposure of bride and groom still on the dance floors as others move around them

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