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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 ceremony at La Toundra

The ceremony was held outdoors among the tall pines and flowers in the Jardin du Canada on Île Notre-Dame, 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.

Wedding photos in Parc Jean-Drapeau

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.

Wedding reception inside La Toundra, the Canada Pavillon

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 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.

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.

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Ensemble Tryade

Outdoor wedding at La Toundra

Outdoor wedding at La Toundra

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Let’s take a selfie!

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Wedding at La Toundra

Wedding at La Toundra

Montreal wedding at La Toundra

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Wedding ceremony in Jardin du Canada, a small garden adjoining the Toundra hall

Montreal wedding at La Toundra

Montreal wedding at La Toundra

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Montreal wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Wedding couple portraits on Pont de la Concorde, with its view of the Montreal skyline

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Homemade wedding table decor

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Guests looking at family wedding photos

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Wedding dinner at La Toundra venue (the Canada Pavilion) on Île Notre-Dame

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

First dance

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Wedding guests gather outside for a fun photo with sparklers

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Scary moment during the hora chair dance as the chair lifters slip.

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau

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