An autumn wedding at Le Westin Montreal

An autumn wedding usually means chilly weather. But for Youssef and Heba’s October wedding, the happy celebration of love kept everyone warm.

The bride and groom got ready in their families’ homes, just a short distance apart. Then, the groom walked over to the bride’s house, where they saw each other for the first time, in the chaotic crush of family and friends.

For a photojournalistic wedding photographer, this type of lively celebration is so much fun to cover.

For the formal couple’s portraits, we headed to Mount-Royal park, at a Montreal landmark commonly called the “tam-tam statue “. On Sundays in the summer, this monument is surrounded by vibrant drumming and dancing, but in October, we had it all to ourselves.

We then headed downtown for more candid coverage of this autumn wedding at Le Westin Montreal.

As the Heba and Youssef entered the reception hall, a zaffeh group escorted them onto the dance floor, drumming and getting the party started with some epic Arabic music.

I love the Westin’s modern terrace. At the end of the night, we snuck outside for a few tranquil night photos with the city lights.

Big thanks to my second photographer for the day: Roxanne Ross who covered all the groom preparations and got some amazing photos during the wedding day!

Please enjoy the following photos of Heba and Youssef’s lively autumn wedding!

Groom getting ready Groom looking in mirror and fixing his hair Groom's reflection in mirror
Bride getting ready with friend's help

Friend putting necklace on bride

Friends putting earrings on bride

Bride happy before wedding

Bride dancing in her wedding dress before ceremony

Family member playing a tambourine

Bride descends stairs and is greeted by groom

Groom smiling as he sees bride for first time on wedding day

Family member smiling and clapping

Groom places a special ring on bride

Bride and groom holding hands in front of crosswalk as red bus drives by

Bride and groom hugging at Parc Jeanne-Mance

Bride and groom portrait with long veil at Mount Royal Monument Sir Georges Étienne Cartier

Close up of groom's hands on back of bride's waist

Palais des Congres wedding portrait with colourful wall of glass Palais des Congrès

Entrance of wedding couple

Wedding couple drumming with zaffe group Bride and groom enter accompanied by zaffe group

Arab wedding dancing


Arab wedding dancing

Zaffe group and wedding couple dancing at arab wedding in Le Westin

Groom dancing

Guests dancing at Le Westin wedding

Father of the groom clapping and dancing at arab wedding

Men dancing at Arab wedding at Le Westin Montreal

Best man speech at Le Westin Montreal

Another speech at Le Westin wedding

Bride and groom's reaction to wedding speeches

outdoors view from Le Westin balcony during wedding reception

First dance at Le Westin wedding in downtown Montreal

Bride throwing bouquet


Wedding couple snuggling on Le Westin balcony as bright city lights of downtown Montreal shine behind them

Silhouette of married couple with blurry lights behind

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