Ben and Leila’s friendly DIY wedding at Auberge des Gallant

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I enjoyed photographing this wedding immensely! Leila and Ben planned a friendly celebration that kept things simple for their guests and gave them plenty of time to relax on their wedding day.

Keeping the wedding simple with a single location

Every part of the wedding day was held on the grounds of Auberge des Gallant, in the Rigaud area.

The Auberge des Gallant hotel is a stylish modern inn with a beautiful landscaped property, including well-tended botanical gardens and a small lake. The staff are very used to hosting weddings and take great care of their guests.

Leila and Ben chose to do most of their portraits (including a brief couple’s shoot, fun photos with their wedding party and family group photos) before the ceremony. This freed up their post-ceremony schedule and let them enjoy cocktail hour with their guests.

Their wedding ceremony was held in a quiet area near a gazebo and a giant willow tree. A family member officiated the wedding ceremony, tailoring it to Ben and Leila.

After the ceremony everyone headed to the inn’s front lawn, where the bride and groom had set up lawn games (croquet, bean bag toss, and a giant homemade Jenga) and an outdoor bar provided refreshments.

When night fell, the wedding dinner was held inside the modern reception hall.

DIY done right

All the wedding decorations were homemade and paid homage to their love of both art and science. They celebrated their favourite books by stacking them as table centrepieces and opted for tiny potted succulents instead of traditional flowers. The table numbers each showed a pair of wildlife creatures stencilled onto dictionary page. A trivia game during the dinner (a pretty tough one!) challenged the guests to answer both questions about the bride and groom and general trivia knowledge.

Friends, waffles, work…

Ben and Leila’s wedding party was made up of siblings and friends. They all had a hand in making the wedding day fun for the bride and groom. They shared hugs and high-fives and gave speeches that made everyone cry, then laugh. They performed a flawless OK GO choreography of A Millions Ways that blew the wedding couple away. Then when the dance floor opened, they got the party started with epic spinning during the hora.

Hope you enjoy this selection of wedding photos!

If you’re interested in Auberge des Gallant wedding photography, just send me a message.

Cute nerd love wedding decorations

Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books

Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books

Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books

Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books

Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books

First look of bride and groom under a willow tree

First look of bride and groom under a willow tree

Natural wedding portrait of bride and groom

Natural wedding portrait of bride and groom

Happy bride and groom walking through the woods

Happy bride and groom walking through the woods

Bride and groom cuddling on a bench

 

Bride and groom cuddling on a bench

Bride and groom cuddling on a bench

Bride and groom holding handsBride and groom high fiving!

Bridesmaid fixing bride's makeup

Some last minute touch-ups…

Groom and groomsmen

Ben’s team doing their best James Bond impressions…

Groom and groomspeople

Hey, it’s a groomsgirl! Kudos for rocking the suit!

Groom and groomsmen

Bride and bridesmaids

Natural photo of bride and bridesmaids

Bride and bridesmaids

Formal portrait of wedding party party

Wedding party rocking some vintage-inspired dresses

Groomsmen's watches and bridesmaids' bracelets

Matching watches and bracelets as gifts to Team LeiBen

Baby flower girl

A tiny, tiny flower girl

Ring bearer

Ring bearer

Wedding programs

Wedding officiant

Groom waiting at ceremony

Ring bearer

Emotional wedding ceremony photo

Emotional wedding ceremony photo

Wedding ceremony thumbs up

Bride and groom kiss at wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony thumbs up

Bride and groom hug in front of the gazebo at Auberge des Gallant

Bride and groom high five their wedding guests at Auberge des Gallant

Father of the bride admiring her wedding ring

Team effort: Friends untangle the origami crane backdrop

Team effort: Friends untangle the origami crane backdrop

Bean bag toss lawn game at wedding

Bean bag toss gets serious!

Bean bag toss lawn game at wedding

Giant jenga lawn game at wedding

A jumbo jenga game homemade with 2x4s

Guests enjoy wedding cocktail hour

Guests enjoy wedding croquet

Guests enjoy wedding cocktail hour

Guests enjoy wedding cocktail hour

Guests enjoy wedding cocktail hour

Wedding speech

Reaction to wedding speech

Wedding toats

Library-themed trivia game

Library book cards used for a trivia game

Carved ostrich egg cake topper

A homemade ostrich egg cake topper

Family's impromptu song performance

Wedding guests hugging bride

Bridal party performing an OK GO dance

Perfect rendition of OK GO – A Million Ways backyard dance

Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO

Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO

Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO

Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO

Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO

Maid of honor speech

Maid of honour’s speech

Wedding guests enjoying the night

Wedding guests enjoying speeches

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Wedding guests laughing at speech

Bride hugging her sister

Bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

Wedding first dance

Hora dancing at wedding

Hora dancing at wedding

Hora dancing at wedding

Hora dancing at wedding

Dad and son dancing the hora

Hora dancing at wedding

Wedding reception dancing