Birks Chapel wedding in downtown Montreal

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Sarah and Brendan were married in a touching Catholic ceremony at the Birks Chapel on McGill University campus in downtown Montreal.

While photographing the wedding, I could see that the bride and groom found great meaning in the religious aspects of the ceremony and were so sincere in their commitment to each other. They prayed together quietly during the ceremony as emotions ran high.

Earlier in the day, my second shooter and I joined the couple as they got ready in separate rooms at the Loews Hotel Vogue with their family and friends. I favour a photojournalistic approach to most of the wedding day, capturing candid moments as they unfold.

We followed the bride and groom to the steps of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where they had an emotional first look, seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day. Then, we photographed them making their way along Sherbrooke street with their bridal party to McGill campus for some portraits.

After the ceremony at McGill’s Birks Chapel, the bride and groom led a parade of guests waving ribbon wands through the downtown Montreal streets back to the Loews Hotel Vogue for the wedding reception. What a great idea to have the wedding ceremony and reception venues so close to each other. The wedding parade was such a fun sight!

The wedding night was a blast, with speeches from the wedding party and parents and fun dancing led by DJ Johnny Mix. Sarah and Brendan impressed their guests with a lovely first dance and made everyone laugh with their references to Star Trek. With the final bouquet toss to end the night, our photojournalistic coverage was ending and we said our goodbyes. It was truly a pleasure to work with this couple to provide documentary photography for their wedding.

If you’re planning a wedding in downtown Montreal and are interested in hiring me to be the photographer, please send me a quick message and I’ll get back to you with pricing and more info.

Wedding Ceremony:
Birks Heritage Chapel

Wedding Reception:
Loews Hotel Vogue

Wedding DJ and MC:
Johnny Mix

Big thanks to my second photographer for this wedding, Nadia Zheng from Opustill.

If you’d like to see more photos of this lovely couple, check out Sarah and Brendan’s engagement session at Farine Five Roses.

Bridesmaid hanging wedding dress in window

Groom and father getting ready

Groom's mom pinning boutonnière on his suit

Bridesmaids excited to see bride in her dress

Bride's mom helping her get ready at Loews Hotel Vogue

Bride's dad seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress

Black and white wedding photo of groomsmen walking in downtown Montreal

Black and white wedding photo of bridesmaids walking in downtown Montreal

Groom and his groomsmen at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Groomsmen waiting for first look on the steps of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Bride and bridesmaids approaching the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Bride and bridesmaids approaching the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

First look on the porch of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

First look on the porch of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

First look on the porch of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Bride and groom seeing each other during the first look on their wedding day

Wedding portrait at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Groomsmen snacking on chips during photo session

Bride and groom portraits on Mcgill University campus

Bride and groom portraits on Mcgill University campus

Bride and groom portraits on Mcgill University campus

Bride and groom portraits on Mcgill University campus

Bride and groom portraits on Mcgill University campus

Bride and groom portraits on Mcgill University campus

Groom seeing bride come down aisle at Birk's Chapel wedding

Bride and her father coming down aisle at Birk's Chapel wedding

Bride and groom praying together at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding ceremony at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding ceremony at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding ceremony at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding ceremony at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding ceremony at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding ceremony at Birks Heritage Chapel wedding

Wedding guests parade through downtown Montreal with ribbons

Wedding guests parade through downtown Montreal with ribbons

Candid wedding photo of hugs at wedding reception

Candid wedding photo of greetings at wedding reception

Wedding entrance: bride and groom dancing

Wedding dancing

Documentary wedding photo of groom dancing with friends

Mother of groom waving her napkin

Wedding guest waving her napkin

Excited wedding guests

Excited wedding guests

Father of bride giving toast