Kid-friendly wedding at Abbaye d’Oka, Espace Carpe Diem

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Wedding ceremony at Abbaye d'Oka

Happy bride at Abbaye Oka wedding

Abbaye d’Oka wedding photos

Amélie and Gabriel were married in a simple wedding at Abbaye d’Oka, Espace Carpe Diem. Their ceremony was held in a chapel built over 200 years ago. The luminous room has vaulting white ceilings and a peaceful ambiance. Gabriel rang the chapel bells to gather the guests into the chapel. After the ceremony, guests gathered in the yard of the Abbaye d’Oka for cocktails while Amélie and Gabriel took their wedding photos with me around the tranquil grounds of the abbey. I especially loved the tiny apple orchard within an enclosed courtyard.

One of my favourite photos from this wedding

It began raining softly during the photos, so we took shelter in an ancient garage for a few photos. The hanging globe lights crisscrossing the ceiling gave it a glowing orange light that was perfect. I asked Amélie and Gabriel to stand in the doorway where the cool outdoor light was shining in. They began to practice their first dance. I exposed the photo to retain only their silhouettes and to keep the warm colours of the light bulbs.

Abbaye d'Oka wedding photo

A kid-friendly wedding

Amélie and Gabriel planned their wedding to be a fun event that would include their two kids and other young ones. Their children were a big part of their wedding ceremony. They played a song together on the piano and violin as Amélie walked down the aisle. Amélie and Gabriel also set up an area at the reception with toys and babysitters to watch the younger guests, so their guests with children could relax and enjoy the night. I love photographing children at weddings, since they bring a lot of life to the party. They also make for great candid photos. Here are a few of my favourite photos featuring kids being kids!

Bride and groom's daughters walking down the aisle at Abbaye d'Oka wedding

Bride's daughter playing violin at kid-friendly wedding ceremony

Bride's daughter playing piano at kid-friendly wedding ceremony
Black and white candid photo of children at Abbaye Oka wedding

Black and white candid photo of children at Abbaye Oka wedding

Black and white candid photo of children at Abbaye Oka wedding

Black and white candid photo of children at Abbaye Oka wedding

Abbaye d’Oka wedding reception

The wedding dinner at the Espace Carpe Diem started with an excited entrance from the wedding party. Amélie and Gabriel kicked the party off with their first dance and all the guests joined them on the dance floor. A delicious meal followed and between the courses, the wedding couple’s friends gave some moving and funny speeches.

Karaoke king!

Towards the end of the supper, Gabriel borrowed a mike from the DJ to serenade his bride with a cheesy love ballad! Their guests ate it up!

Karaoke at wedding at Abbaye d'Oka

Karaoke at wedding at Abbaye d'Oka

“La danse des bas de laine” (the wool sock dance)

In Quebec, it’s an old tradition to make any elder siblings who are not yet married perform a silly dance in their socks. Usually the socks go all the way up to their knees and are decorated in wild colours. Amélie’s brother Amélie’s older brother gamely danced the jig, throwing in some high jumps and kicks. His little daughter then joined him on the dance floor to help her papa out.

Danse des bas de laines aux noces

Danse des bas de laines aux noces

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I loved photographing this lively wedding at Abbaye d’Oka. If you’re planning your wedding at Abbaye d’Oka and you’re looking for a candid wedding photographer, please get in touch. Thanks!

Here’s some more images of the whole day of this wedding at Abbaye d’Oka:

groom getting ready with best man

Groom getting ready

Candid wedding photo of bride and daughter getting ready

Black and white photo of flower girls playing while bride gets ready

Father of the bride waiting

Bride hugging her daughter

Wedding preparations

Bride getting her hair done

Bride getting her hair done
Bridesmaid preparing the bride's jewelry

Candid photo of bridesmaids lacing up the bride's dress

Groom ringing the chapel bell at Abbaye Oka

Parents clapping during wedding ceremony

Parents at wedding ceremony at Abbaye Oka

Bride and groom kissing at wedding at Abbaye d'Oka

Bride and groom and their children lighting candles