It was a super sweet day. I joined Misha and Vera to capture their Ottawa wedding, and hustled to keep up with the for all the fun that summer day. They were waltzing through the gallery collections, quietly taking in the evening air, then kept a promise to throw down serious dance-floor moves on the Ottawa Art Gallery dance floor. 100% promise kept! By thanks to Roxanne for teaming up with me for this one, and delivering some fine frames.
It's one thing to witness a wedding day as a photographer, but it's really special and a privilege actually to hear my clients talk about their wedding day, looking back at their image collection, and what certain photographs means to them.
Last summer I was invited to photograph an Ottawa wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and it was a gorgeous day. Through heavy rain and sketchy weather I tried my best to keep the mood upbeat, but truly I didn't have to try to hard because Jenna and Karl weren't even a bit upset with the wet weather and danced through every bit of it. I'm super happy to share a chat Jenna and I had about her wedding day experience, and talk about the images that are the most meaningful to her, and even more importantly, why those images stand out.
"When we look back at our photographs, this photo stands out to us the most. This photo captures the very first moments of our marriage and captures our glow in that moment. Whenever we look at this photo it takes us back to the small church and the beautiful hymn that was playing as our maid of honour and best man witnessed our marriage. We remember feeling pure joy at the thought of finally being able to start our journey together."
"This photo reminds us of why a wedding is so special besides the obvious reasons. It captures the genuine reactions of our family and friends coming together for us and to witness our love. All of the people in this photo shaped our relationship in one way, shape, or form and we could not have gotten married without them. It is a beautiful candid photo of all of our loved ones."
"Micheal was definitely the cause of this photo! We were very camera shy during the bride and groom portraits but he helped us relax and be ourselves. Here, Micheal got Karl to whisper sweet nothings in my ear and all I could do was laugh! It was such a memorable moment that I can still remember what Karl whispered and probably will never forget."
"These pictures depict our relationship perfectly. Karl and I are always laughing and goofing off and Micheal captured many photographs with us just being our genuine selves. When we look back at these photos, it reminds us to keep laughing like we did on our wedding day no matter what comes our way. "
It was fantastic to hear Jenna's thoughts about these images and portraits with her handsome man Karl, how she remembers each moment, and why these photographs have become her favourites. It's also a reminder that a single photograph is still very powerful, each one has the ability to transport us right back to special times and experiences, recent or far, and remind us of what's truly important in our lives.
Thank you Jenna and Karl ~ it was total magic working with you.
Once most known for their lime green taco truck, the St Henri restaurant Grumman 78 is now a local institution famous for incredible Mexican fusion dishes that hit the right spot every time.
Wild decor fills the converted garage into something feeling more like an urban ranch, with a million low slung lights dangling from the ceiling, a dozen tables of all different shapes and sizes spread throughout the interior, and fantastic staff always working to create tasty surprises for guests to snack on. Think haute cuisine with the simplicity of Southern barbecue. You can feel that this is a special place, especially on a summer night. It's impossible not to be impressed by it all.
The fried chicken, duck chilaquiles, the food was superbly executed, and the service was (and has always been) top-notch, with one of the most delightful crew's in the city. Needless to say, if you are planning a wedding and on the fence about committing to Grumman, the answer is simple, go for it (and please bring me with you).
With that being said, Alex and Manuel... after a few hours mingling and dancing with guests - all of whom travelled hours and hours be there, excitedly moved on over to a narrow courtyard to be seating to witness the wedding ceremony. Imagine this ~ the summer sun had already long set, the only lights outside were tiny orange-glowing patio bulbs just bright enough to light up a conversation.
Enter event planner Elyna Kudish, guaranteed to make the experience unforgetable, hand-designed a massive wall of wild foliage, palm leaves, and other fantastic green things, which were now cross lit by neon spotlights as the backdrop to Alex and Manuel's wedding ceremony. It was dramatic in all the right ways, and such a pleasure to witness the excitement in the courtyard during those moments. Everywhere you went and looked that evening the vibe was buzzing, partly thanks to the excellent mixing of Dj Zo, the bar staff, basically, and the party was off the hook.
These images are only a tiny preview of what's on the way from this next level Grumman 78 Montreal wedding.
Windermere House is a grand and gorgeous hotel in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario. It's the perfect place for a serene Muskoka Wedding. The long view and cool breeze coming off the water of Lake Rosseau creates a wonderful little scene, and I was reminded of how lucky I am to play a part in a day as big as this for my couples. The long drive to be there was more than worth it. I was in great company.
Maggie and Jeremy decided to invite their families and closest friends to join them in tying the knot on the hotel known as the 'lady of the lakes' front lawn, rain or shine - which we were treated to a bit of both. From all over the country guests came and danced, friends could be found all across the grounds beneath a gorgeous, and clear night sky. With a surprise show of fire-works, Maggie's mother set the evening ablaze, and I managed to capture a few frames. My images don't nearly compare to standing among everyone out on the grass, looking up to watch the night sky loudly light up.
Muskoka Magic. Lot's of love to you both ~ MB
PS. If you are a guest and have been trying to find your portraits or buy a print from that day, click here to view the friends and family gallery.
If you are engaged, or planning your own upcoming wedding great things are on the way ~ be sure to get in touch here to find out how I can help make your celebration everything you are looking forward to.
Just a few images from a really special day watching Stacy and Edd tie the knot recently. The Montreal Courthouse was the location for their wedding ceremony, which is a place I hadn't been to since my own wedding there several years earlier. Being there brought back a lot of good memories, and I was happy to know this would also be a very special place for Stacy and Edd.
After we made hilarious guest portraits and witnessed the depth of Montreal traffic delays everyone came back together for phase two of the day.
Family and friends were invited to the fantastically hip Cardinal Tea Room on St. Laurent, for dinner and a dance party. Sadly I wasn't there to catch all that, but by judging the playlist Stacy had expertly put together I knew the rest of the evening would be next level.
It was a pleasure, all the best to you both ~ Cheers Stacy & Edd.
A dreamy waterside wedding in Baie-d'Urfe at the Fritz Farm Montreal, with Anna & Alain.
Walking through the charming, open gardens of Le Château Ramezay was a dream that afternoon for me, Cristina and Christopher, and their guests, who travelled far to celebrate their intimate destination wedding in Old Montreal. Without a doubt Cristina's Watter's wedding dress was admired and stole the show.
A few words from Cristina, "when we were looking for a wedding photographer, we wanted someone who would capture the intimate and romantic feel of our wedding and we are so happy that we chose Micheal. Not only was he able to capture the big moments of the day, but he also managed to capture the emotion behind the moments. There was so much love and joy, and this comes through so clearly in our image collection. This is true not only in the photos of my husband and I but in the photos of our guests. I think that any good photographer can capture the love between a couple on their wedding day, but being able to capture these raw emotions in the guests is much rarer. These are moments that the couple misses on their wedding day and I am so happy that they were captured for me. The candid photos of my parents and my husband's grandmother are some of my favourite photos from that day. I cannot thank Micheal enough for these amazing gifts."
It was a beautiful night. A huge thank you to Maxine for the excellent design and planning which made that day amazing for everyone, myself included. If you are planning a Montreal destination wedding be sure to follow the links below and connect with some of the best people in town for your wedding day.