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Best Wedding Venues in Montreal for 2017

Here is my list of the Best Wedding Venues in Montreal for 2017. As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege, of working in many different wedding venues around Montreal. My list is based on ambiance, service and location. I’ve added a small comment about what I liked most about each wedding venue.

If you are specifically interested in wedding venues in Old Montreal and Montreal’s Old Port area you will want to check out Best wedding venues in Old Montreal.
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All photos by Kate Fellerath Photography.

Hotel Sofitel Montreal, Golden Mile

Sofitel wedding venue in MontrealHotel Sofitel Montreal, Golden Mile
1155 Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2N3

This is one of my most favourite locations in Montreal.  Perfect location, perfect service, perfect food.  If the meal you serve your guests is a priority, this is a top pick!  It is urban chic, close to downtown, with lots of nearby options for photography (including the McGill grounds and the steps of the Musée des Beaux Arts).

Omni Mount-Royal HotelOmni Mount-Royal Hotel wedding in Montreal

Omni Mount-Royal Hotel
1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2R6
This beautiful hotel is located right downtown. The Omni has always been of my favourite wedding reception locations. This hotel has an elegant entrance, privacy of the reception halls being on their own floor. It is within walking distance to downtown restaurants and shopping. There are many locations close by for wedding photos. And it’s only a 10 minute drive to go to Old Montreal – if that’s where you would like to have your photos done. It offers parking (which is a very good thing) and has 2 beautiful rooms for receptions and a large windowed area for cocktails.

Entrepots Dominion

Entrepots Dominion wedding venue in Montreal
Entrepots Dominion
3968 St-Ambroise
Montreal, Quebec H4C 2C7

This venue is a great choice because it is located close to downtown, very private (with parking) and you can bring in your own caterer and bar (a rarity for Montreal). The Entrepots Dominion also gives you access to one of the most inspiring wedding planners I’ve ever met – Emmanuel Goubard.

La Toundra

La Toundra wedding venue in Montreal
La Toundra
1, circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Montréal (Quebec)
Canada H3C 1A9
If you’re looking for an inexpensive show-stopper location close to Montreal – this is it! The old Canada Pavilion (now available for rent) is nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens – also perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony.  You can bring in your own catering and your own bar – and it has the added cache of being on the Grand Prix track. But book early – this venue is in high demand!

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal wedding venue
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal wedding venue
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
1228 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec H3G 1H6
The newly renovated Ritz Carleton is the epitome of luxury and elegance. The historic oval room is still as breathtaking now as it was when I first started working there 12 years ago.  The garden is perfect for photos as well as the grand front entrance. I have included two of my favourite rooms at the Ritz – the Oval Room and the Palm Room.

Le Westin Montreal Hotel

Westin Montreal Hotel wedding venue
Le Westin Montreal Hotel
270 St. Antoine Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 0A3
Right across from the ‘Palais des Congres’ in the heart of Old Montreal, this hotel offers a great location with a panoramic view of Montreal from the largest ballroom.  It is also perfectly located for couples looking to do their wedding pictures in Old Montreal.

McGill Faculty Club

McGill Faculty Club wedding venue in Montreal
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E5

A spectacular location, right on the grounds of McGill University.  I love the unique architecture of this hall and also the beautiful winding staircase – perfect for a grand entrance!

University Club of Montreal

University Club of Montreal wedding venue
University Club of Montreal
2047, rue Mansfield
Montréal, QC H3A 1Y7
Close to the corner of McGill and Sherbrooke St., this private club is an elegant option for a smaller wedding.  I love the winding staircase and the heritage feel of this classic venue.

Hotel Nelligan

Hotel Nelligan wedding in Old Montreal
Hotel Nelligan
106, Saint-Paul Street West
Old Montreal, Quebec  H2Y 1Z3

This Five Star Hotel is a fantastic location right in the heart of Old Montreal. Great service, beautiful atmosphere and a perfect location. They also have a rooftop terasse that is a fun option for your cocktails before dinner.

Montreal Science Centre – Panoramic Hall

Montreal Science Centre wedding in Old Montreal
Montreal Science Centre – Panoramic Hall
The Montréal Science Centre is located at the foot of the St-Laurent Boulevard, on the King-Edward quay.
This Glass-encased hall has a beautiful panoramic view over Montreal.  There is a large balcony attached so guests can step out for fresh air or to see the fireworks during Montreal’s international fireworks competion. It is a unique location for a wedding and has a few spaces that would  accomodate both your ceremony and cocktails.

Scena

Scena wedding venue in Old MontrealScena
Quai Jacques-Cartier,
Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2

Scena is a glass encased room on one of the piers of the Old Port. Surrounded by water it is a truly unique location. There is also a lovely exterior terrasse and a magnificent view of Montreal and the Jacques Cartier bridge as the sun sets. It would be a great place to be during the International Fireworks Competition (check this link for dates).

Auberge Saint-Gabriel

Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding venue in Old Montreal

Auberge Saint-Gabriel
426 St-Gabriel
Montreal, Quebec
 H2Y 2Z9
This charming Inn located in Old Montreal has two very nice reception rooms with lots of Old World atmosphere. The first is a quirky little venue located at the top of a winding staircase – it was almost an adventure getting there! But once arrived it is very private, rustic and quite unique. The second is on the ground floor with access to the bar area for cocktails.

La Vieille Brasserie

La Vieille Brasserie wedding venue in MontrealLa Vieille Brasserie
2801 boul. Saint-Joseph
Lachine, Quebec
This hidden gem is located right on the water’s edge in Lachine. This venue offers great outdoor options for the ceremony (either on their balcony or terrasse – both overlooking the canal). Capacity is 110 people. This is a very affordable option for those with a smaller budget.

Plaza Volare

plaza VolarePlaza Volare
6600 Cote-de-Liesse
Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1E3

Plaza Volare is a great option for a wedding. They do many events and run a smooth and service oriented operation. They also have a large tented area in the back where you can have your ceremony.

Golf St-Raphael

Golf St-Raphael wedding venue in Montreal

Golf St-Raphael
1111, de l’Église
Ile Bizard, Québec, H9C 1H2
A classic golf club location for a wedding. The advantage of a golf club is that you can also have the ceremony in this location. I’ve included a photo of the indoor ceremony set-up because I thought it was beautifully done. The outdoor covered terrasse is great for cocktails and generally a very good option not far from Montreal.

Chateau Taiffer Lafon

Chateau Taiffer Lafon wedding venue in Montreal
Chateau Taiffer Lafon
1500 Montée Champagne
Ste-Dorothée, Laval
H7X 4H9

This private vinyard estate located about 20 minutes from downtown Montreal was a recent discovery for me. If you are looking for an intimate location with the option of an outdoor ceremony, you should absolutely check out this location. And you could have cocktails outside overlooking the gorgeous landscape and your wedding photos in the vineyard – perfect!

Best wedding venues outside of Montreal

Ripple Cove (Eastern Townships)

Ripple Cove wedding venue in Eastern TownshipsRipple Cove (Eastern Townships)
700 Ripplecove
Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec
J0B 1C0

A beautiful Inn located about 2 hrs from Montreal.  This beautiful venue has a nice hall and a beautiful lakefront for your guests to enjoy cocktails.  The grounds are beautiful and make for picturesque wedding photos.

Auberge des Gallant (Rigaud)

Auberge des Gallant wedding venue

Auberge des Gallant (Rigaud)
1171, ch. St-Henri,
Ste-Marthe, Québec
J0P 1W0

This charming venue is a wood framed building across for the Auberge. If you would like to have a wedding in a very natural outdoors-y setting, this would be a wonderful choice. There is also a larger reception hall in the main building. And if you like the paper lanterns, they are a permanent fixture – so that saves you hours of work! Auberge des Gallant is about 45 minutes from Montreal.

Au Vieux Moulin (Rigaud)

Au Vieux Moulin weddingAu Vieux Moulin (Rigaud)
3 Rue Du Moulin,
Rigaud, Quebec J0P 1P0

Also in Rigaud, and only 45 minutes from Montreal, this private site is perfect for an outdoor ceremony, cocktails and a charming indoor reception. Check their website for additonal photos, the grounds are beautiful!

Royal Military College Saint-Jean

Wedding Venue in St-Jean - Royal Military College
Royal Military College Saint-Jean
15 Rue Jacques-Cartier N,
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc

Located on the bank of the Saint-Jean River, this place really impressed me.  Also very private, the guests could spill out onto the terrasse outside and walk along the river.  I’m also a very big fan of their chandeliers and large windows overlooking the river. This venue is about an hour from Montreal.

Manoir Rouville-Cambell

Manoir Rouville-Cambell - wedding venue
Manoir Rouville-Cambell
125, chemin des Patriotes sud,
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, J3H 3G5

This historic manor house is located in beautiful Mont-St-Hilaire which is only about 1.5 hrs from Montreal. The gardens are spectacular and there are two reception halls. The one pictured above looks into the inner courtyard and the larger reception room looks out on the river. Breathtaking location for a wedding! Here is a photo of the exterior of the Manoir Rouville-Campbell that I found on Booking.com.

Chateau St-Antoine

Best wedding venues in Montreal

Chateau St-Antoine
1000 Rue du Rivage,
Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu
QC J0L 1R0

The Chateau St-Antoine is a perfect location for a wedding. This historic building has been beautifully maintained and adapted to host events. There are well-manicured gardens and outdoor space for cocktails and wedding photos. There are two reception halls. The one shown here is a tented extension that has been added so you can have the feel of a tented garden wedding 3 seasons of the year.

Les plus belles salles de réceptions pour mariage à Montréal 2017

En tant que photographe de mariage, je ai eu le privilège, au cours des années, de travailler dans de nombreux lieux de mariage autour de Montréal.

J’ai compilé une liste de mes lieux préférés pour une réception de mariage. J’ai retenu ces salles pour leur ambiance, le service et l’emplacement avec un petit commentaire à propos de ce que j’ai aimé le plus. Elles ne sont pas présentées en ordre de préférence.

Contactez-moi pour en savoir plus sur mes forfaits de photographie de mariage.

Toutes les photos sont de Kate Fellerath Photographie.

Omni Mont-Royal Hôtel
1050, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Québec H3A 2R6
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L’Hôtel Omni, récemment rénové, a toujours été un de mes lieux préférés pour une réception de mariage. Il est merveilleusement situé à la base du Mont-Royal, à côté de l’université McGill (une belle option pour des photos de mariage) et à quelques minutes de marche des restaurants du centre-ville et des commerces. Il propose un stationnement (ce qui est une très bonne chose au centre-ville) et dispose de 2 belles chambres pour les réceptions et un grand espace vitré pour les cocktails.

Entrepôts Dominion
3968 St-Ambroise
Montréal, Québec H4C 2C7  EntrepotDominion_montreal
Ce lieu est un excellent choix, car il est situé à proximité du centre-ville, il est très privé (avec stationnement) et vous pouvez apporter votre propre traiteur et un bar (une rareté pour Montréal). Plus de photos de ce mariage.

Hôtel Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile
1155 Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Québec, H3A 2N3
sofitel_montrealLe Sofitel est un de mes endroits préférés à Montréal. L’emplacement est parfait, le service est parfait, la nourriture est parfaite. Si le repas que vous servez vos invités est une priorité, c’est mon premier choix ! L’hôtel est chic et urbain, proche du centre-ville, avec beaucoup d’options à proximité pour des photos superbes (y compris les beaux terrains de McGill et les marches du Musée des Beaux-Arts).

La Toundra
1, le circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Montréal (Québec) H3C 1A9
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Si vous cherchez un endroit à la fois peu coûteux et « wow » près de Montréal – le voici ! L’ancien pavillon du Canada (maintenant disponible à la location) est situé au milieu de jardins paysagers qui sont aussi parfait pour une cérémonie de mariage en plein air. Vous pouvez apporter votre propre traiteur et votre propre bar – et La Toundra a le cachet supplémentaire d’être sur la piste Grand Prix. Mais réservez tôt – ce lieu est très en demande!

Le Ritz-Carlton Montréal
1228, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Québec H3G 1H6
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Le Ritz Carleton, récemment rénové, est la quintessence du luxe et de l’élégance. La salle ovale historique est tout aussi époustouflante aujourd’hui qu’elle m’a semblé il y a 12 ans lorsque j’y ai photographié mon premier couple. Le jardin est idéal pour les photos ainsi que la grande entrée principale. J’ai inclus deux de mes pièces préférées au Ritz – le Salon Ovale et la Cours des Palmiers.

Le Westin Montréal Hôtel
270 Saint-Antoine Ouest
Montréal, Québec H2Y 0A3
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Juste en face du Palais des Congrès au cœur du Vieux-Montréal, cet hôtel offre un emplacement idéal avec une grande salle de bal qui offre une vue panoramique de Montréal. Il est également parfaitement situé pour les couples qui cherchent à faire leurs photos de mariage dans le Vieux-Montréal.

Cercle universitaire de McGill / Faculty Club de McGill
3450, rue McTavish
Montréal, Québec H3A 0E5
mcgill_Faculty_ClubUn emplacement spectaculaire situé directement sur les terrains de l’Université McGill. J’adore l’architecture unique de cette salle et aussi le bel escalier en colimaçon – parfait pour faire une entrée remarquable !

Le Club Universitaire de Montréal / University Club de Montréal
2047, rue Mansfield
Montréal, QC H3A 1Y7
UniversityClubPrès de l’angle de McGill et Sherbrooke, ce club privé est une option élégante pour un petit mariage. J’adore l’escalier en colimaçon et la sensation du patrimoine de ce lieu classique.

Hôtel Nelligan
106, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Vieux-Montréal, Québec H2Y 1Z3
Nelligan_montrealCet Hôtel cinq étoiles est un droit de l’emplacement exceptionnel au cœur du Vieux-Montréal. Très bon service, belle ambiance et un emplacement parfait. Il offre aussi une terrasse sur le toit qui est une option amusante pour vos cocktails avant le dîner.

Centre des sciences de Montréal – Le Hall panoramique
Le Centre des sciences de Montréal est situé au pied du boulevard St-Laurent, sur le quai King-Edward.
Science_centre_montrealCe hall vitré offre une belle vue panoramique sur Montréal. Un grand balcon ci-joint permet à vos invités de sortir pour prendre de l’air ou pour voir les feux d’artifice pendant L’international des Feux Loto-Québec. C’est un endroit unique pour un mariage et offre quelques espaces pour votre cérémonie et vos cocktails.

Le St-Sulpice
414 Saint-Sulpice,
Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2V5
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Le St-Sulpice est parfait pour un petit mariage – cette belle salle à manger rappelle la période Art déco. Il y a aussi une belle terrasse extérieure qui serait parfaite pour une cérémonie à l’extérieur ou pour des cocktails.

Plaza Volare
6600 Côte-de-Liesse
Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1E3
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Plaza Volare est une excellente option pour un mariage. Ils font de nombreux événements et leurs services sont amiables et professionnels. Ils ont récemment redécoré et toutes les chambres sont superbes (ie. Des tas de lustres!). Ils ont aussi une grande zone à l’extérieur qui est protégée des éléments.

Scena
Quai Jacques-Cartier,
Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2
scena_montrealScena est une grande pièce vitrée qui est située sur l’un des quais du Vieux-Port. Entouré d’eau, c’est un endroit vraiment unique. Il y a aussi une belle terrasse extérieure et une vue magnifique de Montréal et du pont Jacques-Cartier lors des couchés de soleil. C’est un excellent endroit lors de L’international des Feux Loto-Québec (consulter ce lien pour les dates). Consulter mon blog pour voir plus de photos de ce mariage.

Auberge Saint-Gabriel
426 St-Gabriel
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2Z9
auberge_St_GabrielCette auberge charmante située dans le Vieux-Montréal dispose de deux salles de réception agréables qui dégagent beaucoup d’ambiance d’antan. La première salle est un petit endroit original situé au sommet d’un escalier en colimaçon – c’était presque une aventure pour y accéder! Mais, une fois arrivée, la salle est très privée, rustique et tout à fait unique. La seconde pièce est au rez-de-chaussée avec un accès au bar pour les cocktails.

La Vieille Brasserie
2801 boul. Saint-Joseph
Lachine, Québec
vieille_brasserieCe trésor caché est situé sur le bord de l’eau à Lachine. Ce lieu vous offre plusieurs options que vous choisissez une cérémonie à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur (soit sur leur balcon ou la terrasse – avec vue sur le canal dans les deux cas). La capacité est de 110 personnes. La Vielle Brasserie est une option très abordable pour ceux qui ont un petit budget.

Plaza Volare
6600 Côte-de-Liesse
Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1E3
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Plaza Volare est une excellente option pour un mariage. Ils font de nombreux événements et leurs services sont amiables et professionnels. Ils ont récemment redécoré et toutes les chambres sont superbes (ie. Des tas de lustres!). Ils ont aussi une grande zone à l’extérieur qui est protégée des éléments.

Golf Saint-Raphaël
1111, de l’Église
Ile Bizard, Québec, H9C 1H2
1485_140816Ce club de golf est un bon choix pour mariage. L’avantage d’un club de golf, c’est que vous pouvez aussi y’avoir la cérémonie. J’ai inclus une photo de la configuration d’une cérémonie intérieure parce que je pensais que c’était très bien fait. La terrasse extérieure et recouverte est idéale pour les cocktails et généralement une très bonne option proche de Montréal.


Voici quelques endroits spéciaux à l’extérieur de Montréal qui mérite une mention.

Ripple Cove – Cliff Ayer, Cantons de l’Est
700 Ripplecove
Cliff Ayer, Québec J0B 1C0
RippleCoveUne belle auberge située à environ deux heures de Montréal. Cet endroit a une belle salle et un beau lac où vos invités pourront déguster des cocktails. Les jardins sont magnifiques et parfaites pour des photos pittoresques de mariage.

Auberge des Gallant
1171, ch. St-Henri,
Ste-Marthe, Québec J0P 1W0
gallantCe lieu, plein de charme, est un bâtiment en bois à côté de l’Auberge. C’est un excellent choix si vous voulez vous mariez sur un fond de plein air. Il y a aussi une grande salle de réception dans l’immeuble principal. Et si vous aimez les lanternes de papier, elles sont là en permanence – de sorte que vous épargnerez des heures de travail! L’Auberge des Gallant est à environ 45 minutes de Montréal.

Au Vieux Moulin
3 Rue Du Moulin,
Rigaud, Québec J0P 1P0
RW_Tahira_24Aussi à Rigaud, et à seulement 45 minutes de Montréal, ce site privé est parfait pour une cérémonie en plein air, des cocktails et une charmante réception à l’intérieur. Consultez leur site pour des photos supplémentaires, les jardins sont magnifiques! J’ai aussi quelques autres images sur ce blog.

Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean
15 Rue Jacques-Cartier N,
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc
29_CollegeMilitaireSt-jean2Situé sur la rive de la rivière Saint-Jean, le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean m’a vraiment impressionné. Aussi très privé, les invités ont pu sortir sur la terrasse extérieure et marcher le long de la rivière. Je suis aussi un très grand fan de leurs lustres et de leurs grandes fenêtres qui donnent sur la rivière. Le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean se situe à environ une heure de Montréal.

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Birks Chapel Wedding and McGill Faculty Club Reception

McGill weddingMegan and Mathieu planned an absolutely perfect summer wedding in Montreal this past July. The ceremony was held at the Birks Chapel in downtown Montreal and the reception at the McGill Faculty club – a short walk from the chapel.Birks Chapel weddingWhite wedding bouquetBirks Chapel wedding The Birks Chapel is a great choice for a wedding ceremony in Montreal because you can bring anyone in to officiate the marriage and it is located right in the heart of downtown. It is a beautiful and spiritual place to exchange wedding vows. I love the light and intimacy of this historic chapel.Birks Chapel Wedding MontrealBirks Chapel wedding ceremonyAfter the wedding ceremony and lively group photo on the front steps of the chapel, the family and bridal party walked the McGill grounds for the official photos. I always try to do the family photos in a fast and fun-filled way, so that the family and bridal party can quickly go rejoin the other guests at cocktails. Group wedding photo montrealBirks Chapel_07Bridal party MontrealI loved the blue bridesmaids dresses that Megan had chosen. It was a fun twist on “something blue” and was such a vibrant colour for her summer wedding. (The groomsmen looked good too!)Bridesmaids and Groomsmen MontrealNow, the family and bridal party have gone to join the cocktails and we began the best part of the day – the Bride & Groom photos!  This is really the time for the newlyweds to relax and enjoy the moment and get beautiful “once in a lifetime” portraits to remember the wedding day and this important time in their lives.Wedding photography montrealMontreal Wedding PhotosThis is also the time for the second photographer to shine. The two angles (from myself and the second photographer) make for wonderfully candid photos. In the editing process, I create a unique collection of beautifully retouched B&W and colour images – all in high resolution and ready to print! McGill Wedding PhotosMcGill Faculty Club weddingThe reception was held at the McGill Faculty Club – one of my recommended locations for wedding in Montreal. It is a historic building that has kept all of it’s original charm. The rooms are gorgeous, spacious (magnificent for photography) and the staff is courteous, efficient and accommodating. And most importantly, the food is delicious.`McGill Faculty Club weddingOriginal Wedding Cake design

The bride and groom wanted to do a few photos up in the famous Billiards Room; hors d’oeuvres and champagne were brought up to them – very thoughtful!Original Groomsmen Photo McGill Faculty Club WeddingMegan and Mathieu had a few quiet moments before making their grand entrance down a gracious staircase at the end of the room. Their guests all flooded the dance floor to join them right after their first dance. And then the party really got started!Montreal wedding photography Birks Chapel_24_1A special mention should also be made of the very original Candy Bar – as a cute clin d’oeil to “something blue”.Unique Wedding Candy BarMany thanks to this lovely couple. I wish them both a lifetime of happiness!McGill Faculty Club WeddingWedding Photography:
Kate Fellerath Photography
kate@fellerath.com
514-312-2277

Megan’s wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses:
Boutique j’adore
336 Lakeshore
Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4L7
514.777.5283
info@boutiquejadore.com

Mathieu’s wedding suit:
Waxman House
tuxedo@waxman.ca

Bridal bouquet and Flowers
O.xide design
(O.xide design must be the new hot florist in town – it’s my third wedding with them this year! Always fresh, beautiful wedding bouquets – great work!!)

Wedding Rings:
Robert Richer Jewellers
(I mention the rings because Megan and Mathieu were very happy with their wedding bands and highly recommended their jeweler for price and service).

Wedding Ceremony:
Birks Chapel
3520 University
Montreal, Qc H3A 2A7

Wedding Reception:
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish
Montreal QC H3A 0E5
Tel.: (514) 398-6660

Destination Wedding in Old Montreal

Old Montreal Wedding_119Barbara and George organized their Montreal Destination Wedding all the way from Dubai! Barbara chose to have her wedding ceremony and reception at the Hotel Nelligan after reading my “Best Wedding Venues in Montreal” Blog.

Old Montreal WeddingBoth the bride and groom got ready at the hotel on a warm sunny day in early May. George and his groomsmen were able to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and get a drink before the ceremony at the Terrasse Nelligan on the roof of the hotel.hotel Nelligan weddingThe bride had all the room she needed in her large suite with a wide balcony and a panoramic view over the port of Old Montreal. We were able to stay out of sight and do all the photos on the balcony while the guests began to gather downstairs for the ceremony.Old Montreal Wedding_108aOld Montreal Wedding_106Barbara’s dress suited her perfectly. It also had an illusion neckline- which I love. The colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses added a pop of colour to the grey stone buildings of Old Montreal. A great choice for a spring wedding! (for more tips see my blog on Spring Weddings).Old Montreal Wedding_105Old Montreal Wedding_107The ceremony was held in a cozy room at the Hotel Nelligan. The candlelight and chandeliers accented the exposed brick and stone to create an intimate setting for their wedding ceremony.Old Montreal Wedding_109After the ceremony, the bride and groom stepped out of the hotel and into the streets of Old Montreal for their photos. We also had time to do some fun shots with the bridal party. One of the reasons that the Hotel Nelligan is a great choice for a wedding is that it’s located so close to all the best places for wedding photos. (Less traveling = more time for photos or more time with your guests.)Nelligan Hotel WeddingWedding Party Old MontrealOld Montreal Wedding Old Montreal WeddingOld Montreal WeddingOld Montreal Wedding_111 Wedding Reception DecorEveryone says that a wedding day flies by, but I really think this couple enjoyed every minute of it. Even the cake cutting was fun! I’m so happy that I got to be a part of this magical destination wedding – it was the perfect kick off to my 2015 wedding season!Old Montreal Wedding_116

Bride’s wedding dress
La Sposa

Groom’s wedding suit
Tom Ford: available at
Harry Rosen

Bridesmaids dresses
Coast

Bridal bouqet and flowers
O.xide Design

Bride’s Hair and Make-up
Chelsea Chawsky

Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Hotel Nelligan
106, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z3
1 877 788-2040

Wedding co-ordinator
Véronique L’Ecuyer,
Groups and Events Manager at the Nelligan Hotel
(514) 788-4427

Q&A with Atelier Carmel – a fresh take on Wedding Bouquets in Montreal

If you’re looking for the WOW factor for your bridal bouquet and centerpieces, I recommend you get to know the work of Atelier Carmel. I was instantly drawn to their unusual, garden-inspired style and contacted the owner Carmel Sabourin to see if I could interview her for my blog. Carmel embodies everything that is fresh and innovative in bridal and event flower arrangements.  We’ve had a few events together and the originality and beauty of her work always takes my breath away.

Carmel Sabourin, Florist – Photo by Kate Fellerath

As a wedding photographer, I get a lot of questions about flowers and bouquets, so I thought I would ask the expert. I met with Carmel at her charming storefront location in Plateau Mont-Royal (close to downtown Montreal). I asked her to let me in on some of her trade secrets and her work philosophy.

Q: What words would you use to describe your style?
A: Garden-inspired, organic, natural, loose and wild.

Q: What differentiates you from other florists who offer flowers for events and weddings?
A: The main difference would be the aesthetic. I work differently from other florists. People come to me for the specific aesthetic that I have. Almost all my brides come to me with a loose garden look. It’s a specific style that I’m able to do really well. It’s getting more popular but it’s actually very hard to do.

Q: Do you like clients to bring you pictures and ideas of what they want?
A: I like it when clients bring me a Pintrest board which gives me a good idea about what they want.

Q: What do you think is important when choosing flowers for a wedding?
A: I like working with flowers at the height of their lushness. When I pick the flowers, there is such a huge range of things I have to consider. Price is one of the considerations. And I work mainly with seasonal flowers. Flower selection is done about 3-4 weeks before the event so I know what I can get.

Q: What flowers do you recommend for winter weddings?
A: There are lots of flowers available for winter weddings. Most spring flowers get a head start in greenhouses and can be used for winter weddings. And in other countries (where the flowers come from) it’s warmer. For example, here it’s winter, but in Holland it’s already spring.

Q: Are there any flowers can best survive the cold weather?
A: Most spring flowers would be ok. But flowers don’t do well in below zero weather. So I would recommend doing the photos after the ceremony. Or if you’re doing the photos before the ceremony, consider getting a second bouquet. I’m all about saving my clients money, but that might be a good solution.

Q: What about summer weddings? What do you recommend to keep the flowers from wilting?
A: All my flowers come in jars of water. It’s worth putting the flowers back into water when they are not needed.

Q: When do you prepare the arrangements and bouquets?
A: We pick up the flowers 2 days before the event and create the arrangements the day before.

Q: What is the average price range for a wedding bouquet?
A: I’d say the average range is $200-$250. Unless the client wants something very big, which is actually becoming quite trendy right now. Enormous bouquets or if they want something that is especially expensive. For example peonies are always expensive except for the two weeks a year when we get local peonies. They’re always expensive but I usually only put 3 or 4 in a bouquet. Bridesmaids bouquets are about $100 each [There are less flowers and the bouquet is small than the bride’s bouquet.]

Q: And what about the prices for centerpieces?
A: There’s a big range. For example last year I did centerpieces for $12 and the most expensive was $400 per table. But I’d say the average is about $75-150. It really has to do with the amount of flowers.

Q: What other things do you offer for weddings?
A: Ceremony décor, big arrangements, arches, huppas. We do a lot of décor for the reception for example escort tables, sweet tables. We also offer boards and displays to rent. Flower girls baskets, corsages, whatever people need for the event.

Q: How far in advance do you book your clients?
A: I only start meeting clients a year in advance. I would say my average is about 6-8 months before the wedding. But I also have a lot of clients who call me and the wedding is in two months. I am able to book multiple weddings on a weekend.

Q: Any tips or advice to impart to future brides?
A: I would say focus on the general feeling/aesthetic and a colour palette that you want. If you have a favorite or meaningful flower, that’s worth mentioning to the florist. But don’t get fixated on specific flowers. I create my flower arrangements based on the colour palette and budget.

Q: What is the best way to reach you?
A: Email is the best and meetings are by appointment only.

Website: Atelier Carmel
email: ateliercarmel@gmail.com
Pintrest: Atelier Carmel on Pintrest

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All Photos by Kate Fellerath

Spring Weddings in Montreal – Top 5 tips to guarantee a great wedding (and great photography)!

Springtime in Montreal is not always lush and green. Nonetheless, it is still a beautiful time for a wedding (and a perfect way to usher in the warmer weather after the long, cold and dark winter months). Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tips to help you get the most out of the your spring wedding in Montreal.

Here are a few tips for achieving the best photos for your Spring wedding:

1) Plan for all weather. The bride should have a shawl or light jacket on hand to keep from getting chilled, if the day ends up cooler than expected. Also consider having a second pair of shoes for the outdoor photos. The ground might be wet or muddy, and you don’t want to sink your perfect white heels into the muck.

2) Consider bringing in some colour! The addition of pastels or summer colours for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids dresses, bridesmaids’ bouquets, men’s ties (and even men’s socks) can really enhance the city’s neutral palette in Spring. A pop of colour is always beautiful in wedding photos. Below is a beautiful Spring wedding bouquet by Flower Destinations and I might also mention the gorgeous and unique wedding dress and veil from Creations Vesina.

Spring wedding bouquet

3) Use the architecture to enhance your photos. In Montreal, the greenery only starts to show up around mid-May. But if you use the urban landscape as your background, the photos will look stylish any time of the year regardless of the weather (this works for winter weddings too).

Old Montreal wedding

4) Consider the timing of your ceremony and photography. Make sure that your outdoor photo session isn’t set for too late in the day. Take advantage of the warmest part of the day to be outside (around 14h00). As such it might help to set the ceremony time a little earlier, or consider doing your Bride and Groom photos before the ceremony. You could have the “first look” privately before the ceremony. It’s a special moment, no matter when it happens.

5) Discuss a back-up plan or “rain plan” with your photographer. If it’s too wet or cold outside, you may want to take the family photos indoors. I do encourage all my clients to do their Bride and Groom photos outside – no matter the weather!! When shooting weddings in the rain, I try to do as much as possible in a covered location, this way everyone stays dry but I don’t lose the light and mood of an outdoor photo shoot. I also bring a few big white golf umbrellas to all the weddings I photograph. If you do end up taking photos in the rain, the white umbrellas let in a lot of light and add a great graphic element to the photo. You certainly don’t want to be stuck with a half broken umbrella or, worse, nothing at all. It’s better to be prepared!

Enjoy your wedding day, rain or shine!

– Katespring wedding in Montreal

Children’s photography in Montreal

I often joke that children’s photography is more challenging than wedding photography. You need to be very fast, have lots of patience and do most of your work very close to the ground! It’s a challenge and ultimately, incredibly rewarding.

Children's photography in Montreal
When having your child (or children) photographed, it is best not to go into the shoot with a very specific idea of the kind of photos you want to get. It’s better to let the child guide the photo session. This way you will get many more photos and they will reflect the child’s true personality.

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I usually recommend doing children’s photography outdoors. This gives children the freedom and space to move around and play. I believe that photographs of children outdoors are beautiful, unique and sophisticated. Capturing spontaneous action in a natural setting matches the lifestyle approach that I take to all my photography.

Children's photography in Montreal
Children’s photography sessions last about an hour. In that time, you can expect to receive over 100 unique and beautiful images. All my photo shoots include all your pictures in high resolution on a disk. With the disk, you are free to print, frame or create photo books and albums with as many photos as you like.

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Please feel free to contact me by email at kate@fellerath.com or call 514-312-2277 to have your family or children photographed in Montreal this summer. It’s a great time to document these special years and get a collection of photos that will provide great memories for years to come.

You can also see more examples of my work in my Family Photography Portfolio.

Children's photography in Montreal