- 5 years ago
At last, I am ready to recap my wonderful October wedding! So let me walk you through the day by showing you some of our pro pics and giving you some brief information! Let me take this time to mention the name of my amazing photographer Micheal Greenberg, who is truly an artist!
Firstly, for thoseof you who haven’t seen out video and want to see it, follow this link and enter the password “elisabethanddavid”:
Okay, back to the wedding day!
PREPERATION & DETAILS
DH got ready in our downtown apartment, while I got ready in a beautiful hotel room situated in the old part of the city with my BMs and my mom.
DHs tux & Shoes
DH getting dressed
Portrait of DH on our balcony
Over to my hotel room, here is the work in progress of my hair. My lifelong friend and hairdresser, David D’amour, did such a wonderful job and this picture pays hommage to the complexity of the creation!
Next, here are some of the details of my look.
My Lazaro pearl beaded sash which I’m so happy I wen’t with since I was able to wear it both with my “big” dress and my party dress…
Here is my bouquet that I’m so in love with, I had them dried and am holding on to them as a keepsake. They play beaitifully into the color scheme of my wedding (IVORY, BLUSH & TAUPE)
Here is my beautiful wedding dress hanging in the window (Vera Wang “Harlow”). Can you believe that I ever had dress regret? This dress was a true show-stopper and I’m so glad I stuck with it
Here are two portraits of me, one as I’m getting ready, the other of the full look out on the terasse.
PS: The fur shrug was a last minute borrow from one of my bridesmaids. A week before the wedding I realized it’s going to be damn cold on my wedding (8 degree celsius) and I needed to get something to take pictures in. Thankfully, my BM had just the thing!
THE FIRST LOOK
Since DH and I elected to have an evening wedding (cocktail hour @ 5h30, ceremony @ 7pm, reception @ 8pm) we got decided to do a first look to optimize the “picture taking time” we have. BEST DECISION EVER! The only regret I have is not allocating more time to pictures with the bridal party. Since pictures with DH & I went on late, it seriously cut into our picture time with everyone else. If I had to do it again, I would allocate at least 1.5 hours to family and bridal party and make sure everyone is there on time! Anyways, back to the first look. We did it on the terasse of my hotel room. Here it is:
This last picture was taken on analog film, hence the beutiful texture and grain of the pic. My photographer literally was walking around with 3 different kinds of cameras to get the best out of every moment.
I don’t want to bore you all with pics of DH and I, so I will just put these two which I especially love!
THE VENUE & COCKTAIL HOUR
Alright, so our venue is a historic hall called “Le Windsor” in the middle of downtown Montreal. We fell in love with the elegance of the ballrooms and the charm of the design. An important criterion for us is that everything would take place in one location. Therefore, we had the cocktail hour in one ballroom, the ceremony in the gorgeous alley between both ballrooms, and the reception in the 2nd ballroom. Here are some of the details of the rooms:
Here are our centerpieces, we alternated between one tall and one short.
Here are a couple pictures from our cocktail hour:
We also had a live band playing through the cocktail hour (5 musicians) the ceremony (4 muscians + cantor) and the reception (all 11 musicians). The name of the band is the Showmen Group and they were more than amazing!
GMs & BMs
As I mentioned, we didn’t get as many pics as we may have wanted with our bridal party. Nevertheless, here are some pics of DH with the boys and me with my girls (formals), just so you get a good picture of the wedding in its entirety:
My girls wore Amsale crinkle chiffon gowns in “truffle” color. Each girl chose the style that she liked most and fit her best which is the way to go IMO.
OMG I still get goosebumps thinking about our ceremony, it was very special. We are Jewish so we had a cantor singing in Hebrew during most of the processional. However, I walked out to a live performance of “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. It’s an extremely moving, intrusmental that I’ve always loved and will now forever associate with me walking down the aisle.
Here we are under the chuppah (which is like an altar) during the ceremony. It is traditional for the parents to be under the chuppah as well.
Here is our first kiss!
At last, the reception has arrived! At this point I was so excited, I had married the love of my life and nothing could go wrong! I don’t know how many of you have been to Jewish weddings, but it gets pretty crazy. When you are introduced, you run into a traditional dance called the Hora (or as some of you may know it, the chair/circle dance). Here a few pics from ours:
Finally, here is a pic of our frist dance, at which point I had changed into my party dress (Noir by Lazaro). I’m so glad I had the option to change because as beautiful as my Harlow is, it is heavy, hot and I was contantly tripping over it. Part of the dress even ripped as I was dancing the Hora. I also changed my shoes into a higher (yes that’s right, higher) pair of Miu Mius. We danced to a classic “Let’s stay together” by Al Green. I, admittidely, don’t have the best sense of rhythm so this song was chosen based on my ability to dance to it, and also because it’s an awesome song that our band just happened to perform especially well!
Finally, I will end the photo-recap with these two pics from our HUGE sweet table. There was WAY way to much food here, in fact, they delivered the rest of it to us the next day and it litterally filled our apartment.
And that was that. The party wen’t on until 1h30am which is very reasonable considering some of our friend’s weddings ended at 3am+. It was a wonderful day that I look back on with very fond memories.
I planned this wedding without a planner or a DOC since I consider myself to be very detail oriented and organized, and it was definately stressful.
To other perfectionist brides, my words of advice is: not to sweat the small things because nobody will notice (including yourself) and you will just drive yourself crazy.
To every bride: Make sure everyone has a schedule of the day because if one person is late for pictures, often times the whole process is delayed. ALSO, don’t forget to bring your own concealer and powder if you MUA is not staying through the night. I didn’t do this and could have seriously used some at numerous times in the night.
To dress regret brides: Don’t worry, you loved it once, you will love it again on the day. It’s not worth torturing yourself mentally about.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my little recap!