Wedding reception at La Toundra

A nature-filled wedding at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau

After loving the vibe of Marie-Hélène and Louis’s creative engagement session in the Plateau, I knew their wedding was going to be unique. It turned out to be a beautiful celebration with plenty of touches of whimsy.

An outdoor wedding ceremony at La Toundra

The ceremony was held outdoors among the tall pines and flowers in the Jardin du Canada at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

As family and friends waited for the ceremony to begin, they were serenaded by Ensemble Tryade, a live string quartet, playing a mix of classical music and pop favourites.

Marie-Hélène and her father walked in to the sounds of “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. Louis’s sister officiated the wedding service, making it personal, funny and emotion-filled.

Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding photos

After the ceremony and a special champagne toast, we headed to the nearby Jardin du Québec for a tranquil portrait session with the bride and groom. The Jardin du Québec has a very natural feel, with lush greenery taking centre stage rather than flowers.

La Toundra wedding reception

The wedding reception was held indoors at La Toundra. It’s one of my favourite Montreal wedding venues with its floor-to-ceiling windows that give it amazing natural lighting and that let guests enjoy the surrounding greenery.

Special DIY wedding touches

One of the unique standouts of this wedding was the glorious DIY-ery! Most of the décor was made by the wedding couple, from tiny moss gardens in jars to gold spray-painted dinosaur escort cards. A lot of work went into the eclectic collection of bottles and candleholders that graced each table.

Hosting your wedding at La Toundra means planning your own catering. The wedding couple chose to make the most of this opportunity and brought in Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, chef and owner of Le Contemporain. The platings were artistic and the food a gastronomical delight. What a treat for their guests!

As night fell, the dancing began and we had a blast photographing the party!

Big thanks to my second photographer John Koo for his excellent work.

Planning a La Toundra wedding?

If you’re getting married at La Toundra and you like creative and candid wedding photos, just send me a message to see if I’m still available on your wedding date.

 White wedding dress hanging from a vintage chandelier
 Groom's suit hanging on his doorway
 Macro photo of wedding rings
Wedding bouquet
Groom's sister helping him get ready
Groomsmen putting last minute touches on the groom
Bride's parents smiling at each other in back yard
Friends buttoning up the bride's dress
Detail of bride's blue sequin shoe and tattooed ankle as she takes first step down stairs
Guests waiting at an outdoor wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Guests waiting expectantly at La Toundra, Parc Jean-Drapeau
 Ensemble Tryade musicians playing at outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Ensemble Tryade
 Guests chatting at outdoor wedding at La Toundra
Parents of the groom
Family member
Groomsmen taking selfies at wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Let’s take a selfie!
Bride arriving with her dad at outdoors wedding at Parc Jean-Drapeau
 Bride entering with her father at Parc Jean-Drapeau wedding
Greeting the groom at La Toundra wedding
Bride kissing her father
Sister officiating at La Toundra garden wedding
Outdoors wedding ceremony at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Wedding ceremony in Jardin du Canada, a small garden adjoining the Toundra hall
Wedding portrait of bride and groom with long veil at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Outdoors wedding portraits at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Parc Jean-Drapeau bride and groom portrait
Bride and groom kissing framed by lush greenery
Bride and groom's outfits
Bride and groom kissing on a bridge with view of Montreal behind them
Bride and groom on a bridge with Montreal skyline behind them
 bike goes by as wedding couple enjoys the view of Montreal from the bridge
Wedding couple portraits on Pont de la Concorde, with its view of the Montreal skyline
 Wedding guest playing pool at La Toundra wedding venue
Wedding guests pinning up polaroids at La Toundra wedding venue
Instax photobooth display at La Toundra wedding venue
wedding table places at La Toundra wedding venue
DIY wedding decorations and bouquet at La Toundra wedding venue
Tiny houseplants and other homemade decor at La Toundra wedding venue
Homemade wedding table decor
Card holder at La Toundra wedding venue
Wedding guests looking at family photos at La Toundra wedding venue
Guests looking at family wedding photos
 Ensemble Tryade playing live music inside La Toundra wedding venue
Wedding guests toast at La Toundra wedding venue
The scene at sunset at this La Toundra wedding
Wedding dinner at La Toundra venue (the Canada Pavilion) on Ile Notre-Dame
Bridesmaid speech at La Toundra wedding
Groomsman speech at La Toundra wedding
Wedding guests clapping
First dance at La Toundra wedding
 Beautiful first dance under lights at La Toundra wedding
First dance
Guests blowing bubbles at La Toundra wedding
Wedding guests gather outside for a fun photo with sparklers
Bride and groom being lifted in chairs
 Groom dancing at La Toundra wedding
Dancing guests at La Toundra wedding
Older couple dancing at La Toundra wedding
Bridesmaid and her boyfriend dancing at La Toundra wedding
 Sister of the groom dancing at La Toundra wedding
Dancing girls
Blurry long exposure of bride and groom still on the dance floors as others move around them

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