Wedding couple after ceremony at Birks Chapel in downtown Montreal

Birks Chapel wedding photographer in downtown Montreal

Emotional wedding photography at Birks Chapel

Sarah and Brendan were married in a touching Catholic ceremony at the Birks Chapel in downtown Montreal. Located on McGill University campus, this tiny chapel is a charming location for a wedding ceremony.

While photographing the wedding, I could see that the bride and groom found great meaning in the religious aspects of the ceremony. They were so sincere in their commitment to each other. They prayed together quietly during the ceremony as emotions ran high.

Wedding couple praying together in church

Wedding ring exchange in front of priest


Earlier in the day, my second shooter Nadia and I joined the couple as they got ready in separate rooms with their family and friends. The wedding couple got ready at the Loews Hotel Vogue in downtown Montreal. I favour a photojournalistic approach to most of the wedding day. I capture candid moments as they unfold. During the preparations, there was some great moments to capture: laughter with friends, Sarah copying out her wedding vows, a bridesmaid using a crochet hook to do up Sarah’s dress, Brendan and his mom practicing the mother-son dance, Sarah’s father seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress, a few tears and then more laughter.

Bridesmaid hanging up wedding dress

Bowtie and boutonniere

Bride laughing with friend in hotel room

Bride's mother putter her necklace on

First look of the wedding couple

Nadia and I followed the bride and groom separately to the steps of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Here, the wedding couple had an emotional first look. Tears flowed as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Then, we photographed them as they walked along Sherbrooke street with their bridal party. We headed to McGill campus for some portraits.

Groomsmen walking together downtown

Bridesmaids walking together in downtown Montreal

Groomsmen taking selfies in front of Montreal museum of fine arts

Bride and her bridesmaids walking in Montreal streets

Bride and bridesmaids arriving for the first look

Bride approching groom for the first look

Bride tapping the groom on the shoulder

First look: Groom turning to see his bride

Couple holding hands

Close up of a couple holding hands

Wedding parade of guests through the city streets

After photographing the wedding ceremony at McGill’s Birks Chapel, I covered the bride and groom as they led a parade of guests waving ribbon wands through the downtown Montreal streets. What a great idea to have the wedding ceremony and reception venues so close to each other. The wedding parade was such a fun sight!

Married couple hand in hand walking back the aisle

Family and friends waving ribbon stick at the married couple

Walking through Mcgill campus

Wedding parade on Montreal's street

Ribbon stick in the air parade in the city by night

Wedding reception at Loews Hotel Vogue

Photographing the wedding night was a blast! There were speeches from the wedding party and parents. DJ Johnny Mix led the crowd into some fun dancing. Sarah and Brendan impressed their guests with a lovely first dance. They also made everyone laugh with their references to Star Trek. After the final bouquet toss to end the night, our photojournalistic coverage ended and we said our goodbyes. It was truly a pleasure to work with this couple to provide documentary photography for their wedding.

Married couple entering wedding reception at Loews Hotel Vogue

Happy groom surrounded by friends

Newlyweds dancing with friends

Priest praying before meal

Guest waving napking in the air

Excited friends

Bride's father giving speech during the reception

Newlyweds first dance

Wedding guests dancing

If you’re planning a Birk’s chapel wedding and are interested in hiring me to be your wedding photographer, please send me a quick message and I’ll get back to you with pricing and more info.

Here are some more favourites from the wedding:

Bride's dad holding hands daughter

Couple posing with bridesmaids and groomsmen downtown Montreal

Couple holding each other

Newlyweds sitting in front of Montreal museum of fine arts

Groomsmen eating snacks before the wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom posing in a phone booth

Newlyweds holding hands in the sun

Couple sharing an intimate moment

Groom waiting for bride at the aisle

Bride and father walking down the aisle

Bride kneeling in front of priest taking communion

Wedding guest dancing

Guest and bride talking during the reception

Wedding couple dancing

Artistic shoot of the newlyweds dancing

Guest having a blast at the reception

Couple dancing at wedding reception

Wedding guest silly dance during the reception

Bride throwing bouquet

Wedding guest catching bouquet

Wedding Ceremony:
Birks Heritage Chapel

Wedding Reception:
Loews Hotel Vogue

Wedding DJ and MC:
Johnny Mix

Big thanks to my second photographer for this wedding, Nadia Zheng from Opustill.

If you’d like to see more photos of this lovely couple, check out Sarah and Brendan’s engagement session at Farine Five Roses.

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