Bride wiping the groom's eyes during wedding ceremony
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Candid wedding photos at Hotel Trois Tilleuls

They wanted candid wedding photos

One of the first things Tiana and Yannick told me when we video-chatted about their wedding plans was that Yannick didn’t like getting his picture taken and that they wanted the cameras out of their faces!

Seems like a funny thing to say to a photographer, but I totally got it! Tiana and Yannick were looking for a wedding photographer that would keep a low profile, take candid photos and let them have fun.

You’d be surprised how many of my clients express the same concern. Whether it’s the discomfort of having to stare down a camera lens, the belief that they’re not photogenic or just the desire to enjoy their wedding day without spending hours posing for a camera– a lot of people are now looking for documentary-style photographers. Wedding couples want a photographer that can be more discreet and will capture the wedding day as it plays out. Which is exactly what I love doing best!

When Tiana and Yannick talked about their wedding, what really stood out was the fun they were going to have and the emotional moments they were expecting with their parents and close friends.

So when their wedding day arrived, while we did end up taking very rapid-fire group portraits and oh-so-brief bride and groom portraits right after the ceremony, the photography for the rest of the day was completely unscripted and moment-driven.

Hotel Trois Tilleuls wedding

The wedding was held at the Hotel Trois Tilleuls, a gorgeous venue along the Richelieu river, south of Montreal. The wedding ceremony took place inside the simple A-frame wedding chapel on the hotel grounds.

Their wedding style was (according to them and with a wink): “West Hampton, classic, vintage, quasi-hipster”. Whatever it was, I loved it!

A gloriously fun and nerdy wedding

Tiana is a music therapist with a background in voice and theatre and Yannick has a PhD in neuroscience. They managed to incorporate so many quirky references in their wedding, from Game of Thrones to Le Petit Prince to The Princess Bride to Sock Monkey Mascots. My nerdy self ate it up! And what I loved even more than all the fun winks was that they fully committed to soaking up the moments and enjoying the heck out of their wedding.

Groom getting ready at his parents home

Groom holding an index card that reads "Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor..."

Groom putting on his bow tie

Groom adjusting this cuffs

Man tying his shoes with colourful wedding socks

Bride getting ready with friends at Hotel Trois Tilleuls
The bride and friends got ready at the Hotel Trois-Tilleuls, Saint-Marc-sur-le-Richelieu

Friends helping bride do up her dress buttons

Excited bride in her wedding dress

Mother of bride hugging her with emotion

Bride wiping her mom's eyes with handkerchief as they laugh together

Mother sewing bride's wedding sash onto her
A bit of last-minute sewing to secure the bride’s sash
Bridesmaids wishing for sun as she consults her weather app
Invoking the sun gods

Groom and friends waiting for bride to arrive at chapel

A-frame chapel at Hotel Trois-Tilleuls
Chapelle au bord de l’eau, Hotel Trois-Tilleuls

Excited groom waiting for bride to arrive

Bride arriving with parents at wedding ceremony

Inside the modern A-frame chapel on the Hotel Trois Tilleuls grounds
Inside the modern A-frame chapel on the Hotel Trois Tilleuls grounds
A close friend of the couple officiated the wedding ceremony
A close friend of the couple officiated the wedding ceremony, which always gives it a special touch.

Bride smiling at groom during wedding ceremony

Groom smiling at bride during wedding ceremony

Groom excited during wedding ceremony

Bride wiping the groom's eyes during wedding ceremony
Good thing everyone was equipped with handkerchiefs for the tears

Bride putting ring on groom

Just married hug

Bride and groom exiting the wedding chapel at Hotel Trois Tilleuls
Bride and groom exited the chapel to “Everything is Awesome” from the LEGO movie

Black and white wedding portrait on grounds of Hotel Trois Tilleuls

Wedding portrait on grounds of Hotel Trois Tilleuls

Wedding couple sitting on porch steps of chapel at Hotel Trois Tilleuls

Wedding couple touching their foreheads together

Wedding couple laughing together

Emotional grandmother talking to bride

Wedding guests laughing and drinking

An old family tradition involving a pot of jelly beans and type-written wedding couples’ names dating decades back
An old family tradition involving a pot of jelly beans and type-written wedding couples’ names dating decades back

Instant photos of guests pinned to a mini clothesline

Small instant photo of guests with fake moustaches

Maid of honour speech
Maid of honour’s speech
Best man's speech
Best man’s speech

Guests raising glasses for toast

Bride pointing to ring on her finger

Bride's step-father giving a speech
Bride’s step-father giving a speech

Emotional bride smiling through tears

The bride’s step-dad kept this childhood note for years in his wallet.
The bride’s step-dad kept this childhood note for years in his wallet

Wedding guests watching a slideshow

Bride dancing with her step dad

Groom dancing surrounded by women

Groom giving a fist bump to DJ

Bride and groom licking their ice cream spoons

Bride and groom playing the shoe game at wedding reception

Group photo with sparklers and wedding guests

Here’s the bride and groom’s take on the experience:

“We were not big into lots of posed photos, and Esther respected that, quickly understood our style and got lots of candid, fun, honest and beautiful shots, and making the posed photos we did do fun and easy.” – T&Y

Are you planning your wedding?

If you’d like candid wedding photos of real moments, please send me a quick message because I’d love to work with you!

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