Wedding portrait in the garden at Auberge des Gallant

Friendly DIY wedding at Auberge des Gallant

I enjoyed photographing this wedding at Auberge des Gallant immensely! Leila and Ben planned a friendly outdoor celebration that kept things simple for their guests and gave them plenty of time to relax on their wedding day.

Auberge des Gallant wedding photos: Keeping it simple with a single location

Every part of the wedding day was held on the grounds of Auberge des Gallant, in the Rigaud area, near Montreal, Quebec.

The Auberge des Gallant hotel is a stylish modern inn with a beautiful landscaped property, including well-tended botanical gardens and a small lake. The staff are very used to hosting weddings and take great care of their guests. The dedicated wedding coordinator who works with each couple is very hands-on and helps everything run smoothly, with a friendly approach.

Leila and Ben chose to do most of their wedding portraits (including a brief couple’s shoot, fun photos with their wedding party and formal family group photos) before the ceremony. This freed up their post-ceremony schedule and let them enjoy cocktail hour with their guests.

Groom and bride holding hands without looking at each other
First look
Wedding couple seeing each other for the first time under a willow tree
Wedding couple high fiving each other

An outdoor wedding near the Auberge des Gallant gazebo

Their wedding ceremony was held in a quiet area near a gazebo and a giant willow tree. A family member officiated the wedding ceremony, tailoring it to Ben and Leila.

Outdoor wedding ceremony in front of gazebo at Auberge des Gallant
Groom giving thumbs up to bride at wedding at Auberge des Gallant
Wedding couple giving high fives to guests as they walk down the aisle

Cocktail hour

After the ceremony everyone headed to the inn’s front lawn, where the bride and groom had set up lawn games (croquet, bean bag toss, and a giant homemade Jenga) and an outdoor bar provided refreshments.

Bean bag toss lawn game at wedding
Bean bag toss gets serious!
Giant jenga game falling over

Indoor wedding reception at Auberge des Gallant

When night fell, the wedding dinner was held inside the modern reception hall (the Pheonix reception hall).

DIY done right

I could tell photographing the wedding decorations would be important to this couple, since all the wedding decorations were homemade and paid homage to their love of both art and science. The bride and groom celebrated their favourite books by stacking them as table centrepieces and opted for tiny potted succulents instead of traditional flowers. The table numbers each showed a pair of wildlife creatures stencilled onto dictionary page. A trivia game during the dinner (a pretty tough one!) challenged the guests to answer both questions about the bride and groom and general trivia knowledge.
Cute nerd love wedding decorations

Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books
Cute nerdy wedding decorations featuring books and succulents
Library book card decor at wedding
DIY wedding decor featuring their favourite books
Wedding decorations with dictionary pages and animal prints

Photographing the wedding party posse

Ben and Leila’s wedding party was made up of siblings and friends. They all had a hand in making the wedding day fun for the bride and groom. They shared hugs and high-fives and gave speeches that made everyone cry, then laugh. They performed a flawless OK GO choreography of A Millions Ways that blew the wedding couple away. Then when the dance floor opened, they got the party started with epic spinning during the hora.

Groom with arms around friends
Bridesmaids giving peace signs behind bride
Formal portrait of wedding party at Auberge des Gallant wedding
Wedding party rocking some vintage-inspired dresses
Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO 02
Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO 03

Hope you enjoy this wedding story in photos!

Groom laughing as bride looks at lipstick print she left on his cheek
Wedding portrait surrounded by greenery at Auberge des Gallant
Wedding portrait of couple walking through the woods
Wedding portrait at Auberge des Gallant
Bridesmaid fixing bride's makeup
Some last minute touch ups…
Groom and his team
Ben’s team doing their best James Bond impressions…
Groom being hugged by his friends
Bride getting ready for photo with friends
Bride and her friends
Matching wooden watches and knot metal bracelets for wedding party
Matching watches and bracelets as gifts to Team LeiBen
Man holding baby flower girl
A tiny, tiny flower girl
Ring bearer in his mom's arms
Wedding programs
Groom waiting with friends at ceremony
Officiant greeting the ring bearer
Emotional bride during wedding vows
Groom listening to vows at outdoor wedding ceremony
First kiss as husband and wife at Auberge des Gallant wedding
Wedding ceremony thumbs up
Bride's father admiring her wedding ring
Team effort: Friends untangle the origami crane backdrop
Team effort: Friends untangle the origami crane backdrop
Two wedding guests playing croquet
During cocktail hour, the guests played lawn games
Giant jenga game
A jumbo jenga game homemade with 2x4s
Lawn croquet during cocktail hour
Man giving high five to kid at wedding
Guests having fun at outdoor cocktail hour at Auberge des Gallant
Guests laughing together during cocktail hour
Sister of groom giving toast
Wedding toasts
Library-theme trivia game
Library book cards used for a trivia game
Family's impromptu song performance
An impromptu song from the family
Family singing a song together
Family singing together at wedding
Hugs from cousins for the bride
Perfect rendition of OK GO - A Million Ways backyard dance
Friends doing a perfect rendition of OK GO’s A Million Ways backyard dance
Bridal party performing A Millions Ways to be Cruel dance by OK GO
Friend lifting groomsman at the end of a special choreography
Maid of honour speech
Wedding guests listening to speech
Wedding guests enjoying the night
Bride and groom listening to speeches
Wedding guests filming speech and laughing
First dance at Auberge des Gallant
Close up of many hands clasped together during hora dance
Groom spinning with his father during the hora
Dancing the hora at Auberge des Gallant wedding
Guests dancing at wedding

If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at Auberge des Gallant, just send me a message.

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