Wedding couple raising glasses in toast
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Hotel Nelligan wedding in Old Montreal

Black and white landscape portrait of wedding couple in Old Montreal

Josyane and Sylvain are from Abitibi, about a 7-hour drive from Montreal. They invited their closest friends and family to make the expedition and join them for their romantic wedding in Old Montreal. I got to know them a bit as they planned for their wedding photos at the Hotel Nelligan. They are a lively, impulsive couple with plenty of laughs shared between them.

Hotel Nelligan wedding venue

The couple chose to host everything at the Hotel Nelligan, making the day go by so much smoother. They got ready in the morning with their friends up in a private room and down in the Verses restaurant on the first floor. There was lots of good chaos during the preparations and little moments to photograph.

Wedding rings close up on box
Bride's shoes on window sill
Bride getting makeup done
Bride and her mom in bathrobes
Maid of honour laughing
Chaos as bride and bridesmaids get ready
bride laughing at baby in Hotel Nelligan
Bride's brother getting collar adjusted
Bride's friend and mom doing up her wedding dress
Happy bride getting wedding dress buttoned up
Bride's dad and brother seeing her in her wedding dress
Groom's daughter fixing his tie
Groom adjusting his suit in front of wine cellar
Groom adjusting his cuff
Ring bearer taking a nap
groom looking out window of hotel Nelligan
Groomsmen clinking their beer glasses at Hotel Nelligan
Groom and family waiting downstairs at Hotel Nelligan for ceremony to start
Groom checking his watch
Bride and father heading downstairs at the Hotel Nelligan

The afternoon wedding ceremony took place in the Salle Royale at Hotel Nelligan. A good friend of the couple officiated the wedding, bringing some inside jokes and personal touches to the event.

Groom and mother entering Hotel Nelligan wedding ceremony
Bride and father entering Hotel Nelligan wedding ceremony
Friend officiating the wedding ceremony
Bride and groom laughing during Hotel Nelligan wedding ceremony
Bride's parents laughing during ceremony
Wedding guests laughing during Hotel Nelligan wedding ceremony
Bride and groom cracking up

Sand ceremony

The couple included the groom’s children with a unity sand ceremony, where each person in this newly formed family poured in a different colour of sand into a clear jar to represent their harmony.

Sand ceremony with step children
Unity ceremony with step children at wedding
Emotional hug with family at Hotel Nelligan wedding ceremony
Mother of groom tearing up at wedding ceremony

There were tears from friends and especially the groom’s mom.

They also had a few good laughs: especially when the bride unfurled her suuuuper long vows!

And more laughs when the groom ran to get a box to stand on for the first kiss, so he could be taller for once!

Groom on one knee before bride's father
Bride's family applauding
Groom's mom laughing
Groom on one knee before bride at wedding ceremony
Groom reading wedding vows
Groom laughing as bride unfurls long vows
Bride holding long parchment with vows
Guests passing along a flask
Guests singing during wedding
Groom standing on apple box to reach bride
Groom standing on box for wedding ceremony kiss
First kiss at wedding ceremony at Hotel Nelligan
Guests clapping at Hotel Nelligan ceremony
Triumphant bride raising bouquet
Wedding couple exiting Hotel Nelligan wedding ceremony

Wedding photos in Old Montreal

After the ceremony, Josyane and Sylvain led the way to the nearby Notre-Dame Basilica for some group photos in the Place-d’Armes square. They were the talk of the tourists!

Wedding guests walking through Old Montreal
Group photo on the front steps of the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal
Wedding photo in front of Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal
Happy bride and wedding guests in front of Notre-Dame Basilica
Tourists taking photos of wedding in Old Montreal
Excited tourists taking photo of bride in Old Montreal
Bride walking on cobblestone street in Old Montreal

We took a few group family formal portraits in the Le Royer Courtyard, then wandered around the neighbouring streets for a few wedding couple portraits in romantic Old Montreal.

Family portrait in Cours Le Royer
Family portrait in Royer courtyard
Wedding party group photo in Le Royer Cours
Wedding portrait in Old montreal
Wedding couple walking in Old Montreal
bride and groom being waved at by passing caleche
Black and white photo of bride and groom in Old Montreal

Cocktail hour on Terrasse Nelligan

As evening fell, the cocktail hour took place on Hotel Nelligan’s splendid rooftop terrace. The bride and groom returned and were greeted with happy cheers. Guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a stunning view of the Old Port.

Bride and groom arriving at Terrasse Nelligan
Cocktail hour at Terrasse Nelligan
Guests enjoying cocktail hour at Terrasse Nelligan
Wedding guests enjoying the view at sunset cocktail hour at Terrasse Nelligan

wedding reception at Hotel Nelligan

By nighttime, we discovered the Salle Royale transformed into a wedding reception decorated and decked out in style for a feast.

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Wedding decor details at Hotel Nelligan wedding 02
Wedding decor details at Hotel Nelligan wedding 03
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Wedding decor details at Hotel Nelligan wedding 06
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Wedding decor details at Hotel Nelligan wedding 09
Wedding decor details at Hotel Nelligan wedding 10
A instant camera to add guests’ photos to the guest book
Kids playing at Hotel Nelligan wedding reception
Kid playing with bubbles at Hotel Nelligan wedding reception

Wedding guests shared funny speeches, toasts, improvised songs and games.

Bride and groom entrance at Hotel Nelligan wedding reception
Wedding guest cheering
Mother groom excited at wedding reception
Wedding guest raising glass
Bridesmaid leading toast
Sparklers being lit
Wedding couple raising glasses in toast
Wedding couple cutting the cake
Bride cutting the cake
Messy cake eating at wedding
balloon challenge at wedding reception
Groom stomping on balloon
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balloon game at wedding 02
balloon game at wedding 03
balloon game at wedding 04
Kid sleeping at wedding dinner
Bride hugging her mother at wedding reception

The real party started when Josyane and Sylvain impressed everyone with an epic choreographed first dance!

First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 01
Guests watching first dance
First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 02
First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 03
First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 04
First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 06
First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 05
First dance at Hotel Nelligan wedding 07
Guests dancing at wedding reception 01
Guests dancing at wedding reception 02
Guests dancing at wedding reception 03
Discarded shoes at wedding
Guests dancing at wedding reception 07
Guests dancing at wedding reception 08
Guests dancing at wedding reception 10
Bride dancing with flower girl
Bouquet toss at wedding
Wedding guest catching bouquet
The wedding officiant caught the bouquet!
Happy wedding guest with bouquet
Blindfolded groom
Wedding guests preparing for garter
Blindfolded groom trying to find his bride
Blindfolded groom recognizes his wife's leg
Groom trying to get garter
Groom twirling garter belt

Creative night photos

During the night, the wedding couple and I snuck outside for a brief creative photoshoot. The bride wanted to do a coffee-run to Starbucks with her new husband (an inside joke for them) and take a few photos along the way.

We headed outside and just across the street was a cute alleyway lit up with string lights. We paused for a few portraits there.

A little ways further, I noticed a huge red cloth draped over construction scaffolding and asked the wedding couple to stand in front of it. You can make anything look interesting in photos with a little light and a creative angle. I added a small flash on the sidewalk behind them to light up the red fabric. It gave us some great geometric-themed silhouette photos.

Then, we hit the Starbucks for their coffee photos. I stayed outside and photographed them through the window, getting some nice city lights reflection in the glass, and giving the shots a bustling urban vibe.

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Creative night photo with bride and groom in Old Montreal 02
Creative night photo with bride and groom in Old Montreal 03
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Creative night photo with bride and groom in Old Montreal 05
Night photo of bride and groom through window of coffee shop

I hope you enjoyed these wedding photos from this fun Hotel Nelligan wedding.

P.S. If you’d like to see the videography team’s story of the day, check out this wedding video by Bojo’s Film.

Getting married in OLD Montreal?

If you’re planning your wedding at Hotel Nelligan, I’d love to work with you. It’s always a pleasure shooting at this amazing venue. Just send me a quick hello to get started!

Updated for 2021: Hotel Nelligan COVID-19 info: Due to governmental shutdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hotel Nelligan has been forced to temporarily shutdown its restaurants and ballroom. You can consult their safety procedures page, for info on how they are adapting to keep clients safe or reach out to them directly to find out more about their wedding policies in the time of COVID.

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