First dance at Chateau Bromont wedding
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A Persian wedding at Chateau Bromont

Meet the wedding couple!

Hamed and Negar are a lovely couple of academics (engineering and economics) who were married at Chateau Bromont surrounded by their families and friends. They live in Montreal and are originally from Iran. They blended their Persian culture with their new Canadian life for their wedding.

Wedding location and photo approach

Everything, from the preparations to the ceremony to the party, happened in one location, the Hotel Chateau Bromont, making this wedding so simple to photograph. I used my typical documentary wedding photography approach, though it was also important to the couple to capture beautiful still life photos of the decor details as well as formal family photos.

Special ceremony elements

The wedding ceremony had some traditional Persian touches, including a Sofreh table with trays bearing symbolic elements like spices, fruits, and hot coals. It also included live harp music by their officiant Claire Mallet and a reading of an Iranian poem by Maman Ozma. There were some special drum performances as well. I loved getting to see all the wedding customs that were new to me.

Chateau Bromont wedding venue

The sun came out in time for a cocktail hour out in the garden, where Hamed and Negar took the time to take photos with all their guests. The Chateau Bromont garden is a lovely landscaped place full of greenery, flowers and a little pond with a footbridge over it.

Wedding reception

The wedding reception was a time to dance and celebrate. There was so much dancing, including a special knife dance that’s done at Persian weddings. The bride’s sisters, aunts and friends steal away the cake knife and delight in teasing them as they dancing away with it until the groom gives them a enough money for their dance to earn the knife back.  The married couple’s first dance was also very special as all the guests lit sparklers to wave around.

Here’s some documentary wedding photos to tell the story of their day:

Lacy wedding dress hanging while bride gets ready in the background

Bride and sister-in-law dancing before wedding

Black and white photo of wedding dress

Groom's parents getting ready

Closeup of wedding rings and shoes

Groom's mother cleaning

wedding bouquet

Bride's dress getting buttoned while groom looks on

Kiss shared between bride and groom during preparations

Bride getting ready

Reflection photo of bride and groom

Documentary wedding photography: Mother of groom taking a selfie

Hugs for friends

Wedding portraits in the garden of Chateau Bromont

Chateau Bromont wedding photos in the garden

edding veil blowing in the wind during bridal portrait

Sofreh table at Persian wedding
Sofreh table at Persian wedding

Sofreh at Persian wedding

Burning coals at Persian wedding
Burning coals

Groom and parents walking down the aisle

Bride and parents arriving at wedding ceremony

Emotional bride arriving with parents

Persian wedding ceremony

Claire Mallet, wedding officiant
Claire Mallet, wedding officiant

Bride and groom at wedding ceremony

Maman Ozma reading a Persian wish
Maman Ozma reading a wish

Bride reading wedding vows

Close up of wedding couple holding hands with wedding rings

Mother throwing petals and coins on bride and groom
Mother throwing petals and coins on bride and groom

Groomsman carrying tray during Persian wedding in Quebec

Groomsmen carrying trays

Drums performance during Persian wedding

Bride dancing during Persian wedding ceremony

Guest clapping during ceremony

Groom and bride feed each other honey to symbolize sweetness of life
Groom and bride feed each other honey to symbolize sweetness of life

Guests congratulating the bride

Happy guests chatting

Wedding cocktail in Chateau Bromont garden
Wedding cocktail in Chateau Bromont garden

Wedding decor on head table

Chateau Bromont wedding centrepiece

White square shaped wedding cake tower

Bubbly bottles

Sofreh table at wedding reception

Wedding table decorations with mirror

Wedding couple entrance at reception

First dance at Chateau Bromont wedding

Iranian dancing at wedding

Guests dancing around bride and groom with hats

bride and groom chatting with guests at table

Auntie crouching to chat with kid

Maid of honour giving a speech at the wedding reception

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 01

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 02

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 03

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 04

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 06

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 07

Dancing at Iranian wedding at Chateau Bromont 08

Hands around a neck during wedding dancing

Bride and groom look on with smiles

Man drumming on a djembe

Guests holding sparklers during first dance
Guests held sparklers during the first dance

First dance at Chateau Bromont wedding

Wedding guest waving a lit sparkler around the bride and groom during their dance

Woman smiling at groom

Bride and groom kissing in a dark room with a Powerpoint projector behind them

Groom skyping with a relative during wedding

Vendors

DJ: DJ Shahriar
Photographer: Esther Gibbons Photography
Video team: Shamim Nakhai and Alexandre Vlad
Officiant (Canadian): Claire Mallet
Officiant (Persian ): Maman Ozma

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