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.
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: