Last summer, I photographed an elegant wedding in Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. Valerie and Sacha’s daytime wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Manoir Rouville Campbell wedding venue, a hotel along the Richelieu river.
Guests arrived at the beautiful riverside grounds of the Manoir Rouville Campbell, which is spacious and has lots of landscaped floral areas and some beautiful trees. Guests were greeted by the groom and his family, while the bride was hidden away before the ceremony.
I was happy to spot some familiar faces among the wedding party, as I had photographed Sacha’s brother’s wedding at Hotel Trois-Tilleuls. His brother later gave a great toast during the reception.
If you’re planning a wedding at Manoir Rouville-Campbell, please send me a quick message because I’d love to work with you!
Here’s a selection of favourite photos from the day:
Wedding ceremony under a tent
The wedding ceremony was held outdoors under a tent. The ceremony was sweet and simple. The funniest part was when Valerie placed the ring on Sacha’s finger and accidentally put it on the right hand instead of the left. They realized it in the middle of the ceremony and everyone enjoyed a good laugh as he switched it over.
After a brief cocktail hour in the gardens, the guests enjoyed luncheon in a sunny reception hall.
Wedding Reception at Manoir Rouville Campbell
A live string duo gave the wedding reception an elegant touch as they played musical arrangements. The reception highlights included speeches from the wedding party and some family members and even a fun game to get people up and moving. Valerie had prepared a special waltz with her dad for the father-daughter dance. It was very impressive! The bride and groom’s decision to hire live musicians instead of a DJ brought a classic style that blended perfectly with the serene ambiance of the Orangerie hall.
Mont Saint-Hilaire wedding photos at the Gault nature reserve
After the daytime reception ended and they said goodbye to their guests, the bride and groom and I headed to Mont-Saint-Hilaire for their wedding portraits.
One of the benefits of having a brunch or lunch wedding reception is that there’s no awkward gap of time between the ceremony and reception. Your guests won’t have to wait around while you run off and take photos. Instead, you and your guests can enjoy a lovely lunch and then, since lunch receptions usually end a bit earlier, you can head out to take your photos afterwards and still have beautiful light.
Mont Saint-Hilaire was a great choice of location for their wedding photos, since Valerie and Sacha are an outdoorsy, active couple. The Gault Nature Reserve has miles of hiking trails out in nature. A park staff member was kind enough to guide us in his jeep up to Hertel Lake where I took some simple wedding portraits of the couple as they relaxed after their big day. As the sun set, we were able to get some beautiful silhouette photos and some moody, quiet portraits.