Groom dipping the bride for a kiss at Espace Canal wedding in Montreal

Espace Canal wedding photographer in Montreal

After 6 years of dating long distance, with lots of travel across Canada and the U.S., Mollie and Johanu finally decided to tie the knot and celebrate their wedding in one of their favourite cities: Montreal.

When they were planning their wedding, the couple were looking for a photographer to help them feel comfortable and to capture the spontaneous moments and all the fun emotions of the day.

Mollie and Johanu had the most amazing day filled with laughter, dancing, tears of joy and tons of fun. It was such a pleasure to be there for their wedding day!

Hope you’ll all enjoy their story!

The Espace Canal wedding venue

Espace Canal is a great alternative wedding venue in Montreal’s Saint-Henri neighbourhood. It’s located in an old industrial brick building called Chateau St-Ambroise, which is filled with a labyrinth of corridors and stairwells. Espace Canal has an outdoor terrace where you can host your cocktail hour, facing the Lachine Canal. The indoor reception area has exposed pipes and ducts for a bit of a warehouse look, but otherwise, the space is a blank slate that each couple can adapt to their wedding.

The wedding venue’s location is ideal for wedding photos, as it’s on the Lachine Canal. There’s a path to stroll along the canal, with pretty locations for portraits with vines and greenery as well as worn brick walls. Another benefit of this wedding venue is that in the event of a rainy wedding day, the inside of the St-Ambroise building is full of interesting nooks and corridors with plenty of spots for creative wedding portraits.

Their first look photos

Mollie and Johanu saw each other before their ceremony for a first look beside the Lachine Canal. They were both a bit giddy and overwhelmed with all of the emotions from their day. It was such a sweet moment to share with these two!

Since they saw each other for the first look right next to the canal, people were strolling by with their dogs and riding by on bikes. It gave their first look photos a fun, relaxed weekend vibe.

Their big bunch of friends

Mollie and Johanu had a huge wedding party with 8 bridesmaids and 8 groomsmen. Everyone travelled from far and wide to attend the wedding! Their friends played such a big role in their day. One of the groomsmen officiating the actual wedding ceremony, while others played acoustic guitar for the first dance. Friends also did readings during the ceremony and gave toasts during the wedding reception. They brought the tears, the laughter and the AWESOME!

A heartfelt memorial at the wedding ceremony

Before walking down the aisle, Mollie released some balloons in honour of her dad, who had passed away. Mollie’s mom and brother were teary-eyed as they hugged and watched the balloons float away into the sky. It was such a touching moment and it made the emotions even stronger as Johanu went to meet her and they walked down the aisle together.

Every detail tweaked to perfection

Mollie and Johanu wanted details that would show off their personalities. They created a lot of the wedding decor and chose a travel theme to highlight their long-distance relationship and their love of adventure. They had a world globe for their guests to sign in place of a traditional guest book. A string of origami flowers made from map pages hung from the ceiling. A large world map hung on the wall over the sweet table and was painted with the quote “Home is wherever I’m with you”.

They also included a few nods to their love of reading. A vintage library card catalog was there to help the guests find their seats. Each table was named after a favourite book that the couple loves and had a copy of the book as part of the centrepiece decorations. As a bookworm, I approved!

There’s no doubt about it: Mollie and Johanu are such a sweet couple together. They couldn’t stop smiling at each other throughout the entire day–from the first look along the canal until they were singing along with all their friends during the dancing at the end of the night. I am beyond happy for this lovely couple and wish them nothing but happiness moving forward!

Special thanks to John Koo for photographing this special day alongside me!

Planning an Espace Canal wedding?

If you have any questions about the Espace Canal wedding venue or would like to see more photos from my time with this awesome couple, just let me know.

If you’re looking for natural and spontaneous photography for your wedding, send me a message to check if I’m available. I’d love to hear more about your wedding plans.

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Bridesmaids and bride getting ready in the bathroom of the hotel
Bridesmaids and balloons in the elevator at the Marriott Springhill Suites, Old Montreal
Bridesmaids and balloons in the elevator at the Marriott Springhill Suites, Old Montreal
Bride hugging family member
Bride holding her flower girls safely in the limo with no seat belts
Groomsmen practicing a song on the guitar
Groom getting ready
Groomsmen hanging out on the balcony with beers before wedding
Bride walks up behind groom
First look at Espace Canal, Chateau St-Ambroise, Montreal
Groom's excited reaction as he sees the bride on the wedding day
Wedding couple holding hands with excited faces
Wedding couple holding hands and walking along Lachine Canal
Along the Lachine Canal
Vertical shot of wedding couple along Lachine Canal bike path
Bride and groom laughing as her veil blows in the wind
Wedding portrait at l’Espace Canal, Chateau Saint-Ambroise
Wedding portraits at L’Espace Canal, Chateau Saint-Ambroise
Wedding couple dipping for a kiss and framed by balusters
Wedding couple climbing fire escape at Chateau Saint-Ambroise
Bride and groom exploring Chateau St-Ambroise for their wedding portraits
Groom sitting on fire escape and kissing bride standing in front of him
Groom waiting for bride to arrive at ceremony
The bride releasing balloons in memory of her father who passed away
As she arrived, Mollie released balloons in memory of her father who passed away
Bride releasing balloons in memory of her dad
Bride's mom and brother emotional as they watch the balloons rise
Groom reaching out his hand to bride as she arrives
Johanu went to join the emotional Mollie and the wedding couple walked up together
Emotional entrance of bride and groom holding hands
Wedding couple walk into the ceremony together
Family and guests emotional at wedding ceremony
Emotional bridesmaids holding hands
Groom putting ring on bride's finger
First kiss as married couple in front of gazebo
Just married wedding couple at Saint-Ambroise venue
Wedding couple hugging after they just got married
Bridesmaids and bride standing in a fountain
Groomsmen portrait in front of brick wall
Bridesmaids portrait with bride
Groomsmen jumping off a wall
Wedding party portrait framed by a fountain
The entire wedding party standing in front of a tall building and cheering
Wedding couple enters the reception while their wedding party holds signs
First dance at Espace Canal
Romantic first dance at Espace Canal wedding venue
First dance at the Espace Canal hall at L’Ambroisie wedding venue
Groomsmen playing a song at the wedding reception
Travel-themed wedding decor with globe for guests to sign
World globe “guestbook” for an international note
Wine bottles for guests to leave messages in for 5 year anniversary and 10 year anniversary
Library-theme wedding place cards so guests can find their seat with a book
A vintage library card catalog held the place cards
Cupcake tower
Book-themed table at wedding
Photo of book: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
Each table was labeled with one of the couple’s favourite books
Origami flower folded from a map
Map with words "Home is wherever I'm with with" written on it
Handmade wedding décor with a travel theme
Grandmother getting candy from a sweet table
Speech by the groom’s mother
Speech by the groom’s mother
Bride and groom listening to speeches
Groomsman speech
Bridesmaid raising her beer bottle
Friends crying as they hug
Friends singing on the dance floor
Groomsman dancing at Espace Canal
Groom and friend doing a shot
Bridesmaids singing on the dance floor

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  1. Love your pictures and your style of wedding photography!
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