Wedding couple chatting at dinner

Wedding at the InterContinental Montreal

Wedding couple smiling at dinner

I was thrilled to work with F and J-C for their wedding at the InterContinental Montreal hotel.

A simple, story-telling approach

When I first met this quiet couple, they mentioned that they didn’t want to do a portrait session on the wedding day at all! Instead, they wanted only a few simple portraits at the church.

This request was pretty unusual since most wedding couples want at least a brief portrait session. This couple was somewhat reserved in personality and preferred having photos that tell the story of the day. The bride and groom didn’t want to be the centre of attention or have to pose for a photoshoot. They wanted their wedding photos to be about their families gathering together.

This approach worked great as I often prefer a more candid, story-telling approach versus formal posed wedding photos. I was able to focus on photographing their special day with a very un-intrusive style. It meshed perfectly with my photojournalistic wedding photography approach.

Wedding ceremony at the Saint-Léon-de-Westmount church

The wedding ceremony was held on a sunny day at the Saint-Léon-de-Westmount church in downtown Montreal. It’s a beautiful, historical church that has been around for over a century. It’s known for its traditional Roman Catholic ceremonies. The church was packed with family and friends from both Canada and France who joined them to celebrate. Since the bride and groom met each other at Catholic youth group, the religious ceremony was important to them. Their own priest officiated the wedding, making it very personal.

Simple portraits at the church

As the bride and groom had requested, we kept the formal portraits short and sweet, with a few group photos with family members on the church steps. Then I took only about 15 minutes in the yard of the church to take some photos of the happy couple, still sporting huge happy smiles after their wedding ceremony.

After these few portraits, we headed over to the InterContinental Montreal hotel for the wedding reception.

Wedding reception at the Hotel InterContinental Montreal

The wedding reception was held in the “S.Bernhardt” hall at the hotel InterContinental Montreal.

I used a few off-camera flashes to provide some extra lighting to the moody reception hall. While it’s a very elegant ballroom, it has dark coloured walls and little light. In this type of context, it’s important to add some extra lighting to make sure the guests faces are well lit. I also wanted to balance my flashes to match the mood of the room and not overpower the ambiance.

I was able to capture some great emotional reactions to the heartfelt speeches shared by moms, aunts, uncles and bridesmaids during the evening.

There were a few fun games to break the ice among the guests, including a fun twist on the Hot Potato game and a lively bouquet toss.

The night was expertly hosted by emcee Alisha Normil and DJ Matt from XO Productions.

Along with the documentary wedding coverage, I took plenty of group photos so the bride and groom would have memories of all their guests.

Take a look at the photojournalistic wedding photos below for the story of this couple’s big day!

If you’re planning a wedding at the InterContinental Montreal, please send me a quick message to see if I’m available.

Groom's mother pinning boutonnière on groom
Groom and mom hugging
Church sign
Bride's godmother watching as bride arrives at wedding
Bride arriving at wedding
Bride reading her vows over in limo before ceremony
Groom looking down church aisle
bride and her mother walking up the church aisle
Bride and her mom walking up to front of church
Groom watching bride arrive
Wide shot of Saint-Leon de Westmount church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom holding hands
Wedding couple praying in religious ceremony
Detail of catholic church carving
Catholic church priest at wedding
Wedding couple listening during ceremony
Bride listening to homily
Wedding vows at Westmount church
Wedding guests during ceremony
Groom putting ring on his wife
Excited bride holding hands with groom
Guests clapping at wedding ceremony
Wedding couple kissing at church
Wedding couple during church ceremony
Wedding couple kissing during catholic ceremony
Wedding guests praying
Guests praying at wedding
Bride and groom at Catholic church ceremony
Mother of bride praying
Groom looking at bride during ceremony
Emotional bride at wedding
Signing the wedding papers
Just married wedding couple walking down the aisle
Just married wedding couple
Wedding couple exiting the church
Groom hugging mom after wedding
Happy guests after ceremony
Mom pinching groom's cheeks after wedding
Happy wedding ceremony exit
Black and white wedding portrait in church yard
Wedding couple sitting on bench in front of church
Wedding couple kissing in church after ceremony
Wedding couple exiting church steps
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Intercontinental Montreal Wedding reception Wedding reception details 02
Intercontinental Montreal Hotel wedding reception decor
Intercontinental Montreal Wedding reception
Hands playing a piano
Guest laughing at wedding reception
Guest smiling at reception
Wedding guests looking at photo album
Wedding guest shaking hands
Wedding guests smiling
Wedding guests greeting the bride and groom
Wedding MC Alishia Normil from XO Productions
Wedding guests cheering
Wedding couple raising glasses in toast
Wedding guests raising glasses in toast at Hotel Intercontinental Montreal
Speech at wedding reception
bride and groom listening to speech
Wedding guests laughing at speech
Mother of groom listening to speech
Groom chatting with relatives at wedding
Wedding games 01
Wedding games 02
Wedding games 03
Wedding guests clinking wine glass at Hotel Intercontinental wedding
Wedding speech at Intercontinental Montreal
Groom hugging godfather
Wedding couple chatting at dinner
Bridesmaids giving speech at Intercontinental wedding 01
Bridesmaids giving speech at Intercontinental wedding 02
Bridesmaids giving speech at Intercontinental wedding 03
Shoe game at Intercontinental Montreal wedding
Shoe game at Intercontinental Montreal wedding 02
Wedding guests dancing 01
Wedding guests dancing 02
Wedding guests dancing 03
Wedding guests dancing 04
Wedding guests dancing 05
Wedding guests dancing 06
Wedding guests dancing 07
Wedding guests dancing 08
Wedding guest dancing 10
Grandparents giving a high five
Guests at the bar at wedding
Wedding guests talking emotionally
Drinking at the wedding reception
Guest leaving a drawing in the guest book
Bride throwing bouquet
Bouquet toss at wedding
Bouquet catch at wedding
Bride and groom dancing at night wedding reception at Intercontinental Montreal

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