Alaina and Ryan were married on a winter’s day filled with fluffy snowflakes. A ceremony at Loyola Chapel was followed by a wedding reception at Auberge Saint-Gabriel.
Wedding ceremony at Loyola Chapel
Their wedding ceremony took place in Concordia University’s Loyola Chapel, a lovely large room that somehow feels homey. It was an intimate wedding with some good old-fashioned hymn-singing, heart-felt vows and family and friends to witness. And it felt true to both Alaina and Ryan’s personalities.
Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding reception
After the ceremony, everyone headed to the wedding reception at Auberge Saint-Gabriel.
The Auberge Saint-Gabriel is a wedding venue in Old Montreal. This historical inn was built in 1688, so it has a 300 year history. In spite of building’s age, it’s got a very eclectic vibe with very modern interior design touches by renowned designer Bruno Braën. It’s got quirky touches galore, like the giant replica whale spine in the lobby. This wedding venue has things to discover around every corner, including an underground passageway to a speakeasy.
Grenier Hall was decorated with twinkling fairy lights and there was a fire in the fireplace. Located in the attic of the Auberge, the Grenier room has a more rustic atmosphere with its wooden beams and walls. It’s a very warm space that very suited to wedding and can accommodate small to medium weddings with up to 150 guests. Big caveat: its 3rd floor location with no elevator excludes elderly guests or anyone with mobility issues.
The wedding reception was celebrated in the company of friends near and far (yay for Skype!). Alaina and Ryan danced their first dance while their friend played the guitar. Kids made crafts and spun in circles on the dance floor, friends and parents gave speeches with just the right mix of humour and sincere best wishes, and everyone danced to their handpicked playlist. In short, a good time was had by all.
Here are a few favourites images from this wedding at Auberge Saint-Gabriel: