November Rain Wedding by Sophie Asselin Photography {Laurence + François}

The very talented Sophie shared with us this absolutely stunning wedding she had the privilege to shoot last November. She was kind enough to let us in on some of the day’s events.

“The wedding took place on November 3rd. It was cold and raining. We were supposed to shoot the first look at a lookout near the residence of the groom. However, we opted to take the pictures inside the new residence of the groom, which was freshly painted in white and completely empty. We used a single chair for the photos. The couple was Zen and there was no stress!”

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La très talentueuse Sophie a partagée avec nous ce mariage absolument magnifique, qu’elle a eu le privilège de photographier en novembre dernier. Elle a eu la gentillesse de nous faire connaître les événements de la journée.

“Le mariage a eu lieu le 3 novembre dernier. Il faisait froid et il pleuvait. Nous étions supposé réaliser un first look à un belvédère non loin de la résidence des mariés, mais nous avons opté pour réaliser les photos à l’intérieur de la nouvelle résidence des mariés, qui était frais peint en blanc et complètement vide. Nous avons utiliser un seul fauteuil pour les photos. Les mariés étaient zen et il n’y avait aucun stress !

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Her something blue…

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Quelque chose de bleu…

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Laurence_Francois-02The bride’s dress and hair are a true statement of elegance

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La robe et les cheveux de la mariée sont une véritable déclaration d’élégance

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How great are the bridesmaids style? The black dress, the red lipstick and the feather in the hair. Love it!

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Que pensez vous du style des demoiselles d’honneur? La robe noire, le rouge à lèvres rouge et la plume dans les cheveux. J’adore!

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The first look is by far my favourite part of a wedding. François’ blank canvas apartment just made it that much more precious because there are no distractions to take away from Laurence’s staggering beauty. Although I doubt François could ever take his eyes off of Laurence.

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Le premier regard est probablement la partie que je préfère le plus d’un mariage. La toile vierge de l’appartement de François rend ce moment encore plus précieux, nous voyons que la beauté stupéfiante de Laurence. Bien que je doute François pourra détourner les yeux de Laurence.

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Not even rain could keep Laurence from smiling. You know it’s a happy day no matter what.

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Pas même la pluie pourrait enlever le sourire de Laurence. Vous savez que c’est un jour heureux, peu importe.

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Oh and by the way Laurence and François are expecting a sweet little girl in September!

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Laurence et François attendent une petite fille en septembre!

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Flowers: Gian Rocco (Centerpieces) and Les petites excuses (bouquets and boutonnieres) / Dress: Vera Wang (bride and bridesmaids) / Groom and groomsmen bow-ties – Etsy / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Planning: Sophie Asselin / Coordination and Decoration: Rachel St-Amand (Brigade) / Reception Room: Le Grenier Room (Auberge St-Gabriel) / Church: Sainte Madeleine d’Outremont / Caterer: St. Gabriel / Pastry and Cakes: Cocoa Locale

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Fleurs: Gian Rocco (Centres de table) et Les petites excuses (bouquets et boutonnières) / Robe: Vera Wang (robes des demoiselles d’honneur aussi) / Boucles de tuxedo des garçons d’honneur et flasques: – Etsy / Chaussures: Badgley Mischka / Planification: Sophie Asselin / Coordination et Décoration: Rachel St-Amand (La Brigade) / Salle de réception: Salle Grenier (Auberge St-Gabriel) / Église: Sainte Madeleine d’Outremont / Traiteur : St-Gabriel / Pâtissier et Gâteaux: Cocoa Locale
To see more of this gallery click here / Pour en voir plus cliquer ici
Thank you Sophie! / Merci Sophie!

The Big Day

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last blog posting, but I was so busy with last-minute wedding preps; then, before I knew it, it was my wedding day, and then the honeymoon, and then…well, you get my point!  But, I’m back and I want to give you a little glimpse of our special day while providing a few tips.

Since we were having a rather small wedding (a little over 40 guests), we wanted things to be very intimate and representative of the two of us.  We both studied Literature and work in Education, so we incorporated these details into our wedding decor.  Although we were quite minimalist in our choices (that is, no flower arrangements, no centerpieces, etc), we wanted the few things that were included to be meaningful.

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, I bought a used short story collection that centered around the themes of love and marriage and its pages became our big day’s primary motif.  We carefully selected pages and using Microsoft Word, printed large numbers on each of them for our six tables.  I then cut each page in a specific shape and glued them to black cardstock I bought from Dollarama.  The end result was simple and beautiful!

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We did something similar for our card holder box.  We didn’t opt for the traditional box; instead, we purchased a beautiful birdcage (to tie in with our lovebirds-inspired invitations and wedding cake) from Nic Nac, on Saint-Hubert.  Again, using a page from the book, we printed our initials and “Merci!” on the page; we then cut two slits on either side of the sheet to slip beautiful wintery ribbon, so that we could tie the note to the birdcage.  Once more, this was just a simple way to personalize things, but it made such a difference.

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As for our seating chart, I bought black poster board from the dollar store and wrote each guest’s name under their table number using white chalk; the poster actually looked like a blackboard!  It was awesome!  But, unlike costly decorative wedding blackboards, this was only one dollar!  To make things even more personal and creative, instead of purchasing a traditional guestbook, I bought a large canvas from Michael’s and painted it silver.  Then, I used vintage-finish modpodge to glue book-page cutouts of our initials and wedding date onto the dried canvas.  I was really pleased with the end product: our guests’ personal messages to us written with sharpies on this beautiful canvas!  Plus, unlike a traditional guestbook that gets forgotten in some drawer somewhere, we get the chance to see these awesome wishes everyday since the guestbook is a piece of art that we hang on our wall!  Clearly this required more time and effort, but I think it was entirely worth it!

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Essentially, these were the only decorations we had at the wedding.  I think we were more comfortable doing so knowing that l’Auberge Saint-Gabriel provided decorative candles, which really gave the room a romantic and intimate feel.  Plus, the room itself, dating from the 18th century, was impressive: stone walls, romantic lighting, impressive candelabras, a wood-burning fireplace, beautiful artwork — what more can I girl want?

…well, a bouquet, of course!  As with all the other things for our wedding, we made the bouquet; it was a paper rose bouquet made with book pages  (yes, from the same book I used for the rest of the decor — the best $4 I ever spent!).  Our guests couldn’t get over it! We received such great feedback about how pretty and creative it was; I was even given Martha Stewart points!

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All-in-all, our wedding was fantastic!  We ate a decadent meal, Harlem-shaked (!), snacked on tasty macarons, popcorn, and grilled-cheese sandwiches, and enjoyed our milkshake bar! Our guests had a blast, the music was amazing, and the room looked stunning.   Yet, I can’t say that I made the most of the evening; I was too busy and stressed ensuring that things were running smoothly and thinking about what was coming next (speeches, first dance, cake cutting, Harlem shake, late-night snacks, bouquet toss, etc).  I know that I would’ve had an AMAZING time at my wedding if I would have been a guest instead of the bride.  Most of all, I realised how important having a day-of coordinator (or wedding planner) really is;  he or she would have been the one dealing with all of these details, not me.  I would’ve just focused on enjoying the evening instead of juggling both tasks.

Still, our night was magical, but I know it would have been more so if you would have been there with us, Maxine.  So, for all you soon-to-be-weds out there, remember my advice: this day only happens once, be sure to make the most of it, and if that means paying someone to coordinate things, do so; it’s our only regret.

xox

Aïcha