Joel and Annabelle went to high school together and it was such a delight to have her ask us to photograph her big day. After almost 10 years, these two tied the knot at Le Grand Lodge in Mont Tremblant. It was one of those absolutely simple and beautiful days, two families coming together and celebrating big love. I could tell the story of the day, but it comes better from the bride:
“The wedding for us was a chance to really celebrate everything we have accomplished over the last ten years and to recognize all the family & friends that have supported us along the way. We have two kids, a house, a business, and very busy lives — this was a chance to take a moment out of the grind and create a huge memory for our families. It was important to us that all our guests had a lot of fun over the weekend and that “our day” be something memorable for them, too. Love in its many depths and shapes was a big inspiration, decor that would inspire our guests to participate and celebrate (like the confetti and the portrait game), and Spring flowers were the main elements in shaping the day.”
- You can not over plan. I was made fun of for my binder and google docs (I had supplies lists, timelines, photo call lists, etc. etc. ) and this provided a huge sense of calm on the day.
- No matter how planned you are, be very open to change and go with it. Originally we would have had our wedding outside, but the weather wasn’t conducive to comfort for our guests and for us, comfort was more important than the view of the lake! Also, we chose a venue that would be beautiful inside or outside.
- Welcome support and delegate tasks. I had the Dream Team when it came to bridesmaids, they are all individually remarkable and talented and I put my trust in them to help me in many areas of the wedding. I had the *minor* panic attack on the morning of the wedding and they were all there to take over and send me packing.
- If you’re DIY-ing your decor, get it all done about 6-8 weeks before the wedding. There were a lot of late nights sewing circles and strips of fabric but getting it done early was a huge weight lifted early on. Get ready for the insanity to hit about 4 weeks before the wedding.
- Book your honeymoon two days after the wedding to give you time to tie up the loose ends. And definitely book a honeymoon. You’re going to be really tired and excited and it was wonderful to spend a week on a beach processing everything that happened. I can not imagine having to go back to real life right after!
- Finally, spend the money on a good photographer. If you’re spending that much money on a day, having it recorded properly and beautifully is essential. The wedding is such a whirlwind it’s hard to soak in all the details — having someone that you trust to do just this is really important. We also requested that all our guests put their cameras away during the ceremony so that they could be totally present for the event (and that their lovely faces would not be hidden by their phones). It was really nice for me to steal glances of the crowd and see everyone’s eyes filled with tears (and happiness)!
- Take a few minutes to be married without anyone else around — we barely spoke to each other over the weekend we were so busy, but having an hour (doing the couples photos) was a really nice break from the insanity back at the hotel.