When Wei and Wanting approached us to photograph their Chateau Montebello wedding – 6 weeks from our meeting date – we couldn’t help but think back to almost five years earlier when our friends Blake and Savannah approached us with a similar timeline. If you’ve ever planned or help plan, or have even been invited to a wedding, you know that guests, vendors, venues, need a lot of time to prepare. But not always. With the help of Stacey and Erin from The Design Co., a gorgeous, elegant and completely intimate celebration for their nearest and dearest family and friends was designed. The Fairmont Chateau Montebello is perfectly situated between Ottawa and Montreal – along the Ottawa River, surrounded by tranquil forests. It can feel really intimate and organic, despite the venue boasting upscale accommodations.
April weather in this area is a real mixed bag, and generally not a popular month for regional weddings. It’s not uncommon to be absorbing a little warmth one minute, then making a dash for shelter to avoid a late-season windy snow flurry. Though it can make for moody skies and unpredictable moments, it can be a real challenge to keep our camera’s exposure settings consistent (thank you aperture-priority mode).
We were so happy to be able to document this new beginning for Wei and Wanting. Hearing about their journey together was inspiring and heart-warming. Wei shared openly shared his life philosophies, his story of immigrating to Canada, and his love for his new country and its people. He spoke of values, the importance of long friendships, making a home, and (most special) meeting the love of his life. Getting time to share a little conversation with the groom or bride on the day is a rarity, so we really appreciate these moments when they happen (a few candid images below document our conversation).
Together with Stacey and Erin from The Design Co., they created a celebration that was full of subtle elegance, beauty, and which represented this lovely couple’s tastes perfectly. We wish these two all the best in love and life!
If you want to see a few more intimate weddings, check out this small Los Angeles celebration, this Hacienda San Rafael wedding in Seville, Spain and this intimate wedding at Rosa Rosae, in Breda di Piave, Italy.