Last Friday, wedding season officially started with Fanny and Simon’s beautiful engagement session. We met them at their house, on the shore of the Yamaska river in Saint-Hyacinthe. Fanny and Simon wished to have the photos taken at their house since they’ve been living a long-distance relationship for six years, it has become the place where they see each other again and feel the best. Plus, we met their adorable dog Roxy that joined us for a couple of pictures. Those two are so cute and we can’t wait to photograph their wedding!
Some couples are hard to forget, couples that inspire you by their joy, complicity and love, just like Beckie and Chris. Junophoto had the chance to capture their beautiful wedding last august at the Auberge Saint Gabriel.
The day started in Beckie and Chris’s pretty apartment where Beckie, her mother and some of her dear friends were getting ready in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. Then Chris arrived for the an emotional first look full of tears and laughter. A first look is where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. The great thing about doing a first look, is it allows to the newlyweds to be present at the cocktail and enjoy their guest instead of leaving for the couple’s portrait session. The other advantage is that the moment is more intimate since it’s not in front of all the guests, perfect for brides and grooms that are a little shy.
After the first look we left for the couple’s portrait session and went to the Ritz Carlton. That venue has some meanings for Beckie that used to have her birthday brunch there when she was younger. It was one of her dreams to take pictures in the tea room for her wedding, it’s now done! Then we head to the old Montreal for more pictures to be closer the ceremony venue.
The two lovebirds got married in the Jewish tradition, under a huppa beautifully decorated by Westmoun Florist. As a matter of fact the ceremony and the reception area were decorated with elegance and with a vintage touch. The reception area was breathtaking with the flower garlands falling down from the ceiling. We shot multiple times at the Auberge St Gabriel but I have to admit we were impressed with this enchanting decor.
The reception was a cocktail party paced by the a live band, The Honey Runners. Multiple speeches and especially a lot of dancing were part of this great evening!
We wish the best to Beckie and Chris and something tells me we might see them again soon, maybe for a family shoot, who knows?
The vendors of this wedding
– Ceremony and reception venue: Auberge St Gabriel
– Flowers: Westmount florist
– Day of coordinator: Elyna Kudish from Unity Weddings
Winter weddings are becoming a trend and we like it! This winter, Junophoto had a wonderful time photographing Ariel and Matthew’s wedding at Chateau Frontenac. Ariel and Matthew live in Seattle, but decided on a destination winter wedding in the beautiful city of Quebec.
When a couple chooses to do a destination wedding, the best way to go is to hire a wedding planner. They will know how to properly coordinate the beautiful event and know the best vendors in the area. It’s exactly what Ariel and Matthew did by working with KA mariage
Many friends and family made the trip from Seattle and elsewhere to celebrate the two lovebirds’ wedding. The ceremony took place in the gorgeous chapel located at the Musée de l’Amérique francophone. A chapel that was desecrate in 1992 and is now the host of all types of events. The guests were welcomed with some tasty hot beverages while waiting for the ceremony. Then,the soon to be married, bride and groom made their way down the aisle, hand in hand, to the altar where Matthew’s brother was waiting to officiate their wedding.
Later on, everyone went to the Château Frontenac for the reception located in the ballroom, which was beautifully decorated by Jessie from KA mariage and her crew. The newlyweds even had a first look of the room before the guests could enter, you can see here their reaction. The event went on with elegance and rythm thanks to the band 1945 who made the guests dance their night away!
Reception: Château Frontenac
Planner: Jessie Harvey de KA mariages
Flowers: Elysée Fleurs
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Music: Groupe 1945
It’s been awhile since I wanted to shoot a wedding at the beautiful industrial Darling Foundry. It is now done with this gorgeous industrial chic wedding that Junophoto had the pleasure to photograph this past summer! You can discover the pictures in the MariageChic magazine !
Lieux: La Fonderie Darling
Fleurs: Les Petites Excuses
Robe de mariée: Anne Jean-Michel
Coordonatrice de la journée: Emma Cusson
This weekend we were in beautiful Québec city for an elegant winter wedding at the Château Frontenac, here’s a teaser!
When I met Tram Anh and Blaine for the first time I was immediately charmed by their dynamic. Tram Anh knows want she wants ( I love that!) and always has a smile. Blaine is more reserved however he always knows the right line to make her laugh.
I can never say it enough, shooting an engagement session is essential for the couple and the photographer. On The Big Day the bride and groom are more at ease with their photographer and the soon to be weds’ tastes are better known. As a result the photographer can truely capture spontaneous moments throughout the wedding day.
While discussing the engagement session, Tram Anh told me that she would love to have their engagement session in New York. To our mutual delight I told her it was possible! Two weeks later we met in Central Park for their fall engagement session.
Last April, Junophoto went to Mexico to photograph Jennifer and Patrick’s wedding. Jennifer and Patrick are a very special couple to me since Patrick is my fiancé’s best friend. A couple of months before the couple got engaged Jennifer had seen Junophoto’s portfolio and immediately liked it, asking me to be their wedding photographer when the day comes ( we knew it was in the cards). It was so much fun to photograph the two lovebirds! As a bonus, I was able to photograph my fiancé who was one of the groomsmen
A destination wedding is an adventure, especially when guests come from different places in the world like Quebec, New York, Colorado, Greece, France etc .. For a few days you get to know the people surrounding the couple and all guests have fun together, which gives great energy to the wedding day. And so it’s with laughter and emotions that took place the wedding of Jenn and Pat at the Azul Sensatori in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. I can guaranty you it was one big party and everyone was having so much fun on the dance floor!
One of my favorite part was the day after session. It’s rare that we have the opportunity to have more time with the couple after the wedding and I did not want to miss it! At the end of the afternoon, when the light is soft and has golden tones we walked along the beach for a casual and beautiful day after session.
Junophoto is back from Mexico ( we can’t wait to show you Jen and Patrick’s wedding!) and continues it’s wedding season with Nicole and Mathews’s beautiful engagement session in the old port. We love couples who like to have fun during their session by bringing accessories like this big balloon (who got a lot of attention while we were walking in the streets of old Montreal!) Moreover Nicole is a stylish lady and brought different outfits and shoes ( she loves shoes! as a fellow shoe lover, we’ll get along just fine! )
Nicole et Mathew were so fun and enthusiastic during their session that we are even more looking forward to their wedding, in less than two weeks at the Nelligan Hotel.
Weather is getting warmer and the sun is finally showing up, Junophoto took the opportunity to shoot Christine and Lok’s engagement session in the old port of Montreal. The two lovebirds have been together for 12 years and it shows! They are truly complice and their laughter are contagious. We can’t wait to see them again, very soon, for their wedding early May.
Even though I love snow, winter is (too) long and outdoor sessions become rare. You have to admit that photographing red noses because of the cold isn’t ideal. But winter can be beautiful as you can see with this engagement session. Marie and Martin are getting married this summer and wanted to use some pictures from their engagement session as a save the date to send to their guests. So the session had to be done quickly. We met on the Mont-Royal and we were lucky to get a light snow. Then we went in the Chalet, taking advantage of the warmth to do a summer look. By the way I love their outfits, they look so cute!
Today I would like to share with you a session dear to my heart. Last summer, Estelle happily announced me that her boyfriend and herself were expecting. I knew it had been some time that they wanted to build a familly together so I couldn’t have been happier and excited from this news! A few month later they asked me to photograph their maternity session, it was important to them that it would be me, someone they know well and feel comfortable with. I obviously accepted with pleasure!
Four weeks ago I went to Québec city to photograph their session at the Marais du Nord. A place where they often go for walks. So we took a nice stroll in the forest’s path of the marais, taking pictures as the same time. I really enjoyed photographing people important to me, it alowed us to catch up on our lives and spend quality time together. Two weeks later Estelle announced that baby was coming sooner than expected and March 13th baby Elyna was born!
I am thrilled for them, they make amazing parents! Congratulation to the new parents and I can’t wait to meet Elyna!
Great news from Wedding Bells magazine this week! Junophoto for the second consecutive year, is among the Top 30 most inspiring 2015 photographer of Canada. Such news encourage us to excel everyday! Congratulations on the other 29 photographers in Canada!
Thank you Wedding Bells!
Today I wanted to show you a sweet and colorful wedding. Just like a candy, take the time to savor it! This summer Karine and Benoit got married in the beautiful vineyard l’Orpailleur and it’s in front of the vines that the couple celebrated their union with emotion and laugthers. They prepared with a special attention to every detail, giving the event an ambiance of a funfair: a stand of pink lemonade ( quite tasty!), big colorful lollipops and even a popcorn machine for the party! A treat for the guests, a pleasure for the our photographer’s eyes! Not to mention the beautiful floral design by Dominique Houle, giving touches of colours in the luminous venue at l’Orpailleur.
Karine et Benoit are the kind of couple we love to photograph as they are relaxed, fun and so in love! We spent an great day with them and wish them all the best!
Discover today on the Bridal Musings blog the inspiration kinfolk shoot photographed by Camille in Paris!
Story behind the shoot:
Amanda from Trendy Wedding (french wedding blog) shared with me her project of an inspiration shoot with a bohemian and folk style.
We wanted to create something different combining a rustic feel with some wood elements and flowers. I love the idea of a bohemian wedding! It’s a theme that can be used for an intimate wedding as well and a big wedding. It mixes new and vintage or homemade elements, bolds as well as pastels colors to creat a beautiful decor at an affordable price.
I met Aurélie almost 4 years ago at tasting evening at Newtown restaurant. I was immediately pleased with her great sens of humor and her contagious smile. I photographed her later on for the campaign of an online sales site. I haden’t seen her since but I wanted to photograph her again, I knew we would have a good time!
This time she was her boyfriend Jean-Philippe. Camille Marciano and I met them at Herman’s restaurant to start the session. I always ask the couples to find a symbolic place where they feel comfortable for their engagement session. It’s at Herman’s that the lovely couple had their first date. After cocktails and oysters, we stayed in the area to continue the session since I really enjoy the mile-end area, we always find interesting places to photograph.
Couples often ask me what outfits they should have ready for the session, here are Aurélie’s tips that I find very suitable for an engagement shoot:
For this photoshoot with Julia I wanted our outfits to reflect our style and what we usually love wearing. So I went with two themes in mind to help me choose two outfits: a daytime date, specifically I imagined a somewhat chic Sunday brunch or a baptism and another for a night out with a dinner at restaurant . We were celebrating our anniversary that evening so we were perfectly dresses for our dinner right after!
Here are my some tips to help you choose your outfit for your engagement shoot:
1. The ultimate pitfall to avoid in my opinion is wanting to match to much the colors of your outfits. Try to avoid too obvious associations like “I put a purple skirt and you wear a purple shirt” you don’t want the color to stick out when you look at the pictures later but your loveTry to incorporate some color in small touches. For example in the first look I included orange stripe on my dress and my shoes and on my honey’s pants. Also don’t try to wear exactly the same colors but rather working with the same tones. As in the first outfit we are wearing bright and light colors while in the second we are wearing darker tones. Avoid having the same piece of clothing of the same color like two white t-shirts for example. In the first outfit I wear a white coat and honey a white shirt. It’s a more subtle way to combine colors.
2. Bet on associating style rather than color and a look that reflects your real life or that would be a allusion to a special moment. Something casual, work style, chic, evening, etc.
3. Be yourself. If you do not wear heels or skirts, you will not feel at ease during the shoot because you’ll feel dressed up. Try to look in your wardrobe rather than buying clothes for the occasion that you might not wear again. An outfit you already worned and loved will inevitably be a winning choice.
4. Again, be yourself . You little cousin that loves makeup and follow tutorials on Youtube does not necessarily mean she will be the best person to realize your makeup and hair for the occasion. I believe that a couple session should remain as “streetstyle” as possible and reflect your every day life at his best. I think the goal for your beauty preparation should as good as when you are invited to a wedding, no more, no less.
5. Aim for the classics … or the trend! If love is never out of fashion, the outfits and hairstyles can be! Your choice here: do you want to frame and decorate your living room or bedroom for the next 20 years without any complex? In this case bet on classic and timeless ensembles, avoid overly flashy prints and colors and original “volumes” (shoulder pads, midi skirt, etc.). Or do you want to create a memory that will reflect the trend at the time, and your children will laugh later? I think it’s fun too!