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I had the pleasure to be Julia and Simon’s wedding photographer last weekend which took place at Chateau Vaudreil West of Montreal. One of the things I love most about doing what I do is that I get to know a lot about couples on their wedding day that I end up knowing them on a personal level. I wanted to share this couple’s special story with you and it goes like this:

In February 2009, Simon took on a 6-months work contract in Chengdu, China to help train a team of new hires at Ubisoft’s newest studio. It was on March 2, 2009, Julia’s first day in the company, that they both met. During Simon’s remaining time in Chengdu, the pair fell for each other. Simon was hesitant about starting a relationship knowing that he would have to go back to Montreal when his contract ended. In addition, office rules forbade trainer/trainee relationships.

In the year following Simon’s return to Montreal (July 2009), Julia and him wrote to each other regularly, chatted through MSN and Facebook, and eventually started making calls and video chats via Skype. For a few months, they entertained the idea of Simon returning to visit Julia in Chengdu, but it was only on June 25th, 2010 that this idea became a reality.

During this brief visit to Chengdu, Julia & Simon got a glimpse of what it meant to be a real couple. They decided to take on the challenge of a long distance relationship… a VERY long distance relationship.

Every morning and every evening, they would chat for an hour on Skype while one would walk to work in the morning and the other would get ready for bed in the evening.

In October 2010, they planned a trip for Julia to come spend Christmas with Simon’s family in Monrreal. Unfortunately, a month later, they got news that Julia’s Canadian Visa Application was denied. The couple quickly put together another plan that involved Simon flying back to China once again for 3 weeks during the Holidays, however they chose to stop in several destinations this time around, including Shanghai, Sanya, and a final stop in Chengdu.

On December 31, 2010 as Julia and Simon were in their hotel room in downtown Chengdu, getting ready to meet their friends for New Year’s Eve celebrations, Simon got down on one knee and asked Julia to marry him, to which she said yes.

On January 7, 2011 their long distance relationship routine resumed. In February, they began the long and tedious process of filling the immigration forms and putting together all necessary documents. It would take 6 months before getting an answer.

In the meantime, they continued talking daily over Skype on their walk to work. Rain or shine, they never skipped a day. In June 2011, Simon’s father had been planning a trip for the whole family to France. He got the idea of inviting Julia to meet them there. Having already been burnt once by a visa refusal, Julia and Simon were apprehensive, but they gave it a try anyways. To their surprise, it was accepted. On August 16, in Charles de Gaulle airport, Julia met Simon’s family for the first time. For the next 2 weeks, Simon’s family got to know Julia as they all traveled together around France.

In early November 2011, Simon received news concerning Julia’s immigration application. It was accepted. After over a year of long distance relationship, Julia could finally travel to Canada as a Permanent Resident.

On November 24th, Simon greeted Julia at Montreal’s Dorval airport. It was a surreal moment.

On December 23, 2011, a few days shy of their one year engagement anniversary, Simon invited Julia to a Cirque Du Soleil show. On their way out, the air was cold and it began to snow. Simon asked Julia to pull out his hat from his backpack. Instead, she found a gift bag. Simon asked her to take out the bag and look inside. Inside she found a small silver jewelry box. As he had done nearly 1 year ago, Simon got down on one knee and repeated the words “Will you marry me?” A new ring was slipped onto Julia’s finger. The purpose was to recreate the moment in a more spontaneous and magical way than the first proposal in their hotel room in Chengdu.

The following 6 months between January and June 2012 were incredibly busy with the wedding planning, family gatherings, outings with friends, and unbelievable memories as a couple, happy to finally be living together in the same city.

What a romantic story!

The couple celebrated their wedding with their friends and family at Chateau Vaudreil’s beautiful garden overlooking the water on a beautiful sunny day. Julia’s parents could not be their physically. Instead they got to experience the whole thing live via a skype connection over the iphone. Amazing what can be achieved with technology nowadays!:)

I put together a slideshow of my favorite shots from the day here:

Here are some more of my favorite shots from this beautiful wedding:

The bridal party

Home of the groomGettiong readyThe best manThe groom and ushersThe groom with his ushersThe groom and his best menFun pose with the groom and his boysFun pose with the groom and his boysGroom with his ushers on a pool tableThe bride getting ready in the morningThe bride getting readyThe bride getting readyBrideThe bride getting ready at her hotel roomThe bride getting readyThe bride in the morning preparing for the big dayA portrait of the bridePortrait of the bride with her flower bouquetThe bride putting her shoes onThe bride poses with her brideA brideA portrait of the brideBride portraitDetails shot of the alterThe groom and his ushers walkingThe ring barerThe parents of the groomThe groom getting emotionalThe bride at the ceremonyThe bride and groom at their ceremonyThe flower girlthe wedding is filmed via skypeThe groom and bride at their ceremonyThe bride and groom kissingThe bride signes the wedding certificateThe bride and groom walk down the isleThe ring barer and the flower girlThe bride and groom embrasseThe bride and groom kissingDetail shot of the seeiting arrangemtnswedding detais photoportriatsThe bride and groom enter their wedding reception hallcustom Cake topperThe wedding cakeGuests partying at the receptionm hallThe brideThe bride dancingThe groom taking off the gaurderThe tossing of the bouquetA single young woman catches the flower bouquetThe groom tosses the guarderA young man catches the guarderCuttng of the cake

Violinists: Trio Da Capo
Band: Cheers Entertainment
Cake: Sophie Sucrée
Cake topper: 2CloneMe
Decorations: Casa D’Eramo
Videographer: La V Cinema


Once again I teamed up with the creative genius behind Bombance events planning; Audray Blais whose ability to put the right people together is quite uncanny. The team consisted of Virginie Paré for make up and hair styling, Emilie Bibaud of CHIC BIBI who provided head wear and dresses, Kim Tuyen Pho of The le Dress who also provided some of the vintage dresses, and of course the fabulous models: Krystal, Mim Côté & Roody Renelus. We shot on location at different locations around the Old Port including one of Montreal’s best bistros, Vallier Bistro et Comptoir.

Here are the photos from this awesome photo session:

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What an incredible day this was. I can hardly feel my feet at the moment but overall it was really worth it. I will try to go out there again soon and bring you more footage from this festive event. Keep checking for more here or on my facebook page.

Below are some of the best images from yesterday:

As many of you know, this weekend marks one of the most anticipated events of the year in the city of Montreal, namely The Grand Prix. I took to the streets yesterday, albeit a little late in the evening, in an effort to document this event from the point of view of the city and its people. I will be doing so for the next couple of days and I will be posting the photos I capture there. Here are a few of the most interesting people I ran across last night:

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The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is an organization of the best wedding photographers in the world. As a member I try to enter in their quarterly contests and I am happy to announce that I won 1st place in the spring 2012 contest in the “Kids Will Be Kids” category. I am also ecstatic to have placed 13th and 15th place in the “Engagement Portrait” category. It is an honor to be recognized in such a prestigious contest.

Here are the winning images:

 First place in the “Kids will be Kids” CategoryKids jumping with joy at the Crown Plaza reception hall.

13th place in the “engagement portrait” category

The groom dips his bride in a passionate kiss in the street of Montreal

15th place in the “engagement portrait” category

The bride and groom kissing at the old port during their engagement photo session.


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