When a chef and a sommelier get married, you know you’re in for a treat. April and Neil’s intimate wedding at Maison 1890 did not disappoint! If you have looked through my website, you might start to understand my true love of restaurant weddings. Maybe it’s because I looooooooooove food and wine. Love. Ask my belly. I always tend to gain about 5 to 10 pounds during the wedding season. No matter how healthy I eat during the week. That one day ruins my goals of moving past my dad body. The food at weddings is just too good not to try. I also don’t have as much time as others to eat, so I tend to stuff my face. I have to try the cake. I have to at least taste the wine that was chosen. I am very professional for all of you wondering how I keep it together. I take small sips, until my shift is over 😉 This all adds to how I shoot the wedding. The perspective I give. My goal is not to be a fly on the wall. But to be like a friend. Almost like one of the guests. That guest who thinks they are the “official photographer”. Uncle Bob with the really nice camera equipment. In this case, it’s uncle Brent. The super good looking short uncle with caramel skin. Anyways, I digress. Back to this gorgeous and touching day. With two of the warmest families I have ever met.
April and Neil started the day off with a cottage ceremony by the lake on their family’s property in Ivry-sur-le-Lac. After one of the most touching ceremonies ever, as I continued to wipe away the tears, we headed to one of their favourite restaurants. Maison 1890.
This was a very emotional day. For reasons you will read about below. I think my caption from an Instagram post last year really touches on exactly how I was feeling. The words flowed out of me when I edited and created the black and white version of this photo, the featured image of this blog post I was balling my eyes out as I wrote.
“He helped wipe away the tears after she met him on the dock. On the hill overlooking the water were 47 of their closest friends and family. Moments before, Neil was letting his own emotions pour out as April walked towards him. April and Neil were supposed to get married a year earlier until everything had to be put on hold. June, Neil’s mom had fallen ill. She had helped plan most of the wedding with April. She had even bought and painted what seemed to be at least a hundred different birdhouses. They were to be placed in the woods along the path that everyone had to take to get to the water. Neil had to say goodbye to his mother not long after the initial wedding was postponed. I swear she was there last week. She was there living through everybody and every little detail of that day. It was a magical day, and I’m sure it’s because she was looking down and making sure it was all good. There were many tears…but even more smiles. Thanks April and Neil for letting me be there.”
Here are the questions and the answers so generously provided by April and Neil:
How did you two meet? We met at work. We worked as a management team together for a few months and then started dating.
Did you know right away that he/she would be the one? No, we started as colleagues, then friends and we spent a lot of our downtime together finding we had similar interests including wine and food. It’s always been a passion.
Do you fart in front of each other? No comment.
Who gets up faster in the morning? Definitely April is an early to bed and early to rise person. Neil works in restaurants and goes to bed very late.
What was your biggest most meaningless fight (ex fighting about something weird like whether the sound you hear outside is a cow or not…this actually happened with me and my gf)
Probably our biggest argument is about who Hope, our Golden Retriever loves more. It’s pretty silly, but obviously it’s Neil. (April did not approve this comment)
How did you choose to have your wedding at Maison 1890 and your cottage? We thought we’d get married near home in Toronto. But, after a search nothing really meant anything to us. We decided that getting married up at the cottage was a good idea, but weren’t sure how to proceed, seeing as no one had ever gotten married there before. We did a tour of all my family’s properties and settled on serenity point. It needed a lot of work, but we could tell if it was cleaned up it would be a spectacular sight. Then we had to decide how where we were going to hold the reception. We kept hearing about an amazing restaurant in Ste Agathe Des Monts which we finally tried and were blown away by the food and service, everything seemed to come perfectly into place. Chef Charon at Maison 1890 developed a four-course menu complete with wine pairings for us ( he even did a vegan version). This was the most important aspect of our event as one of us is a chef and the other is a sommelier.
Why did you choose me? We loved the aesthetic of your photos, the candid nature but also the glamour. It looked like your photos came straight from a magazine but were not staged in any way. That’s what we were looking for.
What was your favourite moment of the day? The moment right after we were married when we made our procession just the two of us into the forest and got to be alone for a moment and celebrate together.
What was your favourite image(s) from the day? There were so many cute and candid moments of our niece and nephew. One in particular where we were having a family photo and our niece was tired and had pretty much had it with the whole event. She photobombed the picture rubbing her eyes while crying. We both love the photos of April and her sisters in front of the lake. And, the many from the reception.
Is there one thing you would recommend future couples getting married? Don’t rush, don’t get caught up in wedding traditions. Some things weren’t as important to us, like a wedding cake or having a DJ, a playlist on an IPad works out great.
Can you write a quick summary of anything important you want to mention about you two..the day…how you feel now..whatever you like. We were lucky that Neil’s mom helped us with the vision of our wedding, she was so excited when we got engaged and once we chose the venue she was instrumental in the theme and overall decor of the wedding. When she passed away suddenly, it was devastating and we postponed our plans for a year. Once we started planning again it was very comforting having her blueprints and it felt like she was there every step of the way. The forest we walked through in the ceremony was covered in hand-painted birdhouses started by Neil’s mom and finished by the rest of both families, we also reserved her a chair for the ceremony. These little touches made it feel like she was there.
I am truly honoured to have shared in April and Neil’s big day, and selfishly thankful they had their wedding at Maison 1890. Some of the best food and wine I have ever tasted in my life, let alone at a wedding. Thinking of having a ‘restaurant wedding’, or just want to look at more pictures of beautiful weddings? Check out the link to Brit & Alan’s Old Port wedding at Jatoba Restaurant in Montreal for some more inspiration. Below are some links you can check out.