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A Crafty Backyard Wedding in Montreal

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Marie-Paule and Alexandre grew up in the same neighbourhood and went to the same elementary school, but nothing romantic developed between them until they reconnected at a friend’s birthday in 2006. That chance encounter was the beginning of something special, and before long they knew they were meant to be. On a five-day trek through the Italian Alps, Alexandre decided to make things official, and asked Marie-Paule to marry him. They celebrated in Italy and Venice before heading home to start planning their crafty backyard wedding. The duo knew instantly that they wanted to host their crafty backyard wedding ceremony in Alexandre’s parents’ yard. “They did a lot of work in the garden,” Marie-Paule laughs. “And it was just perfect for our intimate celebration.”

Marie-Paule Kassis and Alexandre Archambault, June 16, 2012, Montreal, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Kate Fellerath (

Ceremony location: Private residence
Reception location:
Restaurant Graziella
Groom’s tux: Tiger of Sweden
Hair: Salon Orbite
Geneviève Verrette  (514-525-1120)
Music: Bride and groom made their own playlist
Cake: Cocoa Locale (514-271-7162)
Caterer: Restaurant Graziella
Favours: Little brown bags by The Sunshine Status filled with Maine salt water taffy
Flowers: Raymond Thérien (514-272-6395)
Stationery: Véronique Richard, Piccolo Studio
Mini ceremony programs by 3LittleFinches; Circle and heart garlands by The Path Less Traveled; Veil HushedCommotion from Saja

See all of the photos from this crafty backyard wedding in Montreal.

A Vintage Wedding in Edmonton, Alberta

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Passion and personal touches were central to Alise and Nathan’s beautiful yellow and grey vintage wedding day. The couple, who met at a mutual friend’s birthday party, celebrated with 140 friends and family at The Glendale Golf and Country Club—a lush green golf club that was perfect for their vintage wedding day. The celebration was filled with personalized details, ranging from Nathan’s handwritten vows (which he expertly memorized) and the couple’s choice of wedding song (“Sparks” by Coldplay from the soundtrack to one of their favourite movies Wedding Crashers) to Alise’s genuine vintage wedding veil, a gift from her grandmother who had worn it to her own wedding 56 years ago. “After giving the veil a little TLC, it was a perfect match for my dress,” Alise explains. “It was such a special thing to be able to wear it on my wedding day.”

Alise Shellenberg and Nathan Leverette, May 26, 2012, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Erin Walker (

Ceremony location: Heartland Alliance Church
Reception location: 
Glendale Golf and Country Club
Dress: ABC Bridal
Groom’s tux: Derk’s Formals
Bridal party attire: ABC Bridal
Hair: Headquarters Salon & Day Spa
Makeup: Headquarters Salon & Day Spa
Music: David McBean & Eric Bellinger (
Cake: All About Cakes by Karen Chaykowski
Caterer: Glendale Golf and Country Club
Flowers: Lindsay Best
Stationery: DIY (designed by bride)
Bride’s feather hairpiece from Pomp & Plumage

See all of the photos from this classic vintage wedding in Edmonton.


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