La Toundra wedding, Montreal – Divine radiance of the rainmakers
+ Scenic outdoor ceremony option, next to the Floralies Gardens for those who love nature backdrops
+ Highly distinctive space, multiple levels and can accommodate up to 150+ guests
+ Large windows offering plenty of sunlight, lush greenery despite a short drive from downtown core
x The Gilles Villeneuve circuit is one way that goes around the island, it takes 10+ minutes to drive around in case you miss the entrance (many guests show up late)
x Very limited options for indoor photography in case of bad weather
x Limited parking spaces, guests attending different weddings on Jean-Drapeau sometimes mistakenly park at the Toundra
x Highly popular and the space is used for various events, consider booking up to two years in advance
Getting married at the Toundra requires commitment, advance booking is a must. Although not suitable for large scale weddings, the venue offers unique architecture and accessibility to the Floralies Garden. Allocate sufficient traveling time for your guests, they often show up late for the ceremony after missing the entrance. Bear in mind that options are limited for indoor photography when raining and it requires lots of time getting in and out of the island.
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When they visited the venue, it rained.
When they tried out the caterer, it rained.
When they met their DJ, it rained.
When it was time to pick up the dress and the ring, it rained.
When they had their engagement photos taken by yours truly, it rained again.
I suppose we would have forgiven Sabrina and Domenic for including “Please bring your umbrella” on their wedding invitation card because the pattern became quite obvious. Just a slight problem though, not a single drop of rain was found on their wedding day. Sabrina was simply drenched in sunlight, shining through her gown as this bride looked almost divine.
When I first walked into Domenic’s room, it looked like some kind of laboratory or workshop. Pieces of wood, screwdrivers, soldering iron, brush and a bucket of paint… Apparently he worked day and night to assemble a very special gift, a handcrafted music box with a collection of jewelry, each piece representing a location they once visited. Upon opening this box, Sabrina immediately bursted into tears. I trust that this box will be treasured forever as it encapsulates all the happiness and memories these two have.
Being friends with this couple also means that you will never starve. I don’t have the habit of featuring food in my wedding albums but this feast deserved a special mention. I remember having red wine reduction filet mignon with scallop potatoes, accompanied by roasted parsnips and garlic beans for entrée alone. The moment you think you were done with dinner, a food truck parks at the front entrance to deliver cupcakes. When they kept stacking the macarons by midnight, I just gave up. I turned my camera off and started looking for a takeout box instead. Professionalism no longer applies when faced by the temptation of French pastries.
Tags: Hotel Bonaventure (900 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1E4), La Toundra (1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal, QC H3C 6A1), Montreal wedding photographer.
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