Well, this is more than a little overdue, but as I’d mentioned before, I’ve spent the last couple months buried under a minor backlog of images to edit. So, without further delays, the late July wedding of Guillaume and Madeleine!
They held their wedding up in the hills of Quebec, a very nice auberge. Although the drive up was a little rough (we felt bad for the folks driving the fancier cars when we saw them; given the length of rutty gravel road we drove up, we were pretty grateful for the truck), the scenery was very beautiful. The chalet had wooden lodges, with wooden interiors and tonnes of lovely decorating details. There was also a resident pooch, although he seemed a little blasé about all the visitors to the lodge.
When we arrived, the bride had not yet left Montreal (it was around a 2 hour drive from there), and the groom and his helpers were scurrying about getting the reception hall ready for the dinner. We jumped in to help, folding napkins and setting the tables. In a moment of calm, The Boy managed to catch the groom, Guillaume (his friend from university), for a quick photo:
After a little more helping, The Boy and I decided to wander around the grounds. It was nice to be in the hills of Quebec (always scenic!) on such a nice summer day. So, wander we did! We went out to where the ceremony was to take place. I was squee-ful at all the wildflowers in mason jars and Madeleine’s choice of colours. Despite being a summer wedding, her flower and clothing colours were very autumnal: warm reds, deep purples. Very pretty. (Although really, if you know the bride, that should come as no surprise. Madeleine is nothing if not very exacting in her sense of aesthetics and things being “right”. The fact that her wedding was such a beautiful balance of rustic without kitsch, and elegant without fussiness just confirms her hand in it.)
I was still squeeing and taking pictures of the wishing well when The Boy started wandering off toward the cliff. Where was he going? He disappeared for a couple minutes and returned with… wild raspberries! People, I could ask for no better demonstration of The Boy’s love than when he poured a healthy handful of the hard-earned mini-berries into my hands. (I love raspberries. Wild ones are even better.) We then proceeded to wend back down the steps (under an arch!) and strip all the wild raspberry bushes of any remaining fruit. No pictures were taken as we were too busy stuffing our faces. Apologies were made to guests later about the lack of raspberries along the path. Somewhat half-hearted apologies.
After the mini-berry-gorging session, we kept going down the little steps (cut into the hill!) and arrived at… a lake! This is Lac Preston, and it actually made me regret a little that we weren’t staying at the chalet for the weekend. It would have been a very nice place to relax and do a little paddling! We found a few more guests at the dock, and one of them offered to take a picture of us in our finery. Seeing as The Boy never seems to want to pose for pictures unless it’s a wedding, I wasn’t about to say no.
After a little more dallying (and some lakeside wine!), we headed back up to the truck where I made sure to stuff some hankies in my purse, and The Boy completed his toilet. I think he looks particularly GQ* in this picture.
* Am I the only one who even knows what that means anymore? I remember in highschool that most of the guys read, or were at least familiar with the magazine, so it was something of a normal expression there. My understanding is that that venerable institution has now fallen somewhat out of fashion and I’m not sure my current friend-circle even know it. Huh. I suppose I need to roll with the times, or something.
Anyway, so after some final gussying up and meeting up with other guests, we headed back to the main chalet, where the frenetic energy was creeping a little bit toward panic. The bridal party eventually arrived, photos were taken, and the ladies were whisked off to their rooms to get dressed. There were a few more delays, which gave The Boy and I time to wander around some more and mellow out on the deck overlooking the lake. I may or may not have taken a ridiculous number of pictures of the artwork in the chalet that appealed to me. Eventually, however, it was time to hustle out and ready ourselves for the ceremony.
Guillaume and Madeleine’s ceremony was beautiful, with an uncle serving as officiant (oh, to be married in Quebec!), some very nice readings, and lots of laughter between the sniffling and the vows. I always like to see a couple having fun at the altar (as it were). Better still, I actually managed a good shot of their kiss!
After that, the ceremony broke up into a fairly casual minglage, with plenty of good food (the cheese!) and chatty people. My favourite picture of the couple is when they’d finished thanking the folks who helped out in the ceremony, and headed into the flock of friends to hug their guests and thank them for coming. When I think of Madeleine and Guillaume, this is pretty much the way I picture them (just, you know, maybe not in such fancy clothes, normally):
After far too much food and a whole lot of photographs, we headed inside for the dinner. Rather than name tags and disposable favours, this couple got creative and used photographs of the guests (usually with one or both of the bride and groom) to mark spots and serve as keepsakes! I thought it was very thoughtful. Also: how cute are the little bears?
The food was fantastic, with some festive MC-ing by friends of ours. Songs were composed (!), little games played, and rowdy speeches (on the groom’s side anyway) — complete with powerpoint presentations! — were given. (The bridesmaids tended towards the mushier end of the speech spectrum.) In all, it was a wonderful, warm reception that lasted well into the night.
But! What would any wedding entry (of mine, anyway) be without a picture of the cake? Or, in this case, cakes!
Love the live flowers and continuation of the earthy + purple colours. Just one more beautiful touch topping off a gorgeous summer wedding.
Guillaume and Madeleine, thank you for inviting us! We wish you lots of fun adventures (most recently in South America on your honeymoon!) and opportunities to keep growing together. Congratulations!