manoir grant wedding | jackie & emil

The week before Jackie and Emil's wedding, a cold front blew into Montreal. Freezing rain soaked the city as frost crept over the spring flowers. Jackie braced for the worst, reserving rubber boots for her wedding party and reluctantly laying out a winter jacket.

On the morning of their wedding day, however, the howling winds quieted and the sky was bright blue. During unpredictable Montreal spring weather, this was no small miracle.

Inside, Jackie's parents house was bustling. Relatives and friends were weaving to and fro, side-stepping and running up and down the stairs. Family surrounded her, fussed over her, and--now that the weather had cooperated--ensured everything else was absolutely perfect for the big day.

When Jackie walked down the aisle to meet Emil, they looked at each other with courage and anticipation. As you may recall from their engagement session, they fell in love while working on a cruise ship and that meant navigating though a lot of the red tape and paperwork that international love can necessitate.

But this day, their wedding day, was the long-awaited reward after all the years of working to fit the pieces of their lives together.

Jackie and Emil, thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I loved being part of your day, and feeling so warmly welcomed by everyone you hold dear. I wish you all the happiness in the world together.

Now this is what I call a bouquet:

Jackie's adorable niece stood in as her flower girl.

This next shot by Brian.

The ceremony and reception were held at the historic Manoir Grant in Valleyfield, Quebec. 

Jackie and Emil had a wonderful bunch of warm, lovely people in their wedding party. Natasha, Elly, Robert, Alana, Kondwani and Natasha, thank you so much for your kindness and hilarity. You guys were so much fun to work with and photograph!

After the ceremony, we headed back to the grounds of Manoir Grant for portraits.

Emil , always a romantic, carried Jackie over the threshold of the parking lot to our shooting location and saved her shoes from sinking into the ground. He's a keeper.

Next photo by Brian.

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Then it was time for the reception, where the party began.

Cocktails photo by Brian.

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