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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Montreal, Quebec Wooded Park Elopement Photo Story Award

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Picture at Mont Royal Park Montreal, Quebec of The bride and groom laughing with their guests

Wedding Ceremony Picture at Mont Royal Park | The bride and groom laugh with their guests

The bride and groom laugh with their guests during the groom's vows.

Ashleigh and Faisal were married in a small outdoor ceremony on the mountaintop in Mount Royal Park during the 2020 pandemic. They planned the ceremony to be outdoors and socially distanced, as guests sat on blankets and watched the wedding under the park trees. Their friends helped carry everything in and out of the wedding location on the day-of (to leave no trace on the environment). Faisal is an Environmental Coordinator for Concordia University so he wanted to reduce their impact on the beautiful park. Ashleigh is an elementary school teacher, so she had the idea to bring a few games and activities the children could play on a picnic table.

The ceremony was officiated by Ashleigh's best friend Michelle. It was filled with lots of laughter and smiles especially as the couple shared their own vows with each other. The bride's neighbor and friend, Psegga, sang during the document signing.

The ceremony location was a beautiful sun-dappled glen among the trees and as the announcement was made that they were married, the couple looked around at the tall trees and at their friends and family as if to memorize the scene and the moment.

After the ceremony, guests toasted the couple with prosecco and everyone enjoyed some delicious cannoli. Socially distancing prevailed, mostly, though some family members sneaked in rare and coveted hugs. While their guests enjoyed the cocktail, Ashleigh and Faisal chatted with family members by video, greeting long-distance friends and family who were too far to be present. After chatting and taking photos with a few guests, the bride and groom headed off through the forest for their wedding portraits and a walk in nature as we trekked back down the mountainside.

Montreal, Quebec Elopement Photography showing The best man holding a phone so the groom can see himself in the camera

Mont Royal Park Wedding Photo from the Forest | The groom tying his tie

The groom tying his tie, as his best man holds a phone so he can see himself in the camera.

Mount Royal Park, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Wedding Image of Friends of the couple help to carry all the decor

Mount Royal Park, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Wedding Image | Friends of the wedding couple helped carry all the decor

Friends of the wedding couple helped carry all the decor in and out of the park.

Montreal, Quebec outdoor Wedding Photo showing The brides neighbor and friend singing during the document signing

Mount Royal Park, Montreal, Quebec Wedding Photo | The brides neighbor and friend singing during the document signing

The bride's neighbor and friend, Psegga, singing during the document signing, accompanied by an acoustic guitarist.

Montreal Wedding Photography of guests enjoying a bubbly toast during marriage certificate signing

Mount Royal Park, Montreal, Wedding Photographer | their guests enjoyed a bubbly toast

While their guests enjoyed a bubbly toast, Ashleigh and Faisal chatted with family members by video with a laptop on the edge of a picnic table.

Montreal Wedding Photo showing Children playing cards outdoors at a picnic table

Montreal Wedding Photography | Children play cards at a picnic table

Children play cards at a picnic table near the wedding ceremony.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Outdoor Wedding Photo of The bride, groom, and his mother, chatting by video with family

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Outdoor Wedding Photographers | The bride, groom, and his mother, chatting by video

The bride, groom, and his mother, chatting by video with family members far away.

Montreal, Quebec Outdoor Wedding image of The groom receiving a masked hug from a cousin

Montreal, Quebec Outdoor Wedding Pics | The groom receiving a masked hug

The groom receiving a masked hug from his cousin who traveled from far just to be there for the wedding day.

Montreal, Quebec Couple Wedding Image of the newly married couple sharing a cannoli together

Montreal, Quebec Couple Wedding Image | The wedding couple sharing a cannoli together

The wedding couple sharing a cannoli together as the sun goes down on the wedding day.

Montreal, Quebec Couple Wedding Photo of The couple hiking down the mountainside

Montreal, Quebec Couple Wedding Photography | The wedding couple walking down the mountainside

The wedding couple walking down the mountainside through the woods. The groom grew up next door to the park and knew the forest paths by heart.