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Cristina & Chris' Wedding Featured on Mariage Quebec

Maxine Bertrand

We are so excited about this beautiful wedding being featured over on Mariage Québec. I absolutely loved working with Cristina for this destination wedding from the United States to Montreal, QC. Cristina and Chris put their full trust in the AGF team to ensure that her destination wedding which included ensuring that her guests were settled in, finding all her vendors and that her pretty blooms were exactly what she envisioned. Go ahead and have a look

Planning, Design and Execution: A Gorgeous Fête  / Photography: Micheal Beaulieu / Floral Design: A Gorgeous Fête / Catering and Bar Service: Les Demoiselles / Stylists: Charlotte Marie Flannery MUA and Nora O Hairstylist / Venue: Vieux-Port Steakhouse / Ceremony: Château Ramzey / Officiant: Michel Boulanger from Mariages à bras ouverts / Music and Entertainment: Exclusive Events

Katherine & Trey {AGF wedding with GarranTee Photography}

Maxine Bertrand

Been a little while since I last blogged. With the holiday brouhaha, it's been a little tough getting back into the groove of it all. 

With this crazy January weather here in Montreal (warm, cold, snow, rain...you name it, we've had it) I thought this would be a perfect wedding to share with ya'll. It was such a beautiful May day and just so happen to be the last wedding to happen at the Montreal Science Centre due to the upcoming strike. Yikes! Thank goodness, because I honestly have no idea how I was supposed to break the news to my bride and groom who's guests (every single one of the 230 guests!) were all coming from the U.S. that their wedding was canceled. Once more, thank goodness that I didn't because this stunning wedding would not have happened. 

This couple has a fond love affair with Montreal and so it was no doubt that when Trey asked Katie to marry him in our very own city, that they would be getting married where it all happened. 

First looks are one of my absolute favourite moments of all and this one proves why. They could not look more in love at that moment. Her gown... I have no words. Of course, Carmel from Atelier Carmel just nailed this bright and colourful bouquet.

Look at how happy dad looks taking his little girl down the aisle! It had been pouring cats and dogs all day and Katie absolutely wanted to get married on the rooftop terrace of the Science Centre. We had to wipe the chairs over and over and if anyone knows this place, there are a LOT of stairs to have to bring chairs up and down. So when it cleared up, literally 30 minutes before the ceremony and hung in there until way past dinner, I can't begin to tell you had thrilled my team was!

Katie and Trey had very clear instructions on what they wanted in terms of styling of their wedding. They wanted something very urban, industrial feel with lots of greens and wood. We had a lot of work ahead of us as we went from 160 guests to 230 the week right before the wedding. I can't thank the AGF team enough because we nailed it! We had 3 bars... a really cool camper by the Lab on the terrace and 2 other bars to get ensure everyone stayed hydrated (wink!). 

No details were spared. From lots of fun greens to wood platters for guests to use to get their food truck style dinner, from industrial chairs to tons of candles and last but not least, Montreal logos everywhere! Carmel created the most amazing 10 foot hanging plant structure right above the head table and of course, we couldn't go without a welcome sign stained by yours truly and finished with none other than the most talented calligrapher, Joy from Imaginejoy. This wedding was fun and original from beginning to end. 

These two were just an absolute hoot to work with and wish them all the happiness in the world. 

With love, 
Max

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Planning, Design and Execution: A Gorgeous Fête  / Photography: GarrenTee Photography / Floral Design: Atelier Carmel / Calligraphy: Imaginejoy Calligraphy / Catering and Bar Service: Les Demoiselles / Stylists: Janet Persaud MUA and Malina Tang Hairstylist / Bar: Lab / Donuts: Léché Desserts / Venue: Montreal Science Centre / Rentals: Bravo Party and Location Gervais / Lighting: Location Chic / Officiant: Pascale Charbonneau from Mariages à bras ouverts

A Proposal in a Blossoming Orchard { Editorial Shoot with Lisa Renault Photographie}

Maxine Bertrand

Seems like a lifetime ago when Lisa and I got together to discuss a fun idea for a creative shoot. We wanted something a little different than an actual wedding. I recently received a call from a guy wanting to surprise his girlfriend by popping the question during a weekend trip. He wanted some ideas. I wish I could have shown him this shoot but we were still keeping it a big surprise until it appeared on the Wedding Chicks!

Quebec has the most beautiful Orchards and it just to happens that I live close to a beautiful one called Ile Saint-Bernard. I thought this would be the most ideal place. It overlooks a stunning lake that glitters like diamonds on a bright sunny day. Lisa took full advantage of the perfect weather and landscape to capture this adorable moment. 

The concept was the couple was simply going to pick some flowers and enjoy a sweet and romantic picnic. A few light items to enjoy the warmth of a perfect spring day.  

The proposal

I must have brought up the idea of having bread wrapped within paper with an enchanting message written in calligraphy a hundred times to Lisa. Not necessarily for this shoot but perhaps the discussion for other ideas. However, when we came up with the engagement idea, we knew this was the one. We had Joy from Imaginejoy Calligraphy write up a poem on some kraft paper with the concept of the proposal being unveiled when she unwrapped the bread. Joy chose a lovely poem by Pablo Neruda that ended with the big question... "Will you marry me?".

A table for two

What better way to celebrate such a wonderful moment? Sweets and bubbly, of course. The oh so yummy apple pie and donuts were literally whipped up on the fly by my very good friend and owner of Les Demoiselle Vanessa! Believe me when I say they were just as delightful as they look. 

I just had to have some flowers in there so I opted for a more understated rustic look by using a few greens mixed with wax flowers. I think this was a perfect option for an outdoor orchard shoot. 

We truly hope you enjoyed this post and that all you guys and gals out there that had no creative ideas on how to propose to their significant other are now inspired! You can always reach out to Lisa and I to set this up and capture this once in a lifetime moment. 

With love,

Max xo

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Art Direction and Styling: A Gorgeous Fête & Lisa Renault Photographie / Photography: Lisa Renault Photographie / Floral Design: A Gorgeous Fête / Calligraphy: Imaginejoy Calligraphy / Apple Pie & Mini Donuts: Les Demoiselles / Makeup Artist: Anna Lisa Pearl Burman MUA / Models: Cathi & Miko of Montage Models

Danielle & Martin {AGF Wedding with Ella Photography}

Maxine Bertrand

Hello! I'm sharing another beautiful spring wedding today. I feel these are needed with the upcoming cold months. 

This wedding took place at a beautiful winery and orchard called Coteau Rougemont, just a tad outside of Montreal. This venue is absolutely adorable if you are looking for a nice intimate spot.  I would say that the maximum number of guests you can fit (all depending on your seating arrangement) is 100. And I think that's pushing it. The ceremony takes place overlooking the orchard and if you get married just at the right time like Danielle and Martin (May 21, 2016), it will be in full bloom. 

One of the great things about this venue is, they owners have a beautiful stone house right across the road from the site and offer it up as a rental to the bride and groom. 

The ceremony details were absolutely breathtaking. There wasn't much, however, what was there spoke for itself. Danielle's father built a wedding arch especially for his daughter on her wedding day. This goes back to my last blog post about including your parents in your wedding planning process here. It was such a fabulous addition to the crazy view. Geneviève from O.xide Design worked her magic with the floral garland that wrapped the arch. 

As usual, Geneviève's bouquets were a sign for sore eyes. The blush, peach, and whites in contrast to the dark berries was absolutely romantic. Oh and the wedding party! They were a ton of fun! Every one of them was constantly laughing and joking. It could have been just the seven of them and it still would have been a party.

The room was elegantly decorated. Simple and classy with white tablecloths and just a touch of colour coming from the florals and stationary. 

The next set of pictures will completely explain what I meant by breathtaking views. Ok, maybe the fact that they are so darn adorable together helps a bit. 

And well this one to top it off. One word... Love.

All the best to Danielle and Martin!

Coordination and execution: A Gorgeous Fête  / Photography: Ella Photography / Venue: Coteau Rougemont / Flowers: O.xide Design  and A Gorgeous Fête / Catering: Las Olas /  Desserts: Homemade / DJ: DJ Hill / Stationery: Bride / Beauty Stylists: Malina Tang Hairstylist and Janet Persaud MUA