Thursday, August 29, 2013

This Modern Love: Bridal Party Shots (Not the Kind You Drink)

With the weather still not letting up, we had to find creative places to continue our photo session, so the bridal party met us in the atrium of the Nelligan.  We squeezed into the back table (that had a GORGEOUS background) and took a few shots--mostly of us all being silly :)

All photos by Sarelle Photos.

Cheering us on as we make out
Cracking up over here--not sure about what but it looks fun!
Our photographers Samara and Chris then said, "Alright guys, we'd love to get some shots outside--just a few minutes, we promise!".  The guys, who were fully dressed were all about it, however us ladies were like "Say whaaaat?!".  It was one thing to take photos on the balcony of our room but to go outside outside??  It was drizzling heavily and cold as shit (46 degrees at the end of May!!).

My main concern was the bottom of my dress and getting it dirty before the ceremony.  But we ladies sucked it up and headed outside anyway (with giant umbrellas provided to us by the hotel).  And boy am I glad we did because some of my favorite shots from the day were taken at this time!

I pretty much carried my skirt the whole time
We had been obsessed with this wall ever since we saw a bridal party the year before posing here for pictures.  We made sure to let Samara and Chris know that we had to take photos in front of it!

The bridal party joined us in front of the wall for a few more shots (including a jump shot because let's face it--no wedding would be complete without one!)

Our pathetic attempt at a jump shot--it was cold and rainy!
Then, it was time for bridesmaids, groomsmen and group shots.

Just being girls!

And the boys being silly!

And then, my favorite series of photos from the day.  Mr. M was attempting to make my huge veil look as if it were wind-blown.  After a few failed attempts that were hilariously documented, he finally got it right!  And it made for one bad-ass shot.

The left picture pretty much sums up why I married this one.
He didn't quite make it out of the shot in time.
He finally gets it right!  And got some good height in the process
And with that, it was finally time to head back inside.

All smiles despite the rain
We took a few more shots on the balconies in the atrium.

Taking it all in before we get married
We were right on schedule in terms of timing, so all headed back up to the penthouse for a few minutes before guests started arriving for the ceremony.

Next up on the Mongoose recaps--we start the ceremony!!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Modern Love: A Guy, A Girl and A (First) Look

As I mentioned, the weather was crap in Montreal the day of the wedding so we had to make a game time decision that morning on where we'd do the first look.  We decided to utilize the room we were staying in--it was one of the Nelligan's penthouses and was not only very spacious but also beautiful with gorgeous views from the windows and the balcony.  We weren't going to let crappy weather rain on our parade (pun intended).

One of our photographers called down to the conference room where Mr. M was getting ready and let him know that he could come upstairs.  In the meantime, they decided to "hide" me in our bedroom so he wouldn't see me when he came in.  When I heard the knock on the front door, my heart started racing and I couldn't stop smiling.  Yes we spent the night together, but this would be the first time we would see each other as bride and groom.

All photos by Sarelle Photos.

Setting up the scene

I took a peek at him through the bedroom door, then slowly made my way out to where he was standing. 

A pretty standard first look, but still fun
We were so happy to see each other, and he kept saying how beautiful I looked and how gorgeous my dress was (he thought the feathers were a very cool touch!)  I let him know how handsome he looked and how impressed I was that he picked out all the tux elements for customization himself (though I do take credit for finding him his Cole Haan shoes!)

Once we were done checking each other out, it was time for our couple portraits.  This was one of my favorite parts of the day--just spending an hour alone with each other (and the photogs of course) and taking some beautiful photos.  Since we had done our e-shoot the previous summer, we felt like naturals in front of the camera and so incredibly comfortable with our photographers.

One of my favorite shots from the day
I like these two pictures because I have no idea what we're doing--the one on the left looks like he's frisking my boobs and I guess I was "fixing" his tie on the right LOL

We had a similar pose from our e-shoot, so it was cool to bring it full circle
Another one of our favorites from the day
We then stepped out onto the balcony for a few more shots.  You can't even really tell it's raining and freezing outside!

And then we proceeded out into the hallway for what I consider our va-va-voom shots.  I just love the use of shadows and light in these.

Then we moved on to the Nelligan's beautiful indoor atrium for some final couple portraits.

Next up--after enjoying our little session together, it was time to add the bridal party into the mix!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This Modern Love: Up Close & Personal

After my ladies dressed me up, it was time to take some individual shots of me in all my bridal glory.  See something familiar on my bouquet??

All photos by Sarelle Photos
The bee charms!!

I consider these as my official shout-out to all of you!  I made sure to let my photographers know the significance of the bee charms and that I definitely needed a few closeups of them.  I received the bee charms before my big day from Mrs. Armadillo and afterwards, I passed them along to Mrs. Panda for her wedding.  I just love this tradition!

After the bees got there spotlight, we took some more bridal shots.
I couldn't resist posting this again!  It was during this time that this was actually taken
My custom dress hanger with the wedding date

Playing with  my 108" veil
This is the infinity bracelet Mr. M had given me as a gift that morning

Mr. M also got his own mini photo shoot after he had gotten dressed.  He ended up getting his tux custom made at a New Haven based tailor called Valentino Tailor's and even got his name printed on the inside of the jacket.
Mr. M is seriously stylin'
He's a natural at posing--who knew!?

After our individual sessions, it was finally time for our first look!

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