Over the years I’ve shot a few winter weddings, but Katie & Eric’s wedding near Mont Tremblant in Quebec beats all records for the lowest temperature ever.
While we were taking the couple portraits out in the snow it was -24°c!!!
I had my big winter jacket, boots and gloves. I never even knew I could photograph in thick gloves til this wedding! And my fingers were still cold! Katie, meanwhile, was stood in her gorgeous, sleeveless dress by a completely frozen lake and didn’t complain once. On the contrary she was laughing and joking and just enjoying being there with Eric, about to celebrate finding each other in this big wide world, along with their favourite people.
The morning was spent at a chalet in the woods, getting ready, before heading out into the snow for photos. Then it was on to Le Rustique close to Lac-Superieur for an intimate ceremony (I shouldn’t mention that Katie was over an hour late!), great food & drink and some hilarious speeches.
I actually shot another wedding at Le Rustique just 5 days before this one. It’s a lovely little venue with a truly cosy vibe to it.
The celebration was extra special as it happened to be New Years Eve. That added to the party atmosphere and ensured everyone was on the dancefloor at midnight and beyond. I shot this one alongside the brilliant Sebastien D’Amour before a long and treacherous drive back to Montreal in the early hours.
When I first visited Canada over a decade ago, Mont Tremblant was one of the first places Evelyne took me to. It’s a gorgeous part of Quebec with stunning views. It’s beautiful in summer but really comes to life in winter with the arrival of the skiers and snowboarders. I’ve shot a few more weddings there now and I never get tired of it.