When I began researching outdoor wedding venues near Montreal after moving to Canada in 2014 I realized that a lot of couples were still getting hitched in those big, fancy ballrooms downtown despite being surrounded by some of the most amazing outdoor spaces I’ve ever seen!
OK, so those wedding venues with the huge chandeliers and purple uplights can be pretty impressive but I felt my photography was far more suited to wedding venues that had a more relaxed vibe and were a part of the Canadian landscape.
If Evelyne and I were getting married again – hey, we may renew our vows some time! – we’d definitely want to invite the people we like most to a place that lies on a lake or has a view of the countryside. So, naturally, as a photographer, I’m far more drawn to wedding venues such as Manoir Hovey or Forest & Stream than the Windsor Ballroom (sorry Windsor peeps!). Then we have the gorgeous Auberge Des Gallant just 15 minutes from home. And places like Entrepôts Dominion with its more urban vibe or the lovely Le Château Taillefer Lafon (don’t judge it by its website!) which is surrounded by vineyards.
Check out Cassandra & Tristan’s outdoor wedding at Auberge Des Gallant.
Oh yeah, I should probably mention that Entrepôts Dominion was recently voted the Best Wedding Venue in Montreal by wedding professionals. Pretty impressive! It has an outdoor courtyard and modern interior that’s well suited for couples looking for something a little quirkier for their big day. Sidenote: I actually really don’t like the phrase “big day”. Sounds pretty naff to me but what are the alternatives?
La Toundra was voted number 2 in that poll and is a fantastic venue inside Parc Jean‑Drapeau. Nice and central for your guests but it doesn’t feel like you’re in the big city. It has trees! I like trees.
Chateau Vaudreuil is another outdoor wedding venue just up the road from us. Right on the water and with tons of great photo ops, this is a place I could shoot in again and again and never feel like I was repeating myself.
I have to mention the amazing Abbaye d’Oka where last year I shot Jeannine & Patrick’s Uh-mazing wedding! I believe the venue is under new ownership now but it is a true hidden gem when it comes to outdoor wedding venues near Montreal. Full of history and surrounded by forests, it’s a gorgeous place to get have a wedding reception.
Being from the UK, I’ve been kinda spoilt when it comes to outdoor wedding venues. Back there we have SO many cool wedding venues with outdoor areas for a ceremony. But we do not have the Canadian landscapes. I can’t think of a single venue in the UK that compares with Manoir Hovey. I’ve never been anywhere in England that has the same vibe as Erablière Charbonneau where I shot Anne & Albert’s wedding. And I there’s no wedding venue quite like The Forest & Stream Club.
This past summer I photographed Kat & Dave’s wedding at Au Chalet en Bois Rond which is closer to Quebec City but totally worth the journey. And I just discovered La Bullerie and would love to shoot a wedding there sometime.
Chateau Ramezay may be right in the heart of the Old Port but it has a gorgeous garden and is just a beautiful spot for a small outdoor wedding. And then you have the surrounding streets of Old Montreal to take photos. Win-win!
When listing my favourite outdoor wedding venues near Montreal I could hardly ignore Coteau Rougemont where couples can use the vineyard and hold their ceremony on the patio overlooking the surrounding valley. Andrea & Marc had their wedding there and it was absolutely perfect. When you have venues like this, why would you want to be stuck in some downtown ballroom?! Each to their own and all that…
There are so many amazing outdoor wedding venues near Montreal, I wonder why anyone would want to get married indoors! And I haven’t even mentioned Sucrerie de la Montagne, Pavilion de la Jamaique, Manoir Rouville Campbell or anywhere in Mont Tremblant yet!
When I moved to Canada I hoped to be shooting amazing weddings with gorgeous backdrops of lakes, mountains, vineyards and forests. Recently that’s been happening more and more. And yeah, I’m still thinking about our vow renewal!
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