barbara + patrick | montreal wedding at st. raphael golf and country club

Their romance has spanned ten years, and on Saturday afternoon they made a promise to turn that ten years into forever. Barbara and Patrick are an amazing couple. They are kind and generous, and judging by the wonderful group of people that surrounded them on their wedding day, they are loved immensely. 

It's a wedding I certainly won't forget any time soon...more on that later!

How great is this custom B&P stamp?!

Barbara was unsure at first about the idea of seeing Patrick before the ceremony. But the moment she saw him, her nervous energy disappeared and she felt nothing but pure wedding day joy. 

Those smiles... This is why I do this job, friends!

A quick golf cart ride brought us to this gorgeous willow tree. Absolutely perfect for mid-afternoon portraits!

When Patrick and Barbara separated after the first look, I grabbed some photos of their beautiful venue and ceremony spot. How PERFECT is this weather?!

While taking a few photos of their guests mingling before sitting down, I started noticing my watch. The ceremony was planned for 4:30 (and if you know Barbara, you know that means 4:30 SHARP.) But even at 4:45, no one seemed to be ushering guests to their seats...

A few of the groomsmen filled me in. Apparently one of the shuttle busses didn't pick up the guests on time! But no problem, right? We have tons of daylight left so there's no need to rush!

Except that when the bus finally arrived an HOUR later, the skies had turned dark, and the guests were clutching umbrellas in their laps. 

With a gorgeous outdoor ceremony planned, the word "rain" was on everyone's lips, followed closely by, "is there a contingency plan?"

A beautiful (& dry!) entrance by Barbara and her father.

At the very second Barbara was asked to read her vows, it started to rain. A mist at first. And then a pour. Her bridal party didn't even flinch! They sheltered the couple while the guests dashed for cover beneath the cocktail hour tent.

When I saw a tear in Barbara's eye, my heart went out to her. She had planned this truly beautiful ceremony only to have it get washed away by the weather (thanks to something that was completely out of her control). But then I started listening... I heard her saying that she would love and honour Patrick for the rest of her days. I heard her promising her heart to him forever. 

The tear wasn't because of the rain. It was because the rain didn't matter one bit.  

At that point I knew I was witnessing something special. This couple was getting MARRIED right before my eyes, in a straight up downpour, and yet it might just be my favourite first kiss moment of all time.

Shortly after the ceremony ended, the skies cleared enough to get their family and wedding party photos outdoors as we had planned!

Barbara and Patrick chose the BEAUTIFUL St. Raphael Golf Club in Montreal for their venue. It was worth the drive, that's for sure! I love how they transformed this already lovely spot to make it fit their style. After meeting Barbara at our initial consult, I knew she had fabulous taste.

Recognize these engagement photos used in the seating chart?

This sweets table looked wayyyyy too good to eat!

Barbara & Patrick, love you guys!
Hope you enjoy your honeymoon in Maine <3

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