Springtime in Montreal is not always lush and green. Nonetheless, it is still a beautiful time for a wedding (and a perfect way to usher in the warmer weather after the long, cold and dark winter months). Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tips to help you get the most out of the your spring wedding in Montreal.
Here are a few tips for achieving the best photos for your Spring wedding:
1) Plan for all weather. The bride should have a shawl or light jacket on hand to keep from getting chilled, if the day ends up cooler than expected. Also consider having a second pair of shoes for the outdoor photos. The ground might be wet or muddy, and you don’t want to sink your perfect white heels into the muck.
2) Consider bringing in some colour! The addition of pastels or summer colours for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids dresses, bridesmaids’ bouquets, men’s ties (and even men’s socks) can really enhance the city’s neutral palette in Spring. A pop of colour is always beautiful in wedding photos. Below is a beautiful Spring wedding bouquet by Flower Destinations and I might also mention the gorgeous and unique wedding dress and veil from Creations Vesina.
3) Use the architecture to enhance your photos. In Montreal, the greenery only starts to show up around mid-May. But if you use the urban landscape as your background, the photos will look stylish any time of the year regardless of the weather (this works for winter weddings too).
4) Consider the timing of your ceremony and photography. Make sure that your outdoor photo session isn’t set for too late in the day. Take advantage of the warmest part of the day to be outside (around 14h00). As such it might help to set the ceremony time a little earlier, or consider doing your Bride and Groom photos before the ceremony. You could have the “first look” privately before the ceremony. It’s a special moment, no matter when it happens.
5) Discuss a back-up plan or “rain plan” with your photographer. If it’s too wet or cold outside, you may want to take the family photos indoors. I do encourage all my clients to do their Bride and Groom photos outside – no matter the weather!! When shooting weddings in the rain, I try to do as much as possible in a covered location, this way everyone stays dry but I don’t lose the light and mood of an outdoor photo shoot. I also bring a few big white golf umbrellas to all the weddings I photograph. If you do end up taking photos in the rain, the white umbrellas let in a lot of light and add a great graphic element to the photo. You certainly don’t want to be stuck with a half broken umbrella or, worse, nothing at all. It’s better to be prepared!
Enjoy your wedding day, rain or shine!