Val-des-Monts: Rachelle + Mat

This wedding is very dear to my heart.

Rachelle and I met 10 years ago, in Senegal. We were roommates while we took part in a one month study-abroad program with the University of Ottawa. Her and Mat were already dating then, and I met him a few months later when we returned to Canada.

I don't think we've ever lived in the same city again after that, or at least, not for very long. Rachelle studied in Quebec City after Ottawa, when I moved to Montreal. Then she worked in Haiti, Mat studied in Alberta then later worked in Haiti as well and then they ended up back in Ottawa years later. In between all that, there's like a gazillion other cities and countries they lived in, but I've lost track! But through all those years, we kept in touch and got together with our other dear friend from Senegal, Kim.

Rachelle and Mat have dedicated their careers to making the world more fair and just. And their wedding was in complete harmony with their values. They held an intimate wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family, served all delicious locally sourced food and threw one heck of a party for their guests. 

First, who doesn't love lawn games?! This was the first time I saw this at a wedding, but what I brilliant way to keep guests entertained during cocktail hour.  When they walked up the aisle together as man and wife, their guests threw wheat instead of rice, grown on Rachelle's parents' farm in Northern Alberta. And you know the shoe-game we see at most weddings? Where the husband and wife sit back to back and have to answer questions about each other? It's always a hit, but they switched things up! Instead of having them answer, the MC (their close friend Mireille who did an *amazing* job throughout the evening) had the guests answer. And instead of shoes, guests were all given two cards, one with Gwen Stefani for Mat, and one with Nick Carter for Rachelle. Suffice it to say we laughed pretty hard. 

And their first look. I loved their first look. Rachelle and Mat were both part of the Parliament Pages program - that's how they met. They couldn't have picked a more perfect location than the Museum of Civilization, with the Parliament in the background, for their first look. The sky was dramatic and both sides of the shore are beautiful, with Parliament on the one side and the Museum on the other. The only thing were the people. There were people everywhere! One day we'll show you the befores and afters, but for now just know that Frédéric is an incredible retoucher that does magic with Photoshop!

Ok enough chatting! Time to enjoy this beautiful wedding.

Mat et Rachelle, merci encore de votre confiance. Vous êtes merveilleux, on vous aime! xox