A historic Montreal church, Saint-Viateur d’Outremont, was the perfect place for Fojan Ansari and Jonathan Guerrera to kick off their glamorous black tie wedding celebration. Beneath the church’s soaring ceilings 170 guests—many wearing fancy cocktail hats at the bride’s request—gathered to watch Fojan and Jonathan exchange vows.
After a beautiful service, including a choir of boys who enchanted the crowd with their sweet renditions of traditional hymns, the happy couple joined more of their friends and family to celebrate in high style at Windsor Station, a former train station in the downtown core.
For Fojan and Jonathan, finding an ideal venue for their glamorous black tie wedding reception was a challenge. They wanted a centrally located venue that could accommodate their large guest list (340 people in total) and they also wanted to bring in their own caterers. Windsor Station fit their requirements, and they fell in love with the Romanesque Revival building’s unique glass ceiling (guests could look up and see the stars!). However, the vast space was completely empty. Everything from tables and chairs to light fixtures, plates and cutlery had to be brought in for the occasion. Not only that, but Fojan wanted the large room to feel “intimate, warm and cozy.”
Enter wedding planner extraordinaire Maddy K. Fojan explained her design inspiration, with the help of pages torn from Architectural Digest, and Maddy set to work. On the night of the reception, the space was completely transformed into a black-and-white wonderland.
A fabulous party wouldn’t be complete without delicious food, and there were tons of tantalizing delights at Fojan and Jonathan’s glamorous black tie wedding reception. Guests were treated to a raw bar, featuring oysters and caviar, and then sat down to an Italian feast catered by Ristorante Bice. Unfortunately, Fojan was so busy socializing she barely had time for a single bite! Her guests, however, had no problem indulging. Everyone ate so much dessert—decadent warm chocolate bread pudding—that they didn’t have room for cake. “Having a wedding cake, and cutting the first slice with Jonathan was important to me—even if nobody had a slice,” Fojan admits.
Besides an exquisite meal, guests also enjoyed fantastic entertainment. “We had two bands and a DJ who came from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. for the serious partiers,” Fojan laughs. In the wee hours of the morning, the last of the revellers left the dance floor and tucked into the cake! “We had so much fun,” Fojan concludes. “One day just wasn’t enough.”
Fojan Ansari and Jonathan Guerrera, September 24, 2011, Montreal, Quebec.
Photography courtesy of Badger Photography (www.badgerphotography.ca)
Ceremony location: St. Viateur D’Outremont Church
Reception location: The Windsor Station / La Gare Windsor
Wedding planner: Maddy K Weddings
Dress: Paco Guiven (514-933-7244)
Groom’s tux: Ralph Lauren
Bridal party attire: JS Couture
Hair: Farah Anet, the mother of the bride, from Gibson Salon Spa
Makeup: Annie Young Cosmetiques
Music: Freddie James Project, The 1945’s and DJ Yovan
Cake: Luisa Galuppo Cakes
Caterer: Ristorante Beatrice
Favours: Donation to the Miriam Home and Services
Flowers: NDG florist
Stationery: Signature Invitation
Others: Videography courtesy of Ioan Films
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