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A Whimsical Woodland Wedding in Montreal

A small housewarming party turned into a surprising and intimate proposal when Simon asked Jasmine to marry him, in front of close family and friends at their new home. “At first I thought I was dreaming,” Jasmine admits. “It was such a surreal moment.”

The couple chose to have their summer, boho-chic wedding in the woods and turned an actual Quebecois sugar shack into their own love shack—perfect for an intimate, romantic affair. Upon arrival, the 85 guests were greeted by a horse and carriage that whisked them off to the sugar shack, where the nuptials would take place.

The decor focus was light and airy elements accented with a plethora of natural greenery and pops of dusty rose. The couple’s bohemian dreams came true with assistance from wedding planner Nir Patel and florist Cristina Kisil, who designed a stunning floating floral centrepiece for the event.

“We wanted our wedding to be like a big family dinner because it’s what represents my husband and I the most,” Jasmine shares. “So, we decided to have family-style service, and it was one of the best decisions we made!” The guests mingled and shared unforgettable moments under a canopy of fairy lights.

The reception area boasted rustic wooden tables with white tablecloths, a rose-coloured runner and soft, green blooms for a dreamy, woodsy feel. “We wanted the decor to complement the venue,” Jasmine explains.

Even her dress fit the venue style perfectly and it so matched her personality and style, she can’t wait to wear it again. “I’m definitely going to have an annual wedding dress reunion with some girlfriends,” Jasmine shares. “We’ll all hang at home together and wear wedding dresses, just like the episode of Friends!”

Once in her gown, Jasmine walked down the aisle to the song “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, played by Maria Jimenez. “Walking down the aisle toward my future husband, with the music playing, was an indescribable feeling. This was very special for us,” Jasmine confides. To add extra intimacy to the moment, Simon’s father officiated the ceremony.

The fun-loving couple veered away from tradition when it came to their first dance. “My husband and I knew we didn’t want a typical slow dance, so we choreographed our own!” Jasmine says. They began slow and then surprised guests by performing their own mashup version of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

Jasmine Machate and Simon Lapointe, September 1, 2019, Montreal, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of L’Orangerie Photographie.

Venue: Cabane à Sucre Handfield
Bridal gown: White April from Ivoire Collection
Bridesmaid gowns: Lulus
Bridal shoes: Wishbone from Browns
Groom’s tux and groomsmen attire: Waxman House
Makeup: Sana Mrad
Flowers: Cristina Kisil
Cake: Sweet Savour by Felicia


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