High school sweethearts Kathryne and Jean-Philippe (JP to friends and family) began their engagement on a trip to Chicago, where JP surprised Kathryne at Cloud Gate with a proposal.
The two decided to hold their wedding ceremony outdoors on the O’Brien House terrace with a breathtaking view overlooking Meech Lake. “The weather was perfect, everyone we loved was present and the officiant was amazing, making everyone laugh and cry tears of joy,” Kathryne recalls.
Instead of a white gown, the bride chose a beaded nude dress with a gorgeous nature-inspired design for the occasion. Although not sold as a wedding dress, Kathryne added a slip to cover her legs during the ceremony that she later removed for the reception. “I tried a few traditional wedding dresses and nothing felt right, but I loved my final choice!”
To avoid clashing with her patterned dress, the coupled stuck to a palette of black with shades of gold to match the venue’s décor. As for florals, loose greenery and a copper arch for the ceremony was used to create an earthy, rustic vibe. The same foliage was used to tie in the table settings, adorned with simple bud vases.
In another non-traditional twist, Kathryne and JP chose to forego the DJ and band, and enlisted the help of a friend to take requests on Spotify. “He definitely nailed it,” Kathryne says. “I have never seen my grandparents dance like that!”
On top of the gorgeous setting of O’Brien House, a four course menu made with fresh local ingredients and wine pairings greeted guests at dinner. The first course was an heirloom tomato salad with wildflowers; the second course was walleye fillet with mushrooms and green peas; while the third course was grass-fed beef with a sprouted barley and green bean tart. Topping off the night was a simple naked cake, made by one of the bride’s childhood friends, and decorated with fresh florals.
Kathryne LeBlanc and Jean-Philippe Laplante, August 24, 2018, Chelsea, Quebec.
Photography courtesy of Rob Lloyd Wedding & Lifestyle Photography.
Ceremony and reception venue: O’Brien Hotel
Bridal gown: Dress the Population
Bridesmaid gowns: Wilfred by Aritzia
Groom’s tux: Me 4 You
Groomsmen attire: Freeman Formalwear
Officiant: Lynne Langille from Exceptional Ceremonies
Flowers: L’Orangerie Floral Design
Stationery: Tuft & Ferrule
Cake: Maggie Seally
Hair: Richardson Hair Design
Makeup: Lyz Plant