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First look city wedding Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Today on the blog we are so incredibly excited to share with you all this amazing multi cultural wedding which took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba and they did a first look as well to top it all off!

As most of you know I (Chantal) am french Canadian and born and bred in Winnipeg! It was an absolute honour and Scott and I had such an amazing time with Pauline, Jean Michel and their family and friends.

Here is a bit of history for you all on how we know them. I met Pauline over 8 years ago now as my mom had an acquaintance who knew someone who was moving to Glasgow for University at the same time Scott and I were moving. My mom had no idea Pauline was actually originally from Glasgow which I found rather awesome. As we both found our feet in Glasgow’s daily life we got to know each other and hung out a few times and kept in touch over the years even when she came back to Winnipeg. It has been fun keeping up with her adventures with her career and her trips to Africa.

Having kept in touch I was so happy when a message popped up in my inbox asking us to photograph their bid day. Chatting about it all before the wedding just added to the excitement on top of it being our first Winnipeg booking. It was such an amazing multi-cultural wedding! Jean-Michel is from Rwanda and Pauline from Glasgow, Scotland.

The traditions and special touches that they put into their day were amazing! From Scottish traditions of gifting the bride with a horseshoe to a Rwandan ceremony in the evening! We also loved the not so traditional first look which they decided to do with The Fort Garry hotel in the background! The ceremony was a bit later in the afternoon so a first look was a great option which meant they would have the time to mingle with their guests without the pressure of having to rush into photographs. Scott and I scouted the exact spot we wanted to use a few days before and it worked out even better then we could have ever imagined.

Following the first look we took the rest of their photo session at Whittier Parc and on the streets of St-Boniface (which is where I did my schooling! so fun!) and by the river side with views of downtown Winnipeg. I felt so inspired and excited about it all due to the other memories I have attached to these places! Not only this but their ceremony took place in the St-Boniface Cathedral which is such an iconic place of interest in the city. It is absolutely beautiful! My parents married there, I was baptised there, graduated from school there and shooting a wedding there was the cherry on top!

As you can see after reading all of the above having this opportunity was an incredible honour and I hope we did it justice! Apart from all of the excitement of it being a Winnipeg wedding first and foremost is about how awesome it was to create memories for such an incredibly special couple. I love seeing two incredible families come together. Pauline and Jean-Michel compliment each other so well being such properly incredible people! They are up there with all the wonderful special people we know and cannot wish them enough happiness, joy and love as the deserve it all!

SIDE NOTE ** The Dancing!!! Epic doesn’t even cover it!!

Thanks again to the both of you! Lots of love

Chantal and Scott x

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Here is a list of awesome suppliers we had the pleasure of meeting and working with.

Venue and event coordinator: Tricia Bachedwich at St.Boniface Golf Club

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Stella’s Bridal)

Accessories: Jon Richard Hair Clip

Piper: Nathan Mitchell

Grooms Suit: Calvin Klein

Florist: Michele Pitre, Norwood Florist

Hair: Danille Mandap @hairbydanille

Make up:  Sarah Booker, Two chick and a bag of make up

Entertainment: Platinum Productions

Videographer: Denis Ankrah at Final Phase Productions

Favours: 3 African Sister coffee beans (Rwanda)

Transport: Tony’s team transport 

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