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Vineyard Wedding in Quebec's Eastern Townships at Vignoble l'Orpailleur

Bride and groom under an umbrella kissing in the rain

When planning their wedding, Hannah and Tim were firm on two things: they wanted to get married in the Eastern Townships where Hannah grew up, and they wanted amazing wedding photography but didn't want to spend a fortune.

For the venue, they decided on a vineyard wedding at Vignoble de l’Orpailleur, a gorgeous sweeping vineyard in Dunham, Quebec.

And for their wedding photography, rather than getting our Full Day package with a photographer for the entire day, the couple chose our 1/2 Day Package.

The wedding day came, and it was a miserable, rainy day. Being a fall wedding, this was not unexpected. It was going to make the photography challenging, though.

The day started out with photos of the groom and his entourage at Auberge L'Oeuf in Mystic, Quebec.

Despite the rain, we got lots of photos of Tim and his entourage, and then it was time to go to Hannah's family home in Bedford.

When I drove up to the house, I could not believe my luck.

It was still raining heavily, but the house had a huge wrap around front porch. I would be able to take photos of everyone outside. I'd have to stand in the rain to get the shots, but someone could cover me with an umbrella while I was shooting - which is exactly what we did.

The plan had been to do a First Look session at a historic old mill in Stanbridge East, but with the rain, this was going to be a problem.

Everyone headed over to the location, and luckily, the wonderful people at Espace Old Mill, who own the restaurant and barn beside the old mill, let us use their barn with its enormous overhang for the photos.

We started with the First Look photos. Usually, I have 5-10 second to take a few photos, but the second Hannah stepped into place, Tim whirled around, sprinted over to her and gave her a huge, emotional hug.

After the First Look, it was time for the bridal party photos.

A few days before the wedding, it was obvious it was doing to rain that day. I suggested to Hannah that she buy umbrellas for the shoot. Thanks to Amazon, the umbrellas arrived the next day.

But even with the umbrellas, it was still raining too much, so we stayed under the protective awning of the barn and did the photos there. I loved the umbrellas, though, so we still did some photos with them.

Despite the rain, Hannah and Tim still wanted photos by old mill, so after a few portraits of the bride and groom, we walked across the rainy field and did a few photos there.

Soon, it was time for Hannah and Tim to get married. Everone jumped into their cars, and the convoy headed over to the vineyard.

Hannah and Tim's was a 1/2 day wedding package with one photographer. Hiring the best photographer you can find, but limiting the number of hours of photography is the best way to keep costs down without sacrificing quality.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, contact us today and we would be happy to discuss your options.


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