Life by Selena Photography
Montreal portrait & wedding photographer


The official blog of Montreal portrait and wedding photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle. Explore her signature photojournalistic style and stay up to date on her latest wedding and portrait photography projects here.

51 : Emilie and Patrick

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The energy builds in anticipation as Emilie and Patrick prepare to make their grand reception entrance. It's always in this moment that I quietly move around the room with my camera to visually soak in the atmosphere. The seating arrangement written on antique window panes guides guests to tables with names like Cardinal and Heron. A casual line forms at the bar where guests order pints of local Adirondack beer. Young nieces and nephews play along the edge of the tent, dancing sunlight behind them. The tables are impeccably decorated with lace runners, extravagant floral arrangements, and perfectly mismatched china. Everywhere around me, people are talking and laughing, engaged in authentic conversation, as they wait for the bride and groom's entrance.

It's not every day that I get to photograph a wedding in the heart of the Adirondacks. We followed a trail along Ausable Canyon to the perfect setting for the wedding party photos. In the background a lake, dotted with grey tree stumps, gives way to robust fall foliage in a medley of greens, yellows, and reds, framed by a small mountain range covered in coniferous trees. I was excited to have such a unique backdrop for Emilie and Pat's photos.

The ceremony and reception was held on Patrick's family property at the foot of Whiteface Mountain. Patrick's sister, a fellow photographer with a keen sense of light, had picked the perfect spots for each part of the celebration. Soft sun from the west lights the ceremony and a wooden archway decorated with beautiful florals forms a focal point for the occasion. Just beside the house, guests mingle during cocktail hour, enjoying the abundant plates of cheese, meats, and grapes as the sun sets. And then, with a magic cue, the guests amble over to the reception tent, waiting for Emilie and Patrick to join them.

Vendors List:
Dress - Lillian West
Suit - Harry Suits
Flowers - Trillium Florist
Rings - Darrah Cooper Jewelers
Pre-ceremony Music - Annie and Drew
Band - Big Slyde
Wedding Officiant - Will Kenton
Wedding Planner - Van Bee & Co (Katy VanAnden)
Catering - Lake View Deli
Venue - McAvoy Residence (Wilmington, NY)

This blog post features Emilie and Patrick's Adirondack wedding. Head over here to see photos from Emilie and Patrick's Montreal engagement session.

This Life by Selena Photography blog post about wedding photography was written and photographed by Montreal photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle. Selena often travels for photographic projects and accepts commissions worldwide.

Cet article de blogue sur la photographie de mariage est écrit et photographié par Selena Phillips-Boyle, photographe montréalaise. Selena voyage souvent pour des projets photographiques et elle accepte des contrats dans le monde entier.