MYLÈNE BER­TRAND & MATHIEU BOUCHER

MYLÈNE BER­TRAND & MATHIEU BOUCHER

Inside Weddings - - Inside - Au­gust 27, 2016 Charlevoix, Que­bec, Canada | Pho­tographed by Mag­no­lia Stu­dio

Au­gust 27, 2016 Charlevoix, Que­bec, Canada Pho­tographed by Mag­no­lia Stu­dio

When Mathieu Boucher heard the sound of high heels en­ter­ing the wine store where he worked as a stu­dent, he had no idea his life would be for­ever changed. “I am al­ways mes­mer­ized by that sound, so I looked to see who it was,” he re­mem­bers of the mo­ment he first laid eyes on Mylène Ber­trand. A few weeks later, she went back to the store to visit her friend – Mathieu’s co­worker – again, but they still did not speak. “That par­tic­u­lar friend was very crit­i­cal about every guy I met, but he told me I should give him a chance,” af­firms Mylène, who at­tempted to lurk on his on­line pro­file but ended up send­ing a friend re­quest by mis­take. “I never re­ally be­lieved that it was ac­ci­den­tal,” smiles Mathieu. “We started a con­ver­sa­tion that has never ended since that day.”

Dur­ing Mylène’s fi­nal year of res­i­dency, the duo took a trip to Toronto to cel­e­brate her birth­day; how­ever, Mathieu had a spe­cial sur­prise in store. Be­fore din­ner one evening, he pre­sented his beloved with a clas­sic gold soli­taire en­gage­ment ring – “just like I had al­ways wanted,” notes Mylène, who hap­pily ac­cepted the pro­posal. Since the bride-to-be had picked her wed­ding plan­ner be­fore she was even en­gaged, co­or­di­nat­ing the nup­tials started right away. “I saw pic­tures on­line of a very beau­ti­ful wed­ding planned by Kim Ahonouk­oun of KA Mariage, and I told Mathieu: ‘If we ever get mar­ried, I want this woman to plan the evening,’” she pro­fesses.

As both the bride and groom re­side in Que­bec, Canada, they wanted the lo­cale of their cel­e­bra­tion to be cen­tral for their fam­i­lies while also pro­vid­ing a des­ti­na­tion-wed­ding feel for the week­end. With their event de­signer al­ready se­lected, choos­ing a venue was made much sim­pler, as she rec­om­mended a nearby prop­erty that fea­tures gor­geous views and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for at­ten­dees. “I think that the en­ergy and hap­pi­ness of our guests were in great part due to our venue,” says Mathieu. “We chose a more re­mote lo­ca­tion, which en­sured that ev­ery­one who chose to come re­ally wanted to be there.”

The late-sum­mer weather was ab­so­lutely per­fect as friends and fam­ily gath­ered at a pic­turesque church for the cer­e­mony. Small ar­range­ments of ivory den­dro­bium or­chids dec­o­rated pews and white cherry blos­soms adorned both sides of the red-car­pet aisle­way. Loved ones watched in awe as the bride glided through the doors wear­ing an ex­quis­ite beaded ball gown with a cap­ti­vat­ing neck­line and cap sleeves from Kle­in­feld Bridal. She car­ried a bou­quet of roses in pale pink ac­cented with vanilla or­chids as she made her way down the aisle to the sounds of a string quar­tet. At last, Mylène joined her brides­maids, who wore ebony cock­tail dresses by Monique Lhuil­lier, and her groom at the al­tar where the cou­ple shared per­son­al­ized vows dur­ing the Catholic service.

Fol­low­ing the heart­felt vow ex­change, guests con­vened at the ho­tel for the ball­room soirée. “We wanted peo­ple to be as com­fort­able and pam­pered as they could be,” muses the bride, so they made sure to of­fer flats for women wear­ing high heels, in-room babysit­ters for small chil­dren, and mid­night snacks such as a pou­tine bar. As at­ten­dees en­tered the space, they were met with beau­ti­ful dé­cor in a color pal­ette se­lected by the groom: black and gold with a touch of white. Once the main hues were cho­sen, the cou­ple set out to de­sign the de­tails of their spe­cial day, which were largely in­spired by the shim­mer­ing heels worn by the bride. Mylène’s footwear not only helped her find her dream dress, but the or­na­men­tal pat­terns of her en­sem­ble were used as in­spi­ra­tion for the ro­man­tic black-and-gold in­vi­ta­tion suite and pa­per goods de­signed by Ceci New York, which then in­flu­enced the el­e­gant de­tails of the re­cep­tion.

Round ta­bles were cov­ered with em­bel­lished linens and tow­er­ing ar­range­ments of ei­ther white den­dro­bium or­chids or cherry blos­soms rest­ing atop glass ves­sels wrapped with lace. Can­dle­hold­ers placed on round mir­rors in the cen­ter of each ta­blescape al­lowed the flick­er­ing can­dle­light to pro­vide a warm am­bi­ence. Each guest’s place set­ting fea­tured an or­nate golden charger plate, which com­ple­mented the gilt flat­ware and ta­ble num­bers in bul­lion-hued frames. A live band ser­e­naded guests with amorous tunes, oldies clas­sics, and bal­lads by croon­ers such as Frank Si­na­tra. “We wanted a ‘big band’ ex­pe­ri­ence,” shares the groom. “It was a real high­light and peo­ple adored them.”

Fol­low­ing the sit-down din­ner service, at­ten­dees sa­vored slices of a five-layer con­fec­tion, which was dec­o­rated with gold el­e­ments, ivory and blush sugar roses and or­chids, and the cou­ple’s cus­tom mono­gram. At 11PM, rev­el­ers were ush­ered to the ter­race to view a mes­mer­iz­ing fire­work show over the Saint Lawrence River, and after, a DJ pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment as the new­ly­weds and their loved ones danced un­til 4AM. “It was a big suc­cess as we had to lit­er­ally drag peo­ple off of the dance floor when the night ended,” laughs the bride. Mathieu con­firms: “We were very grate­ful for ev­ery­thing – es­pe­cially the re­ac­tion of our guests and all the hap­pi­ness that was ev­ery­where.”

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