Location, location, location

March 31, 2009

Lately, the theme of my own wedding planning as been LOCATION – as the title of this post is not-so-subtle to suggest! As many of you know, Daniel and I are legally married as per our recent romantic engagement in Vegas, but we are planning a wedding in Mexico – our “real” wedding as we call it – in early spring of 2011. Our search for the perfect venue (which I think we’ve finally found!) got me thinking about all the great places in Montreal that we’d be considering if we had decided to simplify our lives and just get married here!

The following are a few great places right here in our wonderful city. We will be shooting weddings at each of these locations this summer and we are very excited! These venues are different from a traditional reception hall, which means that your wedding really gets a unique look and feel. Thanks for the suggestions, future brides and grooms!

Entrepot Dominion | entrepotsdominion.ca
I’m excited to have this venue on our list as it is one I had never heard of but am thrilled to have discovered. I get the impression from their website that they commonly host corporate or commercial events, but the space is perfect for a modern couple’s wedding. Two of our At First Sight photographers will have the pleasure of shooting a reception here this spring and I have to admit to being quite jealous that I won’t get a chance to check it out for myself!

Time Supper Club | timesupperclub.com
Daniel and I will be shooting a wedding here next July so he took me out for a date there a few weeks ago to scope it out. The staff there told us they don’t often do weddings, although they host events almost weekly. This venue is for those with a higher budget, but the food is fantastic and there’s practically nothing to do decor-wise as it’s already completely amazing-looking! Our July couple will be having their ceremony out back on their terrasse and are having the reception inside for their 200 guests.

Lion d’Or | cabaretliondor.com
This is probably my favorite venue of the summer… and definitely the most original! Lion d’Or is a cabaret club, complete with a moody lighting, a stage and thick velvet curtains. It screams Moulin Rouge (one of my favorite movies) or even Old Hollywood. Lion d’Or’s sister restaurant, Au Petit Extra, caters their events. I’m shooting a ceremony and reception there in August and I can’t wait! I’ll have to suppress the urge to do the can-can, I’m sure!

Bronte Restaurant | bronterestaurant.com
Daniel and I have driven by Bronte countless times and one or both of us always comment on how cool it looks. The restaurant is part of the Meridien Versailles hotel on Sherbrooke and often hosts trendy launch parties or after-parties for other events so they’re all set lighting and decor-wise. Plus, I have to admit, I’ve been drooling over the menu on their website all day…

The Science Center (Perspective 235° and the Passerelle) | centredessciencesdemontreal.com
Daniel has shot a few events here in the past for Flore or Luxe and the space has always looked fabulous. It’s a very open, ultra modern environment that needs a whole team of caterers, florists, lighting specialists and furniture rentals to make an event happen, but this allows you to completely transform the space and make it your own. This might deter some, but with a good wedding planner, the whole process could actually be quite simple! We have two weddings here this summer and I don’t doubt that they will be so different from one another that we’ll hardly be able to tell that the venue is the same. Can’t wait to see what they’ll do with it!

Bonsecours Market | ville.montreal.qc.ca/marchebonsecours
One would never know by visiting the market on an Sunday afternoon, but the Bonsecours Market can make for a fierce event location! It’s similar to the Science Center hall in that it too is a huge open space with which you can do pretty much anything, but it also has the potential to host a more traditional wedding (unlike the very modern Science Center space). It really is all about what furniture you decide to bring in and the decor you select. I’ll be shooting there this summer and I’m anxious to see how the couple will transform the space. Their halls can hold between 100 and 1000 guests – talk about range!


Hope these locations can offer you some inspiration. As I often mention, the best wedding planning advice I could ever give is to make your wedding reflect you; your personalities, your tastes, your relationship even. A lot of that is in the details, but your location will set the stage for your special day, so it too should reflect you.

Since this is a picture-less post, I’ll leave you with a few photos of our top contender, Casa China Blanca in Puerto Vallarta Mexico (photos are from their website: www.casachinablanca.com). It’s an oceanside villa with a private beach… not too shabby!

  • Serge: Nice location indeed! We've stayed near Casa China Blanca 3 years ago. (04.01.2009 05:12pm)
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Our engagement party

posted in Day to Day
March 26, 2009

Saturday was our turn in the spotlight (again!) as we celebrated our engagement with our closest friends and family. I know some of you may be confused, what with our wedding in Vegas already having taken place. We understand, we’re doing things a little differently than the norm! We are engaged as we are still getting married in Mexico in 2 years, but we were already legally married in Vegas (although we have yet to send in our paperwork to the Quebec offices).

Anyway! So we held our party at Cafe Veritas, a place we love and have already mentioned a few times on the blog. They were so amazing to work with and the food was unbelievable! We had so many happy tummies after supper! Elyna arranged for us to have a fabulous looking/tasting cake from Jessica Berard and gorgeous flower arrangements from Alain Simon which guests took home at the end of the night. Our drinks (courtesy of Daniel’s dad) were printed onto a menu we created (see below) and consisted of cocktails which played a roll in our relationship! We set up the photobooth (of course!) but to make things a little different, we bought some fake mustaches which guests had a blast with! My favorites are the photos of my parents sporting them and my Babi (grandmother in Czech) with a ‘stache!

The highlight of the night for both of us, however, was when Daniel’s mother showed up. She lives in Israel and as a result we don’t get to see her very often… so I surprised Daniel by flying her in for the party. His shock when she showed up was priceless and it was great to have her there for the night!

Below are a few photos of the night, mostly taken by Frances who graciously agreed to be our designated photographer. Our new D700s also made their way around though, so there could be pics by Daniel, Jeremy, or Daniel’s dad Mikhail as well (I took the night off).


  • christine: i love your style and ugh you guys are so cute. (04.01.2009 04:28pm)
  • ri: yayyy alas i am on the blog! (04.03.2009 03:34am)
  • Emilia: Aw! You guys are SO cute! Yes, I have been spending my afternoon looking at all your pictures! Next July can't come soon enough! (06.10.2009 11:56pm)


Megan + John | March 14th 2009

posted in Weddings
March 16, 2009

Meghan & John’s wedding was photographed by Davina Palik and Daniel Kudish

Daniel and I slept in embarrassingly late this morning (or afternoon, I should say!), rebuilding the energy we spent yesterday shooting the wedding of Meghan and John.  This was the first wedding of the year that Daniel and I shot together so we were both very excited! Meghan and John are conservation biologists who live in Mexico – worlds away, it seems, from their Montreal wedding. Luckily they enlisted the help of Elyna (unity-weddings.com) who helped make it all happen. The day went beautifully, without a hitch, as they say (except they did “get hitched”, does that count?). The biggest surprise, to us at least, was the incredible energy that came out of the guests when the Latin band appeared. They could dance us 20-somethings under the table, I’ll tell you that much! – and I mean that with the utmost respect!

Here are a few of our favorites from the day. Enjoy!And you can view their slideshow below

  • JENN: these are GORGEOUS! i cannot WAIT for you to shoot my wedding... these gave me goosebumps! xxoo (03.16.2009 11:12pm)


Our Loft

posted in Day to Day
March 11, 2009

Marie-Eve from LakeJane.com wrote a feature on our loft. Check it out: http://www.lakejane.com/2009/03/at-home-with-davina-and-daniel-part-1.html


Meghan + John

March 11, 2009

You know we’re excited to be taking pictures again when we are posting photos to our blog only a few hours after they are taken!

Daniel and I are shooting the wedding of Meghan and John this coming Saturday and since they’re from out of town, Daniel shot their engagement photos this evening. We thought we’d share a few with you in hopes of getting you just as excited for the wedding season as we are!

  • Frances: I've got this blog on an RSS feed now... loving how immediately I know you've got something new! Beautiful guys! (03.11.2009 06:12am)
  • Alexandre Borges: hey, very nice pictures! i lov the second shot.. Congratulations from a brazilian fan! (03.11.2009 07:34pm)