Photographed by Gabrielle Desmarchais Photography


As the bride finished getting ready upstairs, the groom waited downstairs, eager to see his future wife. He played a little guitar and looked out the window at the people who were busy finalizing the preparations for the wedding.

The couple wanted to do a “first look” in complete privacy. After having toured the premises, I chose this room which seemed to be the perfect place. The couple wouldn’t be distracted by the guests starting to arrive for the ceremony outside.

The configuration of the room allowed for a good photograph of the arrival of the bride as she descended the stairs and walked towards her future husband without the two being able to see each other. I had told them in advance where to stand and I let them live their moment without interruption.

Cassandra handed a small gift to Adrian who thanked her with a kiss on her hand. It was a moment full of love and tenderness. A few seconds later, Adrian got up from his chair and turned to his lover. With tears in his eyes, moved to see her so beautiful in her white dress, he kissed her and hugged her tightly.

I directed them separately as to where to position themselves for the “first look”. Then, I let them live their moment in complete privacy without interrupting them. The “first look” is always a moving moment, so I made myself discreet to capture the naturalness and the emotion of the couple.
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Center FramedWideNatural Frames

When taking a photo, I like to think about how to emphasize the subject by placing the important elements in the center and/or in the row of thirds. I also try to frame it so that I tell the story well. If it’s an intimate moment full of emotions, for example, I frame the subjects more closely. If the place matters and supports the story, I frame it larger to show both the subjects and the place in which they are set.


Single Point Focused on Groom’s face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightWindow LightNatural Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/3.5 ISO 1000 WB Auto


Nikon D750


Nikkor 35mm f/1.8


Adobe Lightroom Classic Personal Presets

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Challenges & Solutions


Wedding / Event Venue Canada

Baie D'Urfé

Bd’urfe, Fritz Park, 20477 Lakeshore Dr, Baie-D’Urfe, Quebec H9X 1R3, Canada

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Gabrielle Desmarchais Photography

Photographer Canada Nikon D750 50 mm 1.4
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fixation with the idea of beauty – the way the light from a sunset could turn a field of hay into a fiery spectacle, or a strand of hair into an intricate play on warmth and depth. I’ve forever chased the feeling of contemplation and nostalgia that comes with such beauty. I’ve run from one end of the globe to the other in the hopes of capturing it in some way or another; trying as best I can to hold on to something intrinsically ephemeral and transitory. In my mid-twenties, photography became a natural ally in my quest, allowing me not only to capture a moment, but a feeling. I’ve been on the hunt ever since. After years of travelling and serendipitous encounters, I put down roots in Montreal and focused on turning my passion into a full time career. I wanted to spend my days encapsulating that sense of spontaneous beauty, of authenticity, of everything alining perfectly – if only for a few seconds. And most importantly, I wanted others to share in that joy and lightness of being. That’s why I chose wedding photography, because it gave me a chance to capture the most fragile and important moments in a couple and family’s life all the while producing a body of work that feels real, symbolic and touching. After all, little is more powerful than the feeling of loving and being loved.
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“One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.” – Edward de Bono

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