This year we celebrated our 5 year dating anniversary. We love small getaways and try to squeeze them in even if only for a weekend. We decided to brainstorm on ideas separately, which made it even more surprising when both of us picked Montreal. As a Canadian, I’m almost embarrassed to say that I had never been to Montreal.

After settling in to the apartment we rented in Montreal, we quickly realized that there was a huge framed print of the Brooklyn Bridge hanging on the wall, which was so appropriate since that’s where Tom and I went on our first date! This of course means we are meant to be together forever!

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As we were walking around the Mile High neighborhood in Montreal and stopping by in little shops Tom began telling me about a bagel place he had seen a segment about on TV, but could not think of the city, where they made hand-rolled bagels in traditional wood stoves. Literally within a few minutes later we came up on St-Viateur Bagel, Le Maison du Bagel and decided to stop inside, that’s exactly when Tom realized it was the same store he was just telling me about.

The staff was so friendly and even threw Tom, the New Yorker, a challenge that Montreal bagels would win over New York’s every time.  Tom’s not really picking a side yet :)

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Here I am trying to “borrow” wifi to check in to this cool spot and Tom evaluating the bagel.

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One of the places we all agreed on to visit was Micro Resto La Famille, we were sold after seeing them on Vimeo – Micro Resto La Famille Video.  We were all so impressed with the quality of food and the way each ingredient was beautifully handled here.

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Small appearance of my sister, Jona, and her beau Zak.

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On my visit to Terrain I managed to pick up Where Chef’s Eat:A Guide to Chefs’ Favorite Restaurants , luckily Montreal is one of the three major Canadian cities that is covered in this book. Though several options Dépanneur Le Pick-Up stood out as it was  to be just a convince store with a small kitchen counter. I love finding hidden places like this! Honestly if I was driving by and did not need to go in for a drink or gum I wouldn’t think twice about stopping. The food was delish with lots of vegetarian options and the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies one could ever dream of.

Boston Terriers seemed to be pretty popular in Montreal, we saw at least 5 in the time we were there and although we didn’t get to bring our guy with us we got small gentle reminders :)

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Although we did not take any photos a worthy mention needs to go out to La Carreta and a special thanks to Sherri from With Food and Love for recommending over instagram the best restaurant we visited in Montreal. Needless to say with her food taste we could be bffs. This place was so good that on our short trip we managed to go back twice to devour even more pupusas.

Needless to say we love food and going to where the locals eat.

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October 28, 2013 - 11:27 am

Elma - These pictures are adorable! I have been meaning to visit Montreal for so long now and never actually got to it cuz well… life always got in the way. Florim and I are planning to go there this spring for a weekend or more if we can and now this post of yours made us want to go there MORE! You guys look like you had so much fun and enjoyed your stay! Thank you for the gorgeous shots!

October 28, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Anisa - Happy anniversary! Looks like you guys had an amazing time, and this post makes me want to go there – right now!

October 31, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Sherrie | With Food + Love - Oh Montreal – one of my most favorite places on Earth. No pupusa pics, eh? I loved this. Your work really is so brilliant.

Vintage Tandem Bike Wedding – Kari and Dave

Florist: The Bride herself :)  Bloomers N Things To Do
Caterer: Coltello Restaurant
Cake: Caitlin from Cupcaitsandcake
DJ: The DJ Experience; Mike Haldeman

Their love story as told by the bride and groom :)

“It was a cold winter’s night and Dave was playing a metal show with his band in Philadelphia. Kari walked up to Dave backstage and said how lovely his performance was. As soon as their eyes met, they both knew it was something special. Kari was dating a friend of a friend of Dave’s and he totally stole her from him. Dave went on tour just a few months after meeting his future wife, came home after a week and realized that he must leave his dreams of being a rock-star and pursue his relationship with Kari.  The two have such intense relationship, which makes them both such a great team and are very strong as one. Everyone they meet, falls in love with them both. On December 18th 2012, Dave proposed to Kari in NYC at Rockefeller Center – it was cold and rainy, but the most beautiful night of their lives.”

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October 15, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Perri M - I love all these pictures!! You captured them perfectly!!!!

October 15, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Kari Chilleri - Thank you so much for taking such perfect pictures!

October 15, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Michele Ford - Incredibly beautiful photos of such a gorgeous & lovely couple. Love & Light to Kari and Dave – may they enjoy the best of life together! <3

October 15, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Jami Notarfrancesco - Beautiful!!

October 15, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Banuelos Guillen Jessi - Love the Pictures!! Beautiful!!

October 15, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Jill Frese - wo great teams made for a wonderful photo spread! Congrats Tom and Keidi and Kari and Dave!

October 15, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Meghan Schumacher - Great photos! Such a gorgeous wedding (:

October 15, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Debbie Personette - These look great! Great job Photographers!

October 15, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Melody Wood Lloyd - I love everything about your special day! The pics capture it perfectly!

October 15, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Lindsay Carpenter - Amazing Pictures!!!

October 15, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Sam Bremerman - The pictures are absolutely beautiful! So happy for Kari and Dave!

October 15, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Madison Personette - absolutely perfect!! in love with all of the pictures!

October 15, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Beth Notarfrancesco - So, so beautiful!! What a perfect day it was!! I hope you have too many to keep count!! Love you both :)

October 15, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Joan Witherow - The most beautiful bride and groom ever!

October 15, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Caitlin LaFonte - Absolutely amazing! Just beautiful!

October 16, 2013 - 8:50 am

Celeste - Love the pictures! Simply beautiful! XOXO

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