wedding chapel in montreal

By Jennifer Cox

My parents were married in Montreal at Loyola Chapel, which now sits on the campus of Concordia University, in 1979. Decades later, when I started studying Journalism at Concordia, I loved walking by the chapel and looking at the front steps where all of my family, including grandparents who were no longer with us, had walked, stopping to pose for pictures in front of the big wooden doors. I was never the little girl who dreamed about her wedding, but when I saw the chapel in person, I knew that that was the one thing I wanted for my own special day: to get married at the same chapel as my parents.

And we did. Just two weeks after they celebrated their thirty-year anniversary, my husband and I got married in front of the same altar, with our guests lined in the same pews, surrounded by many of the people who had witnessed my own parents tie the knot.

To really remember the significance of getting married at the chapel, I met with our photographers (the incredible davina + daniel) months before and gave them some of the pictures from my parent’s wedding. They were clever enough to photograph them so, on our wedding day, they were able to refer to the pics and then “recreate” the same photos. It worked beautifully – we had about a dozen shots that looked like mirror images from my own parent’s wedding. I later put them in side-by-side frames for my mom and dad.

bride and her mom



Jennifer Cox is a Montreal based freelance journalist who loves everything from weddings to foodie news, photography & candy!

Photos of Jennifer’s wedding: Davina + Daniel

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  1. Posted by Paula on August 26th, 2010 at 9:05am

    It would be even more emotionally charged to have a wedding in a place that means so much to your family...
  2. Posted by blake on August 26th, 2010 at 3:48pm

    I'm doing a similar thing, I'm going to be married in the same church as my parents and grandparents, and I'm doing it on what would have been my parents 42 anniversary (sadly we lost dad 3 years ago). Sharing my wedding date with that which was my parents at the same place feels like like fate.

  3. Posted by Jenn on August 26th, 2010 at 4:15pm

    It was neat Paula because a lot of my parents' friends were at my wedding too, and they thought it was so sentimental being there again 30 yrs later.
    And sorry for your loss Blake, but your dad will undoubtedly be there with you on your special day. It's a great sentiment to be married at the same place (and how AMAZING that it's where your parents AND grandparents were married).

    Thanks for reading guys!
  4. Posted by Mason on August 26th, 2010 at 9:59pm

    wow, this is so great. a lot of people that were present at my parent's wedding were present at ours as well & said it "felt" the same as my parent's. but this is so cool to have side-by-side pics!!
  5. Posted by mom on August 29th, 2010 at 8:25am

    Every time I look at those pictures I love them even more! Daniel and Davina are truly amazing - and you and I look so much alike - how (sob) time flies.......
  6. Posted by mike on August 29th, 2010 at 9:22pm

    very cool, that was great!
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