After going through the long process of weighing pros and cons from both the McGill Chapel and the St-Lambert United Church, we have finally made our mind. It was a long and difficult process because they both had advantages to offer. But in the end, it was our relationship’s history that made the difference.
It would be rude to write about this and fail to mention the advantages of both places so that you see what sort of dilemma we were facing. Hopefully, you will agree and, more importantly, enjoy our decision. First of all, the St-Lambert United Church is very close to the Montreal Country Club, the reception hall, and the apartment in Greenfield Park. This was a good thing, for obvious reasons. Plus, the task of parking 40 cars around the church would be way easier in St-Lambert than in downtown Montreal during the Jazz Festival… Yes. For those of you coming from out of town, you might be able to enjoy a week of very good Jazz during the Montreal Jazz Festival. Finally, the church itself looks really nice and the outside of the church has a stunning landscape installation.
Even though there were many pros for the St-Lambert church, the lack of personal connection with the church was the major con. That is why we had such a hard time deciding on the location. We had previously thought of the McGill Chapel, which is in the Birks Building where Bonnie completed both her degrees, but never actually considered it because of the obvious parking and traffic problems. Personally, I think that the main reason the McGill Chapel is the best choice is it is a much better representation of Bonnie and me as a couple and of the history between us. Not to mention that the McGill Campus is a beautiful haven in downtown Montreal, when there are no students swarming around that is. There are still a couple of technical problems that we might have to deal with, but the decision has been made as of last Wednesday. We booked the McGill Chapel. It will be a pleasure to welcome both our families to McGill and finally be able to show them where we have been studying for the past 6 years or so.
The photo of the McGill Roddick Gate at night during winter is a modified version of the original work of zalgon. It was taken from his flickr account which you can visit by following the link I provided.