There’s just no better way to start the weekend than all wrapped up in pretty, don’t you think?  And this dazzling Ottawa affair by Toast Special Events is most definitely bringing the lovely with a sophisticated black and white color palette, a grand reception at Fairmont Chateau Laurier and a bride in one of the most amazing gowns I have ever seen.  (Seriously. Wow.)  Yep, the inspiration is literally pouring from every glorious image captured by Union Eleven Photographers, including those beyond gorgeous florals and the breathtaking decor.  Click here for SO MUCH MORE.

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From Elise of Toast Special EventsLow clouds hung over the Ottawa valley as preparations were being made for Tiffany & Wayne’s ballroom wedding at the Chateau Laurier. Since 1912, this hotel has thrived, hosting royalty, heads of state, political figures, celebrities and members of Canada’s elite. With history imbedded in its monumental standing, I couldn’t help but wonder if throughout the evening I would get a sneak peek of the reported ghost of Hays, the chateau’s architect, who perished on the Titanic on his way the hotel’s grand opening. Needless to say, the energy in our team was exhilarating! Audio visual technicians ran around completing last-minute requests, the 10-piece band rehearsed, flowers were positioned and our wedding coordinators did their final walk-throughs. Ivory satin pin-wheeled linens, gold chivari chairs, soft candlelight and luscious fragrances of floral arrangements awaited our bride who was adorned in a beautiful draped chiffon and French tulle gown. The day was perfect! Tiffany & Wayne said their vows in a quaint little church in the bride’s hometown of Manotick and had pictures taken at the Museum of Nature and the Chateau. The evening progressed with sumptuous food, great live music, cupcakes, happy guests and no ghosts!

From the Bride…We were very lucky to have had such mild weather for a mid-October wedding. While it was mostly overcast with the threat of rain, we had some amazing rays of sun that shone through the stained glass windows of the church just as Wayne and I were reciting our vows. That moment was very special and was commented on by a number of our guests. Another exciting moment was having the opportunity to meet former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and get his congratulations and well wishes for our big day. I even invited him to celebrate with us, but he said he wasn’t dressed appropriately.

One thing I was pretty proud of and got a number of compliments on was my hair. After allowing a stylist to do a trial (as I was advised that I shouldn’t be doing my own hair on my wedding day), I decided I was more comfortable doing my own. It definitely made my day less stressful and allowed me to have a relaxing morning at home with no rushing. In that regard, I would suggest other brides trust their gut. For me, being in control of this detail made me more at ease than I would have been in the hands of someone else. Finally, every decision that was made in regard to the wedding was made by both Wayne and me. It was important for me that this day was a reflection of us and not just me. We are very lucky to have such amazing family and friends who were there to share in those moments with us. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing, and continue to smile when I relive that day in my mind.

Wedding Photography: Andrew Geddes of Union Eleven Photographers / Wedding Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier / Second Wedding Photo Location: The Canadian Museum of Nature / Wedding Coordination, Flowers + Decor: Toast Special Events / Music: Sway Band / Wedding Gown + Belt: Enzoani via Ritche Bridal / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Makeup: Lyndsay Karam / Wedding Invitations: Paper Studio / Groom’s Tux: Harry Rosen / Cakes: ThimbleCakes / Transportation: Dewan Limousines / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Lazaro via Ritche Bridal / Maid of Honor’s Fascinator: Chapeaux de Madeleine / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG

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