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Chateau Laurier Wedding from Joel Bedford Weddings

This wedding right here?  It’s the sort of wedding you obsess over.  A wedding that is sooo full of gorgeous details and heart skip a beat moments, you can’t seem to get enough.  I guess that’s what happens when a beautiful bride and groom join forces with a talented team of vendors (think Joel BedfordMillennium Blossoms and WOW Events)…. pure, unadulterated magic.  Click here for more.

Cindy and I often found ourselves in the same circle of friends when I moved to Ottawa in 2009. We would attend the same church, events, dinners, concerts and parties. From there Cindy and I developed from acquaintances to good friends in a matter of a couple years. We quickly realised that we had a lot more in common than originally thought. And after years of being friends, we naturally developed into being the happy couple we are today.

After a short seven months of dating, I knew that Cindy would be the woman I wanted to marry. I also knew that if I waited any longer I would run the risk of somehow ruining what I knew to be the best thing that will ever happen to me.

So on a mild September night, I convinced Cindy that she needed to attend a work function with me that was to be held at the National Art Gallery that evening. All was in place. When she arrived she was surprised by a security guard awaiting her at the front doors of the gallery prepared to escort her inside. She quickly realized that, along with the escort, she was the only person in the gallery. As her coat was taken, she was walked to the water bridge room of the gallery where she was surprised with champagne, flowers, an uncountable amount of candles, along with a nervous groom-to-be.

After a fumbled speech, a yes, and a couple of tears, we were quickly swept outside for pictures by a well-placed photographer. Minutes later, and after little convincing, I was able to talk Cindy into going for wine at our favourite restaurant, “Play.”

As we had arrived, Cindy, as well as all of our closest friends and family, were shocked to be a part of such a special occasion as they were all under the assumption they were simply attending a well-orchestrated “overdue night-out-on-the-town-dinner.”

We spent the remainder of the night laughing, drinking and celebrating.

The most memorable moment of our wedding was simply the party afterwards. There was a special energy in the hall that night that could be not be replicated while we were celebrating with family from all over the world and close friends. Cindy and I danced with a certain sense of heightened happiness, excitement, and relief that you just can’t plan for.

Our favourite wedding detail was the getaway car ride after the ceremony in the white mini-cooper. The car was decorated by Cindy’s sister with a “Just Married” sign and clanging strings of cans behind. The car ride on the gorgeous Ottawa River Parkway, as husband and wife, from the church to Major’s Hill Park was a fabulous private moment. It was so exciting when people, waved, honked, and yelled well-wishes and congratulations as we drove by. As for myself, I would have to say the music and the party. DJ Nick was phenomenal; he kept the party going all night long.

Our photographers Joel Bedford and his fiancé Justyna were awesome. When choosing a photographer we were not only concerned with the product but the people behind the camera. We figured they would be the people we would be forced to stare at all day and the last thing we wanted was to deal with someone unpleasant. But Justyna and Joel were wonderful. By the end of the night Cindy and I saw them more as guests then we did vendors. We would highly recommend them to anyone in need of amazing shots from amazing people.

If you are looking for the most fun, professional and talented videographers then look no further than RENO Video in Ottawa. Sylvain and Caroline made us feel comfortable and relaxed, which is hard to do with a camera in your face all day. They were fun and excited about our wedding from the moment we met them until the last moments of the night. They made sure to catch every great moment as it happened while blending in the crowd so naturally. We couldn’t be happier with our choice.

 

Photographer: Joel Bedford | Videographer: Reno Video | Wedding Planner: WOW Events | Floral Design: Millennium Blossoms – Rouida Kandalaft | Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Lounge | Stationery: Invitations by Dawn | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group | Catering: Fairmont Chateau Laurier | DJ: DJ Nick | Favors: Donation to Coptic Orphans | Groomsmen Attire: Club Monaco | Hair + Makeup: Vasko Tadorov, Montreal | Suit: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: The Chateau Laurier

Alfred Sung, Dessy Collection, Dessy Flower Girls and Ines Di Santo are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.

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Danford Lake Wedding from Studio G. R. Martin Photography

I adore each and every day on SMP Canada, but today is extra special. Today I get to share the wedding of a dear friend of mine (who is also somewhat responsible for me meeting my now hubby), and boy is it a pretty one. Not that I am surprised, that’s just how this little lady operates. Kelly has an understated elegance she carries with her everywhere she goes, and it played out beautifully as she tied the knot to her Mr. Right. Their lovely lake cottage set the scene for a perfect day (despite a few snafus) and was filled with details that had so much heart I could burst. It’s prettiness defined, and they deserve nothing less. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness you two, I couldn’t be happier for y’all…See all the gorgeous images from Studio G. R. Martin Photography right here.

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From the Bride… Paul and I both grew up with cottages and love spending our weekends there. This past February we purchased our own cottage next door to my parents on Danford Lake and knew that this was the only place we wanted to host our wedding celebration. Our dock was the perfect place for a ceremony and my parents’ beach was the perfect spot for a reception. Our cottage will always be our “Special Place” and now, it’s even more special.

Finding a gown for an outdoor cottage wedding is challenging. I didn’t want anything too fancy or heavy, yet you I wanted to avoid the typical chiffon destination-style gown. After 6 or 7 bridal shops I found the perfect elegant form-fitting dress at With Love Bridal Boutique.

Birch and blue hydrangeas were the focus point of our decorations. We handcrafted everything from birch trees that were cut down on our property. Our biggest creation was the birch bar, and the theme was supported by our birch candles, birch tags for the mason jars, birch cupcake stands and birch platters.

Outdoor weddings can have it’s challenges when it come to weather!! The Friday afternoon before our wedding, a massive storm that sparked tornado warnings, swept through southern Ontario and Quebec leaving over 400,000 customers without power. Our task turned from setting up decorations in the tent to “saving the tent”…..Trees fell down all over and on our property. One tree landed on a guest’s car! Thankfully our tents did not fly away but were partially damaged. We were left out of power and obviously, a little shaken up!

Our families and bridal party bond grew stronger together and made the best of the situation. We rented 6 generators in order to be able to power the DJ booth, the kitchen (that was to be used by the caterers) and all the lighting. The bridesmaid and I were able to locate 4 big Hydro-Quebec trucks on the highway, pull them over and convinced them (ok, bribed them, even with brownies…) to come fix our power first. We must have been blessed by a hydro worker with a big heart because our power came back by 8pm the next day just in time for the cake cutting. The generators worked great until then and our 100 guests had been fed ..

An outdoor wedding at a cottage is very challenging to plan. You have to think of everything! Tent and table rentals, porta-potties and hand washing station, lighting and accent lighting, dishes and cutlery, entertainment, alcohol and beverages, safety because we were next to a lake, etc. More importantly, you need to find the right vendors that are willing to drive to your cottage and help create your vision. Overall, having a cottage wedding was more work than we anticipated (and more expensive!), but in the end it was more special and personable than we could have ever imagined.

Photography: Studio G. R. Martin Photography | Floral Design: Fleurs Illico | Cake: La Boite à Gateaux | Wedding Bands: Jubilee | Catering: The Mixing Bowl | Suits: Moores | Bride's Jewelry: With Love Bridal Boutique | Bridemaids Dresses: J.Crew | Tents and Rentals: Big Top Tents | Wedding Invitation: Studiono8

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Rooftop Terrace Wedding at the National Arts Centre from Anna Jones

As much as I seriously adore an all-white wedding, there’s just something about bright pops of vibrant hues that make me happy.  And this wedding captured beautifully by Anna Jones happens to be overflowing with just such a burst of beauty.  It’s awesome oranges, purples and blues playing nice with gorgeous florals from The Fresh Flower and Basket Company and the breathtaking backdrop that is the National Arts Centre.  In other words, it’s pure pretty and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.

From Anna JonesErinn and Andrew planned their June wedding day at the beautiful National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, Ontario. Their ceremony was held at the rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Ottawa– a breathtaking spot to say your “I do.” With stunning panoramic views of Parliament Hill, the Ottawa Canal and Chateau Laurier, the NAC is a beautiful venue. Erinn wanted a theme of simple elegance for her special day and filled her bridal attire and decor with vibrant blues, pinks and oranges. The pop of colour added so much vitality and dimension to their day. Famous love quotes led the guests to their seats decorated with candles and orchids for a stunning romantic reception beneath the chandeliers of their rooftop tented celebrations at the NAC.

Photography: Anna Jones | Floral Design: The Fresh Flower and Basket Company | Wedding Dress: Impressions Bridal | Cake: Kakes by Judy | Cupcakes: Bite Size Bakery | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Spring | Bridesmaids Dresses: Venus Bridesmaids | Caterer: National Arts Centre- Ottowa | Hair: Hair Expectations | Men's Attire: Moores | Makeup: Pro Makeup Group- Sommer Mhbonu | Wedding Venue: National Arts Centre- Ottowa