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Traditional Ontario Wedding

These two are adorable.  And not just because they are high school sweethearts and called their wedding the “White Wedding”, a totally fun play on their last name.  Nope, it’s because you can just tell that they are soooo in love.  And in every beautiful image captured by Union Eleven Photographers, that love literally jumps from the computer screen.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… On July 13, 2013 I married the best man I have ever known. Greg and I started dating in high school and I knew right away that my grade 12 prom date would one day be my husband.

During the planning of our wedding we had decided to do a “first look” photo shoot with our photographer. Greg thought this might take the edge off and allow us to be more relaxed during our ceremony. I will never forget the jitters that I had while being escorted down to meet Greg for the first time on our wedding day. I saw him about 200 feet away with his back towards me and knew that the emotion to come would be like nothing I had ever experienced before. When I finally tapped Greg on the shoulder, he turned around and instantly started to cry. This was such a special moment- one that neither of us will ever forget.

Luckily for Greg the first look photo shoot really did take the edge off for the ceremony. Unlucky for me, as soon as I started walking down that aisle towards my future husband, I could not control the waterworks. We were married at NEXT restaurant in Stittsville on one of the hottest days of the summer. The ceremony was extremely personal and touching and I could not have dreamt of a more wonderful way for us to begin our married lives together.

Our “White Wedding” (a play on our last name) reception was a mix of soft lace and crystals with just the right amount of DIY projects to keep me occupied for 13 months! My initial thought when walking into our reception space was that I felt as though I was in heaven. The space just had such a light, fluffy and cloud like feel to it.

The only thing more beautiful than the wedding itself were the people who surrounded us with their love and adoration. Thanks to Kristin at Union Eleven Photographers, we will never forget the overwhelming emotions of our wedding day.

Photographer: Union Eleven Photographers | Flowers: Ottawa Flowers | Cake: Cake Ninja | Reception Venue: NEXT Restaurant | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaid's Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Bride's Dress: Mikaella Bridal from With Love Bridal Boutique | Bride's Necklace: BCBG Max Azria | Decor: Details Ottawa | First Look Photos: Brookstreet Hotel

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Romantic Engagement Session

Now this is a couple that knows how to celebrate their upcoming wedding.  A little something that may or may not have to do with their sky-high adorability factor (it’s a real thing), their total chicness or their serious happiness in each and every photo captured by Laura Kelly.  My guess?  It’s all of the above, and then some.  See so much more right here.

From Laura Kelly Photography… Kim and Jeremy are two of my sweetest friends, and when the time came for them to get engagement photos done, Kim and I started planning immediately!

I’m in love with the three different styles this shoot has to offer — the homey dog-walking look, the stylish downtown couple, and OF COURSE the romantic beachy vibe at the end. Kim made the save-the-date wine bottles herself with chalkboard paint and a chalk pen. So beautiful and perfect for these two wine lovers.

Photography: Laura Kelly Photography

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