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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.


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

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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

Engaged in Ottawa from AMBphoto

True love is an amazing thing.  Like one moment you’re standing in a bar (on a not-so-wonderful date), looking across the room at a handsome stranger… and a year and a half later you’re running into him again while curling.  Timing, my friends, is everything.  And for this darling duo, it was also just the beginning of their story.  A story that is all about the magic of fate and truly being meant-to-be.  See it all captured beautifully by AMBphoto in the full gallery.


From the Bride… David and I met in January 2012 curling, of all things… so Canadian. Some of my friends had rented the curling ice at the a recreation centre in Ottawa for the entire season and each week, we would pick new teams and play each other. It was my second season playing with this group and for the first half, I missed more than half the sessions because I was travelling in Peru. So when I started curling more regularly the first week of January, that’s when I noticed there was a new guy in my curling group. I guess David had been asked to be a substitute player while I was away so we hadn’t crossed paths until then when he was invited to play with us full-time. Over the next four months, we got to know each other a little better but we were each seeing someone else so I never thought more of him. When the curling season ended, as did our respective relationships, unbeknownst to us (and unbeknownst that the other was even dating anyone!). So when we both just happened to be at the same bar on the same night for completely separate events, I knew there was something bigger at work here! And something bigger was.

On our second date, David shared with me a story of how we had actually crossed paths for the first time a year and a half previously. My heart literally stopped at the memory that surfaced. Our eyes locked on each other at a downtown bar from across the room but I was on a date (apparently, one not going well, lol) and he was with his hockey team. We smiled at each other and we had a moment or a connection or a spark, but we were both unable to act upon it. As my date and I left, the stranger from across the room and I waved good-bye to one another in disappointment, thinking that we’d never meet again. When David saw me that first curling game in January, he knew immediately what my heart had forgotten. Fate had been smiling at us all this time.

People have always told us that when you know, you know. And on some level, I think we both knew from the onset. It’s been an incredible journey together so far and it only promises to get better.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBphoto | Styling: Catalina Bloch | Makeup: Shannon Ranger of One Fine Beauty  | Hair: Lori Dyck of Showpony Hair