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The Westin Ottawa Inspiration Session from Joel Bedford Photography

A wedding that’s draped in stunning black and white details, with lace, pearls and satiny bow-ties is the epitome of timeless tradition for me. And if you told me that I’d be walking into a gorgeous ballroom like the ones at The Westin Ottawa where this styled shoot took place, that seals the deal. Top it off with shimmering table linens, sparkling chandeliers and glimmering chiavari chairs and you’ve got just about all the romance you need frozen in time with Joel Bedford Photography‘s stunning images. See all of the timeless pretty right here.


From Tia Ward from The Westin OttawaThis styled shoot was a culmination of all of the great things I had either seen or hoped to see in weddings at The Westin Ottawa, with a little of my personal style and flair added in. We are lucky enough to have beautiful ballroom spaces that can be transformed into just about anything, and I wanted to show that it was possible to create a timeless and romantic wedding within our very contemporary space.

Our beautiful couple, Michelinne and Darren, were actually married on our rooftop terrace last September. While planning their wedding, we had so much fun and so they were the obvious choice for the shoot. The White Dress graciously provided the stunning lace Oscar De La Renta gown, and Flowers Talk created elegant floral accents, including the bride’s bouquet black broaches and feathers to tie together the whole black, white, and champagne color scheme.

Hair and makeup by Noah was perfectly styled to complement the soft, timeless, romantic feel. Joel Bedford, our photographer for the shoot, captured my vision beautifully, including the stunning lace table linens which were suggested and provided by Details Ottawa. In order to really pull the idea together, Party Time Rentals  supplied the chandeliers, chiavari chairs, charger plates, and the beautiful chest of drawers that held the cupcakes artistically designed by The Cake Whisperer. And, of course, no wedding is complete without stationary; Inky Design always delivers creative and inspiring ideas, and graciously worked with me to create menus, place cards, and table numbers that fit seamlessly into our shoot. It is such a dream to work with such talented vendors on a regular basis.

Wedding Photography: Joel Bedford Photography | Wedding Venue: The Westin Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Styling + Concept: Tia Ward from The Westin Ottawa | Floral Design: Elizabeth Young from Flowers Talk | Wedding Cake: Cat Campbell from The Cake Whisperer | Decor Rentals: Details Ottawa | Furniture Rentals: Party Time Rentals | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Inky Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta via The White Dress | Groom’s Attire: Strellson via The Bay | Hair + Makeup: Noah from Faces by Noah

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Canadian Museum of Nature Wedding from Joel Bedford Weddings

Here’s how I knew this wedding was going to be awesome: the bride wore a pink dress.  A seriously stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks, glam-filled pink dress that was designed by her sister (Dana Normand Bridal) and rocked in ways I can’t even explain in words.  Also awesome?  Her crazy amazing wedding, which was planned to perfection by Toast Special Events and featured beautiful blooms from Teena Bedard, stunning images from Joel Bedford Weddings and smiles as far as the eyes can see.  Check it out in the full gallery.


From Joel Bedford Weddings… We wanted to show you this beautiful October wedding in Ottawa. Brittany and Ryan were married on a rainy day, but nothing could sour their day. I don’t remember a single moment that Brittany wasn’t smiling from ear to ear. Their wedding was classic and elegant with soft, romantic touches. Brittany spent a year of her life FOLDING 1000 PAPER CRANES (!!!) for the day! She used them to decorate the venue and as place settings in the dining hall. We hope you love this as much as we do!

Photography: Joel Bedford Weddings | Venue: Museum of Nature | Event Planning: Toast Special Events | Catering: Ginette Pierunek of Gourmet Cuisine | Cake: SJ Normand (Bride’s Mother) | Floral Design: Teena Bedard ( | Bride’s Dress: Custom by the Sister of the Bride, Dana Normand Bridal ( | Officiant: Alan Viau of All Season Weddings | Linens: Mastermind Linens | DJ: Quality Entertainment

Ottawa Valley Wedding from Wild Eyed Photography

As a DIY bride myself, I totally get it when bride’s describe their big day and how thankful they are to their family and friends who helped them out along the way. Because let’s face it, you absolutely can not pull off the DIY day of your dreams without all those helping hands and support! Wild Eyed Photography captured all the personal details and you can see even more right here.

From the Bride… Kevin and I met over seven years ago in a tree planting camp and have been on a love adventure ever since. Our relationship has never followed the conventional path and we wanted our wedding to reflect the unique journey we have traveled together. It was very important to us that we DIY as much of the wedding as possible so that we could represent ourselves in the décor and mood.

As the wedding day inched closer we realized that in order to pull off our DIY wedding we were going to need to rely heavily on our family and friends to help us out. Everyone we asked was happy to lend a hand and it made us feel surrounded by love and support on our big day. We asked our dear friend Liz to perform the ceremony and we wrote our own vows. We were married down by the water under a beautiful tree that my cousin, Tara had decorated with a chandelier she had made using mason jars. Our friend Phil played the guitar and sang “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo as we walked down the aisle. As Kevin and I stood up in front of our closest friends and family and said our vows, the whole world fell away and all I could see or hear was my husband and his words of love. Hands down the most overwhelming and beautiful part of the day.

We decorated the tables with burlap runners, the centerpieces were vintage green glass vases that my cousins and aunt filled with flowers that they had picked for us and I stamped the guests’ initials on little tags that I placed in their wine glasses with a sprig of lavender. From the beginning I knew that I had wanted to use vintage books on the tables instead of table numbers. It all came together perfectly when I was in The Paper Place one day and saw a collection of old library book sign out cards. I used the cards to write the title of the book in place of the table number and listed the guests’ names in the lines underneath. Our friend Alex Davies created the most beautiful and delicious wedding cakes and behind the cake table I hung a piece of plywood that I had decorated by covering it with old sheet music. Instead of a traditional guest book we collected vintage postcards and had people sign them and drop them into an old birdcage. One of my favourite decorations was a “romance tent” I created by hanging an Ikea Bed Canopy from a tree on the beach and filled it with blankets, pillows and twinkle lights.

photography: Wild Eyed Photography  |  Wedding Venue: Family Home in Ottawa, Canada | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah

Ottawa Winter Engagement Session from AMBphoto + Catalina Bloch

Oh how I want to recreate this same scenario with my main squeeze and our furry little one. A cozy winter scene with freshly fallen snow? It doesn’t get prettier. So I am just a tad bit excited to share it with all of you. Because it is all the wonderful things about winter that make my heart sing styled perfectly by Catalina Bloch and captured prettier than I pictured in my dreams by AMBphoto. Which you’ll want to cozy up with right here.

From AMBphoto… Jen and Simon dreamed of cozy, winter wonderland photographs to celebrate their engagement and tucked away in a Canadian forest Catalina Bloch made their vision come true. With hot chocolate, tasty treats, snuggly pillows and soft blankets they celebrated their upcoming commitment to each other. I love photographing in the winter, it just gives couples are really really good reason to cuddle and keep each other warm and the white crisp backdrop is hard to resist. Although this day was particular cold Jen and Simon loved their way through the whole session 

Wedding Photography: AMBphoto / Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada / Stylist: Catalina Bloch / Shoes: Hunter / Hair: Lori Dyck from Showpony / Makeup: Amy Lupiano from Ottawa Make-up Artists

Ottawa Inspired Shoot from Weddings Unveiled + Union Eleven Photographers

One thing we can never get enough of here at SMP?  Gorgeous inspiration.  Gorgeous inspiration filled with beautiful florals, amazing details and beyond stunning hues.  So, to say we were excited by this Art Nouveau inspired shoot from the geniuses over at Weddings Unveiled would be a complete and total understatement. Because this is the kind of shoot that mixes garden with organic, succulents with anemones and a seriously stunning gown with the prettiest accessories from With Love Bridal Boutique. See every last moment captured by Union Eleven Photographers right here.

From Weddings Unveiled… This shoot was inspired by the stylized organic elements that were signature to the Art Nouveau period. The design began with some beautiful silver pieces from that era and those pieces can be seen in several of the images.  We wanted to achieve an elegant, timeless piece and our muted, neutral colour palette achieved that.  Our fascination with the juxtaposition created by opposing textures and finishes is highlighted by the play of metal against wood, shear against opaque, soft against hard, and contemporary against vintage.

Wedding Photography: Brittany Fleming from Union Eleven Photographers / Wedding Reception: Le Cordon Bleu Bistro at Signatures in Ottawa, Canada / Event Planning + Design: Weddings Unveiled / Floral Design: Full Bloom Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Sophie Bifield Cake Company / Invitations: Inky Design & Print / Wedding Dress+ Accessories: With Love Bridal Boutique / Hair: Lori Dyck from Showpony / Makeup: Karen Bennett of Mobile Beauty-Artists ( / Model: Megan Lee

Ottawa Wedding from Joel Bedford Photography + Weddings Unveiled

Happy Friday, SMPers! I’ve got the loveliest little gem of a wedding from Joel Bedford Photography to share with you this morning. You would never, in a million years, believe that this beauty, coordinated by Weddings Unveiled, was put together in just six weeks! The fall-hued stunner held at The Shore Club was filled with details completely personal to the bride + groom from the hand-picked playlist right on down to the raw oyster bar! See the rest right here. 

From the Joel Bedford PhotographyBelieve it or not the bride pulled off ALL the planning in just under 6 weeks. Lots of pretty DIY elements, elegant details and a couple blissfully in love. We shot everything outdoors (except of course, for the reception) and used mostly natural and available light. 

From the Bride… Seeing the weather would cooperate and feeling the warm sun through the trees in the backyard was the best moment! Every time we could catch our breath to soak it all in, we realized we threw a wedding/party we would have loved to attend. All the details from the location and decor, food and music to our clothes were intimately chosen to reflect our tastes and our personalities, so watching our guests enjoy the atmosphere and each other was a very gratifying feeling.

We didn’t host a conventional dance/dinner reception so there was no official wedding song. Nearly an impossible task if we had though! The entire reception playlist we created was a labour of love and we still play it at home just hanging out. Our favorite wedding detail was the raw oyster bar.

Wedding Photography: Joel & Justyna of Joel Bedford Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Residence in Ottawa, Canada / Post-reception Dinner: The Shore Club in Ottawa, Canada / Wedding Planner: Lynn Lee of Weddings Unveiled / Wedding Stylist:  Catalina Bloch / Floral Design: Michelle VandenBosch / Caterer: Lynda Hosking of  The Whalesbone Catering / Wedding Cake + Favors: DYI by the Groom’s Family / Wedding Invitations: Glö / Paper Goods: Canvas Pop / Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal / Bride’s Shrug: Custom made by Vivian from Dow’s Lake Tailoring / Maid of Honor Attire: Diane Von Furstenberg from Holt Renfrew /Groom’s Attire: Canali Suit from Morgante Menswear /Hair: Jess Awad from Fernando Cellini Hair Salon / Makeup: Amber Sheikh