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Saturday was the hottest day I have ever experienced at 46 degrees (~115 F). But despite the heat, this amazing couple spent the day outside with their friends and family as they tied the knot on Ben's parent's property. It was a lovely ceremony and a picturesque setting for their celebration of their marriage. The day was full of happiness, heat, and lots and lots of water! Here are a few preview shots from their day!
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Sara & Jon are getting married next weekend at Restaurant E18hteen. It is going to be an amazing day and I am looking forward to celebrating with this fun couple! In the meantime, here are some photos that we took together for their engagement photos at Rideau Hall.
Grace & Ben are two of the kindest people I have ever met. Fun loving, easy to chat with, and adorably in love with each other! I am so excited to celebrate with them and their families at their wedding this weekend!
A little while back we spent the evening together getting some engagement photos. We went to a couple of special locations in their relationship, their church and a park that they have spent a lot of their relationship hanging out at and chatting. Here a few of their photos.
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It was a beautiful day at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm when Karine and Nick were married there. Karine and Nick were both beaming with joy as they tied the know and throughout their wedding day. I had a wonderful time documenting these memories for them.
A few weeks ago I got to spend the evening with this fun couple. For their engagement photos we went to downtown Ottawa near Chateau Laurier and Major's Hill Park, followed by some photos by the locks at sunset. It was an incredibly beautiful evening and was accentuated by this beautiful couple (and Amber's incredible shoes!). On top of it being a lovely time, we also had a lot of fun. It is hard not to when lightsabers become part of the equation!
Last night I got home from a session to some exciting news. I was ranked 8th best photographer in Canada in the Spring contest of the PWPC (Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada). I was also the highest ranked photographer from Ottawa!
This was my first time submitting to this esteemed contest so I didn't really know what to expect as far as results were concerned. The judges use a points system based on how your photos rank in the contest to give you an overall ranking among other amazing photographers across Canada. There are so many incredibly talented and creative photographers in this contest and I am honoured to be recognized among them in this way!
It was fun to look through the photos that won and find 8 of my photos! We actually claimed 4 of the top 15 in the Bride and Groom Category and 3 of the top 15 in the Bridal Party (including 2nd Place!) as well as 3rd place in the Ceremony Category!
But enough blogging, here are the winning photos.
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Amber & Michael are getting married next year and I am looking forward to capturing their wedding for them! The other day we headed downtown for some engagement photos and, naturally, Michael's lightsabers came along as well to make this a truly unique session. Here are a few preview photos from their engagement session in Ottawa.
Karine & Nick are two very passionate people about so many things in their life, including Nick's gym Laws of Motion, but nothing beats their passion for one another. Their wedding was hosted at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm and despite the forecast of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful day. From and incredible couple to the festive moments of the day including back flips, fireworks, a bonfire and gymnasts on rings pouring drinks, Karine and Nick's wedding was a blast. Here are a couple of preview photos from their day.
Earlier this month, Feyona & Steven were married at the Ottawa Marriott in downtown Ottawa. The day was full of happy family, great friends, and incredible memories. Feyona & Steven tied the knot in the Cartier Room, literally surrounded by their best friends and the reception was held in the Victoria Ballroom, with a quick trip in between to the Supreme Court of Canada for some photos. It was a fun day and I was so happy to play a part in it! Here are some photos from their day.
A week and a half ago I spent an evening with this charming and fun couple downtown as we snapped a few engagement photos. Here are a few from their session.
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Yesterday was an exciting day as Feyona & Steven tied the knot at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. It turned out to be a beautiful day despite the original forecast of rain. Surrounded by so many friends and family, this couple started their new life together with an epic party! I was so grateful to have been their to celebrate with them! Here are a few preview shots from their big day!
In a place like Ottawa where rain is almost always somewhere in the forecast, we get asked regularly about options for photo locations in the case of rain. Not every wedding is at a venue with perfect indoor options for photos and we understand that rain is something couples are always anxious about. Even if there is only a small chance of it on your wedding day, you want to know your options.
NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (NAC)
Despite what I said above about most places not being free, this one is an exception! The NAC allows any of its public spaces to be used for photos free of charge. It is a beautiful space, more recently made even more beautiful with some new additions and upgrades.
It boasts beautiful architecture and elegance throughout its indoor space. It is a wonderful indoor option in the case of rain, or even if it is dry outside! As a bonus, if the rain does clear up and you want to make your way outside, you are in walking distance of many other great urban photo location options (Confederation Tunnel, Chateau Laurier, the Locks, & Parliament)!
MUSEUM OF NATURE
MUSEUM OF NATURE
The Canadian Museum of Nature is another great option for indoor wedding photos in the situation of rain. It includes incredible natural light and intricate architecture (both modern and historical) The Museum does require a reservation to limit the number of weddings using the space at a time. They also charge $100 for the use of the space during museum hours. You can find more information regarding this here.
CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM
The Canadian War Museum's lobby can be used for wedding photos during museum hours for a fee of $50. Its unique interior (and exterior!) architecture makes this a nice option for wedding photos in the case of rain.
With such an interesting exterior as well, you may find yourself wanting to step outside with an umbrella or use it once the rain clears up.
NATIONAL ART GALLERY
The National Art Gallery of Canada is a beautiful building with incredible architecture, high arching ceilings and plenty of lovely, natural light. They will rent time to couples wanting to use the space for their wedding photos. It is a more expensive option then some ($350), but also a nice option for indoor wedding photos in Ottawa.
Another nice aspect of the National Art Gallery is the close vicinity it has to outdoor options in the situation that the weather clears (Major's Hill Park, The locks, outside Chateau Laurier, Parliament, & Confederation Tunnel).
Speaking of Confederation Tunnel, that is another great option for getting cover from the rain, even if you don't opt to go indoors. Directly across from and under the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa, confederation tunnel has an epic staircase and an interesting, arching opening to the street level above. Although not a particularly large area, there are several options for interesting photos under its cover as well as nearby if the rain lets up.
ROCKCLIFFE PARK PAVILION
If an indoor location is not what you are looking for and you would prefer to stay outside as much as possible but still want something covering you from the rain, then the Rockcliffe Park Pavilion is a fantastic option. It boasts a nice view of the river and strong stone pillars. Unfortunately, short of renting it for $400, it can not be reserved, but it can be used on a first come first served basis.
Another similar option to this would be the gazebo at Walter Baker Park in Kanata.
I should mention that each of these place's policies and fees could change at any time so, although I will attempt to ensure that all the information here is correct, I encourage you to do your own research and confirmation before relying on this post's accuracy.
Another fantastic option would be to brave the storm, come rain or not. I bring several large black umbrellas to every wedding as an option for couples to use in the case of rain. They can make interesting props and rain itself can make for dramatic photos. Sometimes it's just worth it!
Paola & Ricardo were married on a windy day in April. Freezing rain and snow were in the forecast, but nothing would stop these two from getting married outside in among the trees at the Arboretum. Ricardo's mother and sister even came all the way from Mexico for the special event! Keith from Exceptional Ceremonies performed the official ceremony and then the three of us hiked through the park for some photos of the two of them. It was wonderful to celebrate with these two in such an intimate way!
Every year, I submit some photos to an international contest called Shoot and Share. This year there were 412,379 photos submitted to the contest (yeah, that's half of a million)!
In a contest this large I submit mostly just for fun, and enjoy seeing many other beautiful photos and don't expect to rank too high overall. However, this year, I was excited to see that I had 17 images in the top 20% including 9 in the top 10% and 5 finalists!
Below I have shared the 5 finalist, all of which are double exposures. To be honest, most of the photos I submitted to the contest were double exposures.
Hiking through a forest in the snow is a great place for engagement photos! I am looking forward to this awesome couple's wedding later this year! Here's to beautiful people, snow, and golden hour!
Whenever a couple invites me into their life to document as intimate an event as their wedding I am honoured. When said event is in their home with only a handful of friends and family present I feel even more honoured to be trusted to be there. This was the case with Michelle and Kurt and their beautifully private wedding inside their home in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago. Their incredibly lovely home, with it's roof-top terrace was the perfect place for their intimate wedding. Here are a few photos from their day.
2017 was an amazing year, filled with incredible couples, fun events, and timeless memories. There were so many times that I was so grateful to do this incredible job surrounded by so many amazing people. I am so thankful to everyone this past year who trusted me to document milestones in their life!
Lindsay & Owen braved the winter for some engagement photos at Mer Bleue last month. It was a beautiful day and a fun way to spend it, hiking through the wilderness and bog trail. They even got to feed some chickadees at the end of their hike. Here are some photos from their engagement session.
Marilyne and Maël were married with at their home in an intimate ceremony a couple of weeks ago in Ottawa. Before their "elopement" ceremony we headed downtown for some photos of the happy couple. I had a wonderful time with this fun couple the morning of their wedding day, hiking around Ottawa and marching through the snow.
For those willing to brave the cold, like this couple, winter can be an amazing time of year to tie the knot (or for photos of any kind in general)!
Here are a few from their wedding photo shoot.
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