Juniper Kitchen Wedding Reception : Vanessa + Abdeen

Vanessa & Abdeen’s actual wedding  back in December – a small, intimate marriage at Ottawa City Hall.  Vanessa contacted me in late winter, to photograph their reception/party, held at Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar, to celebrate with friends and close family.

There were a lot of firsts for me.  I think it was the first time that I haven’t first shot an engagement session before a wedding, and it was definitely the first time I have shot a wedding reception and portraits, where there actually wasn’t actually a wedding that day.  It was also my first time being able to photograph gorgeous “Wish Lantern” celebration, and my first time having 2 slobbering bulldogs included in the Wedding portraits.  Vanessa said that they were their “kids”, and who wouldn’t include their kids?

Despite being INSANELY hot (especially for Abdeen in a 3-pc suit), it was a fantastic day.  The food was outstanding, people partied until well after 2am, and Vanessa and Abdeen included some really cool touches to represent their cultures – I’m calling it “Far East meets Middle East”, including Belly Dancers, Zaffeh – a Lebanese drum & dance group, and the Asian “Wish Lanterns”, which Vanessa and Abdeen were fortunate enough to have experienced while traveling in Thailand, and wanted to share that joy & beauty with their guests.

Wedding Portrait - Ottawa Arboretum bridge

B&W Wedding Portrait in Ottawa Arboretum

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Wedding Portrait with Dogs in Ottawa Arboretum

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Belly Dancer - Ottawa Wedding

Belly Dancer at Ottawa Wedding

Asian Wish Lanterns at Ottawa Wedding

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Ottawa Wedding Asian wish lanterns

Juniper Kitchen Wedding Party photo

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DJ CueFive at Juniper Wedding

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Juniper Kitchen Wedding Party photo

  • Ryan - that first image and those lanterns are freaking cool!ReplyCancel

  • Carolle Desrosiers - WOW Vanessa & Abdeen I love your pictures, you both look so happy & sexy. Sorry we couldn’t be there. Love you both XOXReplyCancel

  • Tara and Ray - Congratulations! Reception was great, thanks so much for including us. Your photos are beautiful!! We especially like the ones with Henry and Hazel~ReplyCancel

  • Matt - Brisbane Photographer - The black and white shot looks really nice with the grass texture!ReplyCancel

  • Teira - LOVE the wish lanterns! What a great thing to share with their guests.ReplyCancel

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