This wedding was all kinds of cool, and really different.  Colene and Stephen had a masquerade-themed wedding on Halloween night, at a really cool art gallery in Ottawa, called Orange.  What made this Orange Art Gallery wedding especially special, is that Stephen (a massively talented local artist)’s work was being exhibited at the time of the wedding.  I mentioned it in the post about their engagement session, but I really mean it – check out Stephen’s work here!  And follow him on Instagram here!

The wedding was a ton of fun.  We started around 5pm, which is pretty late for Halloween in Ottawa, so we didn’t have much time before it got dark.  We were able to get some photos around the Gallery before everything was set-up for the wedding ceremony, and before Colene completely froze.  While we were happy that it wasn’t raining, it was definitely not a warm day.

The ceremony was beautiful and extremely quick, and the reception was a blast.  With beer on tap from local craft brewer ‘Beyond the Pale’, and catering from the awesome Jason Laurin at Essence Catering, guests were in for a serious treat.
Congratulations, Colene + Stephen!
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This makes me feel REALLY old, but I’ve been friend’s with Krysta’s Dad for many years now.  Although Krysta doesn’t remember very clearly, I met her many years ago, the day that the first generation of iPhone launched.  Paul (Krysta’s Dad) had woken-up and dragged the poor teen across the city to wait in line before sunrise.  While I don’t claim to know much about teenaged girls, I do know that most dislike waking-up at 5am to wait in line for hours with their Dad.  Needless to say, Krysta was not in the best mood that day.

The great news, is that Krysta and Brendan were both in great moods for their Britannia engagement shoot, despite some less than ideal weather.  We actually only had about 30 minutes to shoot before the skies opened-up with pouring rain, but I think we got some pretty nice photos in such a limited time.  Here are some of my faves:

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Wow.  Well, there wasn’t a whole lot for me not to love about this engagement session…except maybe the weather.   I really love it when clients pick spots for their engagement photos that are meaningful, and that’s exactly what Sarah & Dan did.  One of their first dates was a hike along a trail in beautiful Gatineau Park, so we started there, and also made a stop on Green Island (near the John G. Diefenbaker Building), which is where Dan proposed to Sarah.

Because their wedding is in May, and the fact that they were picking Gatineau Park as one of the locations, we agreed that aiming for mid-October, when the leaves are at their most vibrant, would be ideal for their engagement shoot.  What we didn’t plan for was the temperature to dive-bomb right when we had the session scheduled (just a couple of degrees above freezing, in fact).  Thankfully Sarah + Dan are pretty comfortable with getting close to stay warm.  That also made for pretty intimate photos.  They were both unbelievably natural in front of the camera, and I think the photos are pretty great.  I wasn’t worried about Gatineau Engagement photos being nice, but everything worked out so well, that these really blew me away.

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