Sarah + Vinayak wanted to incorporate the amazing blossoming fruit trees into their engagement shoot, so we decided that we were going to meet-up at Dow’s Lake Pavilion, and make it a Dow’s Lake Engagement, taking photos around Dow’s Lake and the fringe of the Arboretum.  It was an absolutely perfect spring evening; the kind where you would be just as comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt, as you would with with pants and a sweater.  We had a great time walking around, laughing about burritos (inside joke), and I think we got some really nice photos.

I can’t wait for their wedding in June!

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Best Wedding Photos of 2014:

As 2015 is kicking-off, I thought I would share some of my favourite images from 2014…both Engagement & Wedding photos.  2014 was a truly fantastic year for me, and I feel fortunate to have worked with so many great clients and vendors, and I’m hugely excited for what lies ahead in 2015.

A big thanks to all of my great clients this year.  I had an absolute blast working with every one of you, and I sincerely appreciate the trust and faith you put in me to capture your day in photos.  In addition to my clients, a huge thanks to my fellow photographers, wedding industry professionals, friends and family, who have liked, shared, critiqued, recommended etc. over the year.  When I made the announcement that I was going to be taking the business full-time, I was overwhelmed by the swell of support from everyone.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here are some of, what I consider, the best wedding and engagement photos from the year.  There were so many, but I did my best to keep it to a reasonable number of images.  Enjoy!

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  • Jennifer Ballard - Wow! What a year! This collection is overflowing with so many amazing moments! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Mathieu Louis-Seize - AWESOME set of images hermano!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Basteen - Wow, what an awesome year you’ve had! Love the rain shot!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - christian, so stunning! Hoping your 2015 is even more spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • Anton Chia - Marvelous shots, breathtaking.ReplyCancel

  • naomi - So many favourites. Awesome work Christian, best of luck for 2015.ReplyCancel

  • heather nan - Lots of incredible work here… I mean, come on. WELL DONE 2014.ReplyCancel

  • caroline - your composition and framing is just impeccable. that second frame is pretty epic and shirtless guy is awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - What a wonderful collection… perfect blend of beauty, touching moments, and a bit of humor. I hope your 2015 is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Adam - Seriously amazing work! Your use of natural light and flash is exceptional!ReplyCancel

  • Adonye Jaja - goodness gracious, this is insanely good!ReplyCancel

  • Nick Evans - Wow Christian! What a year. You kicked some serious butt with these images dude. So many favourites in them. I love your use of light, depth, framing, symmetry. You’re a master.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - These are such beautiful wedding photos. I love how they really capture the essence of what was really happening at the time, no matter how crazy it was (ie. Man with naked beer belly. Ha! Ha!)ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Beautiful photos! Is the 12th one down at the Horticulture Building in Ottawa?ReplyCancel

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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