When I was first contacted by Amanda last August, she said she was looking for a photographer for her wedding, which was going to take place September 2015.  Wait…what?  That would be over 2 years away!  This was even before my daughter’s 2nd birthday, and Kate would be 4, and attending Jr. Kindergarten when the wedding takes place.

It took me a while to wrap my head around that, but when we met for a beer to chat about their plans, it all made perfect sense. Amanda is finishing her school program in Architecture, and didn’t want to get married while still in the middle of studying, so they took advantage of the time to plan.  It sounds like their wedding is going to be very cool, and very personal…I won’t go into any details they shared, in case all/some of it is a surprise…but I’ll just say that I’m really excited to see it all come together.

Whenever planning engagement pictures in Ottawa, I always try to find somewhere I hadn’t shot before, and look to the couple for interesting ideas, or locations that are meaningful to them.  Amanda + Brad chose Old Ottawa South.  This is a really cool part of the city, and an area that means a lot to both of them.  Amanda lived here when the first started dating, and many of their first dates were along this part of Bank St.  In case you can’t tell by the photos, we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.  :)ottawa south photos-0001ottawa south photos-0003

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  • Julianne Markow - All of these frames are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - LOVE the second last shot in black and white with the flash line, awesome use of of the backdrop.ReplyCancel

  • Paul Krol - The silhouette shot is killer and i’m sure the couple loves it and all the other pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Thomas - Thanks for such a great engagement photo shoot! We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the photos turned out :)ReplyCancel

  • Mitch Denice - I LOVE this couple together, and her smile/laugh is amazing. Spot on my friend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - These are gorgeous! I really love the third one down and also the one where their silhouette is framed by trees!ReplyCancel

  • Anton Chia - Sweet frames.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Schilling - Her laugh and smile are beyond adorable, and I love the emotion and composition of all of them!ReplyCancel

  • /mariahedengren - Love the sunset silhouette image.ReplyCancel

  • Josée Galipeau - Amazing pictures of my lovely niece and her futur husband. You did a great job in capturing their personnality! Love all the pics!ReplyCancel

I first met with Jan and Mike around Christmas time last year at Bistro l’Autre Oeil in Aylmer, the cool little french pub that would be the venue for their “Runners & Rock” themed wedding.  Mike is a musician, and Jan is a triathlete.  But not just any triathlete…she is the head of Won with One, a fantastic charity that helps improve the blind or physically impaired realize their athletic potential by providing equipment, coaching and guiding for triathlons.  I later found out that Jan and I had probably previously sort-of crossed paths, as she was nominated one of CTV’s “Amazing People”, and I photographed their awards gala that year.

True to the theme, it was a bona-fide Rock n Roll wedding, and there were a lot of runners (and fantastic guide dogs).  Jan and Mike had one of the most touching and personal exchanges of vows I’ve witnessed, and the whole day was massively special.  They had friends, family, and team members from all over the country to celebrate with them, and you could tell that there was a huge amount of love for these two incredible people.

Although weather threatened most of the wedding week, there really couldn’t have been better conditions for this wedding, especially since it was outside.  They also had Andy Brown as the night’s entertainment, and Andy is not only an INCREDIBLE artist, but he is a big part of how Jan and Mike met in the first place.  A little while ago, Jan (a big Andy Brown fan), had hired Andy to come and play a fundraising event, and Mike (also a big fan),  happened to be there to bring a piece of equipment.  The rest, as they say….is history.  Andy played incredible music all evening, as guests danced-away, and enjoyed the catering provided by the POUTINE TRUCK!!!!

I feel fortunate to have been a part of such a great day for two great people who I am proud to consider friends.  Congratulations, Jan + Mike…you inspire me as individuals and as a couple.

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If there is ever a test of a wedding photographer’s creativity, it’s inclement weather at a gorgeous outdoor venue.  Frolicking in golden sun-drenched fields is sort of out of the question. When choosing a nice outdoor venue, like planning an outdoor Billings Estate Museum Wedding, rain is always a risk, but you REALLY hope that it doesn’t become a factor….trust me, it happened at my own wedding.

It doesn’t matter how gorgeous of a venue you have, if it’s miserable outside, things are gonna be tough.  People who spend massive amounts of money on dresses, suits, hair and make-up don’t want to get wet, and, typically, pretty outdoor venues don’t aways have *stunning* indoor back-up plans. Although the weather on Cassandra + Eric’s Billings Museum wedding day was pretty much solid rain all day, everything was absolutely gorgeous.   Billings Estate’s tent provided a great back-up plan, and I think we managed to get some pretty cool portraits inside the small museum itself.  Their reception was at Prinzo Hall – somewhere I had never been.  The facility is stunning, and the staff did an incredible job. Thankfully the rain lifted later in the evening, and Cass & Eric were up for getting a few photos on the deserted downtown Ottawa streets at night…my favourite!!!!

Congratulations, Cass & Eric – I had a blast working with you!!

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  • Ryan - Wow man, fantastic work! I want you to shoot my wedding. It was 5 years ago though…ReplyCancel

  • Sully - I’m loving this wedding dude! When it rains it sucks, but dang you made some beautiful stuff regardless. Really killing it lately man!ReplyCancel

  • Cass - Aw-mazing. Love the one of me with the sweet-ass car :)ReplyCancel

  • Eric - Incredible. These are great I now feel like a secret agent with that one frame. Simply awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Buchanan - Stuning pictures. Brought tears to my eyes :)ReplyCancel

  • Diane Hart Sandin - I was not able to attend my nephew’s wedding but looking at these I feel like I am there…some made me cry…just beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - Beautiful portraits of the bride. I love the intimacy in all the rain shots, but that next to the last frame is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • John - The portraits of the bride are fantastic! I love the one of her sitting and looking up to the camera.ReplyCancel

  • mathias - WOW. these are incredible! The first two b&w’s of the bride especiallyReplyCancel

  • Sam - Some of your best work Chris. The portraits are a so good.ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - I know I’ve commented on your post already, but I had to come back for a second look. Really really stellar work, Christian. It’s definitely some of your best.

    This one should be printed and hung over the fireplace of the B&G’s house:
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  • James - Killer portraits dude!ReplyCancel

  • naomi - brilliant use of light. really like the black and white portrait of the bride with what i think are trees behind her.ReplyCancel

  • Kristian Leven - Fantastic work – love the light, the posing, the atmosphere – really great postReplyCancel

  • Cass - I would also like to point out that the tissue my niece is using to wipe her eyes in that one shot is Hello Kitty, KISS themed kleenex! The best man thought the girls might need some added hilarity while they were wiping their tears!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Pardoe - You’ve done it once again, Christian – beautiful, every one!ReplyCancel

  • paul rowland - Awesome wedding pictures! I especially love the night portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - The rain on the car window…..I died.ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Ismael-Bennett - That silhouette photo…that should be made into a huge, huge wall canvas. Sooo goood!!!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - you are a bridal portrait master my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Davis - Beautiful. The last few frames are money.ReplyCancel

  • Becca Dilley - What. This is just stunning from beginning to end. Obviously, the bride and groom look so happy and planned a beautiful wedding, but you bring such a stunning sense of intimacy to the images, and your command of light, from the portraits to the dancing, is so note worthy. Just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Nev - Killer portraits man. That kiss on the hand shot is too good.ReplyCancel