Although Rachel and Alex’s wedding at Billings Estate Museum and reception at the Courtyard Restaurant in the Byward Market isn’t until next August, they opted to do their engagement photos before winter – ideally while Ottawa was still enjoying the nice Fall colours.  We have been enjoying a gorgeous ‘Indian Summer’ this year, and for mid-October in Ottawa, we had a pretty stellar evening, with some stunning light.

Here are some of my favourite photos from our time together, before we fell victim to the early autumn (albeit beautiful) sunset.


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Scheduling engagement shoots around weather is usually pretty easy since, unlike a wedding, there aren’t other vendors, guests & schedules to consider.  Simply keep an eye on the forecast and maybe move it out by a day if things look nasty.  Since Franca + Dwayne are from Toronto, this made things a little bit trickier this weekend.  After almost 3 solid weeks of gorgeous, warm fall weather, the heavens opened on the day they drove up for a weekend visit to Ottawa with Dwayne’s 2 boys.  We made the best of it, and I think we all still had a lot of fun (and got some pretty cool photos), despite the chilly, windy, wet weather.

Since this was Franca’s first time in Ottawa, Dwayne insisted on doing at least 1 shot in front of Parliament (which is generally a spot I avoid for photos), so I figured it might be fun to do something a little bit different…and yes, the wind genuinely blew the umbrella inside-out, we just chose not to fix it.

Here are some of my favorites from the session.  I’m super excited for their wedding in January, and I’m hoping that this will bank some good “weather karma” for their winter wedding.

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couple hiding from the rain at richard robinson ottawa

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engagement freeman mall

rideau centre skylight engagement photo

eternal flame engagement inside out umbrella

  • Ryan - Killer last frame, bud!!!ReplyCancel

  • David - Nice dude work man and to the couple for toughing out the weather. That first B&W frame is so classically awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Agreed, the last frame is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • ayesha - fire! this is such an awesome shoot. it’s inspiring to see how well you rocked this weather. well done, and gorgeous couple! i also love the B&Ws but especially the one under the umbrella with the orange tree behind them. and the last one of course!ReplyCancel

  • Brian Kraft - Rainy weather– a perfect opportunity to just snuggle a little closer! Great stuff! And that final shot is really cool!ReplyCancel

  • Marlon Richardson - Rainy weather, or an opportunity? Franca and Dwayne got some beautiful and very unique photos. I’m sure they’ll cherish these.ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Long - Love the ones with the umbrella!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Gair - beautiful portraits, the weather really added to this shoot, hats off to you sir..ReplyCancel

  • Mary Sylvia - Love rainy day engagement sessions, they’re the best.ReplyCancel

  • heather nan - Way to embrace the weather everyone! Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - Excellent images, I’m glad it rained, wouldn’t have been the same without it!ReplyCancel

  • Tom - Fantastic photos – this is making hope for a little rain on our wedding day! Just kidding. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Matt - I love the ones in the rain!ReplyCancel

Warning:  This is the longest blog post I’ve done.  To say that Dominique and Scott’s Mont Tremblant wedding day was magnificent and perfect would be an understatement.  When I first met with Do and Scott last winter to discuss their wedding plans, I was really excited about the prospect of a “1st look” on top of a mountain overlooking Lac Tremblant, followed by a beautiful ceremony and reception at a converted Covered Bridge.  When they contacted me in the summer and mentioned that Dominique was going to be arriving for the reveal by helicopter….my mind was blown.

A “normal” wedding day for me is usually 14-15hrs long, which is tiring enough, but add a 2.5hr drive to start the day with a hike to the top of a mountain for the “reveal”, and I was a bit concerned about making it to the end of the night.  My only comfort was taken in the fact that both Dominique and Scott are Doctors, as are the majority of their wedding party…I’m sure I would have been in very good hands had I collapsed from exhaustion.  The truth is, I don’t think I felt a thing…until the next morning.

The weather on their wedding day in the Mont Tremblant area of Quebec could not have been more gorgeous.  Clear blue skies, a nice breeze, and beautiful warm, autumn temperatures.  Add some incredible friends & warm, loving family, a groom serenading his bride during the ceremony, and kicking-off the night’s dancing by joining the awesome Toronto-based band (Running Red Lights) with a performance of Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”, and it was just icing on top of more icing.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have witnessed and been part of such an amazing day, with such amazing people.  These are the photos that I hope do reasonable justice in telling the story of their day.

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first look helicopter hug

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bridepouring of apple sparkling wine

mountain top champagne toast

groom tie reflection in mirror

groom having boutonniere put on

father of the groom boutonnier

above view jardin ceres wedding area

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view from above during marriage ceremony

exchange of vows

groom playing guitar during wedding ceremony

mother of bride emotional reaction

groom serenading bride

groom having hard time putting ring on

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wedding portrait in front of pines

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kiss shot overlooking Laurentians

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wedding candy table

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first dance hands behind back

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Groom playing with running red lights band

groom singing marry you, bride in foreground

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young girl on dance floor

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dominique and scott singing

Fire in front of converted covered bridge

  • rich - a helicopter entrance?! are you kidding me??

    helicopter aside – i absolutely love how you captured the way this wedding felt. great story told through your photos!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - Absolutely stunning photos and what an amazing wedding!ReplyCancel

  • danielle and mario - fantastic shots!
    thank you for capturing such a great day with such great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • ed peers - What a superb day and captured so well. Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - So beautiful! This is such lovely storytelling and can I just say that I *love* that the bride wore a shorter-length skirt?! Just amazing. Love this wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Great storytelling, monsieur! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Taryn - Christian, you just shot THE wedding – the one that every photographer dreams of! And you definitely did it justice :) Especially loving the shots you captured of the helicopter reveal!ReplyCancel

  • Jon - Great coverage, hot location!ReplyCancel

  • ALMA // - Love the spot and you did great on the coverage!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Sylvia - Wow. What a dream of a day, and you’ve captured it perfectly, they must be thrilled :)ReplyCancel

  • Shipra Panosian - WOW! Wow! & Wow! Can this even be any more amazing?!?ReplyCancel

  • ayesha - fantastic storytelling, seriously! takes us right into this amazing, gorgeous day! really beautiful images, and i really appreciated what you wrote at the top, too – knowing what this means to you as a photographer as well.ReplyCancel

  • naomi - love all the dancefloor work.ReplyCancel

  • Anton Chia - Wonderful wedding in a wonderful location and wonderful photography!ReplyCancel

  • David - So good dude and I’m completely jealous over the helicopter enterance!ReplyCancel

  • Ariana Watts - Okay wow, those reception shots are killer. You do such beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Johnboy Wilson - Awesome work! I love the portraits in the trees especially.ReplyCancel

  • Jon Yoder - coolest. entry. ever.

    Well captured! these are fantastic.ReplyCancel