I first met Erin and her sister (and Maid of Honour), Kate way back during the snowy winter months over a coffee, when Erin was still living in Waterloo finishing her education in Optometry.  The story of Erin and Dustin is very cool.  They were High School friends, and nothing more, and didn’t go on their first date until their 2nd year of University at U of T.  They did go to the High School prom together, but apparently only because they were the two tallest in their graduating class.  Based on the chemistry I see between them, I can’t imagine how they spent so much time together…but not together.

Their Wedding at Marshes Golf Club started with the girls getting ready at the Spa Day Retreat in Kanata, followed by a private first look near the Brookstreet Hotel.  We then headed to Pinhey’s Point for some photos with the bridal party, before heading back for the ceremony & reception at the gorgeous Marshes Golf Club.  While the day started off quite brisk for mid-September, it ended up being sunny and beautiful – and I’m sure the guys in the black suits were more than happy that it wasn’t any warmer.

Congrats, Erin & Dustin – you’re an amazing couple surrounded by great people, and I’m honoured that you invited me to document your wedding day.

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Bridal makeup at the Spa in Kanata

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Bridal makeup at the Spa in Kanata

Bride reflections at home in Kanata

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First look near Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata

First look near Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa

First look near Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa

First look near Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa

First look near Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa

Wedding Ceremony at Marshes Golf

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Wedding Ceremony at Marshes Golf

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Wedding Ceremony at Marshes Golf

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Wedding Recessional

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Wedding portraits at Pinhey

Wedding portraits at Pinhey

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Black and White Wedding portrait at Pinhey

Wedding portraits at Pinhey

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Bride and Groom silhouette at Marshes Golf Club

First Dance at Marshes Golf Club

Father of the Bride Plays guitar

Father of the Bride Plays guitar

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding reception dancing at Marshes

Wedding portrait in tunnel at Marshes Golf Kanata

  • ryan - loooove that last frame!ReplyCancel

  • david - Good stuff all around but the one by the lake is hands down the killer of the bunch. I really hope the couple prints that up large!ReplyCancel

  • JESSIE - Wow! You are amazing! That ring shot is so beautiful….just like the bride!ReplyCancel

  • Mario Colli - Gosh ! The portrits are all sooooo beautiful . I really love them. Awesome job. I am sure the couple will be over the moon every time they will look back at these pics.ReplyCancel

  • small - Such wonderful portraits! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Gair - Amazing coverage, looked one hell of a party… the parting portrait shot.. WOWReplyCancel

  • Jesse James Photography - LOVE your lighting! Great work, especially that last shot!ReplyCancel

  • Caryn - Love this!! The first look shots are so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • ALMA // - Last frame = Crazyness!!!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - so much amazing in here!ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - Great silhouette shot shot the bridal party!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce and Jim - Beautiful couple, photogs, celebration. Best wishes. Photographer did a wonderful job telling the story. The eye of the artist! Beautifully done.ReplyCancel

  • Fotografia ?lubna Gda?sk - One and another is better than previous. I can’t even pick up the one. I think one pic by the lake is absolutely stunning, anyway whole story is awesome. Nicely done. I’m impressed.ReplyCancel

When Ferenaz and Adil first began planning their wedding, Ottawa’s new Ismaili Mosque on Conroy Road was still under construction, and they had the privilege of being the very first couple to be married in this gorgeous facility.  Ferenaz and Adil are extremely involved with the local Ismaili community in Ottawa, they volunteered countless hours overseeing, assisting, and advising in the construction of their new Mosque.  In fact, when we met for their engagement photos earlier this summer, they said they had been up until 5am the night before, working on some final details.

Over 400 invited guests witnessed the beautiful ceremony, which went flawlessly.  This wedding had a few firsts for me, not only was it the first Ismaili Muslim Wedding I’ve had the privilege of shooting, but it was also the first wedding where there were 3 receptions – the first was at the Mosque, immediately after the ceremony, the second was a dinner for close family and friends, and there was a party at Play Food & Wine afterwards, for the “younger crowd”.  It was also the first wedding where I’ve had to witness planned littering – where the new bride and groom are supposed to place the pieced of the smashed clay pots into a fast-running stream or river (we did this at Rideau Falls, and I’m sure there is a lot worse than some small pieces of clay in the Ottawa River).  :)

The day was perfect, and laced with a mix of tradition and fun.  We did some photos before the ceremony, and were able to get a few more after the sun went down, before receptions #2 and #3.  Congratulations Ferenaz + Adil – all the best for this next chapter in your lives together!

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I’ve known Chris for a number of years, his brother-in-law is one of my closest friends.  Although I haven’t spent a great deal of time with Chris, I can tell that he’s definitely cut from the same cloth as the rest of the Pella family – who are some of the warmest, kindest, and super fun people I’ve met.  For a simple example, in the 40 minutes I spent at Chris’ parents’ house to photograph Chris & his groomsmen getting ready, Angela (Chris’ Mother), offered me lasagna 5 times…the final time to take some to go when I was leaving.  Gotta love Italian hospitality.  :)

When I first met Kami a few years back, I could tell right away that she and Chris were a fantastic pair.  They are similar in all of the good ways, and different in other good ways…they balance each other beautifully.  They are one of those couples you meet, and immediately know that they’re great for each other, and love being together.

Their wedding day was beautiful from start-to-finish.  On an August Saturday that was forecasted for rain and thunderstorms, it ended up being gorgeous.  Their ceremony was at the stunning St. Anthony’s Parish in Ottawa’s ‘Little Italy’, followed by a beautiful reception at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Contratulations, Kami & Chris – thanks for letting me be part of your incredible day.

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Groom getting ready before St. Anthony

St. Anthony

Groom Portrait St. Anhony

Groom silhouette through glass door - Ottawa Museum of Civilization Wedding

bridal preparation - St. Anthony

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  • ryan - christian, this set is S-O-L-I-D!

    That last one is my favourite from the set.ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Chris, wow you really “upped” your game on this one, all so good. Helps to have a great looking couple too.ReplyCancel

  • Granny Theresa - What an amazing and beautiful selection of poses —ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Well hands down most creative groom getting ready images I have seen. Looks like an amazingly fun wedding and documented so well.ReplyCancel

  • Steve Koo - Love the first dance kiss image. Great stuff Christian!ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - Love the closeup of them beside the fountain – epic!ReplyCancel

  • Mathias Cederholm - Really like the photo of them in the car. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle - These are super, super beautiful! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Woah! This is amazing! Love the vertical image of them beside the car – Breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • Joseph - That last image is brilliant (they all are actually…)
    Congratulations Kami and ChrisReplyCancel

  • bryan - beautiful work. love the fountain shots!ReplyCancel

  • Angela, mother of the groom - Brilliant Chris. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Thomas - Very nice usage of flash at the dancing images.ReplyCancel

  • Jon Yoder - Incredible stuff! I love all the reflection/shadow pictures especially. :)ReplyCancel