I love it when things that start kinda bad end-up working out super well.  When I met-up with Erin and Dustin for their engagement shoot, I was sheepishly chuckling, and calling myself the worst weather forecaster.  The day before, we had decided to postpone the session by one day due to fear of expected violent thunderstorms, then it ended up being a gorgeous evening on the original night, but grey, drizzly and sort of horrible on our “rain date”.

The rain didn’t bother either one of them, we had a great time getting some pretty cool photos around the Rideau Canal Locks beside the Chateau Laurier.  Erin and Dustin weren’t just great sports, they were a ton of fun to work with.  I remember at one point asking Dustin “ok, now let’s get a few without smiles” and Dustin responded “Sorry Christian, I’m having too much fun!!”.

I’m glad they were both troopers, because I think we got some pretty cool photos, not despite the rain, but also because of it.  I can’t wait for their wedding this fall at Marshes Golf Club!

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I’ve actually known Chris for a while now – his sister is married to one of my closest friends, and we were both in his wedding party almost exactly 6 years ago.  Kami and Chris have been dating for a number of years now, and I was both thrilled and honoured when they contacted me to announce their engagement, and talk about photographing their upcoming wedding in Little Italy at St. Anthony’s Church (the unofficial, official Parish for Ottawa’s Italian Community), followed by a reception at the stunning Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.

Since Chris works for the City of Ottawa, and I’m always looking for different places to shoot, I suggested City Hall in downtown Ottawa might be an interesting spot for their engagement session.  Despite some incredible heat – especially for late in the day, we had a good time, kept sweating mostly to a minimum, and I think we got some cool photos.  Both Chris and Kami wanted photos with a “fun/light” feel, not super-romantic or kissy-kissy.  Neither are really big on PDAs (public displays of affection), so rumour has it that their close friends are anxiously awaiting the wedding to see if they’ll actually kiss in public view.

I’m really looking forward to the wedding at the very end of August – I’m sure it will be a blast!

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  • Silvana Timpson - These photos are wonderful. Wishing this beautiful couple much happiness as
    they begin their new adventure. Your wedding day will be a wonderful celebration of your love & commitment to each other. God Bless you both and looking forward to sharing this
    special day with you. Hugs SilvanaReplyCancel

I gave a brief bio on Mollie & Matt when I posted their engagement shoot back in the late Spring, so I won’t re-introduce them as a couple.  What I will do, is talk about what a fantastic wedding day they had.  Not only did they completely luck-in with the only nice weather day in a 10-day stretch, but absolutely everything went flawlessly.  They both got ready on the 20th floor at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa – with gorgeous views from both rooms, and I found a nice, quiet spot on a terrace between the new Ottawa Convention Centre and the Westin to do their “1st look”.  After meeting-up with family at The Shore Club Restaurant, we headed across the street along the canal for some of the family/bridal party photos…wow – if you ever want to experience being “photobombed”, try taking photos along the Rideau Canal near the Chateau Laurier on a sunny Saturday in July.  From there, we headed to St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa West for the Ceremony, followed by an amazing night at Juniper Kitchen & Wine Bar, it was a great party, incredible music (from D.J. Kwesi Bourne) that kept the dance floor packed until after 2am, and of course, the always stunning food that can be expected at Juniper.  For me, big highlights included Mollie & her Dad’s 1st Dance – which broke-out into Gangnam style at one point, and her grandmother completely tearing-up the dance floor most of the night…showing the kids how it’s really done.

Congratulations to Mollie & Matt – who are currently honeymooning in an undisclosed location (seriously – even Mollie didn’t know where they were going)!!

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  • ryan - sooo good. That garter toss photo is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • rich - super fun photos! felt like it was quite the wedding reception to be at!ReplyCancel

  • AdonyeJaja - Great job, you captured so many great moments. They look like they had so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Joseph West Photography - Such fun captures! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • don barrington - Luv the close up of them together. great coverage.ReplyCancel

  • John - great work! Love the garter toss imageReplyCancel

  • Brian Kraft - Looks super fun! I really love the portrait of the couple with the many lights above head.ReplyCancel

  • sachin - Superb coverage Christian! The reception looks nuts!ReplyCancel

  • Matt & Mollie - Christian, we LOVE the photos! Absolutely amazing work. Thank you for being part of and capturing this special day… Truly fantastic memories!!
    PS – hello from Paris! The surprise location has been revealed 😉ReplyCancel

    • Christian - Paris? I thought it was going to be Sudbury or Timmins! Paris is freaking awesome – have a great time…talk to you when you get back. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nayda and Barry (mollie's parents) - beautiful – took our breath away –
    Cannot wait to see the rest!! – from early morning make-up until 2:00 am. Incredible. We are very happy . It sure was a fun party!!!! N& B
    love that Mattx0ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Grant - Beautiful. Just absolutely gorgeous! Mollie and Matt are an incredible couple who radiate happiness , goodness, and love. Your photos are amazing and capture the essence of both bride and groom. I look forward to taking Mollie out for a drink to see them all when she returns from France!!ReplyCancel

  • Andreas - Superb! Stylish portraiture and great storytelling!ReplyCancel

  • Kwesi - Damn I’m glad I didn’t miss that party, you know it was a good party when the venue turns the lights on lol. Nice work Christian, Congratulations Matt & Mollie !ReplyCancel

    • Christian - Thanks, Kwesi! And any future clients reading this: Kwesi is hands-down the best DJ in Ottawa. This guy knows how to get a dance floor hopping and keep it going until close.ReplyCancel

  • Matt - Brisbane Photographer - That’s a beautiful set of photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Fantastic photography! And such an beautiful wedding. I especially love the close-up of M & M sitting on the stairs (showing Mollie’s beautiful eyes), and the b & w with reflections in the Convention Centre windows.ReplyCancel

  • Moyra - Congrats Mollie and Matt! And Christian…truly beautiful shots!ReplyCancel