When Sarah first contacted me last winter to talk about her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Geoff, who is a Priest…I was a little taken-aback.  Being raised Roman Catholic, this concept was very foreign!  Geoff is an Anglican Priest, and he and Sarah met at the archdiocese in Montreal, where she worked.  Their beautiful ceremony was performed by none other than Geoff’s father, Bishop John Chapman.  Very, very cool.

After the ceremony, they had a gorgeous reception at Brasseurs du Temps in Gatineau Quebec.  The food was absolutely unreal (I had the chicken & waffles…drool!), and the party was crazy fun.  Not only did I not know about Brasseurs du Temps before this wedding, but I also didn’t know that there were canals in Gatineau!  I was happy that Sarah + Geoff let me steal them away from the party for a few minutes to grab some cool night photos on the bridge over the canal.  I’ll definitely be back to BdT for some more of that incredible food.

Congratulations, Sarah & Geoff, and thanks for having me along.  Cheers to a lifetime of happiness together!

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Lisa + Brandon’s brunch wedding at the gorgeous Fairmont Chateau Laurier was originally supposed to be at Rockcliffe Pavillion and Mill Street Brewpub.  Partway through the planning process they decided that they wanted to do something a little different, and that ended up being a brunch wedding at the Chateau.  Lisa is very spontaneous, and Brandon is one of the most laid-back people I’ve met.  Together, they make such a great balance, and were a joy to work with.

Their whole wedding day was perfect.  It was one of those absolutely gorgeous late August weekends in Ottawa, where it was nice and warm, yet comfortable…a perfect day to be outside on the Chateau Laurier terrace.  I know this probably sounds like I’m being overly romantic, but this wedding, on this terrace, at this hotel, on this weekend, made me seriously appreciate how lucky I am to live in Ottawa.  There was really nothing that could have made it nicer.

The ceremony was really beautiful, and made fun & personal, thanks to Lynne.  After some famous Chateau Laurier brunch (including made-to-order omelettes by Jimmy, the omelette guy), Lisa + Brandon  took a walk along the Rideau Canal locks, and the Ottawa River, where I got some photos of the newlyweds.  Congratulations, Lisa + Brandon!

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When I first met with Katie & Chris last winter, we instantly hit it off, especially after finding out that we were are pretty much neighbours.  Katie & Chris live just a couple of streets over (for the time being…sadly, they’re moving shortly), and, as it turns out, walk their dog in front of my house just about every day.  Out of the 1.3M people in the Capital region!  Crazy!  I was massively excited when they chose me as their wedding photographer, because I could sense what a really nice & fun couple they would be to work with.   I wasn’t wrong.

When clients ask me about booking a 2nd photographer with me, I usually explain that it’s sort-of like when you book one of those mystery deals on Expedia.com.  You know it’s a 5 star resort somewhere warm, but you don’t know what it is until after you confirm.  Although I shoot about 95% of my weddings solo, every now and then a client will book a 2nd, and I can usually bring in a “ringer”, a friend from out-of-town, who is usually at least as good a photographer.  Well, Katie + Chris opted for a 2nd photographer and hit the jackpot on their wedding day, because I was able to get Sully Clemmer (who is, in my opinion, one of the best photographers in the SouthEastern US), up from Jackson, Mississippi to join me.  He also happens to be a very close friend.

Katie + Chris’ wedding day was flawless from start-to-finish, with exquisite planning from Shannon at Kennedy Events.  The day started at the Westin Hotel downtown Ottawa, their wedding ceremony at the gorgeous Christ Church Cathedral, and their incredible reception at Lago Bar + Grill on Dow’s Lake.

Huge congratulations, Katie + Chris!!  Thanks for having us along.  🙂

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Special thanks:

Ceremony: Christ Church Cathedral

 

Reception: Lago Bar + Grill

DJ: Adrenaline Entertainment

 

Florist: Full Bloom Floral Design

Linen: Groovy Linen

Decor Rentals: Party Time Rentals

 

Wedding Planner: Kennedy Event Planning, Shannon Kennedy