I feel like Amanda + Brad are almost family at this point.  You see, Amanda first contacted me about being their photographer back in July 2013.  That is almost TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO!  At the time, my daughter, Kate, wasn’t even two years old, and I was thinking to myself “Wow, Kate will be in Kindergarten when this wedding actually takes place”.

To say that Amanda is a thorough planner would be a gross understatement.  Not only had she begun the wedding plans more than two full years in advance, but she also had an entire 3D rendering of their reception hall setup of the Marshes.  Unreal.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out:

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Like…even the beams…even the light fixtures…even the linens, decor…all exactly as they were in real life.  I was blown away.

Amanda and Brad are that perfect Ying & Yang couple, who balance each other out beautifully.  Amanda is and architect, and Brad is a numbers guy.  They are so fantastic together, they ooze great energy, and it shows in their photos.  I dare you to not smile as you look at them.

Their Marshes Golf Club wedding day was one of those rare, totally rainy days, but we somehow lucked-out and it stopped pouring just long enough to get some photos at the Ornamental Gardens in Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, between their ceremony at Divine Infant Parish in Orleans, and their reception at the Marshes Golf Club in Kanata.  It was a crazy fun day…enjoy!

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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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