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Jul 17, 2018

Evening wedding at the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa: Rebecca and Troy

It was the perfect evening for this gorgeous wedding at the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa. The sun was shining. It was NOT +45 degrees outside (if you live in Ottawa, you know it’s been a hot, hot summer thus far!). And I quite possibly had the most easy-going bride and groom in the history of my career as a wedding photographer. Seriously. This wedding was everything but traditional. No wedding party, a first look, the bride and groom arrived to the ceremony together and walked down the aisle together. No first dance, no cake cutting, no sit down dinner. Just a ceremony and a party. Perfection.

My day started much later than usual, which meant I could get a yoga class in before starting my day with the bride and her girls. Becca is also a yoga teacher, so she must have worked that into our schedules 🙂 Although, this girl went to Crossfit the morning of her wedding day…that’s hardcore.

I arrived to Becca’s friend’s house, where the gals were getting beautified by One Fine Beauty and The Hair Hustle. I am always so impressed by Shannon’s work – the girls’ makeup was flawless all day long. And so natural looking.

exterior of the house where the bride is getting ready Truvelle dress hanging from a garage door glistening in the sun bride getting her makeup done Wedding bouquet from Pollen Nation against black metal wall

Can we talk about how gorgeous this bouquet is?! Pollen Nation – you knocked it out of the park, girl!

Truvelle dress hanging from a tree Truvelle wedding dress hanging from wooden door girls getting hair and makeup done in the kitchen by One Fine Beauty mother of the groom having her makeup done by One Fine Beauty Truvelle dress hanging from the window bride steaming her sash in the living room bride's sister helping the bride into her truvelle wedding gown bride's sister helping the bride into her truvelle wedding dress bride's sister helping the bride into her truvelle wedding dress bride's sister tying the bride's sash bride tying up the bride's wedding dress bride getting the finishing touches on her lipstick by Shannon of One Fine Beauty bride smiling after putting on her wedding dress bride's grandmother watching as the bride gets her makeup donebride holding her wedding bouquet from Pollen Nation

Becca and Troy decided to do a first look since their ceremony wouldn’t start until 7pm. We met at Stanley Park, by the Union Street Bridge in Beechwood for their photos before the ceremony. This is also where we did their engagement photos – they live close by so they wanted to keep things personal.

Bride walking over to see her groom for the first look bride and groom back to back holding hands before they see each other for the first time bride and groom seeing each other for the first time groom smiling at his bride during first lookbride and groom smiling at each other as they see each other for the first time bride and groom holding hands walking down Union Street Bridge in Ottawa bride and groom kissing on Union Street Bridge in Ottawa bride and groom walking down Union Street Bridge in Ottawa holding hands bride and groom holding hands under the Union Street Bridge in Ottawa bride and groom walking down bike path smiling at each other Pollen Nation wedding bouquet and Truvelle wedding dress bride walking ahead of groom into the trees bride and groom walking hand in hand underneath the trees bride and groom cuddling with beautiful wedding bouquet from Pollen Nation

Becca, you are flawless! I’m so in love with this Truvelle weding dress!

bride in her truvelle dress standing underneath willow tree holding wild wedding bouquet from Pollen Nation bride in her truvelle dress standing underneath willow tree holding wild wedding bouquet from Pollen Nation bridal up-do with hair piece by the hair hustle in Ottawa bride and groom cuddling together while holding bouquet in truvelle wedding dress

With no wedding party, and very few family photos, we had so much time for photos of the bride and groom, which is every photographer’s dream.

bride and groom standing in a sunny field holding hands bride and groom holding hands walking down a path holding bridal bouquet from Pollen Nation bride and groom cuddling in the trees

When the bride and groom cuddle up together without me even having to ask…dream clients!

Pollen Nation wedding bouquet bride and groom standing underneath a tree smiling for the camera bride playing with the train of her truvelle wedding dressbride and groom smiling at family Exterior of Orange Art Gallery as guests arrive for ceremony

Over at the Orange Art Gallery, things were getting underway as guests started to arrive.

outdoor sign that says "closed for private event" chalkboard sign outside of venue with itinerary for the evening by the Happy Ever Crafter

Can we talk about this beautiful chalk board from Becca of The Happy Ever Crafter?! Becca and Becca (yes, seriously) have been friends for a lifetime. How could they not be with matching names!

bride and groom walking into the venue for their ceremony from the parking lotbride and groom waiting outside the venue before their ceremony starts bride and groom walking into the Orange Art Gallery together for their wedding ceremony bride and groom walking into their wedding ceremony together bride and groom walking into their wedding ceremony together wedding ceremony in the Orange Art Gallery

The guests were asked to each bless the rings by passing them around the room. So adorable.

guests blessing the wedding bands as they pass them to each other wedding guests blessing the wedding bands bride and groom laughing as the officiant asks for the guests blessing bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony bride putting on the groom's wedding band bride and groom smiling at their guests after being declared husband and wife wedding guests blowing bubbles after ceremony bride's grandmother blowing bubbles during wedding ceremonybride and groom first kiss guests blowing bubbles during wedding ceremony guest hugging bride after wedding ceremonyguest hugging bride after wedding ceremony

I don’t know what is going on in the photo below, but the bride and this guest are making the same hand gesture in conversation and I just happened to catch it. Becca – shed some light on this – what were you guys talking about?!

bride and guest talking to friends, both making the same hand gestureexterior of orange art gallery

Just before sunset, we headed outside the gallery for a few more photos of the bride and groom. Again, dream clients. They made photos a total priority and I am so grateful for all the extra time we had for photos!

girl riding her bicycle past the Orange Art Gallery during a wedding bride and groom outside the Orange Art Gallery at sunset in front of green vines bride and groom dancing twirling her dress bride and groom kissing in front of old industrial building with antique signbride and groom cuddling in black and whitebride and groom standing in patch of orange sunlight at dusk against brick wallbride and groom holding hands twirling in her dressbride and groom next to orange door and vines cuddling bride and groom walking together smiling at each other bride and groom kissing outside the Orange Art Gallery at duskgroom's brother making a speech bride and groom laughing during speeches bride's sister making a toast at wedding bride and her sister hugging wedding guests looking at artLittle girl blowing bubbles at a wedding bride's grandmother laughing at wedding guestskisses on the dancefloor grandmother and groom dancing bride laughing with her grandmothersingle red flower with art in the backgroundwedding guests dancing

The dance party was legit, people. There was no holding back.

wedding guests dancing to Isley Brother "Shout" wedding guests dancing to Isley Brothers "shout"bride and her friends having their picture taken on the steps of the Orange Art Gallery wedding guests dancing little boy with tie around his head at wedding wedding guests dancingWedding guests outside of the Orange Art Gallery at night wedding guests dancingbride and groom kissing on the dance floor exterior of the Orange Art Gallery at night

Congrats to this gorgeous bride and groom on the most perfect evening. I am so so honoured to have been a part of it.

Wedding team (aka. dream team)

Wedding dress: Truvelle from Revelle Bridal
Hair: The Hair Hustle
Makeup: One Fine Beauty
Flowers: Pollen Nation
Suit: Michael Kors
Planning: Toast Events
Chalkboard art : The Happy Ever Crafter

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