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Jul 27, 2018

Horticulture Building wedding in Ottawa: Annik and Julien

It was my first time shooting a wedding at the Horticulture Building and hopefully not my last. Wow! What a venue for a wedding here in Ottawa!

Annik and Julien had originally scheduled their wedding in August of this year but upon realizing that there would be an Ottawa Redblacks football game that evening, they decided to switch their wedding date. If you’ve ever walked around Lansdowne when there’s a football game going on, you know it’s pretty much a gong show. The bride and groom were concerned about parking for their guests and general enjoyment of the grounds. So, thankfully, I was still available on that one weekend in July that they decided to switch their wedding day to.

My day started off at the beautiful Alt Hotel in downtown Ottawa where the bride and her bridesmaids were getting beautified by Noah at One Fine Beauty and the gals of Showpony hair.

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Meanwhile, the guys were starting to get prepped and ready for the ceremony. All six guys crammed into this tiny hotel room, plus the fathers of the bride and groom, you can imagine the chaos!

groom and groomsmen putting on their tiesgroom's shoes, tie and pocket square groom putting on his tie groom's sunglasses and boutenniere on white tablegroom putting on his suit jacket in front of concrete wall groom adjusting his tie in front of concrete wall groomsmen putting on groom's boutonniere groom and groomsmen standing in front of black and white mosaic wall laughing groomsmen laughing in the Alt Hotel lobby groom sitting in a tan leather chair in hotel lobby laughing groom and groomsmen taking shots at the bar

After the girls were finished up with hair and makeup, we headed upstairs to get dressed before leaving the hotel. Again…picture six girls plus a flower girl plus a mom, a dad…chaos.

maid of honour helping the bride into her wedding dress maid of honour helping the bride into her wedding dress bride's mother seeing the bride in her dress for the first time bride pinning on the father of the bride's boutonniere bride putting on her necklace in front of the mirror bride putting on her earrings flower girl getting dressed in the corner of a busy roombride putting on her garter bride putting on the flower girl's bracelet bride giving the flower girl her sign to walk down the aisle withbride seated in modern chair putting on her navy heels

As I walked into the ceremony, I was shocked at how beautiful everything looked. The girls at Chic Planners did an incredible job setting everything up for this Horticulture Building wedding!

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So while my back was turned, the flower girl handed this groomsman a napkin to wipe his sweat off. Hilarious!

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Following the ceremony, we headed outside for some photos (and an attempt to find some shade!).

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We wrapped up our photos with the bride and groom and headed back inside the Horticulture Building to get ready for the wedding reception to begin. If it was even possible, it was a hotter inside than it was outside at this point. Needless to say, I downed about three litres of water upon walking in. If you didn’t know it already, I’m five months pregnant and I already run hot as it is. Add an extra 12 pounds (to be honest, I haven’t weighed myself in a while…I’m sure it’s more like 15 now…yikes) and I’m hotter than hot.

head table at the Horticulture Building table setting at the Horticulture Buildingseating chart on old industrial metal

So, let me tell you about this seating chart. This piece of metal is from Annik and Julien’s abandoned mine engagement session. We found it as we were heading out and these two had a vision of making it their seating chart. Vision complete!

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Speeches were hilarious – there was no shortage of laughs.

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Stephane at Dynamix Productions had the dance floor bumping all night. It was perfection!

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Oh man…these garter toss moments are hilarious. Julien did not disappoint.

groom smacking his butt in front of bride during garter toss groom going up the bride's dress during garter toss groom showing off the garter belt man who caught the garter belt

Before my evening ended, we went outside and walked around Lansdowne for a few last photos of the bride and groom at night.

bride and groom in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion at night bride and groom walking around Landsdown park at night bride and groom in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion at nightbride and groom in front of checkered wall at Landsdown Park

Congratulations to this amazing bride and groom! I had such a great time photographing your wedding day!

Wedding team

Wedding dress: Stella York at With Love Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids dresses: Morilee at With Love Bridal Boutique
Groom and groomsmen: Stars Men’s Shop
Florist: Mlle Artsy
Hair stylist: Showpony Hair
Makeup artist: Noah from One Fine Beauty
Wedding planner: Chic Wedding Planners
Stationary: Left & Write
Decorators: Lux Event Rental, Creative Edge, Party time rental
Cake designer: Maxine’s Sweet Treats
Second photographer: Carley Theresa Photography

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