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Sep 28, 2020

Intimate backyard elopement in Ottawa: Jackie and Steve

It’s no surprise that many couples have had to plan a wedding on the fly, with the ever evolving situation during this pandemic. Jackie and Steve were supposed to get married this fall in Toronto but as the months rolled on, they made the difficult decision to postpone their big wedding and do a small backyard elopement instead. In Jackie’s initial email to me, she said they didn’t want to wait any longer to become “The Rowlands”.

In Jackie’s initial email, she also made this backyard wedding sound super low-key but it was….epic. Considering how quickly they put this celebration together, I was really impressed.

backyard elopement in front of a gazebogroom hugging his grandmother as she arrives to backyard wedding ceremony bride and groom signing marriage license during backyard wedding ceremony

Prior to the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom made it official by signing the marriage license, along with their grandmothers as witnesses. Adorable.

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Nothing like a little Veuve Clicquot to celebrate!

brother of the groom pouring Veuve Clicquot champagne

Many family members were not able to make the trip for the wedding celebration but they joined via live streaming…it was perfect.

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The new covid wedding family portrait. Jackie’s siblings got all dressed up and posed in front of the fire place on the ipad for their family photo. Amazing.

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Is this not the most beautiful harvest table you ever did see? Jackie rented most of the items and threw all of this together…so gorgeous!

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Is it really a backyard wedding without lawn games? The answer is no.

bride holding a beer playing backyard lawn games groom and brother playing lawn games during backyard wedding bride and groom kissing in front of wooden bar with neon sign with their namesbride and groom under pergola after backyard wedding ceremonybride holding wild bouquet while resting her head on groom's chestbride resting her head on groom's shoulder in front of pergola

Congratulations you two on the most perfect backyard elopement!

Vendors

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Makeup: One Fine Beauty
Decor rentals: Inspired Events

harvest table in a backyard with old beer growlers with tall grass

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