Mar 12, 2018

Winter wedding at Strathmere Lodge in Ottawa: Kaytie and Jordan

It was the most perfect day for this winter wedding at Strathmere Lodge in Ottawa. We probably could have used a bit more snow to really sell the fact that it was truly ‘winter’, but I’m not complaining! It could have been -20 and ridiculously unpleasant outside, making it impossible for us to have the ceremony outdoors and take photos for more than 2 minutes at a time. So yay!

My day started off with the girls at the Schoolhouse, where they were getting their hair and makeup done.

Bride's dress hanging from the school house door at StrathmereBride getting her hair done at the School House

The amazing Leah Van Camp was getting everyone’s hair beautified. I’ve never worked with Leah before, but I hope to again – she was awesome.

layers of wedding dress skirt in black and white bride's sparkly slippers while she sits in a chair getting ready Bridesmaid holding a fish bowl

Okay, so this fishbowl…the best inside joke at a wedding ever. The groom was really adamant about having fishbowls as centerpieces for the wedding, but the bride had to talk him out of it. He was still talking about it come the wedding day, so the bride’s sister got him a fishbowl with a goldfish in it and left it at the head table for him to see at the wedding reception. Hilarious.

lyz plant doing bridal makeup

I walked in to see my gorgeous gal Lyz Plant doing makeup on these bridesmaids and instantly was 100% more excited to photograph these girls today. Lyz did my makeup back when I had portraits taken by Alexa Mazzarello. She did a great job on my not so great skin, so I knew these girls would look flawless which makes my job a million times easier!

bride's Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes

Ok, and also, these shoes. Wow.

layers of wedding dress next to antique bureau bride and flower girl getting ready bridesmaid smiling at the bride bride having her makeup done in the school houseFather of the bride opening a gift from his daughter

I love when brides give their fathers a little gift on the wedding day. This one was a tearjerker for sure.

Bride wiping away a tear as he dad opens a gift from herBride hugging her father after giving him a gift father of the bride smiling at his daughter personalized tie to bride from her dad that says "Dad, I loved you first"

The bride’s dress was from Kleinfelds. Check out how beautiful this dress looks on Kaytie!

maid of honour helping bride into her wedding dress maid of honour helping bride into her wedding dress

Clearly her girls agree she belongs in a fairy tale. This is one of my favourite moments from the day.

bridesmaids and flower girl seeing the bride for the first time in her wedding dress

Afterwards, I popped over to the guys who were getting suited up before the ceremony. Jordan was cool, calm and collected.

groom putting on his jacket in front of the mirror

No wedding day is complete without a little Five Guys burger before the ceremony. The. Best.

groomsmen eating Five Guys burgers groom adjusting the ring bearer's pocket square groom standing in front of the Lodge at Strathmere wearing aviator sunglasses Groom and groomsmen outside the Lodge at Strathmere laughing groomsmen laughing wearing aviator sunglasses

How handsome are these dudes?! They were so much fun to work with.

Groomsmen wearing sunglasses smiling outsideThe Strathmere Lodge exterior The Strathmere Lodge interior Bride's birthday cake

Fun fact: not only was it Jordan and Kaytie’s wedding day, but it was also Kaytie’s birthday. Jordan won’t ever forget their anniversary!

Blue and white wedding cake with pinecones Outdoor ceremony at winter wedding at Strathmere

SO happy we got to do their winter wedding at the Strathmere Lodge outdoors – it was so perfect!

flower girl and ring bearer walking down the aisleGroomsmen smiling at the flower girl and ring bearer bride and father walking down the aisle groom seeing the bride for the first time groom shaking father of the bride's hand outdoor winter wedding ceremony at Strathmere Lodge

You might remember these two from a proposal I photographed in the Byward Market two summers ago. The bride and groom met in teachers college at the University of Ottawa, so it was only fitting they tie the knot in Ottawa too.

bridesmaids with fur shall at outdoor winter wedding ceremonybride's parents smiling during wedding ceremony ring bearer delivering rings for the wedding ceremony bride and groom laughing as they exchange rings bride putting on the groom's wedding band first kiss during outdoor winter wedding bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife bridesmaid and flower girl cuddling to stay warmbridesmaids helping the bride with her dress walking into a field

The beautiful thing about a winter wedding is that the light is usually perfection when it comes time for photos. And in this case, it didn’t disappoint.

wedding party at outdoor winter wedding bride and groom laughing at sunset bride and groom in a field at sunset bride and groom in a field at sunset bridesmaids smiling together in front of the Lodgebride and groom kissing in a snowy field at sunset bride holding her pine cone bouquet at sunset in a snowy field bride and groom walking in a snowy field at sunsetbride and groom holding hands in a snowy field at sunset bride and groom walking in a snowy field at sunset bride and groom holding hands in a snowy field

We popped into The Inn to warm up and take some photos before the wedding reception. We had the whole place to ourselves…magical.

bride and groom standing on old spiral staircasebride looking out the window playing with her necklacebride walking down a spiral staircasebride and groom standing in front of antique window panes at sunset

Congratulations to this amazing couple on the most perfect day. I am so honoured to have been part of it.

Wedding team

Bride’s dress: Mikaella Bridal from Kleinfelds
Bridesmaids dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s wear: Freeman Formal Wear
Florals: Michelle Robinson – Personalized Petals
Makeup: Lyz Plant
Hair stylist: Leah Van Camp
Cake designer: JS Creations
Venue and catering: Strathmere

bride and groom walking in a snowy field at sunset



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