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A ‘First Look’ Without Seeing Each Other + Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

First look without seeing each other, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

Adele and Matt were married at their family church, followed by a hotel wedding reception in Ottawa!!

The story of Adele and Matt goes all the way back to high school, where they first met as part of a church youth group…but where their love story really takes off was on a road trip across Canada – and I really do mean across the country!! Adele had been living in Yellowknife for two and a half years, and Matt was a commercial building inspector who always liked the idea of driving across Canada. After a week of travelling together in the car, Adele was convinced that their relationship was purely platonic. She jokes that they could “barely spend a week in a car together” so there was no way their relationship would take off from there…

Well…a year later (perhaps after realizing that spending a week in a car with anyone would be rough!!), Matt finally asked her out on a date. She said yes, and their friendship slowly turned to a love story, which would eventually lead to a proposal and their wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel!

Some of my favourite memories from Adele and Matt’s wedding day included: their twist on the ‘First Look’, where they prayed together outside the church without seeing each other; Adele’s bouquet with the official floral emblem of the Northwest Territories; and signage throughout the wedding made by her sister at Wishtree Invites!

This fall wedding and the people in it fill my heart with love!! Enjoy this sneak peek of Matt and Adele’s Hotel Wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn!

Fall trees at Mooney's Bay, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Burgundy marsala bridal heels Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Yellow gold engagement ring and wedding band, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Wishtree Invites, gold calligraphy, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride prep, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Marsala and blush bridal bouquet, Navy invitation, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Rosary beads Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride prep, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Wishtree Invitations and Design, Fall wedding invitation suite, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Marsala bridesmaids help bride get dressed, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Burgundy bridal heels Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Yellow gold ring shot; Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Fall wedding details, bride prep, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Swarovski earrings, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride prep Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Yellow gold wedding rings Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

Having sisters who are involved in your wedding is such a gift!! And when one of those sisters is the boss babe behind Wishtree Invites, you know the signage throughout the day is gonna be pro!!

Wishtree Invites burgundy navy invitation suite, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

Fun fact about Matt: he is one of the most talented woodworkers I’ve ever met. Second fun fact about Matt: he knows his way around a sewing machine (and stitched personalized handkerchiefs for all the men in his family and wedding party)!!

Suit Up Ottawa suit rental, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Homemade stitched handkerchiefs, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
I love my wife cufflinks Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Groom prep Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
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Wall of records Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Groom buttons suit jacket Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Cheers at groom prep Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

Guests were greeted at the Holy Cross Parish with live music on the guitar and piano.

Holy Cross Parish Ceremony Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Catholic ceremony music Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Trillium floral designs ceremony decor Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

This was my first time witnessing a ‘First Look’, where the bride and groom didn’t actually see each other! Adele and Matt took a few minutes to pray and be together outside the church, before the ceremony began indoors.

First look without seeing each other, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Singing during ceremony Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Processional Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Flower girls ring bearers Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Emotional groom as bride walks down the aisle Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom during catholic ceremony Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Exchanging vows in a catholic ceremony Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Exchanging vows at Holy Cross Parish Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Holy Cross Parish Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Married at Holy Cross Parish Ottawa Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

These kids were the best behaved ring bearers and flower girls!!

Ring bearers and flower girls, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Wedding photos at Mooney's Bay, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Wedding photos at Mooney's Bay, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Marsala bouquet with blush and greenery, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Fall bridal party colours, marsala, light peach shawl, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom photos at Mooney's Bay, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

I’ve seen SO many incredible bouquets this year, but it’s always the bouquets with stories that become my favourites!! Like Adele’s bouquet, containing the official floral emblem of the Northwest Territories (where her and Matt’s love story begins!!) and blue thistles to represent the Scottish side of Matt’s heritage.

Trillium Floral Design bouquet, Northwest Territories national flower, thistle, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Burgundy bridesmaid dresses Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom photos at Mooney's Bay, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
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Fall trees and burgundy dresses, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
White Satin Ottawa wedding dress, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Seating chart and two-tiered white cake with burgundy flowers, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Fall wedding photos at Mooney's Bay, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Hilton Inn ballroom, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Grand entrance at Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Speeches at dinner Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Speeches and toast reaction Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Mother-son first dance, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
First dance and cake cutting, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding
Bride and groom share a first dance, Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport Hotel Wedding

Adele, Matt!! I hope you’re on a warm sandy beach on your honeymoon as you read this post!!

From the minute I met you two, you felt like instant friends and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know you and seeing you so happy on your wedding day!! I wish you guys the the best in everything to come and I hope that your #happilyeverettafter hashtag translates to real life together as husband and wife!! Congratulations, you sweethearts, and thanks so much for the pleasure of being your photographers!!!

With love.
xo, A.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING VENDORS!:

CEREMONY VENUE: HOLY CROSS PARISH
RECEPTION VENUE: HILTON INN OTTAWA AIRPORT HOTEL
INVITATION SUITE: WISHTREE INVITATIONS AND DESIGN
FLORIST: TRILLIUM FLORAL DESIGNS
HAIR: SHOWPONY HAIR
MAKEUP: OTTAWA MAKEUP ARTISTS
WEDDING DRESS: WHITE SATIN
ENGAGEMENT RING: DIXON JEWELLERS
SUIT RENTAL: SUIT UP!
DJ: DJ DANNY V
PHOTOGRAPHY: AMY PINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

 

PS. I love hearing your thoughts, love and kind words for my couples! If Matt and Adele’s hotel wedding reception photos get 10 or more comments, I’ll gift them a FREE 8×10 print of their choosing! Comment below :)


13 Comments

  1. These are beautiful! You perfectly captured such a gorgeous day and commitment between these two lovebirds!

  2. Cannot get enough of these photos! My goodness Amy you knocked it out of the park! It’s like reliving the entire day all over again and seeing the behind the scenes you can’t always reflect on while in the moment. <3 So much love for Adele and Matt!!! <3 (and thanks for the Wishtree shout out too! Their suite quickly became my most favourite ever!)

  3. These are just beautiful. I love seeing each stepmofbthe day and it certainly captured their love of God , family , friends and not course each other.

  4. Douglas D Everett Reply

    Wonderful presentation, Amy captured the beauty of the day, a picture is worth a million words! Father of the groom and father of a new daughter.

  5. Pat Beland Reply

    You captured stunning memories of the day. I was so happy I could be a part of such a beautiful celebration.

  6. These are absolutely beautiful! You captured the moments so perfectly!

  7. Such a beautiful day! The photos are perfect and will be a treasure for always. Love you Matt and Adele!

  8. These photos are wonderful! I’m so glad that you shared these and thank you for the beautiful shots of the custom rings! It’s so great getting to see how the whole thing came together. We so often get to hear stories about engagements and what the wedding plans are from our clients but rarely do we get to see everything come together in such a beautiful compilation of images. Wishing Matthew and Adele all the best (and I hope they get their free 8 x10 print!) :D

  9. Stunning shots Amy! Really capture the moment in time. Unforgettable.

  10. Chris coyle Reply

    Breathtaking photos, truly captured everyone’s best side. And the lighting is fantastic, magical even. Very well done!

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