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A spring wedding with cherry blossoms at the horticulture building on Lansdowne

MAY LONG WEEKEND WEDDING WITH CHERRY BLOSSOMS


I’ve always loved the vibe of downtown Ottawa at Lansdowne, so when Jamie told me she was having a Horticulture Building wedding, I was over-the-moon excited! I’d heard incredible things about this venue – and about how you could customize the blank canvas of the room to fit your day – and her visions for a rustic and modern family-style reception had me counting down the days until her wedding day.

The reception venue was what she had always dreamed of: the Edison bulbs were strung expertly overhead; the vineyard chairs were placed in neat rows against the lines of harvest tables; and the heritage-inspired decor brought their family history to the industrial essence of The Horticulture Building at Landsdowne. No detail too small, no corner left undecorated. With the help of a close family friend (thank you Deirdre!), this venue was transformed into a romantic and soft space, with a twist of metals and barnboard signage.

The wedding day begun at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, where Jamie and Jon prepared for their wedding with family and friends by their sides.

White rose boutonnieres at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Groom buttons royal blue tux at the Chateau Laurier for the Horticulture Building Wedding
Groomsmen gifts of cigars and leather flasks at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Mother attached boutonniere at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Blue suits and white boutonnières at the Horticulture Building Wedding

Loved the pop of gold foil on their Minted stationary…

Minted wedding invitations at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Yellow gemstone engagement ring with white gold band at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bridal party pops champagne at the chateau laurier suite just before the Horticulture Building Wedding
Pastel flowers at the Horticulture Building Wedding

When Jamie and I first met, we bonded instantly over our love for gemstone rings. Her custom yellow gemstone engagement ring is an absolute beauty!

Oval yellow gemstone engagement ring with a single halo of diamonds at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bridal party cheers to the bride at the Horticulture Building Wedding
White bridal shoes at the Horticulture Building Wedding

This moment between Jamie and her mom…Favourite!

The bride wore a white nighty on the morning of her wedding at the Horticulture Building Wedding
The bride wore a custom lace coverup to cover her shoulders at the Horticulture Building Wedding

I adore this embroidered handkerchief, but it was the reaction between them I loved the most…

A hand-emboirdered handkerchief for the mother of the bride at the Horticulture Building Wedding

When your maid of honour is not only your sister, but also your best friend…*j’adore!* So much love for these two.

hand-stitched handkerchief for the maid of honour at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bridal preparations at a suite in the Chateau Laurier for the Horticulture Building Wedding

Jamie’s bridesmaids were full of tears, laughter, and cheers after seeing their girl in her dress for the first time.

Bridesmaids reveal at the Chateau Laurier and the Horticulture Building Wedding

It may only be a quick drive to St. Patrick’s Basilica, but Jamie and her dad arrived in style!

The bride took a vintage car from the Chateau Laurier to St. Patrick's Basilica for the Horticulture Building Wedding
The processional at St. Pat's Basilica in Ottawa for the Horticulture Building Wedding

With the traditional pipe organ music and acoustics of the domed ceiling, a processional in St. Pat’s Basilica is like no other.

They walked down the aisle of the beautiful church at the Horticulture Building Wedding
The groom's first look at the Horticulture Building Wedding
She walked down the aisle of St. Patrick's Basilica at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Processional at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Ceremony at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Most beautiful church in downtown ottawa at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Simple white bouquets at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Catholic church wedding just before the Horticulture Building Wedding
The first kiss in the Catholic ceremony at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bagpipes during the recessional at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Beautiful church doors at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Leaving the church at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Group photo in front of St. Pat's Basilica in downtown Ottawa at the Horticulture Building Wedding

I don’t alway include family formals in these short blog posts, but when you get to know and love a family as much as I did at this wedding, including them is a must!

Family formals in front of a greenhouse at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Family formals at the Arboretum at the Horticulture Building Wedding

This bridal party is all style…The girls in their With Love bridesmaid gowns + the groomsmen in their two-button Brooks Brothers suits.

Bridal party in front of a greenhouse on the Experimental Farm for the Horticulture Building Wedding
Light purple bridesmaid dresses at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Custom lavender bridesmaid dresses at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Ivy wedding bouquet at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bridal party wore lavender and royal blue at the Horticulture Building Wedding

Jamie’s custom Anaise Anette dress by The Handmade Bride was a one-of-a-kind beauty!

Cherry blossoms behind the bridal party at the Horticulture Building Wedding
The groom and their royal blue custom suits at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Cherry blossoms in May at the Experimental Farm for the Horticulture Building Wedding
Walking bridal party with cherry blossoms at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Wedding photos at the experimental farm before the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bridesmaid dresses from With Love Bridal at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Bride and groom with cherry blossoms at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Cherry blossoms at the Experimental Farm Ottawa in May
Cathedral veil with cherry blossoms in may at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Pink cherry blossom trees in May at the Arboretum for the Horticulture Building Wedding

Still swooning over these incredible floral arrangements by Ottawa Flowers.

White rose and ivy bouquet at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Cathedral veil at the Horticulture Building Wedding

Next stop was to the Horticulture Building for the wedding reception!

Vineyard chairs at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Reception at the Horticulture Building Wedding

As guests gathered and the family-style dinner was served, friends and family toasted the newlyweds and told stories of their lives with the bride and groom.

Speeches at the Horticulture Building Wedding
Toasts at the Horticulture Building Wedding

There was laughter…

Happy bride in the reception at the Horticulture Building Wedding

Stories of childhood memories…

Mother of groom speech at the Horticulture Building Wedding

Inside jokes…

Groomsmen toast at the Horticulture Building Wedding

But topping it all, there was love. 

First dance at the Horticulture Building Wedding

Jamie and Jon – the fact that your wedding has come to an end is so highly bittersweet. I know how much you’ve enjoyed the planning stages of your wedding and if we could go back to your wedding day, I know we would ten times over. I knew we’d be amazing friends from the moment we met, and that friendship only got stronger as we celebrated your Engagement and Bridal Shower. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of those memories and I am so excited to see where the future takes you. To your family, wedding party and amazing guests: thank you for welcoming us to this celebration and for your friendship leading up to the wedding day. I know we’ll keep in touch and cherish these memories together!

Much love, A.

 

Thank you to the following vendors for your contribution to Jamie + Jon’s wedding!

Getting-ready venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Ceremony venue: St. Patrick’s Basilica
Reception venue: Horticulture Building, at Landsdowne
Portraits location: Experimental Farm
Coordination and event designer: Deirdre Stirling
Wedding planning: Courtney Elizabeth Events
Wedding dress store: The Handmade Bride

Bridesmaid dress salon: With Love Bridal
Bridesmaid dress alteration: The Handmade Bride
Wedding dress designer: Anaise Anette
Bridal hair: House of Morris + Kristina Mei

Bridesmaids makeup: Olivia Foulkes
Bridal makeup: Justine Lambros
Grooms and groomsmen suit store: Brooks Brothers
Dessert artist: Sherry Petten

Florals: Ottawa Flowers
DJ + lighting: Intelligent Audio Visual
Catering: Culinary Conspiracy
Photography: Amy Pinder Photography


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