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.
Loved the pop of gold foil on their Minted stationary…
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!
This moment between Jamie and her mom…Favourite!
I adore this embroidered handkerchief, but it was the reaction between them I loved the most…
When your maid of honour is not only your sister, but also your best friend…*j’adore!* So much love for these two.
Jamie’s bridesmaids were full of tears, laughter, and cheers after seeing their girl in her dress for the first time.
It may only be a quick drive to St. Patrick’s Basilica, but Jamie and her dad arrived in style!
With the traditional pipe organ music and acoustics of the domed ceiling, a processional in St. Pat’s Basilica is like no other.
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!
Jamie’s custom Anaise Anette dress by The Handmade Bride was a one-of-a-kind beauty!
Still swooning over these incredible floral arrangements by Ottawa Flowers.
Next stop was to the Horticulture Building for the wedding reception!
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.
There was laughter…
Stories of childhood memories…
But topping it all, there was love.
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