Museum of Nature Wedding

Eblackvery once in a while, I get an opportunity to second shoot for a local photographer. Most of the time I meet the photographer for coffee, we go over the typical expectations of the wedding day, and then we don’t see each other again until the day of the wedding. With Rachele, of Rachele Marineau Photography, we didn’t stick to that routine, and after meeting for the first time I knew we’d be good friends. Leading up to Nathalie and Russell’s wedding, we met on a couple of occasions and talked about just about everything: wedding day timelines, to new developments in our own businesses, even to our joint approval of certain reality TV shows. Building our friendship before the wedding day was a huge advantage to us when it came to working together, and it also made our work that much more enjoyable. It was bittersweet to hear that she accepted an incredible job placement in Waterloo, but I’m so happy for her and I know she’ll accomplish great things.

I first met Nathalie and Russell a few weeks before their wedding for a pre-wedding consultation with Rachele. I listened quietly while they explained the timelines of their day, and with every word I started getting more and more excited. Not only were they getting married in one of the most beautiful venues in Ottawa – the Canadian Museum of Nature, their cocktail hour was to be held in the Fossil Room…That’s right, drinking cocktails while surrounded by dinosaurs. Could this couple be any more amazing?…Well it turns out they could: contagious smiles, Steve Madden shoes, and the most incredible first look ever, made me the happiest photographer in the West end of Ottawa. I can’t say enough good things about this couple, and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to help document their wedding day.

There were smiles on everyone’s faces when we realized that it was snowing for the first time of the season. It symbolized that change was coming, and these guys couldn’t be happier for that day to have finally arrived.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is one of my favourite wedding venues in Ottawa. Its charm, architecture and history make it a beautiful venue for celebrations, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to get married in a castle?

Nathalie and Russell opted for a traditional first look, and my heart melted when I saw how happy they were to see each other.

A single look can say it all. Now that’s love.

The Queen’s Lantern echoed with sounds of cheers and applause as the newlyweds were pronounced husband and wife. Even the officiant couldn’t contain his happiness.

The reception took place in the East-Wing Foyer within the museum. Stained glass windows and pendant lighting added a nice touch to the cheerful ambiance created by friends and family.

I’ll finish this post with one of my favourite pictures from Nathalie and Russell’s ‘first dance’. A whisper, smiling faces, and onlooking friends and family…Love is in the air.

Congratulations once again to the newlyweds,

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