arly alarm clocks, late night essays, and more injuries than you can count. The life of a varsity athlete doesn’t sound easy, but for Bri making the Ultimate Frisbee team in her first year of university was worth all the risks. Long games and practices were made a little easier by the friendships she made with her teammates and the bonds they formed together. Support also came from the players on the men’s varsity Frisbee team, and it was here where she first met Andy. Though Bri and Andy travelled in the same circles, it wasn’t until two years later that their on-the-field friendship merged into an off-the-field romance.
The morning of Bri and Andy’s wedding threatened rain…and a lot of it. While some brides would get discouraged at the thought of bad weather on their wedding day, I never once saw this emotion from Bri. As she was laced into the wedding dress that her sister had helped pick out, she radiated happiness. The most important thing to her that day was to see Andy, and rain or shine, she knew he would be waiting.
Bri and Andy, I know I’ve said this a hundred times, but I will never be able to say it enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I feel honoured to have been invited to document your day, and I can’t wait to hear what your future holds.
I couldn’t help but admire the precision and care that Bri’s mother gave to making this day special for her eldest daughter.
Autumn’s Fine Flowers flowers did an incredible job at arranging the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding day. I also loved the flower crown that they designed for Bri to wear down the aisle.
True to the day’s predictions, rain followed us the entire way to the Orleans United Church, where the ceremony was to be held…but as soon as we stepped inside, all thoughts of the weather were gone, and all that was left was pure excitement in anticipation for what was about to happen.
We could hardly believe our eyes when we opened the church doors after the ceremony; the rain had completely stopped…Almost like the skies had cleared in appreciation of Bri and Andy’s new commitment.
The Arboretum in the Ottawa Experimental Farm, with its fall leaves and sweeping views, made for the perfect backdrop.
For two such ambitious and caring people to have found each other makes me overflow with happiness!
On to the reception, where Andy’s family once again ‘wow’ed us with their musical talents for the bride and groom’s first dance.
When Bri and I first started discussing her wedding plans, she made a point to tell me that if Andy could have it his way, the entire wedding would be basketball themed. I was especially excited to see this theme come out in the form of ‘the kissing game’. Scoring a basket would make them kiss…but there was a catch: the more creative the point, the more creative the kiss.
As it turns out, guests weren’t going to settle for a simple peck on the lips…
I’ll finish this post with a few images from the reception toasts. Everyone who spoke had such incredible things to say about the bride and groom, and they had us in stitches the entire night.
Much love to Andy and Bri, and to all the wonderful friends and family who helped make this day of celebration so wonderful!
Many thanks to the following for their contributions to Bri & Andy’s wedding:
Ceremony Venue: Orleans United Church
Reception Venue: The Marconi Centre
Hair and Makeup Artists: Synergy Spa
Florist: Autumn’s Fine Flowers
DJ: Captiv Sounds
Cake: Dairy Queen!
Wedding Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Wedding Dress Store: Alliance Bridal
Photographer: Amy Pinder Photography