ara took the gift in her hands and untied the fine layers of wrapping. A small gift – not much heavier than pound – encased in clear packaging. Phil looked on anxiously as she opened his gift, waiting for that moment of realization to arrive and wrap them both in a moment of bliss. In her hands appeared a bell jar containing a long-stemmed red rose; the perfect nod to her favourite Disney princess. What she didn’t know was that the jar held within it a secret compartment, which bore a solitaire gemstone ring and a promise from Phil to marry her.
Kara agreed to his proposal, and they were married in an intimate ceremony this Fall at Sidedoor Restaurant. The first look, the decor, the speeches, all went to plan, and guests enjoyed a day of celebration with the most deserving of couples.
Kara and Phil…thank you for inviting me to experience Sidedoor Restaurant in a new way; celebrating your love and commitment. You share a love that makes those around you better and I wish you nothing but the best. With love, Amy
Kara’s gemstone engagement ring is a cut above…Phil, you chose so well!
Kara DIY’d this bridal coat hanger. Her creativity and thriftiness is another reason to love her.
More DIY love…
Kara’s bridesmaids opened gifts over pink champagne and a whole lot of hugs.
These chainmail jewelry gifts by Threaded Metal helped to pull together the red and black theme of their day.
A moment before the moment…
Their first look on the Chateau Laurier Terrace was a dream…
Kara’s fur-trimmed cape kept her warm in the crisp Fall air…
…and removing her cape gave Phil a second reveal of his beautiful bride.
Looking dapper in a suit, Phil!
From the Chateau Laurier terrance, you can see views of the Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, The Museum of History and the sweeping view of the Gatineau Hills…Not a bad view for bridal party photos!
Kara’s bridesmaids all knew her through different outlets, but came together as a team to support her on this incredible day.
The guys’ Super Mario Bros boutonnieres were so them!
Ottawa flowers created the most beautiful floral arrangements.
Wendy at Hair Tech did an incredible job styling Phil’s hair…
…and Krystal of Boss Arts Salon created a braided hairstyle like no other!
As we walked to the Courtyard for family photos, passers-by congratulated the couple and commented on how incredible they looked.
The ceremony took place inside Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar, with a backdrop of vintage wines and cobblestones.
A close friend played the guitar as Kara walked down the aisle.
Such a beautiful moment to witness.
Ready to say their vows…
A ring. A promise. A lifetime.
First kiss as husband and wife!
Cocktail hour took place just outside the Ceremony space as the room was flipped for the Reception.
The photo booth by Selfie Box was a huge hit amongst guests.
The Reception space was transformed into an intimate dinning room.
Veronica of ‘Cupped Cakes’ made the sweetest display for the dessert table…
…and a candy bar filled everyone’s sweet tooth.
Having been an emcee at half a dozen other weddings, Fahim knew how to work the crowd.
Great speeches followed with laughter and tears.
I’ll finish this post with some newlywed love. A love that knows no bounds.
Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this wedding such a success!
Getting ready: Westin Hotel
Ceremony + Reception: Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen and Bar
Hair Stylist (Kara): Krystal of Boss Arts Salon
Makeup Artist: Kody of Boss Arts Salon
Hair Stylist (Phil): Wendy of HairTech
Florist: Ottawa Flowers
Dessert artist: Cupped Cakes (Veronica)
DJ: Birdsong Entertainment
Photo Booth: Selfie Box
Guitar during Processional: Ian Breukelaar (Aenigma)
Wedding Dress Store: Alliance Bridal
Photographer: Amy Pinder Photography