Billings Estate Museum Wedding: My 150th wedding photographed!

I’m super excited to share this gorgeous wedding; not only did I have the sweetest couple and got really fortunate with the fickle weather, but it’s also the 150th wedding I’ve photographed!
At first I thought, “Pshhh, that’s only 150 weddings” but then I realized “That’s 150 weddings!” I got to share in one of the most special days with 150 couples over the last several years which is pretty amazing.

Stephanie and Stephane are such a special pair! Together with their family and friends they had a beautiful and personal wedding at the Billings Estate, which I had somehow never had a wedding at before. We started with the girls’ getting ready pictures across the street from my old house which was a fun blast from the past.
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wedding presentationWe (ok, Steph and Steph mainly!) had to make a game day decision whether to have the wedding outside by the garden as originally planned or under the tent, and after looking extensively at the forecast everyone thought we should chance it.
I thank the weather Gods for holding off that impending 30mms of rain until the end of the receiving line because the outdoor ceremony was one of the nicest and the intermittent overcast weather made for the most stunning pictures, plus it wasn’t too too hot.
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bride vows outdoors ottawaAfter they walked down the aisle, they stopped, embraced and kissed. Later Stephanie told me to pose them during their formal couple photos but honestly I couldn’t have posed them as well and naturally as they posed themselves. These two were just naturally adorable!
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Dodging the rain under the Oak tree for a few posed group shots.
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What could possibly go wrong with throwing your umbrellas in a storm? These ladies totally crack me up 🙂bridesmaids yellow ottawa The frame following the one below was all the umbrellas flying back into the Bride’s face…

grammaBillings estate wedding ottawa coupleWhenever I tried to capture the rain in an artsy shot it actually stopped. Kind of a win-win
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Their beautiful twin boys.downtown ottawa confederation park photos
So there may or may not have been a point after travelling from Billings to Lord Elgin in Bank Street traffic and between leaving the Laurier parking garage, running down the street with all my gear out in the rain, my shoes slipping off my sopping wet feet, and arriving at the hotel where I thought “I can’t do this anymore!” Then I started taking pictures again and I was back to in love with wedding photography. Phew!
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thimble cakes cupcakes weddingSteph insisted I take home a cupcake and I’m so glad I did. I had the “lovely lemon”.. mmm
Thimble Cakes always does a fantastic job!
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In the cocktail hour room I was in photographer’s heaven with all these reflective surfaces. The Stephs were such great sports!

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Father-Daughter, I think Steph yelled out “Switching it up!” half way through and they busted into this gorgeous non traditional dance.rings on typewriter wedding

RCAF wedding venue ottawaThe Billings Estate National Historic Site is the former home of one of the region’s earliest settlers.

The oldest wood framed house in Ottawa was built in 1827-9 by Massachusetts-born Braddish Billings. It became the home for the following four generations of the Billings family. It is Ottawa’s oldest surviving house, though the Bytown Museum building is older. Billings had moved to the area in 1812, and was the first settler in Gloucester Township.

Vendors:
Ceremony: Billings Estate Museum
Reception: Royal Airforce Mess downtown
Florist: Rideau Florist
Cake: Thimble Cakes
Band: The Don Ks

More photography, www.melanieshieldsphotography.com
Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

About melanies

Ottawa Wedding and Portrait Photographer since 2003.
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  1. This was superb! I like your colograding and bokeh 🙂 Can you tell what lenses did you use for this baptism photography set? Thank you, best regards.

 

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