Just one short month earlier I headed up to the Alcove area of Quebec to photograph this lovely couple in their newly built dream home for their engagement session! I had the opportunity to scout all the locations, light, amount of bugs, etc beforehand as the girls would be also getting (mostly) ready there on the day of, then transferring over to the beautiful Belvedere guesthouse.
I was super excited about this wedding because Candice and Mathieu are just natural, awesome people who make it easy to photograph them for hours on end and they were going to have one of my largest bridal parties of the year in the most gorgeous venue.
Special thanks to Jessica and the Belvedere team for making everything run so seamlessly, keeping us hydrated and well-fed.
Candice’s first look at her hair!
I was so lucky to be able to bounce back and forth between the two floors of the guesthouse at Belvedere to capture all the action as it happened; swapped ties, missing pocket squares, surprise gifts and all. It was an emotional morning.
At the Wakefield covered bridge. We ran a little bit of crowd control of half clothed swimmers but it all worked out beautifully.
The photo guestbook we put together for their guests to sign around their awesome engagement session, not far from Le Belvedere.
Hands down the best salad ever; ask anyone.
The biggest compliment as you’re leaving for the day (or anytime before that) is when the family, friends, bridal party or couple mention that you did a great job, before they’ve even see any of their images. Having your picture taken is a daunting task for most people so for the experience to be fun is a huge compliment. *pats self on back*
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Ceremony and Reception: Le Belvedere, located a short drive north of Ottawa, nestled on a magnificent cliff near the historic riverside village of Wakefield Québec.
Awarded multiple times as one of Ottawa’s top wedding venues, they offer the most state of the art facility while completely surrounded by the tranquility of nature. Featuring world class dining, a beautiful outdoor terrace with a capacity to host weddings, meetings and celebrations of up to 200 people; honestly at the top of my favourite venues list!
Décor: Amy & Jenn
DJ: Trevor Greenway. I didn’t want to leave, the music was awesome and different than any other wedding.
Jewellery: Sarah Walsh Bridal
Officiant: Sheila, All Seasons Weddings
Men’s Attire: Moores
Bride’s Dress and veil: With Love Bridal Boutique Their bridal shop features Ottawa’s largest selection of stylish and current wedding dresses from the most popular designers, like Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Mikaella, and Essense of Australia
Florals: Flowers Talk Ottawa
Sweets table: ThimbleCakes
Proud to offer a nut- and egg-free bakery! They thrive on their ability to create delicious, allergy-conscious, and organic cakes, cupcakes and ice creams for those with refined tastes. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free or traditional.
Photography: Melanie Shields Photography
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