Summer ’17 Wedding at The Marshes



Looking to get married this summer? The Marshes Golf Club has earned its reputation as one of Ottawa’s premiere sought-after wedding locations because of the refined charm the clubhouse, famed culinary offerings, picturesque scenery and a dedicated team to make your wedding extraordinary.
The location and surroundings,  at 320 Terry Fox Drive in Kanata, are truly lovely, not to mention convenient.

You can play a round of golf on the day of your wedding. And you might want to consider having an outside ceremony, since the setting is so appealing. You and your guests will also have the option of staying in comfort and luxury at the nearby Brookstreet Hotel. In fact there’s a complimentary shuttle bus for guests staying at Brookstreet Hotel, to and from The Marshes.

As for the on-site hospitality options? They’re wonderful. You can have appetizers, a plated dinner or buffet, and there are vegetarian options as well as a children’s menu should you need them.

Reception options include canapes, platters and stations. A seafood station, a snack bar, a chocolate fountain, mini slider station or sweet table — all these choices and others are available. Late night options run the gamut from a pierogie station, a poutine station and deep dish pizza to mini grilled cheese and tomato soup or milk and cookies.


There are options for everything from spa pampering, rehearsal dinners and bachelorette parties to making it a whole weekend of festivities for you and your guests.

Luckily, there is some last-minute availability on the following Saturdays:

*July 22

*July 29

*August 5

Check out the new Wedding Brochure. Call the Marshes team for details and to arrange a site visit at 613.271.3379.

Beauty Secrets for Your Big Day




What bride does not want to look radiant on her wedding day? Of course, your joy will shine on your face on that most happy of days, but there are also plenty of things that a bride can do to nudge Mother Nature in the right direction. To ensure that you look nothing short of stunning on your wedding day, take a look at these pre-wedding beauty secrets.

Secret Number One: Have your eyebrows professionally shaped. A pair of perfectly polished brows will give you that absolutely flawless look in your wedding pictures. On the other hand, scraggly brows will detract from even the most artfully applied makeup. There are a number of techniques for eyebrow grooming available, including plucking, waxing, and threading. Whatever method you choose to neaten up your brows, just be sure to have it done by a professional. Waxing, in particular, can leave redness, so have your eyebrows shaped a couple of days before the wedding.

Secret Number Two: Wear makeup! Seriously, no matter how natural and low key your everyday style may be, you need to wear makeup on your wedding day. This is not to say that you need to look like you are wearing tons of makeup, just that it should be there. If you do nothing else, use a sheer foundation to even out your complexion, use waterproof mascara to define your eyes, and put on a pretty kiss-proof lipstick. A softly tinted blush to enhance your natural bridal glow would not be a bad idea either. Always try out all products before the wedding day to see how well they wear over the course of many hours.

Secret Number Three: Do not attempt to do your own hair for the wedding. This means seeing a professional for a really good looking highlights if you color your hair and having a professional style your hair for the wedding itself. Be sure to have a trial run before your wedding to make sure you and the hair stylist are on the same page. Bring along any accessories you will be wearing like your headpiece and Swarovski crystal earrings so the stylist can design a hairstyle that works with the rest of your look. Besides, if you have selected a really fabulous pair of Swarovski crystal earrings, you want to be sure that they are not covered up by your hairdo.

Secret Number Four: Get a paraffin manicure the day before your ceremony. There is nothing quite like dipping your hands in hot wax to slough away dead skin and make them baby smooth. When your groom takes your hand to slip on your wedding ring, you don’t want to present him with a scratchy hand, after all! By the way, grooms can also benefit from a paraffin hand treatment and a no-polish manicure. The guys who may be least likely to seek such a service on their own are often the ones whose hands need the most TLC, so it may be up to the bride to drag her fiance to the spa kicking and screaming!

Secret Number Five: Underarm waxing. This is a beauty treatment which few brides ever consider, but the reality is that most bridal gowns are strapless or sleeveless. The last thing you want is to have visible stubble or razor burn when you raise your arms over your head to toss the bouquet! Underarm waxing can be fairly irritating, especially at first, so it is a good idea to start doing it a few months before your wedding so your skin can get used to it. Have the final wax done a few days before your ceremony to avoid any lingering redness. Now that you are perfect from head to toe, you will be ready to walk down the aisle with full confidence!

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Wedding Dress .. for the Reception

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Two wedding dresses?

Yes. Why not?
It’s not unusual for brides, at some point in the wedding day, to slip out of the fabulous designer dress and into something a little more comfortable. While your dream dress is apt to be incredibly lovely, flattering and special, it’s also likely to be itchy, delicate and probably heavy. Besides that, if  it’s strapless, it’s apt to move around a little or shift south after considerable movement. Yanking your dress up is never a good bridal look.

That’s why many brides choose Dress #2 — along with a second pair of shoes — for the later festivities and dancing. If you’re planning a party that will last until the wee hours and involve plenty of action and mingling, it’s okay to be at ease and important to be able to move around.

You don’t want to be sitting still all night or limping because you’ve given yourself blisters dancing in four-inch open toe stilettos. You may want to dance with your dad and your father-in-law, your brother and your new brother-in-law, your cousins and girlfriends and high school chums. And you don’t want people stepping on your train or the edges of your beautiful long dress.

So, how about a little more dress shopping? It’s your big day and you’re certainly worth it! A pretty, above the knee (or shorter) number is an ideal option. And a shade close to the colour of your wedding dress tends to be a popular option. You can still stand out from the crowd in a shorter dress.


Photo by Powers Photography Studio

Unless your style is opulent or ultra-glam, your  second dress doesn’t have to be too ornate or bedazzled. You decide. You can also have fun with footwear, from flats to kicky sandals. For instance, when Jessica and Chintan got married last year, Jessica changed into sparkly gold sequined Converse All Stars for the reception.

As for when and where to change, figure out a plan in advance. Your venue will probably have a private change room. Be sure to arrange for one of your attendants to help you change, switch dresses and deposit your wedding dress somewhere safe.

Non-floral Wedding Bouquets

This image of Jessica Tyner’s wedding bouquet is by Powers Photography Studio.

by Diane Lynn Thomas

Flowers: Who says you have to carry them on your wedding day?  There are many hot and new trends for wedding bouquets … [and they] don’t have to be floral any longer.

Magazines and the Internet are filled with so many unique and different ideas for a wedding bouquet.  The custom beaded bouquets are growing in demand and are very original and authentic and gives a personal touch.

There is also the vintage brooch bouquet which is a collection of eclectic vintage brooches assembled in form of a bouquet.  You will see many brides going with this option, especially if the wedding has a vintage theme.

Lots of unique ideas for bouquets

For a winter-wonderland wedding how about a faux fur muff as you walk down that aisle?  Parasols, umbrellas or seashells can be carried for a beach or destination wedding.  If you are hosting your reception around the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, you can create a fall bouquet of branches or beautiful ornaments.  What about the popular paper, fabric or button bouquets?  You can be assured it would be a one-of-kind arrangement that you design.

There are so many opportunities out there.  The nice thing to remember is the non-floral bouquet will last a lifetime.  You can place in a beautiful vase in your new home as a keepsake or pass it on to another family member as their “something borrowed.”

Diane Lynn Thomas has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, specializing in event planning and delivering the perfect wedding for the last fifteen in Canada. This post originally appeared at  I Just Said Yes

Catherine and Robert


Autumn Romance

October 2, 2015

compiled by Lindsay Ruck
photos by Kathi Robertson Weddings

Catherine and Rob met while working at the same bar on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa. Despite the cautionary tales of work relationships gone wrong, the pair threw caution to the wind and decided to take a chance.

“One of the cardinal rules of the bar industry is that bar relationships don’t last, or if they do, are wrought with drama. We both had our minds in the right place and knew what we wanted, and it all worked out in our case.”

Catherine and Rob would dispel another relationship myth when Rob accepted a position as a firefighter with the Air Force and headed to Borden, Ontario for a year of training, forcing the pair into a long- distance relationship that saw Rob drive home every weekend to be with Catherine. It was on one of those trips home that he asked Catherine to be his wife.

The pair chose to say their “I do’s” in front of 85 guests at Temple’s Sugar Bush.

“We chose the time of year and venue because the fall has special meaning to us, as that is the time of year we started dating and because our first date was at a pumpkin patch.”

The bride appeared with her mother and father by her side holding a beautiful bouquet of hydrangeas, dark red roses, fall mums, orange spray roses and orange hyperiucum berries provided by Petals and Paint.

“I wanted Rob to be a part of my dress selection but he always refused. After I purchased my dress, I couldn’t wait for him to see it. In the end, it was worth the wait and I was very happy he hadn’t seen it beforehand. His reaction was priceless. Our photographer captured those moments during our first look.”

Purchased from Renewed With Love — Ottawa’s designer bridal outlet — the bride donned a stunning A-line gown from the Hayley Paige Blush collection.

The groom and groomsmen looked dapper in grey suits with crisp white shirts and navy accessories. Catherine’s three maids wore navy dresses in different styles.

As a nod to the season, Rob’s aunt created each “placecard” using gourds with a wooden name tag for each guest. Each table was topped with a bundle of wheat tied with orange ribbon and the mantel was adorned with pumpkins and wheat.

Another DIY creation came together the night before the wedding, as the bride-to-be found a window of opportunity while her son was napping to make the seating chart for the day.

Ottawa’s ThimbleCakes provided a small cake (for cutting) and yummy cupcakes in three flavours: pumpkin with chocolate chips, carrot and chocolate.

Surrounded by the beautiful colours of the changing season, Catherine and Rob enjoyed a day filled with love, laughter and those who mean the most. W

Jessica and Chintan

real weddings


Bride Name
Jessica Tyner
Groom Name
Chintan Mehta
Date of Wedding
Powers Photography Studio
Reception Held at
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)
Ceremony Held at
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Oregon)
Wedding Dress
Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Groom’s Fashions From
Custom made in Mumbai
Bridesmaids Fashions From
Groomsmen’s Fashions From
Bride’s Hair By
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon 
/Bride’s Make-Up By
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Cake By
Dream Cakes
Catering By
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers By
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Invitations By
Adorn Invitations
Other Vendors
Shoes: Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time we could spend together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”






DIY Wedding Decor Projects to Personalize Your Day



You’ve dreamed about your wedding day, but not about the price tag that comes along with it. Luckily, you can have the wedding of your dreams on a realistic budget with a little creativity. Here are two inexpensive projects for a day that you – and your guests – will never forget.

The Centre of It All

When it comes to your reception décor, you want your guest tables to shine. However, lush floral centrepieces can quickly consume your budget.

Sometimes the simplest centrepiece can be the most elegant. Try a glass container filled with coloured stones, water and floating candles or flowers. Another option is a wine bottle centrepiece. Collect empty bottles (be sure to enlist some help) for each table and spray paint each in your wedding colours. Add embellishments by stenciling or adding photos, quotes or graphics that represent your relationship.


Who Doesn’t Love Candy

Give your guests a fun treat with an inviting (and inexpensive) candy buffet. First, select a variety of glass jars and containers in different sizes and shapes to hold your treats. Don’t stop here though. There are a variety of ways to further embellish your candy jars.

“For a wedding candy buffet, adding colours and embellishments adds depth to the glass,” says Katherine Merkle, Krylon brand manager. “This gives your table a more sophisticated look that doesn’t have to come with an expensive price tag.”

Start by washing the containers and allowing them to dry thoroughly. Next, use stencils to spray the outside of your containers with anything from stripes and polka dots to glitter with a paint such as Krylon’s Indoor/Outdoor spray paint or Glitter spray. You can also use a leafing pen to add additional details. Other decorating options include glitter, decoupage or stencils.

For set up, use a variety of sturdy boxes or books stacked at varied heights and then drape a tablecloth over the levels. Place your containers and fill each with your festively coloured and delicious treats.

These projects are just two simple ways you can create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. Additional project ideas from Krylon can be found online at


Love: Ottawa’s Talented Wedding Specialists


Love is in the Air

A Spring Cover: Behind the Scenes

Love was definitely in the air as some of Ottawa’s most talented wedding specialists came together to create this stunning spring backdrop for this issue’s cover photo.
The images were captured by award-winning photographer Miv Fournier, of Miv Photography.



                             Lori Dyck, Showpony Hair (left), and Erin Carmichael,
                             The Design Co., discuss final details. 









                              Amy Forrest of The Girl With the Most Cake. 




                             Gown perfect? Check. Dana Salares , With Love Bridal Boutique.





Shannon Ranger (left) of One Fine Beauty applies make-up
                              while Lori Dyck focusses on the model’s gorgeous tresses.






 Trevor White of Warren Chase puts some finishing touches on the model. 





Wedding Etiquette More Important than Ever

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Does wedding etiquette still exist? “Yes it does,” says Suzanne Nourse, founder and director of The Protocol School of Ottawa. “Many weddings are more casual now, but there are still appropriate ways to do things.”

Julie Blais Comeau, chief etiquette officer at, says etiquette exists now “more than ever.” Unfortunately, so do faux pas and embarrassment, she adds. “There’s a lot of confusion. People don’t know what to do.”

One sensitive topic is who pays for what. Julie, the author of Etiquette: Confidence & Credibility, says she receives plenty of emails from readers who’ve been asked to help pay for the “dream day.” People are getting requests to pay $50 or $80 for the meal, or to spend a specific dollar amount to participate. “It’s a growing trend that is absolutely rude. A wedding shouldn’t be about making a profit.

Suzanne, co-author of The Power of Civility, also mentions money in relation to modern wedding etiquette. “Who pays for what has certainly changed over the years. With older brides and grooms and couples living together prior to marriage, it is very common for the couple to pay for the wedding themselves, rather than the bride’s parents.” Just don’t expect your guests to foot the bill.

Another no-no is when you include a phrase such as, “Your presence is present enough” on an invitation. That’s not the place to allude to a gift, Julie counsels. You can include your registry information on your wedding website, or inform close friends and family members who can pass along information about your needs and gift preferences.

A wedding invitation still equals an obligation to provide a gift. But there’s no magic formula for what a guest must buy or spend. “Whether the couple gets married at the Château Laurier or the Sugar Shack, it should not have an impact on the gift you will be offering. Go with your heart, but respect your wallet.”

Outrageous financial requests aside, this etiquette expert also urges the bride and groom to respect their guests’ and attendants’ wallets. If you’re planning a destination wedding or festivities that stretch over days, recognize the costs will add up for your friends and loved ones. “You should be very conscious of what you’re requesting of your guests.”

Worried you might miss something? When you’re not sure what to do, as a host or a guest, find out from a knowledgeable source. “Your best friend may not have the appropriate answer,” Suzanne cautions. “Some etiquette consultants may provide guidance,” she adds, mentioning she has consulted with brides and bridal parties prior to the nuptials. “I leave wedding planners or attendants to deal with the actual day.”

While a wedding planner is not necessarily an etiquette expert, you’ll undoubtedly have countless questions about how to do things with proper decorum. Not only are wedding magazines and books available for reference, there are websites such as, as well as blogs and online etiquette columns that offer ongoing, timely advice.

“The beauty of etiquette is that it’s evolving,” Julie says, noting some brides use hashtags and embrace social media as part of the celebration. “Others ask people to please put the technology away.” Whatever the preference, she adds, “People should stay focused on celebrating love, with friendship and respect.”

Both Julie and Suzanne emphasize the importance of honouring the couple’s wishes when it comes to sharing the wedding news. “Tweeting a photo of the couple before they have given permission or posted to their own social media sites is definitely inappropriate,” Suzanne points out. Julie urges you not to post a selfie in front of the couple as they celebrate their first kiss or dance. “Respect the couple and the professionals they’ve hired.”

As for bridal etiquette, there are some timeless must-do items you can count on. You must pick your attendants, guest list, budget, and seating plans carefully and thoughtfully; you must personally greet all your guests (receiving line or no receiving line) and thank them for attending; you must make your guests feel comfortable and welcome; and you must promptly send hand-written thank-you notes.

Remember your obligation to your guests and be gracious hosts. For instance, “Provide refreshments or something for guests to do while the hour and a half photography session stretches on,” Suzanne suggests.

At the same time, a lot of bridal customs have toppled completely off the radar. Brides don’t have to wear white or don veils and they don’t have to choose all-female bridesmaids. Not only do some brides and grooms have attendants of opposite genders, it’s not unheard of to witness a family pet walk down the aisle as a member of the wedding party.

The tricky part is knowing what rules still matter. Is it okay to wear white or black to a wedding? Can you bring an escort or your kids? To avoid embarrassment or hurt feelings, Julie urges you to ask. “When in doubt, find out.” W



Zarina and Chris

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May 22, 2016

compiled by Nicolina Leone
photos by Jonathan & Katriina Kuhn

On the morning of May 22, Zarina cleaned her apartment and then she wrote her vows. She was gone before her fiancé and high school sweetheart, Chris, was awake as she headed out for her hair appointment — and a mimosa, naturally. Afterwards, she met her bridesmaids at the Arc Hotel and their room became a hive of activity. One girl doing hair for the other girls, one doing makeup, and one doling out the breakfast foods she’d collected from all over the city in search of the perfect pastry. After her gown from Renewed With Love was on, she was ready.

When Zarina arrived at their venue, Billings Estate Manor, the day could not have been more perfect. The sky was blue, the weather was warm, and the apple blossom tree was late so it was in perfect bloom, just for them. They had the arch where they were to be married set up just beside the tree.

Another special moment was the shared connection the groom had with their officiant. They discovered that he and Chris’ aunt had gone to school together and they had been quite close. He’d even held Chris as a baby. So they had a intimate familial connection with him.

After the ceremony, cocktails and dinner were served in a gorgeous tent, replete with chandelier set up by Dahlia Designs, by the front of the estate. On the tables were touches that the couple had put much time and effort into, from the hand-embroidered table numbers that Zarina made herself to the colouring booklets put together for the children.

Having the ceremony and dinner outdoors was important to both sides as they love to be in nature and wanted the kids at the wedding to be able to run around and have fun.

After dinner, the party moved to the RA Centre for more dancing, drinks, and donuts — SuzyQ in lieu of cake. The couple went in that direction for a few reasons — Chris is a baker so unless the cake was going to be made by him, they weren’t having it. And since they didn’t want him to have to make the cake for their own wedding, they went donuts for the masses and a little bundt cake they made together for themselves.

The night finished with more food — “We’ve been eating our whole relationship — food is really important to us. We wanted to make sure there was enough,” said Mail. There was more than enough and guests took away boxes of donuts.

And, although Zarina missed seeing them, some of their guests were privy to a Victoria Day fireworks show that was visible from outside. After a late night of friends, family, and food, the couple retired to their hotel suite to relax in the bubble bath and soak up the day. W