Cartier Place Suite Hotel

180 Cooper Street Ottawa, Ontario
www.suitedreams.com
sales@suitedreams.com
613 236-5000

This all-suite hotel is conveniently located downtown, featuring romantic suites with Jacuzzi and a penthouse hospitality suite. Other facilities include our indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness room. Our full-service restaurant can create a special menu for weddings in our deluxe banquet facilities. Ask about our complimentary trial dinner.

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Radha and Stephane

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Integrated Heritage

compiled by Ariel Vered
photos by KATHI ROBERTSON 

Radha met Stephane in the summer of 2013 at a barbecue through mutual friends who knew her parents. “They thought Steph and I might make a good match.” Two years later, in July 2015, Stephane moved into Radha’s house. To celebrate, Radha had invited their parents and three of her friends over for a Sunday barbecue and Stephane insisted on serving a particular sparkling wine from the Hinterland winery that they’d visited in Prince Edward County. “He made me drive to three LCBOs and I couldn’t figure out why,” she said. “He wanted to have it there because he knew he was proposing.”

That kick-started a year of wedding planning for the three-day event, which included Radha traveling to India. The festivities began with a Thursday night family dinner at her parents’ house and a female-only family and friends lunch on Friday held on the Shopify terrace. The main events on Saturday, an Indian-style ceremony in the morning and a Western-style ceremony in the evening, took place at the Horticulture Building, which they chose as a central location to make travel easy for their guests. An added perk: it is traditional for the altar in an Indian ceremony to face east, so with the Horticulture Building’s windows oriented on the east side, light filled the room during the morning ceremony. “Sitting at the altar during my wedding ceremony, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined,” Radha said.

Throughout the wedding weekend, Radha wore custom-made Indian outfits. Her Thursday night outfit had sentimental value, made from a sari of her aunt who had recently passed away. For the morning ceremony, she wore an orange and pink silk sari blessed at one of India’s big temples that her parents had purchased for her years earlier to wear on her wedding day. As part of her wedding jewellery, she wore a nose ring that her late grandmother had left for her specifically for this occasion. In the evening, she wore an outfit bought in India. Stephane wore a custom-made Indian outt that Radha picked out in India for the morning ceremony and a custom-tailored Sur Mesur suit for the evening.

The couple wanted their wedding to reflect themselves and their heritage. Both lovers of food, they wanted something different than the typical Indian buffet for their reception. The other wedding events featured Indian meals, so for the Saturday evening meal, they served a four-course Western-style plated menu that incorporated Indian flavours and flair.

Radha worked with Julie from Chic Wedding Planners — “ The best money I spent was on my wedding planner,” she said — to establish a cohesive wedding theme that integrated the wedding colours of soft shades of pinks, corals and gold throughout. While the couple enjoyed a few hours of relaxation between ceremonies, the Horticulture Building was transformed. “I remember thinking, ‘ This is exactly what I wanted,’” she said. “ The room looked absolutely phenomenal.”

The tablescape featured custom favour boxes in the wedding colours made by a paper company in India, which Radha picked up herself on her trip. Inside the boxes were lemon chili caramels from Morsel Caramels. Another special touch was gold-rimmed glasses brought in from Montreal, which added a stunning element to the table. “We wanted it to be a big glamorous party,” said Radha. “I really felt like everything came together in a really gorgeous way.”

They also strived to make sure their guests were comfortable. The ceremony programs were printed as fans so guests could fan themselves on the hot August day, since the Horticulture Building has no air conditioning. They served breakfast for the guests when they arrived at the morning ceremony and in the evening, they handed out ip ops. “It was important to me and my husband that everybody had a great time,” Radha said. “We put a lot of thought into how to make that happen.”

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Melissa and James

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Bride Name
Melissa Plascott
Groom Name
James Hay
Date of Wedding
09/23/2017
Photographer
Shane Sholdice, cousin of Mother of the Bride – Independent
Reception Held at
the Hay family farm
Ceremony Held at
the Hay family farm
Wedding Dress
Bridals by Al Mor Wedding Boutique
Groom’s Fashions From
Moores Clothing
Bridesmaids Fashions From
David’s Bridal 
Groomsmen’s Fashions From
Moores Clothing
Bride’s Hair By
Kelly Francis – Independent from Winchester
Bride’s Make-Up By
Negar Jeyrani – Independent from Ottawa
Cake By
Sugar House Cakes
Catering By
Winchelsea Events Catering
Flowers By
The Planted Arrow
Invitations By
DIY through VistaPrint
Favours By
DIY homemade maple syrup from Plascott family sugar bush
Other Vendors
Parliament Parties  provided tent, tables and chairs
Chez Lili Party Rental  provided linens
DIY, centrepieces, head table and backdrop, sign, all decor, arbour, take home gifts, cake backdrop and lighting.
Description 
A love filled day outside with family and friends to celebrate their union. A country splendor of romantic decor created by the bride and family set as a backdrop where Melissa and James were wed under Papa’s trees. The bride was beautiful in her champagne lace gown and the groom handsome in his tweed and cowboy boots. Touches of their love of the outdoors and vintage trucks abounded. Dancing under the stars after the delicious meal was a wonderful end to such a spectacular, memorable day.

Whitney and Dan

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Life Journey

compiled by Ariel Vered
photos by Mondays with Mac Photography

“We gravitated toward each other,” Whitney says of meeting Dan in 2009. She had recently graduated from Algonquin College and moved to Belleville for a job and to be near her family. Whitney had come to visit a friend in Ottawa for the weekend. Dan was the twin brother of her friend’s then-boyfriend. They talked until the early morning hours. After that weekend, the two continued to get to know each other, talking on the phone and meeting up every weekend. Their relationship blossomed and over the next five years Whitney gave birth to two sons.

In August 2014, Whitney, Dan and their boys went up to Dan’s family cottage in Bancroft for a week, staying in a cabin on the property. “It was the worst week ever,” remembers Whitney. “It rained, there was nothing much to do.” One night they were almost accosted by a flying squirrel. Whitney was not pleased when Dan announced that he had to return to Ottawa to play a hockey game. Unbeknownst to her, what he was really doing was picking up the wedding ring and drove back with the ring hidden in the car’s spare tire. Upon his return, Dan gathered their sons, got down on one knee and asked Whitney to marry him.

For her wedding dress, Whitney chose a Maggie Sottero gown from With Love Bridal. An ivory over pale blush, “it’s very subtle, very romantic,” said Whitney. The fit and flare dress featured corded lace over a chic organza with a corset back. A beaded a.b. Ellie sash topped off the wedding look.

The couple was married at Bean Town Ranch. “It was so romantic and woodsy,” said Whitney. The venue’s rustic and shabby chic aesthetic didn’t need much added décor to fulfill Whitney’s wedding vision. They were thrilled that it offered the opportunity to have a bonfire and fireworks. They planned the wedding with the help of the Bean Town Ranch staff. “They are so organized,” said Whitney. “I had my ideas, but the place itself did so much of it. They were so helpful.”

The ceremony focused on their journey as a couple. “It was an amazing experience,” said Whitney. “Every single detail from leading up to us meeting, to our life together, our children — that was very special.” The officiant told the assembled guests that they had shared in the experience of shaping Whitney and Dan as a couple. During the ceremony, they created a “marriage memory box” containing a bottle of wine and sealed love letters to read to each other on their fifth anniversary or if they come upon hard times.

After the ceremony, Whitney and Dan were whisked away by horse and carriage to enjoy some champagne and alone time. “We were able to reflect on the moment that had just happened,” she said.

The guests enjoyed a wonderful meal catered by Bean Town Ranch. Whitney’s mother baked a small wedding cake — chocolate cake with vanilla icing and the florists [created] an arrangement to go on top, as well as cupcakes to match the wedding colours — blush, white and chocolate. To top it off, there was late-night poutine.

The couple turned the traditional wedding kissing game into a “kiss for a cause.” “Anytime anyone wanted us to kiss, they had to donate,” said Whitney, with the money going to the Canadian Cancer Society, an organization close to their heart because Dan had previously been diagnosed with cancer. “It was important to give back for our wedding,” she said. “Everybody would give the money to the kids who would come up and ring the bell.”

They ended the wedding with a dance on a private island surrounded by paper lantern lights and fireworks in the sky.

“With the beautiful lights in the sky and everyone surrounding us, it couldn’t have been more perfect,” said Whitney.

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Elyse And Joshua

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Bride Name
Elyse Turley
Groom Name
Joshua Evan Weed
Date of Wedding
06/09/2016
Photographer
Mustard Seed Photography https://www.mustardseedphoto.com
Reception Held at
The Bell Tower on 34th http://thebelltoweron34th.com/
Ceremony Held at
The Bell Tower on 34th
Wedding Dress
Essense of Australia https://www.essensedesigns.com
Groom’s Fashions From
Joseph Abboud http://www.josephabboud.com/
Bridesmaids Fashions From
Bill Levkoff https://www.billlevkoff.com
Groomsmen’s Fashions From
Joseph Abboud http://www.josephabboud.com/
Bride’s Hair By
Adorne Artistry
Bride’s Make-Up By
Adorne Artistry http://adorneartistry.com
Cake By
Edible Designs by Jesse http://www.edibledesignsbyjessie.com/
Catering By
The Bell Tower on 34th
Flowers By
A Cut Above Floral https://www.acutabovefloralstudio.com/
Invitations By
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Other Vendors
Shoes: David’s Bridal (Pearl and Crystal T-Strap Sandal) http://www.davidsbridal.com
Accessories: Earrings – Kate Spade
Garter – BHLDN Rosalin Garter http://www.bhldn.com
Veil – La Reve Bridal Couture http://www.larevebridalcouture.com
Belt – Essense of Australia
Champagne Flutes: Z Gallerie
Cake and Knife Server: Z Gallerie http://www.zgallerie.com
Description 
The couple are high school sweethearts who met in biology class when they were only 17 and then went on to attend college together. He proposed by taking her back to the classroom where they met, proposing right next to their old desks and as soon as she answered “Yes!” 25 of their family and friends jumped out to surprise her. The two wed at the classic beauty known as The Bell Tower on 34th.

Ashley and Kurt

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Ashley’s makeup was by Shakara Designs.

Irish Eyes for Each Other

compiled by Ariel Vered
photos by Stephanie Beach Photography

Ashley and Kurt met as teenagers at St. Mark’s Catholic High School. “We were too shy to date,” said Kurt. After graduating, they didn’t see each other for eight years, until July 2014 when Kurt was flying to Chicago for a bachelor party and Ashley was the flight attendant. Following their first date after reconnecting, Ashley called Kurt and said, “I’m not going to do what I did in high school and beat around the bush. I like you and I’m not going to let another eight years pass. Let’s put the cards on the table.”

Kurt proposed on a trip with Ashley’s family to the Dominican Republic in February 2015. After getting permission from her father the night before they left and asking her mother for permission on the trip, Kurt coaxed Ashley to go for a walk on the beach. She wasn’t thrilled because it had started raining. “We got to the gazebo and he starts talking and I knew instantly what he was doing,” she said. Kurt asked Ashley to marry him with the ring, which he had hidden in his sock on the right down. “She was speechless,” he said. “I cried so much,” she said.

Ashley walked down the aisle in a lace fit and flare Sophia Tolli wedding dress from All That Glitters Bridal. She knew she didn’t want a strapless dress, but was having a difficult time finding one she loved. Then she tried on the Sophia Tolli, which featured a high neckline and keyhole back and gave her the perfect hourglass shape. “I wanted elegant and conservative, but to still feel like a princess,” she said.

When it came to a venue, Strathmere had everything they were looking for. After originally wanting to get married in the fall, they went with June, a month of family anniversaries and birthdays. Their wedding date fell on the birthday of Ashley’s late stepfather, who had passed away the year before. “It meant so much to me because he was a father to me,” said Ashley.

Kurt’s heritage is part Irish, which helped to inspire the wedding theme of 1920s Irish working class. They were partly inspired by the costume design of the British show Peaky Blinders. Kurt wanted to feature red as a wedding colour because it was the colour of their high school. Ashley decided to use red as an accent colour and chose turquoise as the featured colour for the springtime wedding. In keeping with the 1920s theme, the bridesmaids were styled with pin curl updos and red lipstick, while the groomsmen had pocket watches and Irish caps. Kurt had also picked his family’s Irish clan tartan but forgot it at the house, so they had to improvise on site. The ceremony also incorporated the wedding custom of Irish hand tying.

The wedding cake featured four tiers, each tier a different flavour: lemon raspberry, chocolate strawberry, banana and vanilla, and [it was] covered in fondant and trimmed in turquoise and red, with a fondant flower bough rolling down the cake. “It was elegant and traditional,” said Ashley. “And delicious,” added Kurt. W

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