Photographer Lindsey Gibeau


Ottawa photographer Lindsey Gibeau captured this awe-inspiring look, with help from her talented creative team, for the fall/winter cover of Ottawa Wedding Magazine. The stunning gown provided by Sinders Bridal House, was shot at Westboro Studio, on the gorgeous Amelia from MIM. The diamond engagement ring was custom designed by Stór by Margot. Talented makeup artist Katie Mintha, teamed up with stylist extraordinaire Candace Fleming, to create the perfect look for any fall or winter bride.



MUA: Katie Mintha

HAIR: Candace Fleming of Portrait Salon


DRESS: Sinder’s Bridal House

RING: Engagement Ring ‘Evelyn’ with band Royale. Designed by  Stór by Margot

 Lindsey Gibeau

Lindsey Gibeau

Four Reasonably-priced Wedding Venues in the Ottawa Area

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Planning a wedding or a similar large-scale event is extremely taxing, and it can be a difficult feat to pull off without draining your bank account. Fortunately, several volunteer-run, non-profit organizations in the Ottawa area are committed to providing well-priced wedding venues without sacrificing the quality of more expensive locations. Below are four Ottawa-based locations available for event rental this summer for less than 600 dollars.


The City View Curling Club is an accommodating and elegant space to host an event of up to 150 guests. The members that make up this club are dedicated to maintaining a comfortable and attractive atmosphere suitable to your event’s needs. Their fully air-conditioned venue features a thoroughly stocked bar and kitchen furnished with all of the appropriate appliances. It is located on Capilano Drive just off of Merivale road, and is fully wheelchair accessible with sufficient space for parking. The rental price includes usage of the hall, a PA system, usage of the kitchen and bar and a bartender for 4 hours. Catering is not provided but the club is able to recommend catering companies that they know to be capable. More information about the venue such as pictures, contact information and pricing can be found at the Curling Club’s website:


Like the City View Curling Club, the Rideau Curling Club–located in downtown Ottawa–is masterfully able to convert their space into a sophisticated wedding venue when they are not on the ice. They have two halls available for rental, both equipped with air-conditioning, bars and full bar service with a maximum capacity of 125 guests seated or 200 standing—but less if you choose to use their round tables instead of the rectangular ones. The club is able to provide a very palatable catering service; their menu can be found on their website. The main level of the hall can easily be converted into a chapel-style setting to accommodate those who wish to have their service in the same location as their reception. One or both halls are available for rental, and for an added cost the curling club will even set up the hall for you. Pricing is calculated based on which of their amenities you wish to use for your event. Details for pricing and other information are listed on their website at


The Cumberland Lions Club is a non-profit establishment that is experienced at providing dependable and professional hall rental service. Their venue is situated in the heart of the Cumberland village, and it is capable of comfortably accommodating 150 people standing and 120 sitting. Like the others, this venue features a completely operational bar and kitchen, with Lions Club members available to bartend the event. Also like the others, the Cumberland Lions Club is accessible by wheelchair, has adequate space for parking, and provides the necessary tables and chairs to seat your guests. More information and pictures can be found on their website at


Lastly is the Kanata Legion Branch 638, located in Kanata North’s Technology Park, which holds up to 125 people sitting and up to 200 standing. Like the Rideau Curling Club, they provide a choice of using either round tables or rectangular ones. Parking is free and easily accessible, and the building is wheelchair accessible. Their volunteer staff strives to meet and exceed your expectations at reasonable prices. Consult their website for photos and for general information:


The generous prices and attractive environments offered by these venues mean that they are in high demand, so try to book your event well in advance. They are operated by friendly and dedicated volunteers who will go beyond your expectations to make your event as memorable as it should be.

Wedding Books Worth a Read

It’s always fun to check out and read the latest books related to engagement and wedding planning. These two new titles  are well worth a read.


Oh No, They’re Engaged!: A Sanity Guide for the Mother of the Bride or Groom

By Joy Smith

This book will help any mother (and bride-to-be) carry off her parental role in planning with dignity and common sense, while explaining the execution of a traditional wedding. Included is vital information on advising the couple on emotional decisions, relationship issues and budget concerns. From controlling expenses to managing the guest list, this handy guide provides all of the information necessary to helping a son or daughter have the wedding of their dreams. As a parent, your life is about to change, and this will have far reaching effects. Who could guess the spark of a tiny diamond has the power to ignite the flurry of activities and emotions following the engagement of a daughter or son? Marriage is a turning point in your son or daughter’s life, a commitment to a future as a responsible adult with a family to care for. When the reality meets the dream, I guarantee your child will rely on you for help in crossing over. This special time in your life gifts you with closeness to your child, even as it thrills and scares you to death.


Wedding & Reception Planning: The Etiquette Guide for Planning the Perfect Wedding

By Rebecca Black and Walker Black

Planning a wedding can be exhausting. Worse yet, the process can strain relationships to the breaking point, especially with our ever-growing extended family filled with “exes.” However, if we know how to plan correctly, we take fewer false steps. The entire bridal party knows each step of the process. More importantly, if planned with this recently revised book and proper etiquette in mind, your wedding could be the event guests rave about for years. The author`s advice walks you through it all. W

Compiled by R. Legault.


Creative Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests

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Fun, Fancy and Fresh: Capturing the vibe of the season

by Ariel Vered

Small, intimate weddings are gaining popularity as couples seek to celebrate in a unique style but that doesn’t mean colour is taking a back seat in achieving that special wedding vision for this year’s bride.

Tying the knot means tying together all the loose ends needed to perfectly pair your wedding theme to everything from wedding colours, food design, dessert trends and table settings. The possibilities are endless for a wedding that captures the easygoing, light and refreshing vibes of the season. Let’s look at some of the fun and trendy ways couples will ‘wow’ their guests this spring and summer.

‘Tis the season

The warm weather seasons are all about living life to the fullest. Your wedding’s colour scheme should reflect the tremendous joy, happiness and good energy of your special day. There is a trend toward bold, vivacious colours that will add just the right pop of colour against any wedding gown or bridesmaid dress. The popular colours for 2018 are pearlescent hues and jewel tones. ink vibrant reds and pinks to add a splash of rich, lively colour to your wedding vision or go for a sunnier yellow or orange. Metallic, iridescent shades always add a feeling of luxury.

Small, intimate weddings are gaining popularity as couples seek to celebrate and focus on connecting with the people who have helped nurture their relationship. This also allows the couple to spend more money on aspects of the wedding that are important to them, whether it’s the venue, food or decor. A smaller head count also opens up the possibility for a greater selection of interesting outdoor venues.

Sweet trends

There is a move away from elaborate wedding cakes. As long as there’s a small cake for the bride and groom to cut (if you choose to do that tradition), there are so many sugary possibilities to put an exclamation mark on your wedding meal. Couples are choosing dessert tables that enable the guests to sample a plethora of sweets. Instead of a wedding cake with tiers of different flavours, go for cupcakes in a variety of flavours. Give your caterers your wedding colours and oral choices and see what decoration they come up with; caterers are having fun giving the newlyweds a gorgeous surprise they didn’t expect when the cake is brought out.

Setting the scene

The rustic boho theme is still popular, especially for outdoor summer weddings. Simplified elegance is an always classic wedding vision. Shades of whites and pearlescent hues with pops of colour will bring a light, airy feel to your wedding. Mix rustic, natural pieces and oral patterns with the subtle glam of glass vases and metallic touches for an on-trend wedding aesthetic. Vintage vibes never get old. Incorporate family heirlooms and antiques to add some nostalgia to your décor.

Bold flavours

Your wedding meal is a chance to make a lasting impression. Give your guests a meal to remember by choosing flavours that stand out from the standard wedding fare. Instead of planning a meal that plays it safe with classic wedding dishes, get bold with seasonal ingredients and inventive plating. Challenge your caterer to come up with an out-of-the-box menu. Create a menu that speaks to you as a couple and is a fusion of your family backgrounds, cultures or personal palates. Buffet and food stations are a great option to bring a variety of bites and eases the pressure of food restrictions. Given the rise in dietary restrictions, vegan options are becoming a popular xture of wedding menus and they can be as flavourful and interesting as any other dishes. One of the big colours of 2018 is rose gold, a great colour to incorporate into your wedding’s food design. Want to add some glitz to the plate? Here’s a wild idea: Sprinkle edible glitter to make your wedding food design really sparkle. W

Bridal Gown Looks You’ve Got to Have!



Spring: it’s a season that is known for inspiring renewal and reinvigoration. The 2018 bridal fashions reflect that vibe, with fresh and exciting styles mixed in with classic wedding dress features. From intricate details and elaborate silhouettes to dramatic accessories and pearls galore, you can have your pick of the stunning wedding gown of your dreams.

Put a bow on it

Big exaggerated bows are bringing an exaggerated volume to ball gowns and sheath dresses alike. Oversized bows can be the cherry on top of your dress, evoking an aura of old Hollywood glamour. Or choose a dress that takes the more delicate route of clusters of tiny bows on belts, sleeves or down the back of the dress.

Victorian vibes

Romance is in the air with styles that evoke Victorian era fashion. Lace remains an always classic choice, with high necks and vintage-inspired sleeves. Big, pouffy sleeves and brocade prints bring an air of dramatic air, while Shakespearian-inspired sleeves have a dreamy quality to them.

A touch of black

Want to make a bold impression as you walk down the aisle? Black bridal fashion is one of the hottest trends this season. While a black wedding gown may seem a bit extreme to some brides, black accents are showing up on gowns in high contrast details like black bows, gloves, ribbons, even hairpieces. A pop of black looks incredibly chic.

Feminine and bewitching embellishments

Three-dimensional embellishments like oral appliques bring a timeless, ladylike quality to a dress. Feathers and cascading ru es provide texture and layering that is ultra- feminine. Pearlescent hues are go-to wedding colour schemes this year and it’s showing up in bridal fashion in stunning ways. Pearl-encrusted dresses and intricately beaded sheaths are super glam, yet romantic options. Or accessorize an understated gown with over-the-top necklaces draped down the bodice.

Lovely, laid-back separates

There’s no need to be tied up in a corset on your wedding day. Brides are opting for a comfortable and laid-back style for their big day with separates. Think ivory pantsuits, white jumpsuits or a sweater and tulle skirt combo. Styles range from high fashion styles and cuts to more demure, simple versions that act as blank slates for you to accessorize.

The cold shoulder

Capes: they’re not just for superheroes and royalty. Covering up the shoulders with a cape or capelet offers a fashionable, yet understated, quality to any simple silhouette. Whether sheer material or a heavier fabric, the cape is a canvas for stunning designs of intricate embroidery, sparkles and beading. And for the cold-shoulder-loving brides, strapless is being replaced by over-the-shoulder and halter styles. These are timeless, classic looks that can still turns heads with bold cut-outs and open necklines.

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Drama from top to bottom

Voluminous ball gowns are making a comeback with tted bodices and billowing skirts of tulle. Top o your ball gown (or any silhouette for that matter) with a statement- making veil. Choose an extra- long veil to oat behind you for the walk down the aisle. Other stunning options feature intricate embroidery and beading.

Eye-catching hues

Believe it or not, your wedding dress doesn’t have to be a shade of white! Figuring out what your “something blue” is, can be a lot easier if the something blue is your wedding dress. A soft baby or Easter egg blue is the ultimate in eliciting an air of fairy tale romance. e warm metallic hue of rose gold is a big colour in weddings this year that will look gorgeous on all different skin tones. Make a bold and beautiful choice to be a lady in red. And there’s always millennial pink, one of the hottest colours in fashion these days.

High necks and deep Vs

A high neckline lends a regal feel to any dress. A lacy high-necked dress recalls Victorian style, while a satin high neck brings a more sleek and modern edge. Top your dress o with an updo hairstyle and you’ll feel just like Pippa Middleton on her wedding day. Plunging V-necklines are still a fashionable and alluring choice, complemented by sleek bodices and owing skirts. Go for an illusion plunging neckline if you want the look, but don’t want to show so much skin. W

Lavish Events

Lavish Events

Lavish Events

Can you tell us about the background of Lavish Events? For instance, how and why did the company start, how many weddings have you done?

We have been on quite a journey with Lavish…

My husband and I officially started our journey with Lavish in 2007 in the United Kingdom. At the time, we offered only a few items for weddings: a chocolate fountain and chair covers to be precise. While we were at events providing these services, I was always mesmerised by how a venue was transformed when decorated. At the same time, I had my own ideas about how I would decorate a venue, and there were clients wanting to know what else we could offer. At that point I knew I wanted to develop a business and start designing events.

Eventually we began expanding our inventory to meet our clients’ requirements, and soon we got our first small warehouse. We grew out of that one within a year and then grew out of our second warehouse. Ultimately we got a space—including a showroom—we could grow into. Wedding and events became my true passion and I left my job in accounts to design events full-time nationwide.
Despite the success we had with Lavish in the U.K., when the opportunity presented itself to move to this country, my husband and I knew we had to give it a chance. It had always been our dream to raise our family in Canada.

Lavish Events

“To this day I always get the same buzz from every event we do, no matter how big or small it is.”

In our first year in Ottawa, I travelled back to the UK on a monthly basis to continue on with the commitments we had with Lavish, but it was difficult with two small children. Ultimately I had to make a decision about what we were going to do with Lavish. In January of 2017, we decided to launch Lavish in the Ottawa market, by the end of March we had shipped over our first 40-foot container of inventory and a week later we exhibited at the Ottawa Wedding Show. It all happened fast but the response has been amazing. In all honesty I had not been expecting to be fully booked for our first wedding season in Ottawa.

I am so glad we made the decision to launch here. We have been very fortunate to work on some amazing events alongside some of the very best wedding and events vendors in Ottawa in our first year. We are also grateful that we have been given the opportunity to continue what we love with clients booking us for events all the way into 2019/2020. I feel we have definitely fit into the Ottawa market nicely with venues, industry vendors and clients already recognizing our capabilities. We are looking forward to growing Lavish Events in Ottawa going forward.

I have lost count of how many events we have done to date; it is well over 1000. We haven’t hit the 100 mark just yet in Ottawa but I am keeping count this time and I am hoping by the end of the year we will be celebrating the 100 mark!

To date, we have had the opportunity to work at the following venues: Strathmere, Le Belvedere, EY Centre, Orchard View, Stanleys Olde Maple Lane, Lago, St Elias Banquet Centre, Crown Plaza Gatineau, All Saints Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, Sala San Marco, Villa Marconi Centre and the Canadian War Museum. We are also looking forward to upcoming events at Hilton Lac Leamy, Double Tree Hilton Hotel Gatineau, Infinity Conference Centre, Brookstreet Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

Lavish Events

What do you offer? 

As a full service decor company, we can take any space and transform it into a beautiful event setting using draping, lighting, ceiling decor, table decor and centrepieces, stage decor, backdrops, head tables, walkways, wedding furniture, floral design, linens, tablescapes and more. The list is endless as we are always updating our inventory. We have a whole new range of inventory on its way for 2018.

Lavish Events offers Décor & Design, Rentals, Florals and Events Management.

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Who do you cater to?

Our main clients at Lavish Events are brides and grooms. We also do a lot of bridal showers, baby showers, christening events, and other special events and celebrations. We also cater to and for catering companies, wedding planners, corporate events, galas, awards ceremonies and Christmas parties etc.

(Whilst we cater to all types of weddings, we were in high demand for Indian weddings in particular in the UK, with the average number of guests being 600. We have found that weddings are a lot smaller and more intimate in Ottawa and therefore we really get the chance to focus on all the finer details. This also means we have capacity to do a number of events at the same time due to our large inventory.

On a separate note, since getting to know the market we have come to realise there aren’t many companies that can cater for larger events or for Indian clientele who sometimes require large structure and mandap setups etc. We are pleased to be able to offer this to those clients so they no longer have to travel to Toronto or Montreal or bring in companies from Toronto and Montreal to meet their requirements.

Most of our clients take a full décor package from us which generally includes decorating and setting up the entire event from the ceremony to reception, from guest table layouts to the décor on the guest tables, the head table and backdrops, venue draping, lighting the venue and whatever else you can image.

Lavish Events

How do you help make a wedding extra special and memorable?

This is something that is very very important to me as we only get one chance to make the couple’s wedding day dreams come true. At the initial meeting we start by getting to know the clients and their style.

To date we have not done an event that is the same as the last. We always strive to find out what the clients like and then design a package that is bespoke and that reflects what they want for their big day, the theme that they envision and the mood and ambiance they want to set. Whilst some companies take on a booking and then turn up on the day we are very different in that we walk through the whole process from the moment we meet to the day of delivery with several meetings and conversations to ensure everything runs smoothly and that every detail is covered.

We like to create an experience for our couples so that they can enjoy themselves on the wedding day and not have anything to worry about. A lot of our clients become friends by the end of their weddings and it’s lovely when we get recommended to their friends and family and end up seeing them again at those events. We are a very friendly and approachable business that will go to great lengths to ensure everything is perfect for our clients’ events.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

We are currently working on a new website that we are excited to launch (as soon as it is ready). We are also excited as we search for a showroom that we aim to have open by summer. We can be followed on Instagram and facebook. Anyone interested in any of our services can contact us at 613 558 4695 and we will be happy to arrange a free consultation where clients can also view our extensive portfolio of work.

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From the Editor


photo by Lisa Mounteer

Your awesome vision — fabulous day

Like many of our readers who are newly engaged, I found myself thinking like a bride as we began mapping out the articles for this issue. It’s very much like the wedding planning details with which our brides will soon be immersed. I started leafing through bridal books, searching blogs, checking out bridal boutiques, meeting with photographers, and visiting venues.

All the while, I kept thinking of you and how much is on your plate. That’s why we have more than the usual number of stories on how to plan your wedding in this issue. Most brides get so caught up in this process that they forget to have fun. Well, keep reading because we have some solutions for you about relieving stress. Let them be a gentle reminder to put in some “you” time at the spa or salon and delegate some of the heavy lifting.

I hope this issue becomes a resource for you in the coming months. Couples can turn to Ottawa Wedding Magazine to discover all the fabulous vendors in the Ottawa market. We pull out the stops for any couple to give them ideas on how to create the perfect ambiance for their wedding. Any groom or bride can turn to us for unique photography ideas.

This issue has been a labour of love, and hopefully it will make your life a little easier. Let me hear how it’s going, and when you’re back from the honeymoon, send pictures. Maybe next time we’ll feature your wedding to inspire future Ottawa brides.

Congratulations, and enjoy!

Pat den Boer

Want to see your special day in Ottawa Wedding Magazine?

If you want to contact me about how to include your wedding day in this publication, then please take note. We will not accept high-resolution images by e-mail. If you would like to send me a note about your wedding, do so in four or five paragraphs, describing your day. Make sure to include the bride’s and groom’s names, wedding date and location. Send along two or three low-resolution (less than 1MB) images. We have special requirements for photos, which will be communicated to you once your story is accepted.

Our Spring Bride

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Award-winning Ottawa photographer Mark Cooper inspired this very fresh and springtime look for our cover with model Maddie, along with several exceptionally talented wedding industry specialists. You, too, can get this look.

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Santa Baby – Some Wedding Magic

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by Chantal Roulston

Santa Baby was born out of the need to find my Christmas spirit.

I love Christmas; it is romantic, it is full of love, family and traditions. For me, much of this felt lost with loss of our home in February to a fire. With all our mementoes gone, I felt myself struggling to find where it all fit again. Having married my husband on December 13, we had a Christmas wedding. I loved every ounce of this day, and thought maybe it would help me recapture some memories and some of the missing spirit if you will. I’ve always loved the story “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and of course the song Santa Baby … the line about a ring!

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring
I don’t mean on the phone
Santa Baby lyrics

So, I dove into the idea of recreating a love story about Santa kissing mommy, and of course the ring! Once the the scene was set, a beautiful tree farm was needed, and Blitzen Estate in Jasper, Ontario, fit the scene perfectly. The tree was decorated , the fire was lit, the table was set and Santa flew in from the North Pole to help us out.

We needed his suit to pull off the proposal. A beautiful bride was outfitted in a gorgeous gown by Sinders Bridal of Carleton Place, a vintage fur cape from Angelina Wrona of Merrickville complemented the whimsical romantic look, and the boots?  Oh, the boots! Shipped in from The House Of Elliot in the UK, they completed the entire ensemble. All we needed was the groom-to-be (disguised in Santa’s borrowed suit, of course) to pop the question and present the ring. A 6.74 carat hessonite garnet, surrounded by diamonds and set in rose gold, it had been lovingly crafted by Goldart Jewellery Studio of Ottawa.

The scene was set, the outdoor living room warm and cozy with a fire in the pot bellied stove burning, and the GypsyRose Bar serving up drinks prepared by TopShelf distillery to keep things festive. Flowers and greenery were everywhere with glorious pops of red to complement the ring. The invitations sent, the guests were soon to arrive to this surprise proposal party.

Then “Santa” arrived, dropped on bended knee, proposing to his lady with ring in hand. Little miss Olivia, spying Santa, couldn’t contain her excitement to catch Santa kissing her mommy. She rushed over to catch Santa in the act and spied the ring! ‘How exciting,’ she thought. ‘Mommy is marrying Santa … or is she? … Who is that in the trees? … Could it be?’ …

Creative styling and all decor and mobile Gypsy Bar supplied by:
@gypsyrose on instagram

Photography by Stacey Stewart Photography

Venue: Blitzen Estate

Invites by Wishtree Invitations & Design Inc

Rings by Goldart Jewellery Studio

Makeup and Hair by Erica Wright Mua

Sexy Lace Boots: The House of Elliot

Florals/Bouquet by Carla Carbajal of Capital Florist @capitalfloristott

Alcohol – Spirits by Top Shelf Distillers

Man’s Suit by Conway’s Men’s Wear Ltd

Wedding Gown by Sinders Bridal House

Sweets treats and wedding cakes by Ediblesins

Hair pieces/accessories by Liana Lacroix Beauty @lianalacroixbeauty

Artwork, vintage cape by Artist Angelina Wrona @angelinawrona

Videographer: Bethany Amanda Photography

Set up, moving/transport of bar by Roadgrater

The groom: Don Postma of Wheels on the bay @wheelsonthebay

The Bride: Mitzi Scott

The daughter: My lovely granddaughter Olivia Rose.

Winter Wedding Inspiration: Baby It’s Cold Outside!



Baby It’s Cold Outside

Imagine a winter wedding scenario to absolutely fall in love with? This styled shoot — planned by Lily & Roses Exquisite Events  and featuring top area vendors — is as captivating as the classic Christmas song that’s all about romance.


Planning, decor and flowers: Lily & Roses Exquisite Events 

Photographer: Lindsey Gibeau Photography

Venue and pies: Le Cordon Bleu 

Model: MIM

Stationery and paper: Pretty Papier 

Cake: JS Creations 

Hair: So me, Hair design

Makeup: Katie Mintha

Groovy Linens 

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