Feyona and Steven

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Bride Name
Feyona
Groom Name
Steven Metellus
Date of Wedding
05/06/2018
Photographer
Joey Rudd
Ceremony Held at
Marriott Hotel (Cartier Ballroom)
Reception Held at
Marriott Hotel (Victoria Ballroom)
Decor By
Sizzle with Decor
Bridesmaids Fashions From
ShopSeasonelle
Groomsmen’s Fashions From
Moore’s
Bride’s Hair By
NandySugar
Cake By
Becky’s Sweet Addictions
Catering By
Marriott Hotel
Flowers By
Ottawa Flowers
Invitations By
Designed by Bride
Favours By
Bride & Bridesmaids
Other Vendors
Videography: Peaking Zebra Productions
MC: MC RAB
Description 
God makes everything work together for the good of His children; in His timing! Despite the hardships on the journey, love and forgiveness triumphed all and allowed family and friends from near and far together to witness a true example of perseverance.The day would not have been possible without the passion of the talented vendors and the unconditional love of the couple’s parents and friends. This is just the beginning of a true love story!

Rana and Karl

Rana and Karl

Playfully Elegant

 

Compiled by Pam Dillon
Photos by Tim Forbes

 

One August day, Rana noticed Karl as he was getting off his motorcycle at the apartment building where they both lived in Kingston. “I made a snarky comment about how it must get hot under that leather jacket.”

After crossing paths a few more times, she asked him for help to take a coffee table up to her apartment. That led to a dinner date, and the start of a love story.
In the spring of 2016, he proposed. Rana had moved to Thunder Bay for an internship, and Karl decided to join her. He was aware of the rule Rana had set for herself at age 12: “I didn’t want to move in with a man unless we were engaged.” That’s why, while she was dropping off the moving truck after they unloaded it, he was covering the packing boxes at their new apartment with rose petals. She returned to find him down on one knee.

“I don’t remember what he said, but I remember saying yes!”

Rana and Karl

Their wedding at Fort Henry’s Discovery Centre took about 16 months to organize. They booked the big items right away, then tackled the details. “We made decisions based on what felt right to us, and what we would be most happy with looking back. We carried this attitude throughout planning, by choosing simple, timeless colours and décor, but also by being selective about which traditions to follow and which to skip. For instance, we opted to include Iranian and Polish traditions, but skipped the first dance and bouquet toss.”
The result was a sophisticated wedding that was also relaxed and comfortable for guests.

To get people mingling more, Rana and Karl decided to host the cocktail hour before the ceremony and the dinner afterwards. They also decided to involve loved ones in meaningful roles. That’s why their wedding party included a bridesman, both a bestwoman and a bestman, along with a flowerpooch. Their yorkipoo, Chanel, had a small basket tied to her back that was filled with flower petals. They scattered as she made her way about.

The couple also incorporated Iranian traditions and Polish traditions in the festivities. “We had the traditional [Aghd] spread during the ceremony, which is an elaborate table with symbolic items for the couple. In Iranian tradition, the couple feed each other honey, and have sugar rubbed on a piece of fabric held over their heads so that they may begin their lives together with sweetness.” In addition, Karl’s mother offered a traditional Polish bread and salt toast to begin the reception.

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The theme for the wedding was playfully elegant and Rana’s ensemble was a perfect fit. Her dress was by Maggie Sottero. A custom bow, a jacket from BCBGMAXAZRIA, and a hairpiece by Stephanie Laliberte (whose Etsy shop is Mlleartsy) completed the look.

The ceremony took place outdoors, and indoors, the wedding colours were ivory and champagne, with gold accents. Highlights included custom coasters, gold flatware, seating cards shaped like each guest’s dinner selection, and a balloon wall.

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Rana’s favourite moment of the day was the first look. It happened at 178 Ontario Street, the apartment building where they first met. “One of my favourite parts, in addition to the first look, was the ceremony itself,” Karl notes. They wrote their vows together, keeping a few lines to themselves until the big day. “We had fun with it, and showed our love for each other while also celebrating our quirks. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Marisa and James

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Bride Name
Marisa Lepore
Groom Name
James Salem
Date of Wedding
05/02/2017
Photographer
Andrea Lisi
Reception Held at
Villa Le Bolli
Ceremony Held at
Villa Le Bolli
Wedding Dress
Justin Alexander from Kimberly Wilson Bridal
Groom’s Fashions From
Mario Uomo Italy
Bridesmaids Fashions From
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Groomsmen’s Fashions From
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Bride’s Hair By
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Bride’s Make-Up By
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Cake By
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Catering By
Luanna Vaghegini
Flowers By
Nerofiore
Invitations By
n/a
Favours By
Villa Le Bolli
Description 
Ours isn’t a boy-meets-girl love story but rather the coming together of two families and multiple circles of friends. One year later and we still hear comments about the strong sentiment of family that dominated not just our wedding day but our entire wedding holiday. James and I were in our late 50s when we got married in Italy on May 2, 2017. Our venue, 13th century Villa Le Bolli in Tuscany, became home for a week for us and our guests and the owners soon joined our circle of friends.

Tamara and Jeff

Mill St. Brew Pub Wedding

Laid Back and Beautiful

Photos by Phillipa Maitland Photography
Compiled by Pam Dillon

“A handsome man with some serious dance moves caught my eye,” says Tamara. It was November of 2011 at the Crazy Horse in Kanata. That’s when Tamara met Jeff. They chatted, they danced, then Jeff asked for her number.
The next day, he called. Six weeks later, Jeff invited her to fly to Victoria, BC to spend New Year’s. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that he was the person I wanted to wake up with each morning and say goodnight to each night,” Tamara says.

Three years later, after dinner at a downtown restaurant, as they admired the sunset by Parliament Hill, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. The answer was an enthusiastic yes.

They planned their wedding for September 10, 2016, and they chose The Mill Street Brew Pub as their venue. Both wanted a big party. “Our goal was for everyone to have fun. From incorporating little bits of humour into our ceremony to keeping the speeches short and lighthearted and everyone on the dance floor, we hoped to have the greatest time with our friends and families.”

Tamara had an additional priority: her dress. She discovered it at With Love Bridal Boutique. “Despite having no clue what I wanted when I started shopping, I fell in love with a full lace fit and flare gown.” It was the Pierce design by Maggie Sottero.

She had her makeup done by Shanna Brazeau and had unique bracelets made for her bridesmaids via Katye Landry Designs. The couple tapped Ottawa Flowers, Suzy Q Doughnuts and Morris Formalwear for other aspects of their day.

The wedding’s style is best described as “laid back, simple and beautiful,” Tamara says. Gold, white and ivory were used for decor and accents, and the team from Sage Designs created ceiling draping/lighting that led to a backdrop. Flowers and tea lights were incorporated into the look, and rather than a guest book, the couple had a large wooden C painted white for guests to sign. “It is now displayed in our home.”

The day had many personal elements. At the ceremony, members of the wedding party passed Tamara and Jeff’s rings down the line, telling them what they wished for their future. The couple wrote their own vows, and danced down the aisle after the ceremony.

“We decided not to have any communication the day of, leading up to our ceremony, so we were like a couple of kids in a candy store when we first got to see each other,” Tamara recalls. “We were so focused on one another that our officiant (Trudy Garland from All Seasons) actually had to call us to attention. It was slightly embarrassing, but our loved ones got a good laugh at us.”

At the tables, another traditional detail was replaced with a unique expression of caring. “Most of our loved ones know how much we adore our one-eyed rescue dog Sunshine.” So in lieu of wedding favours, a donation to the Ottawa Humane Society was made in honour of the guests, and at each place setting there was a personalized post card with photos of Sunshine and a message from the couple.

At the reception, Jeff happily took the lead on tapping a cask of beer for the guests, but there was another, unanticipated highlight. “A mariachi band showed up to serenade us,” Tamara exclaims. “One of Jeff’s groomsmen is Mexican and had secretly arranged for a surprise visit from the band. We had a great time on the dance floor enjoying their performance.”

From start to finish, she describes the day as incredible. “I didn’t want it to end. I got to marry the most incredible man and have all of our family and friends from across Canada there to celebrate with us. What more could I ask for?”

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Carol-Ann and Xavier

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Bride Name
Carol-Ann Morin
Groom Name
Xavier Fernandez Le Bras
Date of Wedding
01/22/2018
Photographer
Lachérie Photographie
Reception Held at
Hôtel Intercontinental
Wedding Dress
Boutique Champagne!
Groom’s Fashions From
Mercerie G.Brabant
Bride’s Hair By
Highlight Maquillage
Bride’s Make-Up By
Highlight Maquillage
Cake By
Baiser velouté
Flowers By
Binette et filles Inc.
Invitations By
Mayline Confections
Other Vendors
Wedding Planner: Matrimoniom, Planification de mariage
Description 
Videographer: Stamina videos
Jewelry : Bijouterie Burelle
Decor : Tenue de soirée
Decor : Sofa to go

Nathalie and Olivier

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Rustic and Unique

compiled by Ariel Vered
photos by Annemarie Gruden

Nathalie and Olivier met online five years ago. Both still in school, “we were quite busy and didn’t have much time to devote to dating,” she said. Nathalie even canceled their first date because she was too busy with exams. A few months later, she rescheduled and they’ve been together ever since.

The couple have a tradition of taking a trip to Quebec City every summer, so on their trip in the summer of 2016, Nathalie suspected a proposal might be coming. “I was kind of expecting it because it’s our little paradise over there,” she said. “He was really nervous so I knew something was up.” Nathalie had previously mentioned that when a proposal happened, she just wanted it to be the two of them. Olivier waited until every other person had left the park and got down on one knee to ask Nathalie to marry him.

Nathalie found her wedding dress at With Love Bridal Boutique. The Mikaella gown was an all lace fit and flare dress with exposed boning on the bodice. “I had tried on about 20 dresses before that and when I put on that dress, I just knew it was that one,” said Nathalie. “I can’t say why. They say that you know when it’s the one and that’s the feeling I got.”

They chose to get married at Strathmere, one of the first venues to come up when Nathalie Googled “wedding venues” and the first one that the couple visited. The couple was incredibly impressed by the staff, down to the simple gesture of o ering them free co ee from the café. “It felt like they cared and wanted to take care of us and knew how to take care of the wedding,” said Nathalie. “We knew right away that we wanted to get married at Strathmere.”

The ceremony and party were both held outside. The couple wanted their wedding to have a rustic country feel, but still be unique. “I’d call it a natural vibe,” said Nathalie. “I wanted everything to be really natural and a bit more casual.” Nathalie’s bouquet of wild flowers looked so natural, in fact, that someone asked her if she’d arranged it herself. In fact, the bouquet was a surprise even to Nathalie, who had simply asked the florist for a bouquet of wildflowers. She dry-pressed the flowers to preserve them and mounted them on a frame in their home. The meal was catered by the staff at Strathmere. Instead of a wedding cake, the couple opted for eight different flavours of cupcakes from The Cupcake Lounge.

“Everything is blurry from the wedding…but the moment I remember most was right before the ceremony I got to meet Olivier and have our rst look,” said Nathalie. “It was just the two of us. It was nice to get a moment away from everyone and have a moment together. It got a lot of the stress out of the way. When I think of the wedding, that’s what I think of.” W

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Kim and James

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Fun Love

Compiled by Ariel Vered
Photos by Stacey Stewart

Kim met James on a dating website eight years ago. “I had five dates that week,” remembers Kim, “and he was the funniest. He wasn’t the most stylish, but he was the one that made me laugh.”

They hit it off instantly. After one year together, she met his kids and they moved in together, blending their different lifestyles: country for him (he grew up on a family farm in Chesterville) and city for her (she is from Ottawa).

James proposed in December 2015, hiding the ring in the Christmas tree. The problem: Kim couldn’t see it amongst the big Christmas lights. “I wear glasses, so things reflect,” she said. “He had to point it out!”

The couple wanted to get married right away. They chose to get married at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, a one-stop shop that helped them plan all aspects of the wedding, including catering the food. “For someone like me that works full-time, they do basically everything for you,” she said. “It’s very handy.” The venue captured their style of wedding, which was casual, fun, camping, on the farm vibe. It was centrally located for guests coming from Ottawa and Chesterville, and having it on a farm was a nod to James’ farm upbringing.

Kim walked down the aisle in a Stella York dress with a sweetheart neckline. “I don’t wear a lot of fancy, dressy clothes,” she said. “I wanted something very simple.” She also wore her signature glasses for the wedding. “ There’s not a lot of representation of ladies with glasses,” she said. “I don’t see a lot of that in the magazine. Even to google online for ideas for hair, there was nothing.”

The couple included James’ kids in the wedding party as junior bridesmaid and groomsman. Kim wrote their wedding vows, which included jokes about Ford Motors, zombies and time management. “We laughed the entire time,” she said. The couple’s goofiness continued during their wedding pictures, which also featured James’ Boss 302 Mustang — “everybody knows that’s his second love,” said Kim.

Making sure their guests had fun was a priority for the couple. While they took wedding pictures, the guests played camp games and gathered around a bonfire. Later in the evening, they surprised their guests with fireworks. “We got everyone outside saying that we were going to do a group picture,” said Kim. “It was dark outside. I don’t know how they thought we were going to do it. But everyone really enjoyed the fireworks.”

The wedding was full of unconventional touches. In lieu of table numbers, they named the tables after places and things they love and tailored to who was seated at the table. The couple had a popcorn bar instead of a wedding cake. And as a departure from the standard tinging of glasses, there was a ‘kitty for the kitties.’ Guests were invited to deposit loonies and toonies into a cat-shaped piggy bank if they wanted the couple to kiss. They donated the money, which ended up being $150, to a cat shelter in Merrickville. It was a wedding that captured the couple’s fun, casual vibe. Kim and James danced their first dance as husband and wife to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” “If you listen to the words,” said Kim, “it meant more to us than any kind of frou-frou love song.” W

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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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