canadian museum of nature wedding | jenna & phil

From beginning to end, Jenna and Phil's wedding day felt more than a little bit like a fairytale. From the first soft notes that Phil strummed on the guitar Jenna gave him that morning as a wedding gift, to the dreamy first dance they shared to "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos. There was a resplendent gown fit for a queen, bubbling champagne and a the exchange of vows during the day's most golden hour. Then there was the fact that they got married in what was essentially a castle. Sure, I mean technically it was the sumptuously renovated Canadian Museum of Nature, but it sure looks like a castle.

Early autumn sunlight flooded the rooms of the museum and illuminated the impeccable attention to detail that Jenna and her planner Julie had bestowed upon the décor. Every element had sweet significance: photographs of beloved relatives graced a table, a pretty poster shared advice for the bride and groom from their families, and homemade treats brought a taste their respective homes to the celebration. Towering over it all was a handmade 8x8 ribbon wall that Jenna had dreamed up, festooned with all the shades that coloured their day.

And yet, despite the heady elegance, their wedding day felt joyous and relaxed. Loved ones gathered from near and far, from the surrounding neighbourhoods in Ottawa and from Northern Ontario and Chile, where much of their families reside. On their wedding day, they were surrounded by love and support. After Jenna and Phil exchanged their heartfelt vows (Jenna delighting Phil by speaking partly in Spanish), they walked gleefully down the aisle while guests enthusiastically waved flags.

Jenna and Phil, thank you so much for including me in your plans for this spectacular day. Both Brian and I were truly honoured to be there. It was a pleasure to document everything you worked tirelessly to create, and just fantastic to witness your union. Wishing you all the happiness in the world!

Phil got ready at Ottawa's Lord Elgin Hotel.

Meanwhile, Jenna prepared at their beautiful home:

Pablo Neruda's timeless poetry was a recurring theme throughout their wedding, and their ceremony included a beautiful reading of one of his works. It was a lovely nod to Phil's Chilean heritage.

Once all the preparations were complete, they met for their first look in a circle of trees beside the museum.

That dress...

We explored the magnificent museum and its grounds for some portraits

Their ceremony was held in the Queen's Lantern, a gorgeous sunlit room at the front of the museum.

I loved the moment when Jenna and Phil invited all their guests to wish on pennies, which were later collected in a jar to be kept in the couple's home.

Then it was time to head to the reception. As you will soon see, the styling was breathtaking.

During the reception, we tip-toed away for a few final portraits.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!


Venue: Canadian Museum of Nature  //  Event planner: Chic Wedding Planning and Design  // Styling: Jenna Young (the bride!) and Chic Wedding Planning and Design  //  Officiant: Justice Michael Varpio  //  Photography: Dallas Curow Photography, with Brian Fauteux  //  Caterer: Thyme & Again  //  Florist: Full Bloom  //  Baker: Thimblecakes  //  Favours: The Young-Castro family!  //  Invitations: Wish Tree Invitations & Stationary Inc.  //  Dress: Reem Acra, purchased at White Toronto  //  Shoes: Kate Spade  //  Fascinator: White Ribbon Accents  //  Jewellery: borrowed from the bride's mother  //  Makeup: Dallas Curow  //  Hair: Sonia Nicastro at BossArts Salon and Spa  // Groom's suit: Mr J Mens Fashion  //  Groom's tie: Burberry  //  Shoes: Banana Republic  //  Musicians: Guitarists Lucas Paluch and Steve Tozzi