ottawa wedding | jennifer & paul

Jennifer and Paul's first date only lasted three minutes.

Always one to offer a helping hand, Jen was volunteering at a charity speed-dating event that was run by some of her close friends. She was happy just hustling behind the scenes and making sure things ran smoothly. When the organizer approached her in a panic to say they were short female participants, she begged Jen to fill the spot. Although she was at first reluctant, she happened to notice a man with curly hair and twinkling eyes walking in the door at that very moment. Suddenly, she changed her tune.

"I'll do it!" she said. "I have to meet him."

Somewhere in the rotation, they were finally seated across from one another. Although they both describe their first, fleeting conversation as being a wee bit boring since they only discussed their respective careers in tax law and advocacy, they both left feeling the potential for a much deeper connection.

It wasn't long until Paul got in touch with Jennifer, this time requesting a "slow date."

Just a few short years later, their wedding day arrived. The amount of work and love that went into their day was truly astounding. Every little detail was artfully considered, the styling was remarkably cohesive and lovely, and the mood was jubilant. From the moment Jennifer stepped into her gown in their bright and airy apartment to the final, toe-tapping singalong of the after-party, their wedding day was fun, warm and romantic from beginning to end.

Jen and Paul, thank you so very much for inviting me to be a part of your day. It was such a treat to document your amazing vision and your impeccable décor, to meet your sweet families and to celebrate with your friends. You have so many people who rally around you, and who are so ridiculously happy for you two. I wish you a lifetime of happiness, "activities," adventure and love.

Meanwhile, Paul and his groomsmen prepared for the day in a nearby hotel.

Jennifer and Paul first saw each other in Strathcona Park. They chose to see each other before the ceremony so that they could relax together and have plenty of time for portraits at various locations around the city.

Then we headed to the Somerset Bridge, where Jennifer and Paul secured their custom engraved lock alongside those of so many other lovers and threw away the keys.

We joined the rest of their wedding party for portraits at this lovely inlet.

Then it was time to head to the Glebe Community Centre, where the day would officially kick off!

This incredible wedding cake was made by Jennifer's mother, Heather.

They shared the most romantic and graceful of first dances...

The evening wrapped up with a rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, led by Paul on the piano. It was magical.


Venue: Glebe Community Centre  //  Officiant: Sue Kellison  //  Photographer: Dallas Curow Photography, with Brian Fauteux  //  Catering: Todric's Fine Dining and Catering  //  Florist: Bloomfields Flowers //  Cake: Heather Grosse (Mother of the Bride)  //  Bride's dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased at Alliance Bridal  //  Bride's shoes: Cole Haan  // Fascinator: Weddinglab (Etsy)  //  Makeup/hair: Texture hair salon  //  Jewellery: Howard Fine Jeweller and Master Goldsmiths  // Bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal  //  Groom's attire: Surmesur //  Groom's shoes: Luca del Forte  //  Favours: Beeproject Apiaries  //  Programs: Parcellsland (Etsy) // Musicians: Beth Tait (Vocals), Jeremy Penner (Piano), Brett MacLean (Vocals, Guitar), Sandy Taronno (Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Dan Wiebe (Vocals, Guitar)  //  Guestbook: MDBWeddings (Etsy)  //  Chairs: Simply Chiavari