national arts centre wedding | meriem & rocco

If there's one thing that's certain, it's that Meriem and Rocco have a life full of love and adventure ahead of them. Between Meriem's bright spirits and easy laugh and Rocco's caring nature and propensity for extravagant surprises (planning a fake party to catch Meriem off-guard when he proposed; sending over pearl and diamond baubles from Tiffany on their wedding day; planning a secret honeymoon to Italy!), their path ahead is sure to be paved with great joy. Together, they have an easy way about them. Wearing constant smiles and sharing frequent embraces, they seem happiest when standing side-by-side, or with hands intertwined.

Family bonds were at the heart of their wedding celebration. Rocco's family owns several beloved Italian markets in Ottawa, which offer great food and top-notch service to their customers. The stores have a loyal following of chefs and nonnas alike, people who come in so often they are greeted on a first-name basis and always leave with delicious goods to feed their loved ones. They are purveyors of food, but they also stoke the fires of home and family and shared memories. As an indication of the quality of their customer relationships, their wedding emcee was one Rocco's shop's customers!

It was at one of these shops where Meriem and Rocco first met, worked alongside each other, and fell in love. As I mentioned in my previous post about their engagement, it was also where Rocco proposed to Meriem, surrounded by candles. There's something powerful about so many important relationship milestones happening in one special place, don't you think?

Their day was seamlessly planned by Julie of Chic Wedding Planners, the talented and dedicated expert with whom I had the pleasure of working for Jenna and Phil's wedding last fall. Julie made sure everything went even better than planned. Ottawa's National Arts Centre was a perfect venue, with spectacular views of some of the city's most beautiful architecture. The menu featured countless Italian delicacies and a delectable couscous dish that paid tribute to Meriem's Algerian heritage. Her sweet father gave a lovely, tear-inducing speech in English, which was especially impressive as English is not his first language, or his second, third, or fourth!  In perhaps the cutest moment, one of Rocco's adorable nieces shyly serenaded the crowd in her nightgown before heading off to bed. Later in the evening, a gelato bar from local favourite Stella Luna served up frozen treats to their guests. Family and friends laughed and feasted and danced together under a clear, starry sky.

Mer and Roc, thank you guys so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful day. I hope your honeymoon in Italy was absolutely magical and I wish you a long lifetime of happiness together.


Venue: National Arts Centre  //  Coordination and styling: Chic Wedding Planners  // Photography: Dallas Curow, assisted by Brian Fauteux  //  Dress: purchased at Luxe Bridal  // Gelato bar: Stella Luna