My list of preferred Ottawa wedding vendors
Planning an Ottawa wedding is hard.
Speaking from experience planning my own wedding – and I had an “advantage” being in the biz and knowing some people – it’s a crap shoot.
You’re trying to create an experience for yourselves and your family but first you’re slogging through endless Ottawa wedding websites decoding the info.
Unless you have a reference from a friend you’re really going in blind, which is why I wanted to create this list.
Instead of creating a blanket list of all the Ottawa wedding vendors I’ve decided to only list vendors that I know I’ve worked with and that I feel offer a quality product.
With each vendor, I’ve tried to offer some personal insight to give you a more qualitative vendor referral.
I know that I’ve worked with more vendors than the ones listed here but as I grow my business I’m trying to add services that are valuable to couples looking to get married in Ottawa, so I’m paying more attention to other vendors involved in the weddings I’m photographing.
As a result, this list is a work in progress. I’m looking for quality, not just numbers, so check back often as the resource grows.
Ottawa Wedding Venues
“The venue is a foundation to the tone of your wedding around everything else will revolve.”
Wedding & Event Planner
Notes: The venue location is located near Wakefield, QC about 30 – 45 mins from Ottawa. Once you’re there you might as well be a 1000 kms away. The location has a real destination feel and ceremony location overlooking the majestic Gatineau Hills is stunning – even in December when we went to check out the location. As a result they are VERY in demand and with recent outdoor renovations are HANDS DOWN THE BEST VENUE IN ALL THE LAND (IMHO).
The Westin Ottawa
Tia Ward, Wedding Specialist
Phone: (613) 560-7368 Fax: (613) 560-7350
Notes: The Westin has rooms with great light. Ask for a suite if either the guys or gals are getting ready there so you’ve got some room to move around. (You may also want to make sure it has one of the double-head showers – not for me, for you). The lobby affords some nice options and vantage points for a first look as seen in Jon and Nicole’s New Year’s Eve Ottawa Wedding.
Wedding and Corporate Event Planning
Notes: Saunder’s farm is an interesting location. Located in Ottawa’s rural village, Munster, the farm offers a nice outdoors, unpretentious setting for your wedding. One of the obvious attraction to this Ottawa wedding venue is the natural mazes they have. There are lookout platforms perfect for getting various angles if you decide to use them for your portrait sessions. I think this location, however, is perfect for spring and fall weddings as there is no air conditioning in the reception building. Check out Laura and Allan’s Saunder’s Farm wedding here.
Stonefield Heritage Farm
1985 9th Line
Notes: Don’t let the farm part fool you – this is one classy joint. It’s getting the VIP treatment even though I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot there yet. Having been to a couple open houses I can say it’s got buckets of prime photo backdrops from “big sky” to rustic barn board to romantic chic. Check ‘em out!
The Marshes Golf and Country Club
320 Terry Fox Drive
Kanata, ON K2K 3L1
1 800 417-8555
Notes: Take a look at Paul & Kristina’s September 2012 wedding for samples of this excellent Ottawa wedding venue. If you’re not into golf backdrops, the venue is surrounded by farms and there is a set of rail road tracks in the
Notes: The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a premier Ottawa wedding backdrop. Everything about it is opulent and ornate offering couples a regal and majestic setting for their Ottawa wedding. Only couples who are having their wedding within the historic hotel can use the common areas for portraits so you are guaranteed a session free battles with other wedding groups.
The Museum of Nature
Notes: The Museum of Nature may not come to mind when thinking about an Ottawa wedding venue, but it should. One of my favourite locations within the museum is the Queen’s Lantern. It’s the huge glass column at the front of the museum. While it’s on the smaller side of what the entire museum has to offer, it is flooded with light. If that’s not enough, where else are you going to get your pictures taken with dinosaurs! Check out Jon & Katie’s wedding here!
Billings Estate Museum
2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1
Notes: This museum is a quaint Ottawa wedding venue tucked away in an Ottawa residential area. The historic estate of one of Ottawa’s founding families who settled in 1812, the museum affords beautiful grounds for an outdoor wedding.
Canadian Museum of History
Notes: The Museum of Civilization is one of most architecturally unique buildings in the region, which is why it is also one of the most popular Ottawa wedding photography backdrops. Outside the curved lines of the building offer some unique angles for the photography while the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill creates an iconic Ottawa skyline.
National Arts Centre
Notes: The National Arts Centre offer four unique areas to hold your reception. Check out Caroline and Ben’s 2012 Ottawa wedding in the Salon room. It’s got some great outdoor options including a covered are by the canal which is invaluable when it rains.
Notes: A premier Ottawa wedding venue, the National Gallery has a number of options including the spectacular Grand Hall with its immense natural light and sky-high ceilings. Located close to the ByWard Market it offers some unique options for bridal group portraits or photos for just the bride and groom.
(613) 241-1516 for Event Coordinators.
Notes: The Courtyard is a small intimate venue that offers space for ceremonies and receptions. Make sure your Ottawa wedding photographer brings remote lights as it’s on the dark side with is wood and stone interior. However, since it’s surrounded by the historical courtyards of the ByWard Market, there are tons of options for bridal portraits and intimate photos of the bride and groom.
Notes: Restaurant 18 offers a great, intimate, fine dining experience for your Ottawa wedding reception or ceremony. While I’ve only ever photographed wedding receptions there, the space is great and really lends itself to intimate wedding photography. It’s also in the ByWard Market so there are plenty of options of a great Ottawa wedding photojournalism with a little walk around.
Ottawa Wedding Caterers
Notes: AJs Catering put on a great BBQ for Laura and Scott Williamstown wedding at the fairgrounds. The staff was friendly and most importantly, fast. They set and cleared tables quickly and quietly which allowed the wedding to move along without interruption.
Notes: Dish Catering put on an intimate meal for a small wedding at Gallery 13 a couple of years back. The chefs aren’t afraid to push the envelope and their boutique approach seems to allow for a great collaboration.
The Whalesbone Catering
Notes: The WBC put on one of the most impressive catering jobs I have ever seen. While photographing Paul and Stephanie’s Ottawa wedding at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ottawa, my assistant David Kawai and I were so impressed with how they were working behind the scenes we had to remind ourselves that we were there to photograph a wedding not the caterers. The food was insane and the execution impressed everyone at our table.
Ottawa Wedding Officiants
All Seasons Wedding Ceremonies – Our licensed male or female wedding officiants conduct personalized civil, interfaith and spiritual wedding vows and custom marriage ceremonies at your home, cottage, banquet hall, or church. Whether you want a traditional or a contemporary wedding ceremony, your wedding day will be a truly wonderful experience… unique, elegant, and to your complete satisfaction.
Notes: I used All Seasons Wedding Ceremonies to get our officiant, Alan Viau.
Brian was recently voted runner-up ‘Best Wedding Officiant in Ottawa and District’ at the prestigious Wedding Industry Experts wards. He is very open to conducting both non–denominational and spiritual wedding ceremonies in English, French, Spanish or bilingual. Brian brings a commitment to ensuring that your wedding ceremony, whether non–denominational or spiritual, will reflect who you are, in a genuine, personal way. His creativity, sense of humour and attention to detail will help everything go smoothly. “It’s your day – let’s make sure YOU enjoy it!”He is the third most requested officiant on our Ontario team. Book early.
Natalie Joy is an experienced public speaker, educator, dog-lover and chocolate addict. Having spent her childhood in Saint-Isidore and her adult life in Ottawa, Natalie Joy is fluent in both official languages and is licensed to perform spiritual, non-denominational and same-sex wedding ceremonies in both Ontario and Quebec. A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters of Fine Arts, Natalie Joy is compassionate, versatile and passionate about making your special occasion a memorable experience. In her spare time Natalie Joy watches reruns of Star Trek and enjoys board games with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Ottawa Wedding Ceremonies – Our licensed male or female wedding officiants conduct personalized civil, interfaith and spiritual wedding vows and custom marriage ceremonies at your home, cottage, banquet hall, or church. Whether you want a traditional or a contemporary wedding ceremony, your wedding day will be a truly wonderful experience… unique, elegant, and to your complete satisfaction.
Lynne and Keith Langille – Lynne and Keith offer some of the best custom wedding ceremonies in Ottawa. One of the things that is unique in the way they perform the ceremony is that they often stand halfway down the isle putting the couple front and centre and turned to face family and friends instead of away. Another benefit is that there is no officiant getting in the way of a clean “kiss” photo! Contact Keith@ExceptionalCeremonies.com for more info.
Ottawa Wedding Planners
Kennedy Event Planning:
Notes: While I haven’t worked with Shannon on a wedding I can definitely attest to her personality and professionalism which is key to a great working relationship. Shannon really knows how to put together, exclusive, contemporary and stylish weddings that really speak to the bride and groom.
Notes: Wendy planned Paul and Stephanie’s wedding at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. This wedding was on-time, almost to the second, which really allowed P&S to enjoy the day.
Notes: One of Ottawa’s leading experts in wedding planning, styling and coordination, Chic Wedding Planners aims to create beautiful memories that bring their clients love stories to life.
Ottawa Wedding Videographers
First Kiss Films –
Notes: Bridget Redmond is really doing something unique with her 16mm Ottawa wedding cinematography. With over 15 years of experience as a film maker you’re in good hands with Bridget. Bridget working with me on Katie and Jon’s May 2012 Ottawa wedding at Juniper Restaurant. If you’re looking for something truly timeless, check out First Kiss Films.
Men’s Wedding Suits – Ottawa
A relatively new addition to the field of men’s stores in Ottawa, L’Hexagone fills a nice void offering great quality suits at great prices. The styles are fashion forward and Yannick and Etienne will have you walking out the door looking like you’re about to walk on the set of Mad Men. Located on Dahousie St. in Ottawa’s Byward Market the atmosphere is laid back and contemporary making you feel like you want to hang out.
Indochino.com is an online, bespoke clothing manufacturer based in Vancouver. While they specialize in modern-cut suits, once you’ve got your 15 measurements plugged into their system, it’s really easy to log on and choose from any of their line of pants, shirts and jackets. As with all online ordering, take it from me and leave yourself lots of time before you need the suit for an alterations and remakes. They have a perfect-fit promise so they offer either a credit for alterations up $75, free remake or return. Delivery times range from 4 to 6 weeks.
Ottawa Bridal Fashions
Starting with a personal reference – my fiance Lisa chose Janine – to help her get not only her perfect dress but also one she says I’ve never seen before which is pretty huge considering my line of work. Lisa said Janine was great to work with and really straight forward. When Lisa brought in her grandmother’s shoes to try out with the dress and asked to see what Janine had, Janine said to “not waster her money” and keep her grandmother’s shoes which she felt went perfectly with Lisa’s dress. I’m looking forward to seeing Janine’s work come July 2013! Janine Adamyk Bridal is located on Bank St. in Old Ottawa South.