downtown ottawa wedding - carley teresa photography

Steve & Jessica had a small wedding in Ottawa, and despite the fact that it was far from what they had originally planned, it was still so beautiful.

Having to scrap their plans for a big family affair in Newfoundland, Steve & Jessica worked hard to put together an intimate celebration in Ottawa. They picked a date, had a scenic park ceremony in mind, Jessica’s family travelled (safely) from Newfoundland to Ottawa, and they chose a cute little café for their reception and pizza dinner.

Keeping an eye on the forecast, we noticed that it was calling for rain – and a lot of it – right around the time of their ceremony. So the morning of their wedding they decided to move their ceremony from the park to a tent at the café. (Spoiler alert: this turned out to be the right decision lol.)

We met outside of the Chateau Laurier ahead of the ceremony so we could get some photos of Steve & Jessica downtown. Then we were off to The Black Walnut Café for their ceremony.

Guests arrived and mingled outside the tent. Just as they were about to begin the ceremony the rain started. And let me tell you – it was torrential. I couldn’t help but think what we would have done had we been at the park with no cover! But it didn’t matter. Jessica’s father officiated the ceremony, and the laughs and happy tears were a plenty.

Jessica wore a dress that she had bought in Paris, and she paired it with the vintage lace jacket that her grandmother wore to her own wedding 68 years prior. Later that evening she had a FaceTime call with her grandmother and got to show off the jacket to her. So special!

The evening brought homemade pizzas from the café, and heartfelt speeches from family. And a first dance under string lights. When it came time for Jessica’s dance with her father, she told him that she had a surprise for him. She sat down at the keyboard that was set up from the ceremony, and started playing (and singing) their favourite song: You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King. It was clear this was very special to them. Jessica’s father grabbed another microphone and sang the song with her. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. The way her dad looked at her when the song ended, oof!! 🖤

So while it wasn’t what they had in mind for their wedding, at the end of the day they were surrounded by their nearest and dearest as they exchanged vows!! And that’s what matters most. It wasn’t Newfoundland, but I’d say Ottawa was a pretty good backup for their small summer wedding!

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Photography: Carley Teresa
Venue &  Catering: The Black Walnut Bakery
Florals: Bloomfields
Hair: Le Petit Salon
Makeup: Saab Salon & Spa
Second Shooter: Charlotte Northrope