A beautiful wedding in less than four months, or was it two weeks?

A beautiful wedding in less than four months, or was it two weeks?

One of my industry peeps and I have a joke that if there is a last minute wedding to plan, call me. I have this affinity for weddings that need to be planned in a hurry. Two weeks is my current record, so when someone says “I want to get married in four months, is that too soon?”, I’m thinking “No problem! This is going to be fun!”

When I met a client just 4 months before her April 2016 wedding I was totally up for it. From the beginning I loved Miranda. She was so full of life and just “spunky”. Not a word I use often but it truly describes this girl. We met in the strangest of ways, through Kijiji. Well actually we met through one of my all time favourite brides Becky who was selling a black and white vintage umbrella on Kijiji.  Miranda happened to be the buyer. The two ladies got talking weddings and Becky said to her “you’d be crazy to not hire Erica as your wedding planner!”

Miranda and I met soon afterward in January 2016 when she told me they were getting married at the National Gallery of Canada. I didn’t hear from her after this so I assumed she had found another planner. Then in February they had changed their venue to a backyard wedding and then over the next months went back to the Gallery. I was “officially” hired 2 weeks before their wedding. Miranda is a true decision maker though so she just plowed through it all and everything fell into place perfectly.

Miranda and Charles were married on Saturday April 30th 2016 surrounded by all their family and friends, and now with a baby on the way, they are truly a happy growing family. Check out this video of their amazing day.

Venue: National Gallery of Canada
Decor and florals & printing: Wedecor
Photography: Union Eleven Photographers (David Johnson and Brittany Fleming)
Videography: Viking Film Corp
Catering: Whalesbone Catering
Bridesmaids gowns: Rent Frock Repeat
Officiant: Alan Viau
DJ: Quality Entertainment
Cakes: Edible Sins
Hair and Makeup: Recherché Concept Coiffure

The Canadian Museum of Nature. A stunning wedding venue

The Canadian Museum of Nature. A stunning wedding venue

I submitted a wedding for the Ottawa Wedding Awards never thinking I would actually win for wedding of the year! I guess I was a bit daunted by the fact that the wedding submitted would be judged by a panel of industry experts. Wedding planners only need apply.

My clients’ wedding had the winning combination. Fabulous style meets fabulous vendors meets fabulous venue – the stunning Canadian Museum of Nature.

It really is a castle in our downtown. The exterior facade, the stone and marble interior and the stained glass, what is not to love! And oh wait, it’s a fabulous museum with beautiful exhibits to top it off.

The ceremony was held at dusk in the Queen’s Lantern so that the light from the sunset could frame the spectacular windows and stained glass. It was warm, intimate, and perfectly decorated with candles in glass vases of various heights, red roses, mahogany chiavari chairs with arrangements down the aisle.

Red roses large balls alter pieces | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers
Red roses and orchid mahogany chiavari ceremony | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers

Since this wedding was in mid-October, we couldn’t count on outdoor photos. The Museum of Nature though has amazing light inside and so many great spots for photos.

Silk chiffon gown Reem Acra Kleinfelds red roses bouquet | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers

The dinner and dancing took place in the Barrack Salon. Its unique half-moon shaped room, tall windows, and light colors were a wonderful start to this timeless decor. Taking cues from the iconic brand Burberry’s red, black, cream, and hints of gold, the decor was timeless and elegant thanks to the help of Wedecor.

Barrick Salon Burberry inspired red black gold wedding | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers
Red velvet baccara rose centerpiece gold mercury candle | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers
Natural wood chiavari headtable with red florals | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers

The in-house caterer Gourmet Cuisine crafted a fabulous five course meal that was both beautiful and delicious! My clients have impeccable taste and expect perfection. They both felt their wedding was perfect and they wouldn’t change a thing! I loved working with the team at the Canadian Museum of Nature and was honoured to have won this award with them.

All photo credit to Kristin de Castro of Union Eleven Photographers

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