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

Dominy & Brent

Dominy & Brent

Dominy & Brent

 

“Thank you so much for everything Erica – you are the “genuine article” and a veritable “wedding-pro”.  It certainly says something when guests and members of the wedding party remark on what a great wedding planner we had!”

Bride and Groom on bridge in Ottawa | Fairmont Chateau Laurier | Union Eleven Photographers

When we decided to hire a wedding planner to make our day as special as it could be, we were confident it was the right decision, but were unprepared for just how amazing a difference it would make.

Well that “difference” comes down to one person – Erica Irwin.  Her care, professionalism and attention to detail were on full display from day one.  She listens.  Asking us what “experience” and “atmosphere” we wanted to create with our day, she keyed in to what was truly important for us – whether we were fully aware of it or not!   It is often said that the journey to a destination should be enjoyed just as much as the destination itself – well Erica certainly made that journey enjoyable, presenting us with a list of creative options and recommendations for each planning stage.  In doing this, she relieved us of the administrative burden and allowed us to focus on the decisions that would ultimately make our day special for ourselves, and even more importantly to us, for our guests.

Notably, Erica would channel her vast experience into letting us know whether an “idea” would work or not, or on issues such as the proper timing, order and number of speakers to ensure balance and a continuous energy for our reception.   The end result – with Erica’s care, guidance and planning wisdom, our day far exceeded our already high expectations – it was truly an amazing “life event”.

Thank you so much for everything Erica – you are the “genuine article” and a veritable “wedding-pro”.  It certainly says something when guests and members of the wedding party remark on what a great wedding planner we had!

Count Dominy and I as two of your biggest fans, of which there are many!

Thanks

Brent and Dominy

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Hélène & John

Hélène & John

Hélène & John

 

“Within a few days, she blew us away with her selection of venues and menus.  She was so amazing that we became probably one of the most relaxed future married couples there is.  This gave us more time to focus on each other in preparation for our marriage, and made us really enjoy the whole experience. “

Groom in RCMP uniforming kissing Bride | Rivermead Golf Club | Hannah Martin Photography

Organizing our wedding ourselves was really a mission impossible.  We lived in two different provinces, far, far away, and we wanted to get married in a third location that wasn’t close to either of us.  On top of all that, we were on a very tight schedule and a fairly modest budget.  After realizing that most venues we wanted were already booked on our big date, we decided to hire a wedding planner.  We selected Erica Irwin because she assured us she could organize a beautiful wedding, regardless of the distance and within our budget.
She took care of everything, which was fantastic, because we were on different work schedules.  Erica was so well organized that we only needed to have a few teleconference calls all together.  Within a few days, she blew us away with her selection of venues and menus.  She was so amazing that we became probably one of the most relaxed future married couples there is.  This gave us more time to focus on each other in preparation for our marriage, and made us really enjoy the whole experience.
Our wedding day was perfect.  She found an amazing hairdresser and make-up artist for the bride, and we had two incredibly talented photographers with us.  They made us feel like celebrities.  During the entire day, we didn’t have a single worry.  Our guests were amazed about the whole event.  Erica, and the vendors she selected did an outstanding job.

Thank you!

Hélène and John

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