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

Sarah & Glen

Sarah & Glen

Sarah & Glen

“Erica radiates a warm, confident, and calm energy that was a gift to have on our special day. Always professional, her positive “no-problem” approach made the planning ‘appear’ seamless!”

 Stunning couple on golf course Ottawa | The Rivermead Golf Club | AMBphoto

Erica came highly recommended and thankfully agreed to work together in planning our wedding…in 2 short months! From our first meeting, Erica listened to our vision and then guided with her experience to ensure we had the most magical day – which we did! Not only did Erica come with us to vendors, she kept us on budget, shared amazing contacts and ideas, sent updates and gentle reminders to keep everything on track, all while having fun together. She thought of things we simply could not have anticipated, no matter how many blogs and stories one could read! Her countless hours and time did not go unnoticed, at all hours of the day/night. Always professional, her positive ‘no-problem’ approach made the planning ‘appear’ seamless! With Erica handling all the details it allowed us to enjoy the whole process and our wedding day together. Right down to the day-of schedule, we were able to be with family and friends, knowing all the details were handled! Erica radiates a warm, confident, and calm energy that was a gift to have on our special day.

A year later now, looking back, there is not one thing we would have changed and I attribute that to Erica and her unwavering attention to detail, thank you again!! xo

Sarah & Glen

Venue: Rivermead Golf Club
Photo Credits: AMBphoto

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