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True Love Can Weather the Rain

Where do I begin with Kirsten and Shadi. From the first time we met, it was like we had known each other for years.

Kirsten first contacted me by email from Calgary as she and Shadi were in the middle of moving back to Ottawa, after living in Calgary for several years. The first time we met was at their engagement session. We had a blast around downtown Ottawa and I knew we were meant to be when Kirsten suggested having our wedding prep meeting at The Works. Yumm!!

Kirsten and Shadi’s wedding day was beautiful. Everyone could feel the love in the air at Vincent Massey Park as Shadi watched, tears in his eyes (even if he denies it!!), as his beautiful bride walked down the leaf-strewn aisle. They held hands as their family and friends watched. Not even a sprinkling of rain could dampen their spirits.

One of my favourite moments of the day was the first kiss. As Kirsten and Shadi sealed their vows, the sun emerged and a gorgeous warm light streamed through. It was as close to magical as it gets, I think. It was also all I could do to not exclaim “yes, yes, YES!” behind my camera because I knew the photos were going to be stunning.

I just love photographing these two, and their bridal party was just the same. We hung out under some trees at Hog’s Back Park while the rain was a bit heavier and they relaxed and had a great time. I can’t say enough about how laid back Kirsten and Shadi were about the weather. All that mattered was they were together and no amount of rain could change that.

After the portraits, we headed to Eggspectations for a gorgeous reception and delicious dinner. Everyone had a great laugh at the shoe game and everyone celebrated Kirsten and Shadi together.

I had so much fun at this wedding and I must warn you, I had a terribly hard time narrowing photos down for this post. I’ll be honest, there are entirely TOO MANY, but I couldn’t help it. Some of these images are favourites I’ve ever taken.

Kirsten and Shadi put a lot of thought into the details of their wedding and it really showed.
Wedding Photo: details

Love this shot.
Wedding Photo: wedding rings

Shadi wore really awesome red Pumas and they looked so good with Kirsten’s red pumps.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom in their red shoes

Getting ready.
Wedding Photo: getting ready

Shadi cannot deny that he got a bit emotional when there is a beautiful shot to prove it. You can just see the love in his eyes.
Wedding Photo: wedding ceremony

The aforementioned kiss shot. Love!
Wedding Photo: wedding ceremony

These shots are really special. Shadi’s grandmother could not attend the ceremony so right after, Kirsten, Shadi, Shadi’s mother and I went to visit her. She was so happy and kept saying how beautiful they looked. I will admit, I teared up. So sweet.
Wedding Photo: groom's grandmother

The beautiful ladies.
Wedding Photo: bride and bridesmaids

The dashing gentlemen.
Wedding Photo: groom and groomsmen

Love these shots.
Wedding Photo: bridal party

Kirsten was thirsty.
Wedding Photo: bridal party

Love me some shoe shots!!
Wedding Photo: bridal party

Wedding Photo: bride and groom

I am totally in love with the light in these shots.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom

Now I never do this, but this shot is such a favourite that I made an exception and put a portrait oriented photo by itself.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom

Such beautiful colours.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom

I love this shot because you can see the drops of rain dancing around them. These two made rain look goooooood.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom

The reception was filled with fun and laughter.
Wedding Photo: reception

Such beautiful emotion.
Wedding Photo: bride and groom's first dance

This was one wedding where the dance floor was rarely empty!
Wedding Photo: dancing at the reception

Kirsten and Shadi, it was so wonderful being your photographer on your wedding day! Thank you for choosing me to be a part of it.

Vendor List
Wedding Planner – Liane Reeves from In Any Events
Flowers By Karen Bridges Metro in Orleans
Rings From Goldsmith Jewelers in Calgary
Hair by Emma Johnston (friend of the bride)
Make-up by Rachelle ( a friend of the bride)
Wedding Dress from Ethos in Calgary
Bridesmaid dresses by Alfred Sung.
Bride’s and Bridesmaids Shoes from Arnold Churgin shoes in Calgary
Suits from Morris’ on Wellington
Wedding Ceremony held at Vincent Massey Park
Officiant, Kathleen Everett from All Seasons Weddings
DJ, Kelly Coghlin (KC Tech Events)
Reception and Catering by Eggspectations
Photographed by Liz Bradley from elizabeth&jane photography!

Have a wonderful day,

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