La Toundra Wedding: Ben & Kelci's romantic celebration

There is nothing like a good sense of humor to set the tone of celebration and it was immediately clear that the day would be filled with laughter the moment I ran into the groom and his best man in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel.

Ben, originally from Montreal, now living in Ottawa made me feel right at home and despite the scorching temperatures - his groomsmen were up for my suggestions to take advantage of the lounge chairs on the rooftop of the hotel. We also managed to attempt a portrait of something between Abbey Road and David Byrne’s Stop Making Sense.

I then hopped over to the cozy and modern Salon Sixhaut to meet up with Kelci, who I met at my booth last year at the Elegant Weddings Show (ps. I will be there again this November!).

Just as an aside, something I loved that Kelci prior to her wedding was that she provided me with a link giving me a preview of her dress. It was really helpful to me when I scouted the garden and grounds of La Toundra because I thought a lot about the structure of her dress and looked for flora and fauna that would complement and contrast in portraits. There is a photograph of her underneath a smoke bush here that just worked so beautifully.

And speaking of beautiful:

La Toundra is a beautiful wedding venue — it’s built to let the light in, so if you are wanting natural light photographs throughout your wedding day, prioritizing a venue that has plenty of it is really helpful to the photographer. Kelci hired a Day Of Wedding Coordinator and this really helped her remain almost serene throughout her wedding day because everything was being taken care of while she hung out with her sisters and girlfriends.

This wedding had all the components of beautiful light, scenic garden views, emotional beauty, memorable hilarious speeches, elegance, romance and dance joy.

On that note, enjoy my little virtual recap of Kelci & Ben’s Wedding Day.

Finally, thank you Kelci & Ben for inviting me along to capture what was a very special day.

GROOMSMEN PREP VENUE Downtown Sheraton Hotel SUITING Moores PLANNER Black Tie Events BRIDE GOWN Theia Couture BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Jenny Yoo NYC RINGS Magpie (Bride) Davidson (Groom) CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE La Toundra CATERING Stephane Fontaine FLOWERS Costco CAKE & DESSERTS Des Erables Gateries DJ & PHOTOBOOTH DJ Shane RENTALS Le Vaisellier