We photographed Camille + Mark’s intimate Ottawa elopement as a styled shoot, a few months after their private city hall wedding.  We wanted to create a beautiful, intimate setting in our own local area.  Working with the best talent Ottawa has to offer – Elise Schmitz from Toast Events, Amanda Powell from The Gathering Event Co and Noah (our favourite hair and make up artist), we hope we created an afternoon in the sun to remember.

      We would love to photograph a few more intimate elopements and weddings.  A small wedding can be as tiny and sentimental as you want it to be – and you can still feel like James Bond or a Queen despite the size.  All it takes is a few key vendors and great planning.  Our inspiration for Camille and Mark’s day was a mix of 60s nostalgia, a little Lana del Rey and a lot of sentimentalities.  Elise and Amanda really wanted their table to feel ‘at home’ but with a touch of elegance.  There’s no point in having an abundance of florals and details, and creating a table that is barely usable.  Food, fruit, dessert, champagne and wine in lovely little plates and glasses served as the ‘decor’.  And their guests enjoyed every bite and sip.  While this is a hybrid styled shoot, we hope it feels as real as it was for us.  They may not have actually tied the knot that day, but their smiles speak for themselves.  A big thank you to our lovely vendors (links below) for making this shoot a reality – you don’t need a lot of ‘stuff’ to pull off a great wedding, you just need the right team.  A big thank you to Mark and Camille as well for coming down and allowing us into their lives for an afternoon.  As a side note, Mark is an extremely talented videographer, who we’ve had the pleasure of working with at a few weddings.  If you’re looking for a great video team, check him (and his partner James) out at VillaView.

      To see a few more intimate weddings and elopements, check out Linda and Alex’s downtown Los Angeles celebration, Quinn + Brandon’s tiny Quebec estate elopement, and Bhavna and Jeremy’s tiny New Zealand wedding day.

      INTIMATE OTTAWA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY Joel + Justyna  PLANNING + STYLING Elise Schmitz – Toast Events FLORALS + DECOR The Gathering Event Co HAIR + MAKE UP Faces by Noah GOWN Zimmermann SHOES Manolo Blahnik FURNITURE RENTALS Party Time SUIT 1670 via The Bay GETTING READY VENUE Russell Manor


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