Winter Elopement at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier

In times like these, couples have become especially creative, compromising, clever, and many other adjectives that don’t necessarily start with the letter C when it comes to moving forward with their wedding plans. Despite many factors working against the once relatively straightforward task of planning one’s wedding, Julie & Dave chose to celebrate their love with a winter elopement at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada. It might be the shortest day of the year, daylight-wise, but you wouldn’t know it from the warm glow these two radiated.

As the most beloved historic hotel in the city (no question), the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a magical location to get married, whether a full-on 300 person wedding or an intimate elopement like this one. If you’ve followed our photography you’ll know that we’ve shot many unforgettable weddings here, and this beautiful elopement was no exception – or maybe it was. Most likely the smallest wedding we’ve ever shot at this venue, it wanted for – and lacked – nothing. It was perfect from the very start and, in fact, exactly what the couple (and the wonderful Elise from Toast Events) planned to do (even before the whole global pandemic thing).

It’s days like these that both us and our lovely couple received many moments in which to be fully present; in the moment. We even had time to set up a nice backdrop, a platform, and even fiddle around with some (poorly spooled) 35mm film. We also become extra grateful for the patience, presence, and joy exuded by our couples. What could have simply been a compromise in the time of Covid was anything-but. A mélange of some of our favourites below. A joyous winter equinox to all!

PHOTOGRAPHY Joel & Justyna PLANNING & DESIGN Toast Events FLORALS AND DECOR The Gathering Event Co. MAKE UP Klava Zykova VENUE The Chateau Laurier GOWN Revelle BridalWillow by Watters SHOES Loeffler Randall OFFICIANT Lyne Langille