July 8, 2019

Brunch Wedding at Restaurant 18 Downtown Ottawa | Kelsie & Jon

Restaurant 18 wedding ottawa

I remember doing a double take when Kelsie’s email hit my inbox – thinking I had definitely seen her name before but couldn’t instantly recall but then I read this:

You were the photographer for my sister Emma and her husband Ashraf three years ago. I’ve followed your work and loved it ever since then.

I couldn’t have checked my calendar fast enough to make sure I was available for her date. It’s a true honor to be able to work again and again with the same family. Not only do I get to see familiar faces, but it’s a testament to the fact that they enjoyed the experience with me so many years ago – a true compliment! 

Kelsie and Jon wanted the focus of their day to be honoring their closest friends and their families, and keeping the day true to themselves. They chose to do a brunch wedding (can we get a heck, yeah!?) at one of Ottawa’s top restaurants – Restaurant 18 in the heart of the Byward Market. 

A touching first look, vows that made me tear up more than once, and speeches full of heartwarming memories of Kelsie and Jon. Keep scrolling to see how their Brunch wedding at Restaurant 18 came together in a perfect way.

0007 K and J - Restaurant 18 Brunch Wedding Ottawa- Photography by Emma.jpgI can certainly appreciate pink on pink on pink, it’s so fun to style and shoot! I decided on a whim to DIY a ring dish and etched in K + J for their initials, and it was the perfect addition to this flatlay.

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This Essense of Australia gown was MADE for Kelsie.
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Could there be a sweeter moment than when the see each other for the first time on the wedding day? 

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I loove how Kelsie did a little twirl for Jon to take in the entire look!

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Chateau Laurier always gives portraits and instantly european royal feel.0021 K and J - Restaurant 18 Brunch Wedding Ottawa- Photography by Emma.jpg
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It was close to noon so the sun was in full force, but luckily we found some sweet spots for great portraits around downtown Ottawa. Wedding

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The byward market has a ton of cute little pockets to discover on your wedding day in Ottawa.
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The vibes of downtown Ottawa, and Kelsie and Jon looking like straight up fashion models here.

0082 K and J - Restaurant 18 Brunch Wedding Ottawa- Photography by Emma.jpgI love Restaurant 18, great location, staff and eats of course.
0061 K and J - Restaurant 18 Brunch Wedding Ottawa- Photography by Emma.jpgA unique guest book that will double as wall art in the newly weds home!
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Not a dry eye in the room.0069 K and J - Restaurant 18 Brunch Wedding Ottawa- Photography by Emma.jpg
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Restaurant 18 makes a mean brunch – so much variety.

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It was really special for me to photograph Emma’s speech to Kelsie and remember Kelsie’s speech at Emma’s wedding (was that confusing? haha)

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Vendors:

Dress: Essence of Australia from With Love Bridal Boutique

Shoes: Nine West

Suit: Jimmy Suits

Guest Board: Spring Meadow Co.

Rentals: Wishes Vintage Event Rentals

Officiant: Jill Currie

Rings: Denis Fairhead Jewellers + Amazon

Venue + Catering: Restaurant 18

Makeup: Amy from Ottawa Makeup Artists

Hair: Louise MacDonald 

Florals: Ottawa Flowers

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