The Wedding Dream Team: Our Favourite Vendors

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are so many pieces that need to come together to create the vision you imagine. There are lists upon lists and details upon details of things to consider and coordinate. Being a Type-A kind of gal, I shed that engagement glow and started hunting for venues and vendors pretty quickly. At the same time, I know my limits. I was very aware that we would need a village to help keep me and my fiancé organized and on top of everything. Aside from our bridal party and family, this is where the right wedding vendors can ease a lot of stress.

Searching for wedding vendors was not as easy as I thought it would be. There’s a lot of talent out there, but finding the personalities, aesthetic, and, of course, budgets that fit you as a bride and/or groom is where it can be tough. And of course, after all that, your vendors of choice have to be available on your wedding date (getting married in the off-season helps SO much with this, by the way).

In this post, I’ll be documenting the vendors and businesses that really stood out for us from start to finish. We’ve been in touch with a TON of local entrepreneurs and will be in contact with many more to pick exactly what fits within our vision and price points. They’re all talented in their own right, but the vendors featured here will be the ones that played a role in helping us prepare for and pull off the best day of our lives.

**I’ll be updating this page as our work with each of these lovely souls comes to an end so I can speak about our entire experience with each of them. Over the next few months until after the big day, I’ll be filling in the blanks below so you can have the lowdown on all of our faves!

The Vendors


Apparel & Accessories

La Maison D’Or Jewellery

The team at La Maison D’Or was so patient with us as we went through the process of picking wedding bands (and, in Jason’s case, through the process of designing my engagement ring). Through a handful of in-store visits and a dozen emails back and forth, Arpi, Brent and Jessica imparted their knowledge of metals and gemstones on us, and gave us options that fit within our style and budget. We never felt pressured to buy from them, even when we decided to go in another direction for Jason’s band.

Our post-purchase experience at this family-run business has been just as refreshing. They stop to talk to us like we’re old friends, always offer to polish my engagement ring, facilitated ring resizing with ease, and even offered us tickets to the local wedding expo this past year. I mean, what more can you ask for from your jeweler?

Photographers

Agatha Rowland 

We were drawn to Agatha Rowland’s soft, documentary-style photography and felt like she’d be the perfect photographer to capture the intimate moments of our wedding day. She’s been so professional and responsive since our first emails, sharing tips whenever we needed them and providing insightful answers to our questions. Her experience in the field really shone through.

Photo by Agatha Rowland

(Photo credit: Agatha Rowland)

As a primer for our wedding, we scheduled an engagement session in downtown Ottawa with Agatha. Before the shoot, we mentioned that we wanted some architectural/city backdrops for our photos. She sent us a list of suggested locations and we planned to pair a couple of them together for our hour-long shoot. 

We arrived on location on the day-of feeling a little nervous but very excited. Agatha has a calm, unassuming and friendly demeanor, which helped us relax from the get-go. And she was a dream to work with. While shooting, she gave straightforward cues and movements―walking, running, dancing―and simply shot around us. For a somewhat “staged” engagement shoot, it felt very natural and candid and, most importantly, we felt free to be our silly selves. 

Photo by Agatha Rowland Photo by Agatha Rowland Photo by Agatha Rowland

(Photo credit: Agatha Rowland

During this shoot, we experienced firsthand Agatha’s gift for seeing, adapting to, and using the environment around her to get beautiful and creative shots. She seemed to get inspiration spontaneously and stopped us in a few spots to get photos whenever something caught her eye, whether it was walking across the street or down a dark, nondescript alleyway. 

Photo by Agatha Rowland

(Photo credit: Agatha Rowland

In locations where there were crowds of people, like around the Bank of Canada, she was able to compose or crop photos to make it look like it was just us there that night. As a subject, you can only imagine what the photographer is seeing through their lens and Agatha’s vision exceeded our expectations. We are so excited to work with Agatha again on our wedding day!

Age of Indie

We had the absolute pleasure of working with Age of Indie for an at-home engagement shoot and it could not have been a better experience. I stumbled upon their Instagram page months before my engagement and their work caught my eye instantly. Their photos look like editorial fine art. They bring something unique to the Ottawa photography scene so, when we got engaged, I knew I wanted to shoot a couples session with them.

Photo by Matthew Hawes (Age of Indie)

(Photo credit: Age of Indie

Matthew was very responsive and collaborative from my first email as well as throughout the planning process, where we discussed the aesthetic we wanted for our session. He made sure to take into account what we wanted as a client.

As a couple who had never had professional photos taken before, we were nervous on the day of the shoot but Matthew’s charisma, sense of humour, and professionalism made the entire process feel comfortable, light, and fun. He didn’t skip a beat the entire time. We felt like he had a distinct vision and gave us clear direction when we needed it to help us achieve the perfect shots together. And, although we had complete confidence in his vision, he showed us shots throughout the session to involve us in the process and this really put us at ease. We felt like supermodels for our two hours with him!

Photo by Age of Indie (Matthew Hawes) Photo by Matthew Hawes (Age of Indie) Photo by Matthew Hawes (Age of Indie)

(Photo credit: Age of Indie

We were ecstatic when we saw the shots he delivered a week later. They were beautifully composed, and evoked the exact intimate, tender feeling that we were hoping for. We could not have been happier with them.

Matthew, thank you for much for making this the loveliest experience and giving us photos that we can treasure forever.

Emma Culling

When we started planning our trip to British Columbia, we knew we had to shoot a couples session there. The landscapes out west are breathtaking and we thought this would give us some great variety for photos. While researching photographers out in BC, Emma Culling’s photography caught my eye almost immediately. To me, her portfolio is full of warmth, joy and spirit. Her positive, genuine personality radiated through her website and our email exchanges as well. She wanted to get to know us and she wanted the photos we received to reflect us as individuals and as a couple, which I really appreciated. 

Photo by Emma Culling

(Photo credit: Emma Culling)

Because we weren’t as attuned to locations in BC, we told Emma that we primarily wanted some shots with mountains and gave her free reign to recommend locations. She took this to heart and sent us a detailed list of recommended spots across the city (and even outside of Vancouver) to choose from. She patiently went back and forth with us before we finally decided on shooting in Squamish, a 45-minute drive north of Vancouver. To help us prepare, she sent us an itinerary for the day and tips on colours to wear, but always encouraged us to stay true to our style and interests. She even suggested finishing off the morning with brunch (obviously, we took her up on this offer!).

Photo by Emma Culling Photo by Emma Culling Photo by Emma Culling

(Photo credit: Emma Culling)

On shoot day, we met Emma for the first time at Porteau Cove, bright and early around 6:45am. She brought our favourite Starbucks drinks, fruit, scones and coconut water to keep us happy and fueled throughout the day. After a quick breakfast, we set out to take photos. Emma has a lively, playful way of shooting, and we had a total blast the entire time. She kept us moving and laughing most of the time, which made for some beautiful, dynamic photos. Some of my personal highlights of the day included: a Dirty Dancing moment; running (and sometimes hobbling) around in freezing water; practicing our first dance; dodging murky, rising water next to a mysterious culvert; popping open a bottle of sparkling wine that Emma thoughtfully brought to the shoot herself; and, of course, brunch. 

Photo by Emma Culling

(Photo credit: Emma Culling)

We loved that she was up for a little fearless adventuring and that we got to see a side of BC that we probably wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t for her. In the end, Emma got us a wide variety of shots, in multiple outfits, over the morning. We had four different settings in two different locations, with four outfit changes―way more than we expected from her. We can’t thank her enough for the beautiful slideshow and photo album she curated for us. They showcase her gift for capturing the happiest moments, both palpable or quaint, and scrolling through the gallery made us smile and laugh all over again. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer out west and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

Photo by Emma Culling

(Photo credit: Emma Culling)

Bakeries

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Beauty & Hair

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Calligrapher

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Entertainment

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Florals

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Food

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Officiant

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Venue & Coordinator

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Videographer

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