Ottawa Backyard Wedding: Sarah + Anders

Ottawa Backyard Wedding Stephanie Beach PhotographyI have always loved England. Seriously, ever since I was little I have loved everything about the country across the pond. I love their food, culture, television, sense of humour, history, landscapes, and of course, I love their accent. I have made two big trips to England, and have loved every single second of both of those trips and I would go back in a heartbeat if I was given the chance. So when I met Sarah + Anders last year to chat about their upcoming wedding, I was super pumped to find out they were planning on incorporating aspects from her home country into their big day. One of those details was actually Sarah’s dress which was from a shop in England she used to walk past most weekends when she was younger.

This is normally where I would put a little write-up of how the proposal went down, but since Sarah is a writer, I will let her do the honours:

“We love to see new places, and had done a big trip to Australia the year before. Anders is from a Dutch background, so he had always wanted to go to the Netherlands. We rented bikes in Amsterdam and we set off on a bike 5 day bike ride which took us through different towns and along the beautiful canals and coast lines. On the first day we found this beautiful restaurant that overlooked the canal. We were sitting on the big sofas outside and were both saying how peaceful and perfect it was and how we were so glad that we didn’t just stay in the city. This is where Anders chose to propose, on one knee and with a ring that he chose himself (he had it since April but wanted to talk to my dad first!). There were a few people right on the other side of the place, but it was just the two of us in a gorgeous spot. The waitress gave us champagne and we continued our trip, celebrating every day.”

Their proposal story is beautiful, and their wedding was simply stunning! They had a Pimms table, Scotch Lounge, Poutine Truck, traditional English fruit cake, British pence in Sarah’s bouquet, a teeny-tiny bow-tie for their dog, and of course our Photobooth during the reception (see a later post for their photobooth images). They had thought of everything down to the tiniest of details and with the help of their wedding vendors the whole day flowed wonderfully (despite the large amounts of rain).

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It was such a gorgeous, special day and I want to thank Sarah + Anders for letting us capture the start of their life together.

Wedding Photography: Stephanie Beach Photography
Wedding Planner: Starfish Weddings
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Andrew Haydon Park
Wedding Reception Venue: Sarah + Anders’ Backyard
Wedding Dress: Victoria Jane
Bride’s Shoes: Karen Millen
Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski
Bride’s Birdcage Veil: Etsy
Groom’s Suit: Moores
Bride’s Hair: Peirino Scarfo
Bride’s Makeup: Kaitlin Maher
Wedding Florist: DIY
Reception DJ: DJ Sash
First Dance Musician: Ben Nikkel (Ben serenaded Sarah + Anders during their first dance and it was so gorgeous!)
Caterer: The Butchery
Late Night Meal: TNT Fries (Poutine truck)

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